Graduate implements new techniques for next generation development

Training Posted 07/08/18
Fresh out of university, David, landed his dream job on Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

David Frazer, from Maidstone, graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2014 with a BSc in Building Surveying before joining the team as a graduate building surveyor.

With a determination to become charted before the first stages of DWDR were completed, David took on some huge challenges as a graduate - including overseeing the Level 3 Heritage Recording surveys which included recording 180,000 images of every asset located within and around the immediate DWDR boundary. He was also part of the tender process for the £115m marine structures and bridge contract and project managed various aspects of the enabling works, which also included refurbishment of the project offices.

“Working on a development of this scale and magnitude has given me the opportunity to experience different aspects of construction such as major civils, infrastructure, services and buildings of different types which, along with the heritage elements dealing with listed building consents, will be invaluable in moving forward in my career.”

As part of his tailored graduate programme, and following his ambition to become a charted surveyor, David jumped at the opportunity to be seconded to work with the Port’s development and maintenance team in the Eastern Docks last year.

“During my 12 months at the Eastern Docks I was able to utilise the skills I had developed from the DWDR development to survey, design and manage multiple flat refurbishments from inception through to design and construction.

“I also carried out building maintenance inspections and defect rectification while managing expectations and relationships with key tenants such as UK Border Force.”

David has also taken the initiative to bring new techniques to the team at the Port. As a qualified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot David has enabled the DWDR team to use aerial videos and imagery to record progress and condition surveys alongside 3D-imagery of structures for refurbishment works. He has created point cloud data to ground map the topography for site evaluation and quantification of material volumes.

Since completing his graduate programme in 2016, David has become a permanent member of the team working on DWDR and is now supervising the Refrigerated Cargo Terminal (RCT) contract and assistant project manager for the Dover Marina control building construction.

“Dover Western Docks Revival is a massive project and to have my first job here was something I’ll never forget. This is going to be a hard one to top in the future,” says David.

Kevin Williams, senior project manager at the Port of Dover, said: “Today’s developments of significance offer graduates the opportunities to become captains of the industry in the future.

“David’s enthusiasm, love for the project and new techniques, such as the drone surveys, are testament to why graduate programmes for large-scale civil engineering projects have such a huge success.”

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