Graduate skills bring civils project success

The DWDR development has just reached a key milestone of one million man-hours being reached Photo: Port of Dover The DWDR development has just reached a key milestone of one million man-hours being reached Photo: Port of Dover
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Fresh out of university, one UK university graduate has landed his dream job on the 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.

“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,” said Kevin Williams, senior project manager at the Port of Dover.

Huge ambition

With a determination to become chartered before the first stages of DWDR were completed, Mr Frazer took on some huge challenges as a graduate, including overseeing the Level 3 Heritage Recording surveys.

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, including refurbishment of the project offices.

Mr Frazer also took the initiative to bring new techniques to the team at the port. As a qualified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot, he 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 also created point cloud data to ground map the topography for site evaluation and quantification of material volumes.

On completing his graduate programme in 2016, Mr Frazer became a permanent member of the team working on DWDR and is now supervising the Refrigerated Cargo Terminal (RCT) contract and is assistant project manager for the Dover Marina Control Building construction.

The DWDR development started back in 2014 and has just reached a key milestone of one million man-hours being reached.

To date over 15 different contractors have been involved all contributing their own specialist skills at the different stages of the programme.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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