3 May 2016
Grant Potts has recently joined our Geospatial team in Leeds as an Associate. Specialising in civil engineering surveying, Grant is responsible for taking a technical lead on projects across the UK. We take this opportunity to explore his background, his passions for new technologies and his most notable projects to date.
“I specialise in Civil Engineering surveying which involves the provision of dimensional control on construction projects and high precision survey works.”
What did you study and what attracted you to study this?
Following school, I attended a technical college where I gained a diploma in surveying which provided the opportunity to understand the different facets of surveying including land, engineering, quantity and civil engineering. It was from this, I was able to choose a narrower field of study so went on to study a degree in Engineering Survey at Nottingham Trent University.
What attracted you to this field of expertise?
From a young age I’ve always enjoyed building things and this aspect of surveying gave me the opportunity to be involved in some large scale ‘building’ works. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have been involved in the construction of a number of large infrastructure projects both in the UK as well as India, Hong Kong and Australia, enabling me to combine a love of travel with work.
What are you most passionate about in this field?
Within my new role at WYG, it’s imperative that I keep up to date with the latest technologies relating to data capture and data management to ensure that we’re at the forefront of service delivery to our clients. The innovations and advancements in data capture hardware and software move on apace with laser scanners and drones being commonplace in our day to day operations. My particular passion lies in reviewing the requirements of a particular project and providing well-informed advice on the most appropriate solutions.
Why is this important to you?
As suppliers of surveying services we have a responsibility to provide honest and reliable advice to our clients as to the safest and most efficient methods available to achieve their required outcomes on a project. This guidance can only be provided and relied upon if we’re truly experts in our field, with an in-depth knowledge of the latest innovations as well as the more traditional approaches so that the most appropriate solutions can be proposed.
What projects are you most proud of?
I’ve been very lucky to have worked on a number of prestigious construction projects, however my first project following graduation still remains the one I’m most proud of; the Ting Kau Bridge and approach viaducts in Hong Kong. This involved the construction of a 1.2km cable stay bridge and associated infrastructure working with a project team with over 25 different nationalities. In overcoming the wide range of challenges on the project I gained skills that have aided me throughout my career to date as well as forming friendships that remain for life.