Blog – Gopal visiting the Kahrama Mega Reservoir in Doha

26 May 2017

Quest is an international transfer program which connects Arcadians from all over the world. Quest is sponsored by the Lovinklaan Foundation. Every week we are highlighting one of the stories our employees who went on an exchange. In this blogpost we cover the Quest story of Gopal who traveled from Bengaluru (India) to Doha in Qatar.

Why did I apply for a Quest

We in GEC, Bengaluru design wet utilities like Foul Sewer, Treated Sewage Effluent network for Doha, Qatar and deliver it to our Lead office in Doha. The Quest would allow me to better understand other wet utility designs, to interact with lead office design team as well as the team on site, and better understand the workflow and client requirements. Also I wanted to visit the construction site and understand how site issues have an impact on design, and learn what the role of Arcadis is when coordinating between client & contractors. These insights are very useful when designing utilities in our office in India and will allow us to save time, energy when working on client deliverables.

“The gained insights are very useful when designing utilities in our office in India to save time, energy and work effectively on client deliverables!”

Highlight of my quest experience

One of the highlights was being able to discuss the design challenges with lead office directly. We also got the opportunity to visit the construction sites and better understand the safety culture in work, the impact of the terrain conditions and other various aspects of Civil/Environmental Engineering. We got an opportunity to visit “Kahrama Mega reservoir” which is one of the biggest Water Storage reservoirs in the world, designed by Arcadis and Pumping Station “PS70” which is one of the deepest foul water pumping stations in the world.

My Quest in one word

“A knowledgeable and enlightening experience.”

Learnings and experiences

The Quest program paved way for better understanding of the work procedures implemented in our system. Meeting the lead design team face to face helped us to discuss the intricate design details and allowed a better understanding of the schematic overview of the entire project. It improved the co-ordination between the modeling team and the design office in Bengaluru India. It also allowed us to have a better understanding of the PMC review process and through the exchange we are now able to better coordinate and are able to adopt the changes to the client deliverables more easy. Visting the sites will help us to avoid design issues at the initial design stage. Sharing our experiences and learnings with our design team and drawing team in Bengaluru will also enhance their knowledge and better understanding of the process of site oriented design.

The international transfer program Quest, which connects Arcadians from all over the world, is sponsored by the Lovinklaan Foundation.