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Major Civil Engineering Project

Major Civil Engineering Project

Major Civil Engineering Project

Hi Folks,

I'm new hear so sorry if this isn't posted in the right forum.

I'd like to know what mega civil engineering projects (multi million/billion dollar value) are going on in the world and which geotechnical firm is carrying out the geotechnical analysis and design component.

I'm looking for my next big project to chase but I feel blind as to what is going on in the construction industry globally.

Can anyone help?


RE: Major Civil Engineering Project

What exactly do you mean by "chase"? Are you a writer looking to document a big project? Are you selling products and want to chase the engineers who specify elements on these project?

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Subscribe to Engineering News Record for worldwide and local construction news. This magazine has been the best for maybe 100 years now. By the way if you are a student, this sited does not permit them using it. To delete your post click on the red flag and you will get a message and you can discuss with them.

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JAE, by chase I mean relocate and work on them. Im an engineer looking for a challenging mega project to be involved with.

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hey oldest guy, I find ENR to be mostly focused on US projects. There are some international projects listed on that website but generally speaking, i find its lense narrowed in on the US construction industry mostly.

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So I would suspect that if you like and want to work on "mega-projects" that for huge projects underway right now you'd be too late to the game to participate.
But the firms associated with those projects may have websites, contacts, etc. where you could submit a resume and ask for an interview.

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RE: Major Civil Engineering Project

I'll add something. Assuming you are generally specializing in geotech aspects, the best way I'd go for is looking for a job with a consulting firm that does overseas work. Many major US consultants do work oversas, but the geotech field work is done by foreign firms in many cases..

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i currently work for a reputable global consulting firm but it's not easy to get transferred to a different office to work for a team that has won a big project. Doing so would mean leaving your current office, roles, and responsibilities and most managers dont want to have to replace you if they dont have to. Plus I have no idea what project each office is working on...that info isnt really shared.

I feel like it's just easier to pick a project id like to work on and then find out which company is doing the design. Chances are theyre proabaly swamped and would be more than pleased to hire.

JAE dont most projects get advertised once awarded or in feasibility stage...if i can identify them early i can keep my eye on it until it goes into full swing.

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OK,you have explained enough. I much doubt that you will get any leads here. I'd see about becoming known. Are you active nationally in ASCE, state-wise in your state's professional engineer's society? Are you a PE? Have you written any discussions for these groups or other engineering societies? What major contribution have you done for your current company to make your reputation stand out? Is your experience level significantly varied so that you can be depended on IMMEDIATELY to provide usable contribution to a new job? From your info so far, I doubt that you meet any of these points. Any new employer on overseas work would not want to train any one.

On this quote: Doing so would mean leaving your current office, roles, and responsibilities and most managers dont want to have to replace you if they dont have to. What the heck does that statement mean if you want to leave? It would help to spell "don't" properly in any application. Of course they will find a replacement. Might not give a good reference, but leaving always has it's failings as well as advantages. I think having them plead to keep you on might come about if you were valuable. I have had that sort of thing happen way back then. Where do you stand in this regard?

RE: Major Civil Engineering Project

find a large geotechnical consultant
go to their website
look at the projects tab
look especially at mining, dams, levees, airports
look at EPC contractors also which often do large port and industrial projects

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On page 61 of the April 29/May 6, 2019 issue of Engineering News Record you will see the top 50 Design firms in the International Market. Buy the magazine from them at 877-876-8208. Or try your company library. Any engineer with smarts subscribes to them any how.

RE: Major Civil Engineering Project

As someone already mentioned, it would be quite challenging to have a significant role in ongoing projects.

What you probably need is to look for RFP on mega projects. For the type of project you looking for, your best bet would be federal governments, DOTs, and megacities.

Chris Chambers
Civil designer

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I find your approach a little annoying unless you're one of the more highly qualified geotech guys around. My take on geotech in particular, is that local knowledge is invaluable- I would never want to thrust myself into a "mega-project" on the other side of the world where, in addition to the pressures of having to perform immediately in a new environ, I would have only rudimentary knowledge of the local subsoil conditions. Sure, you can educate yourself through the literature...but then you arrive on site to find that you haven't a clue what's going on for the first few weeks/months anyway.

Good luck though- as OG notes, I would seek to make my name very well known in advance of such an endeavour. My spelling and grammar would be flawless. I would be memorizing metric / imperial conversion tables.

All the best,

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Bit harsh correcting grammar....

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Perhaps, but we are talking "mega" civil engineering...this commands cream-of-the-crop performance.

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Give Ground Engineering News a follow on linkedin and their website. They show cool geotech engineering projects from all over the world.

I would also say give a move Middle East a try. Its very hot but the money is 1.5 to 2 times better than the UK and the exposure to different projects is amazing. In my first few months I worked on major oil field developments, 60 storey high towers, 50kM rail development, Geohazard Review for an area the size of New Jersey which involved the review of over 1200 geotechnical reports.

I think that most geotech engineers at my level (~8 years exp) would be lucky to get experience like that in the UK, not sure what the US is like.

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