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ChiChi Luan

What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?

Infrastructure 2019

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

1. Tunnelling – Plant and M&E Services

In my first rotation, half of the time was about learning and understanding how the tender process works and how/why a TBM is chosen in some of the key tunnel projects.

I was also very fortunate to be involved in a couple of international tenders during my rotation, including liaising with TBM suppliers and managing plant budget. In this rotation I was able to utilise practical engineering knowledge to work through construction sequences and solve problems independently while part of a larger team.

2. Melbourne Metro (CYP) - Plant Team

In my current rotation, the main task is tracking fuel consumption for CBD precinct plants. I’m the point of contact between sites and fuel supplier. I’m also responsible for tracking and forecasting fuel expenses.

Based on the data, we can also analyse how fuel is consumed by different plants, which helps in budgeting future projects.

What does your typical workday look like?

On a typical day, the first thing when I arrive at the office would be reading emails received overnight. Then list down key tasks that are required to complete on the day.

Half way through the day, I will go to sites if time allows, to meet up with site engineers and collect dockets.

By the end of the day I try to spend 5-10 mins to reflect what’s done/not done today and take notes of any important events.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

Today I went down the shaft and witnessed our first breakthrough of the project - State Library Station. This was very exciting as everyone on this project has worked extremely hard. This is a great milestone to celebrate.

Working on this project makes me understand more about the amount of work required to build a tunnel and appreciate more when I drive through one.

What are the limitations of your role?

Less exposure to a site environment compared to other site-based engineers.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

More knowledge about construction and tunnelling, I recommend reading civil journals/magazines.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

By researching John Holland key projects and gaining general knowledge about the construction industry.


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Kip McCauley-Wassell

What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?

Infrastructure – 2018

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

QLD/NT/NZ Corporate HSEQS, Brisbane QLD
Ichthys LNG Civil Works, Darwin NT
Long Term Recycled Water Release Plan (Stage 1), Gold Coast QLD

What does your typical workday look like?

At the current stage of the project, construction is underway in my scope on a 23m shaft. This will give access to the Tunnel Boring Machine to be removed, once it reaches South Stradbroke Island in a few months. (It needs to travel 1.3 km under the Broadwater first).

I start my day catching the transport boat to my office on the island.

My superintendent and I check the work fronts are organised for the works that day, then I will typically spend the morning planning, forecasting and sequencing upcoming works.

On any given day there is a variety of different activities occurring, and my role as an engineer is to comply with John Holland’s expectations, and those of the customer – the City of Gold Coast. In collaboration with our delivery partners, we chair meetings regularly to check on progress, develop safe work methodologies and ensure the works adhere with quality and budgetary constraints.

The afternoon is typically spent reviewing works planned for the following day, recording milestones and updating the program. I also like to take some time to reflect on any achievements and engage with mentors or continue to develop my skills. Currently, I’m working on improving my sketching and formatting in AutoCad.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

Gaining insight to the lifecycle of a project, from ideation to commissioning, and the intricate relationships and skills required, has been the most interesting thing about my job. Through touch points in my rotation at each stage of a project timeline, it has been fascinating to understand the complete operating process of a tier 1 contractor, and by extension the future of infrastructure in Australia. Witnessing these landmark energy and transportation projects become realised is just the cherry on top.

What are the limitations of your role?

Every day presents a new set of challenges, so I never have the luxury of becoming comfortable or generic in my responsibilities. Learning to be agile in my thinking and adapt and problem solve on the go requires a good understanding of the processes, and great relationship skills to draw on the right expertise to achieve the optimal outcome.

Plus being so remote, I can’t rely on takeaway for lunch, and need to plan my meals in advance.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

Asking questions is not annoying, it shows interest and is sometimes the only way to learn.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

Bought some comfortable socks for my steel caps and got a haircut. I was nervous I would be out of my depth when I arrived on site, but the John Holland team welcomed me and explained everything to me so well, no prior preparation was needed. 


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Zhimo Li

What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?

2019.

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

I start my first rotation at Boneo Wastewater Treatment Plant in February 2019 and will concluding the rotation in December.

What does your typical workday look like?

6:30am arrive at the office and check emails.

7:00am Pre-start followed by stocktaking and contacting suppliers for quotations to complete budgets and prepare future work forecasts. 

1:00pm Daily Co-ordination meeting followed by working with my supervisor and the project engineer to document the Activity Management Statement and Inspection Testing Plan

To do evaluation and recommendation for suppliers/subcontractors.

Writing Activity Management Statement and Inspection Testing Plan by communicating with supervisor and project engineer.

5:00pm Finish work

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing is to be able to experience the different stages of construction, i.e. Service Relocation, Bulk Earth Work, Dewatering, Formwork. Every stage involves a completely different scope of work, which make things interesting. makes you never feel bored. There are always new challenges waiting for you to work out.

What are the limitations of your role?

Not being in attendance at client and designer meetings to get the latest updates can make it difficult at times.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

I would have liked to have gained great knowledge about general construction sequence, i.e. Earth work, Formwork, Concrete Structure, etc.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

Talking with people who are working at John Holland, to understand John Holland systems, and the relationship between Commercial, Financial, Estimating and Construction.


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