Ferrovial Agroman Graduate Blog 2: Graeme Dobbin's updates

Ferrovial Agroman Graduate Blog 2: Graeme Dobbin's updates
Graeme Dobbin is one of the graduate engineers that are part of the ICE Training graduate programme. He shares his thoughts below about the recent classroom courses he attended and
how they are beneficial to his work.

THE COMPREHENSIVE CDM2015 OVERVIEW


Since attending the comprehensive CDM2015 course at the Institution of Civil Engineers, it has given me a greater understanding and in-depth knowledge of the current regulations in place in order to cover the management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects from concept through to completion. The explanation of the general duties of all the duty holders from the client through to the principal contractor was most interesting as it detailed exactly what each duty holder must abide by when a project is notifiable under CDM. 

As civil engineers, we are responsible to plan and manage construction works on a day to day basis,  this course has emphasised the legal duties I have as an engineer under CDM2015 to ensure to mitigate any potential risks and to effectively communicate these risks to all relevant personnel.  The tutor ensured the sessions were interactive and allowed for open discussions and debates throughout which helped with the understanding of particular subjects within the course as we could discuss together and try and relate to our specific projects. 

This course is a great starting point for any civil engineer professional in order to gain a solid understating of their legal role and responsibility within the construction industry. 

FINANCE FOR ENGINEERS COURSE


The Finance for Engineers course at the Institution of Civil Engineers explained that capital construction projects not only involve engineering, but also investment and financial decisions. Throughout the day, the course helped with becoming more comfortable with the financial terminology and financial reporting which companies must produce. The discussion on financial metrics and the basic financial model for a business or project helped with the understanding of our legal duties as a principal contractor, for example, the time we have to pay subcontractors.  

The course has given me an awareness that every decision I take on the construction site affect not only production but also have financial implications for the overall company.

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