Geetha's role at Arcadis involves designing unique, innovative and sustainable systems that will leave a long-term environmental legacy


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Electrical Engineer shares her experience of working for Arcadis

Electrical Engineer shares her experience of working for Arcadis

 October 01, 2018

Geetha Kiranmayee Sathi is an Electrical Engineer at Arcadis UK. She has always been fascinated by science and technology which motivated her to become an Engineer. She joined Arcadis as a Graduate Electrical Engineer in January 2015, after gaining a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Leeds. Geetha was also a finalist for 2018 Women in Construction and Engineering Awards as Best Young Women Engineer.

"I have gained invaluable experience in designing the electrical systems in compliance with national and international standards from feasibility study to detailed design. My professional experience to date has provided a wealth of specialist skills and expertise," says Geetha.

An exciting career in engineering

Arcadis provided Geetha with a fantastic opportunity to gain some essential training and within two years she was promoted to Assistant Electrical Engineer in the Rail team. It’s her job to design electrical engineering systems for new and existing buildings - such as electrical distribution systems, lighting systems, alarm systems, lightning protection, earthing & bonding, and containment systems design, all in compliance with national and international standards.

This sees Geetha designing unique, innovative and sustainable systems using computer-aided design software, as well as developing Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure all the systems in a complex structure are coordinated.

Geetha advises clients and architects on energy use and conservation across a range of buildings and sites, helping to minimise environmental impacts and carbon footprint. Geetha has to ensure that the design of the building meets regulations and health and safety requirements, without compromising the client needs.

She often visit project sites, which gives her an appreciation of the existing installations, and provides the information she needs to prepare drawings, reports, specifications and technical notes.

In addition to Geetha's day-to-day role, she also organises various Continuous Professional Development (CPD) seminars to keep herself and the engineering community at Arcadis up-to-date with the latest technologies and product developments. She also provides technical and non-technical mentoring to junior engineers to help them achieve their goals.

Engineering a sustainable future

Working for Arcadis has given Geetha an opportunity to be involved in so many high-profile rail projects, such as Paddington Bakerloo Line Link, Jeddah Metro Stations, Barking Riverside Extension Station, Neasden Depot and many more. These have all broadened her experience and helped her develop technical and managerial skills.

Throughout all of this, Geetha has concentrated on developing and implementing low energy and zero carbon technologies to lessen climate change. When designing any electrical services and choosing the equipment for buildings, she always makes sure they meet the standard requirements of a low carbon footprint. When Geetha was working on Barking Riverside Station, for example, she proposed a photo-voltaic system to serve the station and export excess power out to the grid. It meant the client could gain credit on carbon and energy efficiency plans. The feedback was really positive, and the solution will deliver a long-term environmental legacy.

Passion for engineering

Geetha's passion has always been to play an instrumental role in the construction and engineering field. She has now been working in this industry for just over three years and overcoming different challenges every day keeps her inspired and motivated.

Currently, Geetha is working towards her Chartership through the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET). She is also planning to apply for a PhD on new sustainable technologies in the construction industry and their impact on climate change.

"I would say being an Engineer isn’t just about learning the principles of engineering and applying them in your job, it’s about contributing to the development of society. Before you take your first steps in any engineering field, just think for a moment about what you want to achieve in your life, and how you can contribute to society to create a sustainable world where future generations can live in harmony," says Geetha.

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