Incheon Bridge with ship impact protection, South Korea.

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'From Plymouth to paddy fields

Graduating from Plymouth Polytechnic with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 I returned to the north of England to continue my training toward the Institution professional examination. My company of choice was an Engineering Consultancy with a long pedigree in the design, project management and supervision of power station construction. Based in Manchester the next ten years provided formative experience in major projects around the globe including power stations in the U.K., Isle of Man, Ireland, Greece and India; coastal protection works and desalination plants in the Middle East; and roads, bridges, harbour and jetty design in the UK. This included three years of on site construction supervision of highway and power station projects.

The following six years provided opportunity to work with a number of renowned UK based Consulting Engineers whilst specialising in the design of bridge works and other major highway structures. In 1996 I was given my first opportunity to work Overseas. This was for a small Australian consulting service in Oman and responsible for projects ranging from highway feasibility studies in Pakistan to design and construction of the local Hyatt Hotel and the Royal Sports Stadium. The following years provided further opportunities to practise in my chosen fields of bridge, marine and power station engineering including the project management of the Incheon Bridge in South Korea, the sixth largest cable stayed span in the world.

My current role is in Vietnam helping to develop the countries’ infrastructure in terms of new power station design and construction. As the lead Civil Owner’s Engineer my team is responsible for the design and construction review of a 1200MW power station underway in rural Vietnam.

Nigel Brook BSc CEng MICE'

Extract from 'Getting into Engineering Courses'; ISBN978 1 84455 424 9; Published 2011