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United Kingdom / Water / Engineering Geologist

Scott Davidson

Scott rafting tin the Osumi Canyon near the ancient city of Berat in central Albania.
Scott rafting in the Osumi Canyon, Albania
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Scott rafting in the Osumi Canyon, Albania Scott organised a rafting trip in the Osumi Canyon near the ancient city of Berat in central Albania. The canyon is 26km long, reaches over 50m deep and in places is just 2m wide-just enough to get a raft through!

"I get to travel to obscure places that not many other people will have visited and do some real exploration, whilst having some great adventures."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I joined Mott MacDonald in 2012 straight out of Imperial College London, where I did my dissertation in partnership with Mott MacDonald. Through the dissertation I interacted with many of my future co-workers and knew that I would be working in a friendly and supportive environment that would give me the opportunity to work on a large variety of big and small projects all over the world. Recently, I won the Geological Society's Glossop Award (2016) and was the youngest person in the company to gain chartership as CGeol. I'm now a chartership scrutineer for the Geological Society.

What is the best thing about your role?

I get to travel to obscure places that not many other people will have visited and do some real exploration whilst having some great adventures. I also get “full access back-stage” passes to see publicly closed off construction sites in action and gain valuable experience first-hand. Inside the office, I get to co-author papers with technical directors for our international conferences.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald offers a friendly and flexible culture allowing you to work in the manner which suits you best; you can change projects, offices and even countries. There is a general sense of community here and I get to interact with people from different parts of the company, over a range of grades. There is a social club which helps fund company outings and societies.

What has been your most memorable project?

So far I have worked on projects in; the Caribbean, the Middle East, UK, Georgia and Albania. But the clear winner has to be Albania where I spent six months on site performing owner's engineer site supervision duties for a large hydropower project scheme. This included the construction of 30km of new and widened canyon road. More recently, I did a one year secondment to MMB Leeds and designed slope stabilisation solutions.

When you’re not in the office where can you be found?

When not working on site, I am typically driving all over the host country exploring old castles, rafting down rivers and seeking out great photographic spots.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

Laptop, broadband internet, solar panel charger, water, food – in that order. The rest I can construct as I go along – or google it…

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