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Scott on the coast

United Kingdom / Transport / Graduate engineer

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!
Scott exploring the coast of Albania
Scott exploring the coast of Albania
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Scott exploring the coast of Albania Scott exploring the coastline of Albania. Did you know Albania is just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy and was the Lonely planet’s top country to visit in 2011?

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 opportunities to work on a large variety of big and small projects all over the world.

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 and have 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.

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 community sense and a lot of interaction between people from different parts of the company over a range of grades. There is a social club which helps fund company outings and clubs.

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 including the construction of 30km of new and widened canyon road.

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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