Anjumn the Civil Engineer
I was born in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa. On completing my A levels I enrolled at Nairobi University and attained a degree in Civil Engineering. Soon after graduating I got married to Hasnein, who is also a Civil Engineer, and emigrated to Devon during August 1984.
I started work with DCC in February 1985. DCC is my first and only employer to date. It offered me the training under agreement that would later enable me to complete my professional exams and become a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It has been extremely hard work to carry on with a full time job whilst my children were young. However, over the years this situation has greatly improved. My family is important to me and my progression has been paced accordingly. Working for Devon County Council has given me the ability to balance my work and life at home.
Schemes that I am and have been involved in include The Exe Estuary Trail, Fore St/High St., Enhancement in Totnes, Widening of the B3264 Kingsbridge Hospital to Palegate Cross, various Casualty Reduction and Traffic Calming Schemes, refurbishment of Okehampton Railway Station and construction of the A380 Stage 4.
I am currently a Team Leader within the Engineering Design Group for Highways, responsible for the design and delivery of capital Local Transport Plan (LTP) projects within Exeter, East and Mid Devon. The type and size of projects varies considerably. Smaller schemes include footway and cycleway improvements or crossing facilities. Larger schemes include Highway Structural Maintenance and Town Centre Enhancement schemes. Some projects involve partnership working with District or City Council.
Part of my responsibilities includes regular meetings with Clients, Councillors, affected Landowners and others and responding to enquires from the public. I also carry out design checks for new developments in relation to Section 278 and Section 38.
It has been a very interesting and satisfying career so far. Looking back on my life I do not think there is anything I would have changed. My career has been very rewarding and satisfying and continues to remain so.
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