Which company did you begin your career with?
Ana: In February 1994 I joined Geotest, a Portuguese company focusing on geotechnical design, site investigation, laboratory tests, construction monitoring and technical supervision on site. . This allowed me to gain experience producing geotechnical interpretative reports and providing design consultancy and technical assistance in geotechnical works: earthworks, soil improvement, slope stabilisation, retaining structures, deep excavations, deep pile foundations and monitoring. I started as Graduate Design Engineer, progressed to Design Manager and finally Director (from 2007 to May 2014). While working in Geotest, I was involved in several challenging projects, mostly in Portugal but also in Angola, Mozambique and Brazil. In parallel, in 2002 I was invited by FCTUNL to be a part-time lecturer, teaching soil mechanics, foundations engineering and geotechnical design, position that I held until August 2014.
How long have you been with Bachy Soletanche and what roles have you held in the company?
Ana: In October 2014 I decided to embrace the challenge of developing my career in the UK working for Bachy Soletanche. I started as Senior Design Engineer, in May 2016 I was promoted to Principal Design Engineer and then to Area Design Manager for the Southern business. Currently I am the Bachy Soletanche UK Design Manager.
During your career, what project(s) has been your highlight and why?
Ana: During my career, for more than 25 years, I have been involved in a great variety of projects. I can refer some of the most recent and relevant ones.