Katie Emmitt reflects on the last 6 months of her Year in Industry placement
18 August 2017
My final six months here at Surface have been just as busy as the first six. I have been involved in a variety of different projects working with a range of different technical disciplines.
I spent a lot of the spring in the field conducting surveys including Great Crested Newt (GCN) and Bat Transects with the Ecology Team. I have also helped to undertake Otter and Water Vole surveys. Typical British weather meant I often got wet and gained a somewhat windswept appearance. I was quite relieved to own a full set of waterproofs and wellies. However this was all worth it as I was lucky enough to observe other species that I have never seen in their natural habitats such as Badgers, Owls and Deer.
Whilst in the office I have helped to draft air quality reports, have undertaken large amounts of data collection to assist in Arcus’ report writing, and have worked with the planning team to write feasibility reports. I have produced a variety of maps and have learnt how to use GIS when out in the field and now feel fully confident using GIS software. I was also given the opportunity to assist the hydrology team in a visit to a solar farm to assess drainage issues onsite, and in assisting the acoustic team set up noise monitoring equipment. During all this, my colleagues have been on hand to guide and support me and offer advice whenever I needed.
During my year at Surface I have gained a real insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at a multi-disciplinary consultancy. Being given the opportunity to undertake fieldwork and help draft reports in the office has shown me how vital site visits are when producing reports. I have witnessed how projects and proposals are managed and coordinated successfully between the different teams, and have seen how dedicated staff work together to ensure only high quality work is submitted.
I have really enjoyed working at Surface. I have gained some valuable experience and learnt new skills all of which will be useful when I return to University in a month’s time. Working with a team of highly skilled colleagues passionate about their field makes for an inspiring and successful working environment. This last year has gone by really fast and I have been welcomed and made to feel part of the Surface team. It’s a small world and who knows if our paths will cross again in the future.
Thanks for having me!