This month, we ‘step into the blue’ with Toby Sharman, our piling department’s Site Supervisor. We spoke to Toby about his career with Aarsleff so far:
My career at Aarsleff Ground Engineering started as a topman in August 1999, when the company was still called Per Aarsleff UK.
After several years, I was given the opportunity to expand my skills and become a rig driver, and then a foreman on piling projects. I enjoy travelling and working on a variety of projects, from sheds and housing developments to civil and infrastructure schemes. Some of my favourite projects were for wind farms, where we installed the piles for the turbines. Even though over the years people have left and new people have joined, I have always enjoyed working with the site guys and being a member of the piling team.
In 2019, I had the opportunity to train and become a Site Supervisor. My first project was to oversee the Bicker windfarm substation near Sleaford. For this project, we had two rigs and installed over 1,500No. precast concrete piles.
My role on site is to liaise with the client and our operations team, making sure our piling works run smoothly and sorting any issues that occur. I have also been the supervisor for several of our large piling projects, including Purfleet, Kingsnorth, and Littlebrook. These have been some of my most enjoyable projects to look after, with Littlebrook being one of my most challenging as well. On this project, we had to thoroughly coordinate the logistics, moving piles around the site and utilising shunters and cranes. We also encountered difficult ground conditions, which required close communication with our client to ensure all the piles could be installed. Overall, we were able to overcome these challenges thanks to the great team.
I would like to thank everyone who I have worked with whilst being at Aarsleff; from those who gave me the opportunity to progress my skills, to the guys I have worked with within the piling team. I have been able to work on some great projects and I am proud to be a member of the Aarsleff team.
Thank you Toby!
Would you like to be part of Aarsleff Ground Engineering? Are you interested in Engineering or Construction? We have a variety of roles within Aarsleff Ground Engineering, you can find out about our current opportunities on our career’s page: Careers – Aarsleff