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Dave Evans
Hi Dave. Please introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Dave Evans and I run Aarsleff’s geotechnical department.

Tell me a little more about what you do

I aid with estimating and pricing new jobs, invoicing, purchasing and the day to day running of specific contracts. On average we work on 4 live jobs per week. I manage the site guys too and ensure that health and safety are of the utmost importance.

What are your goals here?

To continue to grow and develop Aarsleff’s geotechnical division, maintain the profitability of course and to ensure a happy and productive team produce good results!

What is a typical work day for you?

It varies day by day, but I would have a 7 am start in the office, do 2 hours desk work and then on to visit the next site or attend a pre-let meeting.

What has been your favourite project to work on and why?

Fisher Street in Newcastle was a fantastic one to work on. It was a challenging project because the 10m high stabilised slope had a busy road above, meaning the design had to be perfect. We were carefully monitoring the movement of the slope, and excavation had to be controlled. With a team of 11 guys over a 14 week period, we completed the project bang on schedule and the client was very happy.

What got you interested in engineering and construction?

It’s always been in the family. My father worked as a driller at Pro Pile in Finningley for around 40 years. My brother is a driller for Balfour, and my cousins work for Keller. At 22 years old I worked for Colcrete (now Keller), working in drift mines, then I moved to Cementation at age 25, where I worked on the highest soil nailing job in Guernsey – the St Peter Port which comprised a 40m high slope. As you can see I’ve always been surrounded by engineers, and indeed it has always been interesting to me. I have worked all over the world in North Africa, Egypt, Morocco on a vast variety of geotechnical techniques.

What is your favourite machine/rig and why?

I love using the Mait Baby Rig because it is radio controlled. It can be used in restricted areas for drilling in clays or soft rocks, and in railway work. It’s basically a small rig that can dig a big hole.

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