Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week
Day in the life of an Assistant Surveyor and Geospatial Apprentice at Murphy Surveys
It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2019, a week of celebrations to showcase the nation’s apprentices who are blazing their own trail, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a day in the life of our very own Geospatial Apprentice, Abdulkadir Sufi. Abdulkadir joined us last year as an Assistant Surveyor and was one of the very first students to enter the Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship Scheme. He is currently studying part-time for a BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Science, the degree that underpins the geospatial apprenticeship at the University of East London.
How does your typical day start?
My typical day starts by checking the projects I’m scheduled to support on KBOSS, our internal online operations hub. All of our projects and tasks are detailed on the tool, which makes life easy as everything is documented and checked on the system. Once I know which client sites I’m due to support, I plan my week and make my way to site. Once I’m onsite I meet one of our surveyors and begin the site induction.
What projects have you worked on since starting as an Assistant Surveyor?
I joined Murphy Surveys in 2018 and I’ve worked on a range of interesting projects, most recently Keybridge House, a large monitoring project with Mount Anvil on the south bank of the Thames, where we’ve been manually monitoring 3D targets and levelling studs for the project. I’ve also been working on a landmark structure in a very iconic part of Central London.
It’s never a dull moment, lots of exciting projects and experience to get stuck into.
What does your coursework for your BSc in Surveying and Mapping Science entail?
My coursework involves levelling, checking differences in heights, calculating height differences by rise and fall method and plain collimation method. Using EDM, horizontal and vertical measurements. I need to work out internal angles and errors which can occur when completing a task and incorporating this into a report for my coursework. I’m also looking at methods, problems encountered, calculations, errors in calculations, corrections.
What inspired you to take up a career in surveying?
I have always loved buildings, architecture and the process of building a structure from the ground up. I have always been intrigued by the construction industry and how it has developed over the years. For me, surveying is a key part of this and this is something I have always been interested in studying.
What’s your favourite aspect of surveying?
Seeing a project through from the start to finish, and by working across all of the surveying services that Murphy Surveys provides, which keeps life interesting and varied.
What do you like about working for Murphy Surveys?
Every day is an educational day for me, the reason why I say that, is that every person who works for Murphy Surveys; from the Project Managers in the office and the Surveyors on site are willing to pass on the knowledge they have. I have learnt a lot and there is still a lot I am excited to learn about!
Good luck to Abdulkadir for your future career in surveying and in successfully completing your apprenticeship and degree in BSc Surveying and Mapping Science.
To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week visit www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2019