Henry Wood

Intermediate Engineer

"Working together across disciplines is great, because you get to learn how people work and what people need."

Question: How did you get into engineering?

Henry: It’s in the family. My father was an Engineer and my brother and uncle are both Engineers. I stayed true to my roots and studied mechanical engineering. It’s not like I was always destined to do it, but maths and physics are where my strengths are. Also, with an engineering degree, you can do a lot more than just engineering.

Question - You’re an Intermediate Engineer, what do you do all day?

Henry: I fix problems. My role is to develop the 3D model with input from the clients and contractors, along with the people who work for me - the BIM coordinators and my colleagues in other departments. Generally, my day is spent in meetings with my team discussing problems. Then we go away and fix the problems and move things along.

I work on the mechanical aspect of the build. We do things like developing the ventilation, the pipework and systems like that. For example, with something like Crossrail, we’d be making sure the station was properly ventilated, has enough air, is at the right temperature and so on. In my current project, I’m checking the modelling and going through the drawings to make sure the schematics we’ve received have been modelled correctly. Have we got all the right valves and the right valves in the right place? Do they work with the installation and maintenance strategy? Is the plan we’re developing physically possible to build? And then I provide information like weights to my structural colleagues so that they can develop their design.

Question: How do you use technology on a day-to-day basis?

Henry: My whole day is spent on the computer. I’m always having to learn new bits of software. Thankfully, I’m quite computer literate, so I can pick things up really quickly, but I do also like doing calculations by hand.

Question: What do you like about working at Bryden Wood and what makes it unique?

Henry: We’re small, so we can adapt to things. There’s also a lot of variety. I’m not stuck doing one thing. I have to do lots of things: I mark up drawings, I have to do drawings myself, I do remodelling, I have to do calculations. It’s diverse. I also like that there are a lot of young people. And because we’re multi disciplinary, there are lots of characters with different motivations. Working together across disciplines is great, because you get to learn how people work and what people need. Doing this all internally speeds things up and means we offer a much more efficient service to our clients.

Question: If you could build one thing, what would it be?

Henry: I would like to build a bridge. Buildings are buildings, but bridges... The Clifton Suspension Bridge has stood for 150 years and will stand for another 150 years. Bridges stand forever. Buildings get surrounded, but bridges don’t.