6 of the most exciting international construction megaprojects

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

From jaw-dropping skyscrapers to vast, burrowing tunnels, in recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of construction megaprojects taking place all around the world. These amazing feats of engineering are a great example of the endless possibilities for those working in infrastructure.

With HS2 gearing up to be the biggest infrastructure project Europe has ever seen, there’s never been a more exciting time to enter the world of engineering and construction. If that’s not enough to spark your imagination, we’ve compiled a list of 6 of the most exciting international construction megaprojects of recent years.

1) Panama Canal Expansion, Panama

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The Panama Canal Expansion project, also known as the Third Set of Locks Project, was opened in June 2016, with work on the project beginning back in 2007. The project was proposed in April 2006 as a way to double the capacity of the Panama Canal by creating a new 3.8 mile-long channel for new locks – a task which required 4.4 million cubic meters of concrete and cost more than $5.25 billion.

2) One World Trade Centre, New York

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One World Trade Centre, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the main building in the rebuilt Word Trade Centre complex in New York. Stretching to a whopping 1,776 feet, it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the 6th tallest in the world. The tower took 7 years to complete and cost an estimated $3.8 billion

3) Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, China

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The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge is an enormous project consisting of a number of bridges and tunnels that will connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai via the Lingdingyang channel. The project includes two artificial islands for the tunnel landings, with the longest bridge section spanning over 18 miles. Due to some delays, the project is now aiming to be completed by 2021, at an estimated cost of $10.6 billion.

4) Crossrail, London

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Crossrail is a 73 mile railway line currently under development in London and the South East. It’s Europe’s largest construction project, with over 10,000 people working across over 40 different sites, costing around £14.8 billion. When it’s complete, there will be 40 Crossrail stations, including 10 new stations, and will bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of Central London.

5) Three Gorges Dam, China

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Spanning an incredible 7,600 feet, China’s Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest dam, with the project taking 17 years and costing $27.6 billion. The dam features 32 main turbines and has a total electric generating capacity of 22,500 MW.

6) Khazar Islands, Azerbaijan

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The Khazar Islands, or Caspian Islands, is a proposed development consisting of 41 artificial islands in the Caspian Sea, south of Baku, Azerbaijan. Upon completion, the development is planned to house 1 million residents and contain 150 schools, 50 hospitals and day-care centres, parks, shops, university campuses, a racetrack and more. Not to mention the Azerbaijan Tower, which is expected to be the tallest rower in the world. The project is scheduled to be completed between 2020 and 2025 and is expected to cost $100 billion.

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I am currently working with one of the UK's leading engineering contractors who require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience on MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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I am currently working with a leading engineering contractor that require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience across MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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Our Client based in Hilsea has a requirement for 2 x Team Leaders. This role has an initial 3 months trial period and if successful will ongoing. The Role: Responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows. Manage employee relations working within procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects Maintain flexibility in line with business needs Key Deliverables Environment Health & Safety Ensure compliance to Company Policies and initiatives within the business area - reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company's procedure and implement identified corrective actions. Provide regular coaching and training to support adherence to EH&S. Quality Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site. Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently. Identify food and bad quality practices within the value stream and escalate appropriately. Analyse quality data trends and facilitate improvements. Delivery Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques. Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA) Responsible for lead times. This role is on a 9 day fortnight. 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2. No onsite parking

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