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As you will appreciate I thought long and hard about this address; should I give a presentation of the many and varied projects I and my teams have been fortunate to tackle, or should I be more fundamental and give my observations on the ingredients that make for success in our industry, albeit from a personal perspective.
I surprisingly decided on the latter: I will have other opportunities to present my projects, but very few to express what I think matters in 'getting it right' in our industry.
I have to be absolutely clear from the outset of this address that I am a 'hands-on' projects engineer who has had the good fortune to have led the design and procurement of projects, some major, and then to have taken them forward to construction and commissioning. That is what I have sought from my career - nothing more than to be the project engineer and manager of the total enterprise.
Reflecting on the factors that made such a wonderful career possible I would have to emphasise the importance of:
Michael Glover, FREng, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIStructEDirector, Arup & Fellow of Arup