Nis Nonboe Andersen, Design Engineer & Niels Erik Mortensen, Design Manager, Portals, Ramps & Landworks
Apprenticeship: Experienced forces and new insights
It needs experienced forces to steer a mega project as the Femern Tunnel safely into target. But it is also important to get new knowledge and ask the right questions. The young engineer Nis and the very experienced Niels Erik agree on this – and both of them have enjoyed and learned from their apprenticeship relation.
To start your career in an Owner organisation is not custom for a newly qualified engineer. But for Nis it was no less than a dream job he was offered when Niels Erik asked him to be a permanent member of the Femern team:
”The Femern Tunnel will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world. It is extremely exciting to be part of this, and there is a very special spirit around the project. That I, on top of that have a really experienced and talented boss, who has taken me under his wings – then I cannot wish for more.”
Nis came directly from the engineer studies, and Niels Erik has more than 40 years’ experience from Øresundsbroen among others. They are both part of the Technical Division, where their area of responsibility is to construct the tunnel ramps, motorways, toll stations and bridges.
”Niels Erik has been really good to help me, discuss the problems with me ahead of meetings and in general teach me about the cooperation culture in an organisation – thereby making me familiar with an owner organisation.”
Nis is not the only one, who has gained from the cooperation. For Niels Erik it has been a great pleasure to meet such a brilliant talent:
”When such a young man arrives with a large amount of new knowledge, which he is eager to test – well, then really interesting things happen. It is important that we in a project with so many experienced forces get new and curious input. Ask the right questions, and have things shaken a little. Hopefully, it will go hand in hand so we can use new insight to clarify and improve previous methods.”
One of the things that Nis has taken with him from his studies, is his approach to the submission of the project:
”Put on edge, traditionally you submit a finished construction – and a pile of drawings and papers to those, who will be operating the construction. This “pile of paper” is not always very useful, because it has been made for construction purposes and not necessary for the operation. We will like do this differently. Therefore, already from the start we include this part and for instance make sure that drawings and 3D models are easily accessible in user friendly IT systems.”
Both Nis and Niels Erik are now looking forward to the next phase of the project: the construction phase. Even though Niels Erik does not let go of the Femern Tunnel right away, he does not count on following the project through to the completion.
”I have passed the retirement age, but it is simply so difficult to leave such a construction project. However, it makes it a little easier knowing that we have so talented young people like Nis, who are ready to take over.”
”When such a young man arrives with a large amount of new knowledge, which he is eager to test – well, then really interesting things happen. It is important that we in a project with so many experienced forces get new and curious input."