Working as a civil engineer overseas may be challenging at times, but never dull! Ken Gibbs C Eng, BSc, FICE, FRSTMH will reflect on the challenges and lessons for civil engineers working in water and wastewater engineering based on his experience in several countries.
Schooled and qualified in Southern Africa, Ken took some years to discover what he really wanted to do in life even though he started by dabbling in water – and ended much the same way. Along the way, he worked in southern Africa, the Middle East, south-east Asia and back to southern Africa before retiring and starting all over again – in disaster relief. He – with others – designed a handpump in Bangladesh which is now seen in around 3½ million units globally; and he developed a computerised piped, gravity water system design which held much promise, but failed. Why? This will be noted.
Civil engineering was a gateway to explore a number of his interests – like culture and language (he won't starve in six languages though he only professes to speak 1½, properly) – and sociology/anthropology which determines how people interact with the equipment we engineers provide, and how we should design, accordingly.
Ken's presentation promises to be informative and entertaining.
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