I joined Atkins in Qatar in 2013 as part of Central Planning Office, MMUP, as Senior Highway Engineer. My role is multifaceted, with involvement in a range of tasks including ‘Keep Doha Moving’, ‘Fitting it all Together’, Portfolio Management & Station Master Planning. I have gained in-depth knowledge of Qatar's transport portfolio.
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer, and in addition to the two years in Qatar, I have over 10 years of experience in delivering highway/transport projects in the UK.
Mar 2013 – Present Atkins, Qatar Senior Engineer
Jan 2009 – Feb 2013 Jacobs, UK Project Manager
Jan 2007 – Dec 2008 Jacobs, UK Project Engineer
Sep 2004 – Dec 2006 Jacobs, UK Assistant Engineer
A Chartered Engineer with twelve years of progressive experience and increasing responsibility within the civil engineering industry, predominantly in highway projects. I offer a balance of project management, technical, commercial and leadership skills, developed through the delivery of a range of highway projects. I can demonstrate a strong record of proficiency and success across a variety of infrastructure projects from concept to construction both in the UK and, over the last two years, on transport projects in the Middle East.
Areas of Experience
• Project Management
• Highway Engineering
• Public realm
• Traffic calming / Safety schemes
• Transport Planning
• Bus infrastructure design
• Road Maintenance
• Station Master Planning
• Temporary Traffic Management
Jun 2002 – July 2003 NHA, Pakistan Junior Engineer
University of Warwick, UK – 2004
Engineering Business Management
Master’s of Science
National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan – 2002
Bachelor of Engineering
Memberships & Certifications
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK Member Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)
Engineering Council, UK Chartered Engineer (CENG)
Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP)
APMG-International PRINCE2 Practitioner
MMUP, Qatar Grade A Engineer
Team Leadership Experienced in leading and coordinating cross-functional teams composed of different skills sets.
Project Management Experienced in managing projects and meeting the client’s time, cost and quality objectives. Possess sound understanding of project management methodologies and underlying principles.
Budgeting/Scheduling Ability to create project programmes & work schedules, and undertake budgetary planning & financial control.
Communication Excellent report writing, presentation and interpersonal skills.
Produced various feasibility/technical reports and presentations for a number of clients/authorities.
Technical skills Diverse technical skills covering highway design, road maintenance, urban/public realm, regeneration, bus infrastructure, safety/traffic calming schemes, expressways, highway drainage, temporary traffic management, station master planning and transport planning. Sound understanding of design standards such as DMRB, MCHW, QHDM & AASHTO. Proficient in MXROAD.
Software experience MOSS/MX (including linemode, major & minor options, and producing input files), AUTOCAD (including add-ons), MS Office, AutoCAD Civil 3D (basic).
CENTRAL PLANNING OFFICE (MMUP), ATKINS, QATAR
2013 – PRESENT
I am currently undertaking a multi-faceted role at the CPO, which is responsible for coordinating Qatar’s capital and logistics programmes in an efficient, cost effective and integrated way. My role involves a broad range of stakeholders, tasks, disciplines and outcomes, and has provided me with in-depth knowledge of Qatar’s transport portfolio including Expressways, Metro, Local Roads & Drainage and other infrastructure projects.
‘KEEP DOHA MOVING’ I am involved in the KDM initiative of reducing construction induced congestion posing potential risk to the delivery of transport infrastructure portfolio critical to FIFA 2022.
Highway Improvements I am responsible for examining various locations within Doha in order to improve roadway capacity before construction of major Expressway and Metro projects. I developed a number of interim highway improvements for implementation prior to the peak in construction activity between 2015–2018, with the aim of optimizing travel route choices and assisting traffic flows during construction.
Temporary Traffic Management
I am involved in the identification of interfaces and programme overlaps of QRail’s Metro & Ashghal’s Expressway projects; development of TTM schemes and sequencing of major construction projects; ensuring coordination between traffic management & site access requirements between projects/stakeholders. I participate in, and have presented at the TTM
Working Group, chaired by CPO, to agree the principles of TTM, routeing and diversion of traffic on adjacent road corridors, sequencing and prioritisation of works, and simplifying construction interfaces, therefore minimising cost and delay risk to Metro and Expressway programmes.
Network Performance Assessment
I am involved in the assessment of the cumulative impact of planned TTM schemes across the Doha road network. I provide input (proposals for traffic diversions, road closures, junction upgrades etc.) for the SATURN traffic model, based on the committed TTM schemes, and use the outputs (levels of service, congestion level, and changes in network capability) to inform decision making, need for intervention and mitigation.
I am responsible for managing the KDM programme and developing/maintaining 3/12 month plans, managing QA/QC processes, document control, and risk management activities.
‘FITTING IT ALL TOGETHER’
I am involved in the ‘Fitting It All Together’ programme aimed towards resolving potential interface issues generated by the planned implementation of Expressways, Metro and other infrastructure projects. I identified and facilitated the resolution of various design and construction interfaces. My proposed solutions include re-sequencing of projects or activities, modifying design concepts or alignments, entrusting the design and/or construction of parts of a project from the original stakeholder to the one best placed to deliver.
STATION MASTER PLANNING
As the highways lead on the station area planning team, I am responsible for the planning and integration of the at-surface area surrounding 36 proposed Metro stations within Qatar. My role involves a broad spectrum, including transport planning, highway engineering, traffic engineering and urban planning. My focus is on achieving station areas that are fully integrated within the urban context of their surroundings and providing multi-modal transportation facilities. I produce technical notes and transport studies covering the proposed at-surface station layouts and access proposals using all modes of transport. I participate in workshops and consultation with stakeholders including QRail, Ashghal and developers, as part of a key exercise in providing station master plans that are suitable for all users.
I was involved in re-profiling of Expressways programme, aimed at ensuring delivery and reducing risk to critical 2022 objectives. Tasks involved developing concept designs with reduced scope and re-phasing of projects. Benefits included smoothed peak in material demand, project interfaces, construction traffic and risk of delay.
I am involved in additional tasks within the Portfolio Management workstream, such as monthly review of Expressway programme and Key Milestones, programme risk assessment and scenario planning, all aimed towards ensuring the successful delivery of transport infrastructure.
PROJECT MANAGER /HIGHWAYS TEAM LEADER
2012 – 2013
I was the Project Manager/Highways Team Leader for a new link road project, part of a development & growth strategy for Congleton town. I was responsible for managing and coordinating various elements of project development including environmental mitigation, design, traffic modelling and a business case for securing government funding. I ensured strict adherence to a tight programme that included establishing the ‘objectives’ & ‘need for intervention’, undertaking ‘option development’ and progressing through to ‘preferred route announcement’, in accordance with DfT’s Transport Appraisal Guidance / DMRB.
CONGLETON LINK ROAD – CHESHIRE EAST COUCIL
PROJECT MANAGER /HIGHWAYS TEAM LEADER
2009 – 2012
I was Project Manager for highway/public realm schemes, with activities falling within engineering design, management, and public relations spectrum, while complying with national regulations & corporate procedures pertaining to quality, environment & H&S. I managed project budgets & invoicing, while monitoring project receivables, revenue & margins. I was responsible for day-to-day client interaction and setting and managing client expectations.
COVENTRY 2012 LASTING LEGACY
This was a £7M initiative of City Centre upgrades marking the hosting of Olympic 2012. I led design teams in delivering four ‘shared space’ projects for the regeneration of city’s key areas as thriving urban centres.
RILEY SQUARE INTERCHANGE
This was part of a £44M PrimeLines initiative of improving bus infrastructure in Coventry. I undertook Project Manager role for the scheme involving provision of a bus interchange, civic improvements and a public car park.
CENTRO ROUTE 13 SHOWCASE, COVENTRY
I was the Project Manager/Lead Engineer for bus infrastructure improvements, bus priority and journey time savings along the 6km long Number 13 bus route. I was responsible for overseeing a number of engineering disciplines (highways, transport & traffic, utilities, UTC) to deliver solutions with a FYRR that met local government criteria to secure £3.2M worth of funding.
I worked closely with the client (CCC), project sponsor (Centro), bus service operators, statutory authorities, whilst taking part in an extensive public consultation exercise.
I was responsible for undertaking detailed design while overseeing a team of two graduates and three technicians and managing a multidisciplinary project team.
ENGINEER/ASSISTANT – PROJECT MANAGER
2007 – 2009
I was the Lead Designer on schemes varying from urban highway design to regeneration and maintenance. Role involved overseeing designs carried out by graduates/technicians, producing fee proposals, project execution plans, monthly reports, contract documentation and carrying out risk workshops.
LATITUDE WALK, ASHFORD, KENT
I was the Project Manager for this town centre regeneration scheme. I was responsible for the design while working closely with the architect organisation, S278 developer, suppliers of the bespoke materials, and the statutory authorities.
FAR GOSFORD STREET REGENERATION
I was responsible for carrying out detailed design for a major regeneration scheme within a conservation area. The work involved improving a main corridor into the Coventry City Centre by implementing a 20mph limit and one-way system and providing new parking facilities, improved bus facilities, landscaping and undertaking carriageway reconstruction. Scheme Value: £1.6M
LONGFORD SQUARE, HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS
I produced feasibility and detailed design for this scheme which involved 1.2m length of road widening, a new bus gate and bus stop upgrades adjacent to businesses and residential properties. My feasibility study identified potential options to reduce the bus journey time.
2004 – 2007
I was Lead Engineer for various highway, road maintenance and safety schemes with responsibility of producing feasibility studies, project designs, technical reports, progress reports, contract documents and undertaking site inspection.
PRIMELINES – STONEY STANTON ROAD
As the Lead Engineer, I carried out detailed design for the scheme involving improvement to the existing bus infrastructure though junction alterations, formalised parking bays by widening the carriageway, bus priority measures by implementing a bus lane and traffic light priority, and upgrading bus stops to Showcase standard. I produced the design model using MXROAD.
TRAFFIC CALMING / SAFETY SCHEMES.
‘SAFER ROOTS TO SCHOOL‘
I worked as part of the transportation team responsible for undertaking traffic calming schemes aimed at creating a safer environment for residents and motorists. I was responsible for producing feasibility reports that included accident and traffic analysis, economic assessment of the proposals, determination of FYRR and a written justification of proposals. I carried out detailed design of a number of traffic calming schemes within Coventry, and produced specifications and drawings using AutoCAD. I also participated in public consultation.
NATIONAL HIGHWAY AUTHORITY, PAKISTAN
2002 – 2003
I was Junior Engineer and part of the site supervision team on the construction of 55 km M3 Motorway project. My work shadowed senior engineers and undertook site inspection along an 18km section of the of the WBM carriageway construction and highway structures such as reinforced earth wall & box girder bridges, culverts and underpasses. I oversaw quality assurance tests such as cube test, workability test, and slump test for concrete. I gained considerable exposure to major highway construction work.
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