Day in the life - Alan Page

Alan Page, our London based Senior Planner and Delay Analyst, gives an insight into his first year at Systech.

What is your role with Systech and where are you based?

I am a London based engineer and construction planner who specialises in forensic delay analysis. I analyse the impact of actual events on the programme as well as looking at how potential events could influence planned activities. This type of early advice is crucial in allowing mitigation options to be put in place.

Tell us about some of the projects you have worked on?

I have wide ranging experience over a variety of sectors and locations. These include a power plant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, various highways projects in the USA, a gold processing plant in Egypt and the High-Speed Train 2 project in the UK. I have also been involved with adjudication board hearings for a power plant in South Africa.

What is your typical day?

I usually start the day at the site with an early morning project coordination meeting. I will update the as-built programme and analyse any delays, for which I will put together a narrative explaining my assessment for the project team. This allows them to take informed decisions regarding delays and construction logic sequence.

What are the interesting aspects of your work?

I enjoy working in different places around the world, integrating myself into project teams with diverse cultures and attitudes and contributing to a project’s progress. I also enjoy the challenge of investigating projects to understand progress, key contract dates and the reason for delays and then looking for solutions to bring the programme back on time.

What is the culture like?

The senior managers are very approachable, and the business promotes a strong team spirit and integration with clients.

How has working for Systech helped you achieve your career goals?

Systech has allowed me to expand my experience in further sectors and on major projects across the globe.

What has been your greatest achievement working for Systech?

My greatest achievement so far has been to instigate closer working between the commercial and planning departments on a project to improve change identification, evaluation and agreement. The improved integration helped management planning and decision making.