Today (4th October), nmcn will take part in This is Engineering Day, a day that celebrates the work of engineers.
This year’s theme is be the difference and we took the opportunity to speak to our Head of Performance, Improvement & Innovation Kevin Smalley about how his job makes a difference to clients, nmcn’s people and the local communities.
Despite having a background in environmental chemistry and biology, Kevin’s family has deep roots in mechanical engineering, so there’s no surprise that he ended up working in the sector. Kevin has worked for nmcn since 2006 and is a member of the steering group leading the ‘thinking differently’ strand of our Positive Impact Plan.
Kevin said: “At nmcn we have a huge focus on thinking differently to deliver the best solutions for our clients.”
Part of Kevin’s role is looking into innovation for clients to help them not only improve efficiencies but also generate cost savings.
He added: “We’re currently working with clients in our water segment to implement innovative technologies that are key to helping them achieve their outputs. There’s been a lot of research and development involved to help them achieve the best results.
“Using this technology brings a reduction in energy consumption, so it’s a positive for the environment and it’s also more cost-effective. It also requires minimal maintenance and it’s safer for the chemical operator, so overall there’s lots of benefits for the client.”
Kevin’s biggest achievement for nmcn to date is helping a client save millions of pounds through thinking differently and using offsite build.
He said: “Offsite build is something we will definitely grow in the future as it has so many benefits for the client including cost efficiencies and quality testing. Our aim is that by 2025, we will use 30% offsite build solutions in our group.”
nmcn is keen to have an input from all employees to make a difference to their processes. To achieve this, they have developed a ‘thinking differently’ app which Kevin was involved in creating.
He added: “The app was designed to capture all of the innovative ideas from the talented people we have here at nmcn. We’ve had some really good ideas including looking at 5D modelling structure for clients which will include costs and forecasts on a project.”
Outside of his normal day job, Kevin uses his charity days from the business to make a difference to a local community project at Jacob Smith Park.
“We’re committed to helping our local communities at nmcn and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to help in whatever way we choose. I’ve volunteered to support a local pond rehabilitation, changing it from a muddy hole to a real habitat for wildlife – we’ve even spotted bats there using it, so it’s definitely made a difference.”
Take part in the national conversation around This is Engineering Day, by using the hashtag #BeTheDifference.
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