What led you to this career?
When I left school, I initially worked as a CAD Draughtsman for a survey company. This is where I began to use CAD packages like AutoCAD and Microstation. Here, I worked on scopes such as the A1M Widening project. From there, my ex-husband and I collaborated with another partner and created an independent small CAD company where I honed my skills. We were involved in a variety of interesting projects such as CAD modelling Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre before it was built to show planning the low impact it would have on the surrounding scenery, The North Haugh Centre in St Andrews, right through to working with the likes of ex-professional golfer Peter Thomson, aiding to design and build golf courses in Australia. I was also lucky enough to meet Sir Norman Foster.
When I returned from Australia, a job offer meant a move to Aberdeen, and I spent the next 13 years working for a services company, sub-contracted to a major oil and gas company. During my time as an Inspection Coordinator, we regularly used the services of Sonomatic Ltd. I always liked working with them, so when an opportunity arose to work here in a staff position, I was thrilled to take up a new challenge.
What does your job role involve?
The role is varied, in that I am involved in anything from the 2D/3D drawing of vessels and assisting with reports before issuing to clients. I also look after the Achilles FPAL administration, which includes ensuring the questionnaires are up to date and issuing feedback requests to clients. I have also recently been involved in Visa applications and developing a SIMS User Guide.
Can you give an insight into your working day at Sonomatic?
I am an early riser, currently starting at 6.00am whilst working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially, I will go through any emails and action any requests. Presently I am working on the SIMS User Guide manual for our in-house dynamic software package, but whenever I am needed for working on client requirements, creating FPALs etc, then that becomes my priority. No two days are the same.
What is the best thing about being part of the Sonomatic Team?
The people I work with are amazing and we are exactly that…a team! We have really pulled together during this challenging time. I celebrated a birthday milestone this year, and the team made it one to remember with a “Teams” call that included a song just for me (Matthew’s drama skills came in handy) as well as a card, flowers and a gift delivered to my house! I was made to feel very special.
What accomplishment have you made at Sonomatic that you are proud of?
Getting the Sonomatic Achilles platform up to date and currently seeing it through the upgrades that Achilles are making. Once complete, hopefully, we will be able to build on our client base.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love getting away in our motorhome (which was a little difficult during lockdown periods). Catching up with family and friends when I can. I also enjoy renovating our home…. A new kitchen is the next project.