Prem Chane's Approach to Consulting Engineering
Prem Chane joined our Vancouver team this summer as a Senior Engineer. We recently sat down with him to learn about his approach to consulting and his experience at Entuitive so far.
Thanks for sitting down with us today, Prem. What drew you to Entuitive?
I’d say the fact that while Entuitive is newer to Vancouver, it has a significant presence in Calgary and Toronto. That balance of working in a newer office but having the support of more established offices was attractive to me.
Also, the type of work that Entuitive does is really appealing to me. It’s not just new builds – we also work within the transportation, restoration, and construction engineering groups, just to name a few. My thought was, if you’re focused on a few disciplines, you can master those disciplines and bring in people that are key for that type of work. Coupled with the one company policy, I’ve witnessed quite strong cross office collaboration.
How do you approach your work? Do you have any philosophies or rules of thumb that you apply to your working style?
My approach is to be a teammate on each job. As a consultant, I try to approach the job holistically and collaborate with the entire team to ensure the project is successful. I try to see what’s best for the project holistically and not just look at what is good structurally. The solution has to fit for the entire team.
Are there any career experiences that have shaped your approach?
In my past, I worked on plenty of P3’s and Design Build projects. The alternative project delivery methods shaped my viewpoint on how projects can be delivered. There is a different mindset that you must have when you’re working on those delivery mechanisms and that was influential early in my career. Specifically, I’ve seen that collaboration is needed up front to ensure a successful project, so I take that experience and put it into practice with each job I’m involved in.
Are there any lessons you’ve learned along the way, or any advice you’d like to give to other engineers who are starting out in their career?
Speak up. Even if you’re a relatively new engineer, you have a unique perspective that can help move your team or a project forward.
What are you looking most forward to now that you’re settled in?
I’m looking forward to working on some of our interesting projects, especially the wood frame buildings. That, and getting out there and meeting new co-workers and clients.
Any final thoughts to share?
We’ve got a passionate team here in Vancouver who are doing great things. I’m really looking forward to where we can be in the next 5 years now that we’re hitting our stride.
Thanks for sitting down with us today, Prem! If you’d like to learn more about Prem, you can reach out to him here.