Women in Engineering; it’s a family thing

ITM are proud to have two talented and committed women who have committed to STEM subjects and have followed in their parents’ footsteps by becoming engineers.

Women in Engineering at ITM Monitoring; Rhiannon Scott, Bid Manager and Ana Barsan, Project Manager

Rhiannon Scott, Bid Manager and Ana Barsan, Project Manager

Anamaria Barsan, Project Engineer

Anamaria joined ITM a year ago as a Project Engineer, organising and overseeing the installation of geotechnical and structural monitoring systems across rail, road and building projects.

ITM found Ana’s previous experience was just what was needed to support their busy Project Management team, following  her early roles as a Photovoltaic Project Engineer in Bucharest, Romania and as a Geodetic Engineer in Passau, Germany. Her following position data processing laser scans and point cloud extractions on the construction of the new Paris Philharmonic Hall, were all a great grounding for ITM’s service offering.

Ana’s choice of engineering as a career was never in doubt; her mother, aunts and father are all engineers. When studying topography, geodesy, cadaster, cartography and photogrammetry at university and obtaining her Master’s in Processing and Analysing Geospatial Data in Bucharest, Ana never dreamed that by the age of 27 she would be one of five women in the State of Qata working on the Doha Metro. After two years on the project Ana looked for further international experience and on moving to London in 2016, joined ITM.

Now, working on the K1 Knightsbridge project Anna is a major part of the team preparing for the construction of the prestige retail development in London, by installing monitoring equipment in the London Underground tunnels and station potentially affected by the planned works.

When asked where she thought she might be in five or ten years’ time, Ana’s life philosophy shone through, “The things that you want in your life will show up when you stop chasing them,” so only time will tell.

Rhiannon Scott, Bid Manager

ITM’s other female engineer, Rhiannon Scott, was also born into the discipline with a father and numerous uncles also following different engineering paths. Initially gaining a degree in Biology at the University of Exeter, Rhiannon was drawn to large scale land management and law which lead to a Masters in Surveying.

Rhiannon’s background is in the extractive industries sector. After graduating from the Camborne School of Mines Rhiannon’s focus was the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveying purposes. Following her first role as a Land Surveyor, Rhiannon progressed to Aerial Division Manager for a firm in West Sussex. This involved training in Germany to become a Leica Aibotix qualified UAV pilot and surveying quarries for clients including Hanson Aggregates and Lafarge Tarmac.

Despite a busy schedule, Rhiannon found time to return to Exeter University and mentor two students also studying for their Masters in Surveying through their dissertation projects, with one achieving a place at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In addition, Rhiannon returned to where the journey began for her, Steyning Grammar School, to discuss and promote following STEM subjects to A-Level students.

With her extensive knowledge of the structural, geotechnical and environmental monitoring techniques and capabilities Rhiannon’s expertise was a perfect fit for ITM Monitoring when she joined in 2014 as their Business Development Executive.

Working on new business opportunities Rhiannon developed her knowledge of infrastructure and construction projects and progressed to a position in Bid Management. As part of the senior management team Rhiannon enjoys working with every business group within ITM to strategise and compose detailed tender proposals and quotations under the mentorship of Managing Director, Jon Scott.

ITM are proud to support gender parity in engineering fields and fully support International Women in Engineering Day. Jon Scott, ITM Monitoring Managing Director adds

The world of engineering has changed tremendously since I started in the 1980s. The enthusiastic and intelligent women we have on board have made a wonderful addition to how we work on an everyday basis. I look forward to what the future will bring.