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Fineen started as a senior surveyor in our Christchurch, New Zealand office in 2015 and with the support of the team has developed into a team leader to help mentor and develop our Christchurch surveyors. Find out why she enjoys working at Beca and what sort of projects she’s been involved in over the past few years.

1. On your first day at Beca, what stood out to you?

The friendliness of everyone. Beca feels like a family as soon as you arrive. Everyone wants to help set you up so you can succeed and do well, right from the first day.

2. What sort of projects have you been involved in?

As part of SCIRT, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, I was involved with coordinating and managing the survey of the majority of Christchurch’s wastewater and stormwater assets. This also included a significant amount of road surface survey to help with the assessment of the damage to Christchurch’s infrastructure after the February 2011 earthquake which caused significant damage to underground infrastructure. The data collected was used to help work out what assets needed repair and/or replacement.

Similar to the role I had at SCIRT, for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) I was involved in coordinating the survey of roads, railway lines and slips in the Kaikoura area after the November 2016 earthquake which caused almost a million cubic meters of rock to fall on the roads and railway lines. The data collected was primarily used to help work out how much rock was being moved on a regular basis as well as assessment for repair of the roads and railway.

3. What three words would you use to describe the Survey team?

Family, collaboration, support.

4. What has been your favourite accomplishment at Beca?

Becoming a Survey Team Leader. This has enabled me to provide support, guidance and mentoring to the younger and/or less experienced members of the team.

5. How has Beca helped with your professional development? 

Beca offers training opportunities to help our teams develop professionally. I have attended Beca’s internal Job Manager training which gave me a better understanding of how Beca manages jobs.  This has enabled me to grow and develop professionally so I can be more effective and successful in my career.

6. What advice would you give to developing professionals? 

Hard work and perseverance is key to developing professionally. A quote I heard recently relating to professional development, (which I agree with 100%) is ‘Think about what you can do for you, not what your employer can do for you.’ At Beca, you really can own your career and drive your success. Your team will support you along the way.

7. What does the next 12 months hold for you? 

I am looking forward to the next 12 months with Beca. I am keen to development my Team Leader skills further to help my team members to develop and become better Beca surveyors.

8. Beca’s Survey team are hiring – what are you looking for in a new colleague? 

Friendly outgoing person with a good base knowledge of surveying in New Zealand.

9. Outside of your work, what do you love to do? 

I’m an avid (although not highly skilled) soccer player.  I have played for the last 18 years, with only one season off (this year), due to injury.  I’ve missed playing and can’t wait to get the footy boots back on again next year.

I live on a 4ha lifestyle property with my husband. We both enjoy getting outside into the veggie and flower garden, or into the paddocks to look after our stock and maintain our land. We’re excited to be adopting a greyhound later this year!

Beca feels like a family as soon as you arrive. Everyone wants to help set you up so you can succeed and do well, right from the first day.

Fineen McCarthy,

Senior Surveyor - Southern Infrastructure