Meet Sam Wells

An Otago grad, passionate about training and leading the way as a surveyor.

Survey the job scene

Sam started at Beca in 2015 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Land Surveying at the University of Otago. Three years on, he is an integral member of the Auckland survey team, helping to support the development of the team in laser scanning. He gives us a glimpse into what life is like working at Beca and his plans for the future.


1. What have been the highlights of your career so far at Beca?

I have had the chance to travel to some incredible places in the Pacific, including Vanuatu, Fiji, Rarotonga and American Samoa working on local airport upgrades.

Right from the start, I have been offered the opportunity to work on key infrastructure and building projects which make a national difference, from the Auckland Airport upgrade, Auckland University expansion and development of Auckland CBD (Britomart and Viaduct Harbour).

2. What has challenged you?

Being encouraged to step out of your comfort zone. From the beginning, you are an integral part of the team so making independent decisions is important.

Over the last 18 months, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the growth of our Auckland survey laser scanning team. This involved technical development, national training and workflows. It was definitely a challenge to start with but I have learnt so much in the process and now feel confident implementing these kinds of training programmes.

3. What do you enjoy about working with the team?

The team culture is great! We do lots of social activities outside of work like taking part in bowls tournaments, team dinners, and of course the office sports banter is a regular highlight of the working week.

Our multi-disciplined environment exposes you to all facets of surveying, including land development, laser scanning and UAV, cadastral, construction, engineering and topographical. This has meant I have broadened my expertise in a lot of different areas.

4. Briefly describe the experience you have acquired since you started with us.

I am currently an intermediate surveyor with 3.5 years of experience in laser scanning, engineering and land development projects of local, national and international scale.

At Beca, I have developed independent decision making, as well as strong leadership abilities and liaising with both internal Beca engineers and external clients. A key growth area for me has been in work package management with a focus on resourcing.

5. Where do you think your career will take you?

At Beca you shape your own career. The vast array of opportunities allows you to follow your field of interest with the necessary technical support.

One day, I would like to lead a survey team at Beca. My organisation and leadership skills have developed since being at Beca and I want to continue shaping myself and any new members of our team. Ultimately, I want to play a part in shaping Auckland’s infrastructure and say that I made a difference.


It’s a great team culture

Your opinion matters. No matter your role or place in the survey team, everyone is treated equally. Every individual has a variety of skillsets and experiences which are utilised.

Sam Wells,