Key bypass project role for ex-KEVI pupil

Adam Robson is a building information modelling manager for the Morpeth Northern Bypass project. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Adam Robson is a building information modelling manager for the Morpeth Northern Bypass project. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A civil engineer from Northumberland was delighted to be given the opportunity to work on a major project just a few miles from home.

Adam Robson joined the Morpeth Northern Bypass team just before Christmas as a building information modelling (BIM) manager.

When complete, it will create a 3.8km stretch of road going from the Whorral Bank roundabout to the A1 and this will reduce congestion in the town centre.

The work currently taking place involves constructing a 52m-long Cotting Burn culvert that will create a haven and crossing point for local wildlife.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Hartburn, attended Chantry Middle School and Technology College and King Edward VI School in Morpeth.

During the Sixth Form period at KEVI, he participated in the engineering education scheme. The company he chose was Carillion and following his work under the programme, it offered him an apprenticeship. As well as working on projects, he achieved an HND in civil engineering at Newcastle College.

He then joined the firm full-time and the schemes he has been involved with include the Heads of the Valleys dual carriageway in the Merthyr Tydfil area and a road widening in Glandyfi, also in Wales.

The most recent one in the North East was a makeover for Durham Market Place four years ago.

Mr Robson said: “The Morpeth Northern Bypass one of the biggest contracts in Northumberland over the last two decades, so when a group communication was sent out after Carillion was awarded the contract, I called my contacts for the company in the North East and put my name forward.

“I was very pleased when I was appointed BIM manager for the project. Not only is this a road that my family and friends are going to see and use on a regular basis, the commute is a lot better as previously I was going down to Wales on Monday morning and coming back up on Friday evening.

“It has gone well so far and five apprentices from the Morpeth area have been employed for the project, which will be a great experience for them.”

The BIM process works by producing designs in a 3D format and linking them to a 4D programme, which enables the engineers to add in existing roads and infrastructure.

This enables them to identify problems before workers get to the site and Mr Robson said the aim is that all the solutions are in place before construction begins so the project can be finished on schedule.

People can now stay up-to-date with every phase of the project by going to its new dedicated website – www.morpethnorthernbypass.org