Today we talk to Thomas McNicol, a software engineer based in our Melbourne office.
Thomas joined our Digital team in February 2016. An electrical engineer by trade, Thomas became a software engineer to take advantage of the fast-moving digital sector. He says, “WSP’s evolving digital offering is a great collaborative tool the business can use to set itself apart from the competition. As a team, we are growing rapidly and therefore can be part of the firm’s big picture thinking and contribute to many great projects.
“Since I started, the team has almost tripled in size from 12 to 35 people. This means we have a lot more capacity to make a difference across a broader range of projects. For example, my current project team has grown from one to five, which shows you that our clients are also realising the importance of our broadening digital footprint.”
Thomas has thrived since being involved on some major projects, including MYRO for VicRoads, which he considers to be one of the major highlights of his career to date. Thomas and his team members created an innovative platform for VicRoads to convey travel times, speeds and road conditions in real-time through a digital platform that alerts users of delays and detour routes. The project was then implemented on the CityTulla Widening project in Victoria.
He says, “The feedback from VicRoads and the actual road-users has been fantastic. This is an innovative project that was full of major complexities that we had to overcome. The challenge of computing road signs and signals and sharing that data in real-time was a major hurdle. We are now looking to implement similar opportunities with other road users across Australia.”
Looking to the future, Thomas is committed to developing his skills and broadening his capabilities in the digital space. With a desire to head up major projects, he is keen to move into solution design rather than focusing on pure implementation.
Thomas adds, “WSP’s culture allows us to take our careers in a direction we choose. Collaborative, flexible and supportive, the company trusts and empowers everyone to deliver on their projects which also makes the workplace fun, challenging and interesting at the same time. For these reasons, I’m really excited for what the future holds.”
For these reasons, Thomas continues to thrive on projects born of complexity.
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