Episode 3 - Digital Frontiers / Reimagining Science, Engineering and Design

The demand for creative digital solutions is increasing in traditional projects as well as new technology projects. Anna Bridgman and Louisa Bloomer talk to us about the digital innovations and diversity of people at Stantec that's impacting how they work together and helping their clients achieve more. Find the full conversation on the podcast.

Anna Bridgman

Anna manages the Water team in the Lower North Island and makes sure that every job delivers high quality, on-time, on-budget solutions and that everybody is happy, motivated, and equipped with the right resources to do their work.

Louisa Bloomer

As Digital Practice Lead across Asia Pacific, Louisa develops strategies that consider how the future might look, and ensures Stantec has a clear direction and the best people to get them there.

What’s the point of view from the digital practice, for your workforce now and importantly into the future?

Louisa: A lot has changed. There’s a lot more understanding of what is possible. Already people coming out of University and school are way more empowered by digital know how - every degree has some element of digital in it, or some discussion about innovation or efficiency gains. You can study anything but if you have a real passion for that side of things, it will come through in how you approach something. For example, we had someone who had done biology as their major, but for their final paper they had done this amazing coding to predict the tidal flows and you could see they were passionate about the ability to automate something and understand the environment. It’s that passion that I think employers are looking for at the moment in the digital spaces - do you enjoy the coding or do you enjoy improving things, do you enjoy the technical aspects? In my group I’m less looking at the type of degree and more around what are they passionate about and where do they put their time and interests.

What’s the point of view from the digital practice, for your workforce now and importantly into the future?

Anna: From a standard engineering project management background I’ve had to push and get more involved and understand the different aspects of my teams and what they can offer the clients and making sure that I’m putting the effort in with those people, and sharing the knowledge both within my lower North Island team and across the whole of New Zealand as well, and that the cool stuff we do out of Wellington also gets shared with the teams in Christchurch or Dunedin or Auckland so they can take advantage of it. It is a much more diverse team. I think when I started 95% of people had an engineering degree of some sort or a bachelor of technology, and we’re probably looking at 50/50 of those now with other degrees - maths, science, geography, all types are in the team these days. I think this is also reflected in the client organisations, the different people that are coming into their teams as well, so they also appreciate just having that range of thoughts.