Despite being new to NIRAS’ office in Stockholm, VA-designer Alexander Aronsson is already getting his fair share of professional challenges and responsibilities in his new job.
“In my work I mainly focus on solving problems. It could for example be supplying a new residential area with sewage and water pipes, working with big mainline pipes that supply thousands of people with water or designing of stormwater solutions. Every new project is unique and has its own challenges to make a working system that will last for a long time,” says Alexander, who has specialized in water, sewage and drainage solutions.
What motivates me in my work is the opportunity to develop as a professional. I am also motivated by the people I surround myself with. Working with fantastic and well experienced co-workers makes projects and workdays fun and interesting.
Drainage to 4,400 new homes in the Stockholm area
At the moment Alexander Aronsson is working on the construction of a new residential area called Väsjön.
The Väsjön Project is a highly ambitious housing project which is being constructed near the suburb municipality of Sollentuna, some 20 kilometres north of Stockholm. The plan is to construct 4,400 residences for nearly 10,000 people during the next decade.
“We have been given the task of connecting the whole area, which consists of more than 4000 new apartments and houses, to the main sewage tunnel that goes under the city. The greatest challenges of this project have been to insure that we design a solution that will last and work for a long time,” he explains.
Once finished, the Väsjö Project will also include a series of sports and leisure facilities, the most eye-catching being a lake for swimming and a ski slope.
Motivated by challenges and good colleagues
“What motivates me in my work is the opportunity to develop as a professional. I am also motivated by the people I surround myself with. Working with fantastic and well experienced co-workers makes projects and workdays fun and interesting,” Alexander says.
Alexander believes that every new project has its challenges that also provides him with the opportunity to learn something new:
“I feel that I develop the most when I’m facing a difficult task that requires me to focus one hundred percent on the solution. When you are carrying out the task with experienced people that you can learn from, that’s when you develop the most.”
Better opportunities in NIRAS
According to Alexander great part of the attraction of working in a big international company like NIRAS is the opportunity of cooperating with Danish and Norwegian colleagues on projects in other countries.
“We are right now working together with our colleagues in Norway on a tunnel project where we are responsible for the VA design both inside and above the tunnel. We are facing a series of challenges because of the different types of standards that exist in other countries compared to Sweden, and to understand the technical terms involved in the project. But these are also the benefits of cooperation, because we learn how infrastructure design is being done in other countries,” says Alexander Aronsson.