Trevor Robertson
Trevor Robertson has worked as a mechanical engineer on projects all over the world, and he is fascinated by the aesthetic side of process design.
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Trevor Robertson: The art of process design

Trevor Robertson is a highly experienced mechanical engineer with a keen sense of both functionality, economy and safety. He epitomizes NIRAS core values of ‘listen, learn and deliver’, and having an artistic streak he is also fascinated by the aesthetics of process design.

Trevor Robertson is a mechanical engineer with nearly 40 years of experience under his belt. Trevor has worked with NIRAS and its previous incarnations in United Kingdom since 1980, but his professional abilities in process design have taken him to projects all over the globe.

 “I have worked on hundreds and hundreds of jobs all over of the world. I have worked in Russia, in China, in Greece and obviously in United Kingdom,” he says.

Nowadays, he is mainly working in the brewing sector, but he has also worked with food and dairy processing over the years.

The art of process design

“I design pipe work, valve layouts and plant layouts, and I design positions of tanks and pumps in a hygienic format.  I look at every job from a functional, ergonomic, hygienic and economic point of view,” Trevor Robertson explains.

However, he has also a keen sense of the aesthetics which is reflected in his work within process design.

“What excites me about the job is the art of it. I am an artist in my spare time. I am interested in calligraphy and in things that look good, and in my experience. I have always been excited by the clean and functional lines of breweries and dairies,” says Trevor Robertson.

Greatest challenges and achievements

“Some of the challenges we face on a daily basis is how to live up to health and safety standards. When we work at a brewery there might be height involved or we might have to work in confined areas. So we have to make sure we have the up-to-date training and techniques as well as up-to-date protective equipment,” says Trevor.

On the other hand, Trevor emphasizes that the work also contains a great deal of positive experiences and achievements.

“On a personal level, it is always nice when people you have done projects for previously come back to ask you to do a new job for them, because they were satisfied with your work,” he says.

Being part of a large international company like NIRAS also has a lot of benefits, and Trevor emphasizes that the cooperation between the NIRAS offices in Denmark and United Kingdom has been a source of inspiration.

“The integration with NIRAS in Denmark has been very satisfactory to me personally. I have had the chance to visit our colleagues and projects around the world, and it has been very pleasing,” he says.

 

“What excites me about the job is the art of it. I am an artist in my spare time. I am interested in calligraphy and in things that look good, and in my experience. I have always been excited by the clean and functional lines of breweries and dairies.” 

Trevor Robertson, Mechnical Engineer, NIRAS

How NIRAS adds value to a company

According to Trevor Robertson there is a very close communication between the three different departments of NIRAS which includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and project design, as well as between the different offices around the world.

He emphasizes that the same close communications is applied to the clients:

“Generally, we will have a site presence, a site manager or a site foreman. So we will always have someone on the ground within the project. They are generally our direct route to the client, so the communication line is always open.”

The close dialogue with the client and the ability to listen, learn and deliver is above all where NIRAS can add value to a company, in Trevor’s opinion:

“I think what NIRAS can give to a company is – as well as the expertise – that we listen, and we take things on board. We are not arrogant. We do not say ‘ This is the way we are going to do it’. We connect with our clients, and I think that is a great strength that we have.”