Norwegian engineer David Myrhaug works with everything related to water and drainage in NIRAS. He is the kind of person who thrives in high-stress situations. David enjoys the close collaboration with his colleagues when the deadline for a project approaches. Just like the water he works with, it is all about creating the right flow.
His colleagues describe him as a key player within the utility area, where he designs and proportions storm water sewers in 3D. David Myrhaug takes a more humble stance and merely accredits his competences within 3D-modeling to his Norwegian education as a Bachelor of Engineering.
David Myrhaug came to Denmark three years ago, when he moved in with his Danish girlfriend in Aarhus. It did not take long for David’s Danish network to point him towards NIRAS, where he has now worked for 2½ years. David was introduced to the utility area through his first job in Norway and he was immediately fascinated with everything related to water management.
What do you work with in NIRAS?
The overall theme of my work is water and drainage, but I work on many kinds of projects. An example could be climate adaption projects, in which case I design drainage systems for the roads to avoid flooding. My work primarily focuses on design and proportioning of storm water sewers. I model my solutions in 3D, which enables easy identification of any potential clashes with either existing cables or other pipes or constructions that other disciplines are working on.
What motivates you?
When you think about it, water is important for everyone in a society. We all need clean drinking water and our cities need to be protected against flooding when it rains. Additionally, we need to handle our wastewater responsibly. Consequently, I must design long lasting solutions for the future. I think that prospect is extremely interesting, and I enjoy the technical challenges that it entails.
When did you first come to know NIRAS?
I first heard about NIRAS when I moved to Denmark to be with my Danish girlfriend. It was clear to see that NIRAS is a large company, which works with many compelling projects that fit my interests very well. I was immediately excited about the many international projects that NIRAS works on. Last year, I took part in some large infrastructure projects in Norway. It is very educational to work with so many different professional disciplines and to coordinate with multiple international partners. Here it is of course beneficial that I am Norwegian myself. That makes the communication with the Norwegian colleagues much easier.
How do you resolve conflicts on the projects?
An overall good communication is crucial, especially when we are multiple nationalities working together. It is easy to forget the people, who you do not work with every day. We need to take the time to understand each other – that time will end up being very well spent. Sometimes it is not enough to just email or call each other. I am a firm believer in being face to face with the people I work with – on national as well as international projects. It is easier to resolve potential conflicts with people you have met before. That is the way towards better projects.