LARGE ABROAD: JA­MAICANS FIND SUC­CESS OVER­SEAS ‘My best project yet’

Ja­maican plays lead­ing role in ter­mi­nal ex­pan­sion at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - An­dre Poyser Staff Re­porter an­dre.poyser@glean­erjm.com

WHEN THE Mid­field Ter­mi­nal Com­plex De­vel­op­ment Project at the Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port is com­pleted, it will in­crease the air­port’s ca­pac­ity by an ex­tra 30 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year, cov­er­ing 700,000 square miles with a cen­tral space that could hold three full­sized foot­ball pitches, and con­tain the world’s largest bag­gage han­dling sys­tem.

Of the more than 20,000 peo­ple work­ing on the project, none is per­haps quite as proud as Hopeton Austin, a grad­u­ate of Cal­abar High School, who serves as com­mer­cial man­ager on the project.

“In ex­e­cut­ing my role, I find com­mer­cial so­lu­tions that bridge the gap be­tween the client’s bud­get and the de­sign team’s pro­pos­als. For a ma­jor­ity of con­struc­tion projects, this gap is large in­deed,” he told The Gleaner, while ex­plain­ing his role in the ex­pan­sion project.

A char­tered quan­tity sur­veyor with the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors, Austin got his first taste of large-scale in­ter­na­tional projects after com­plet­ing his de­gree in quan­tity sur­vey­ing at the Univer­sity of the Read­ing in the United King­dom. He also earned a mas­ters of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion in con­struc­tion and real es­tate from the same univer­sity.

“I was suc­cess­ful in land­ing a full-time job with EC Har­ris on the Ter­mi­nal 5 Heathrow Project whilst com­plet­ing my stud­ies part-time. This was an iconic project and a good start­ing point to launch my ca­reer,” he said.

PRO­MOTED AFTER A YEAR

Now with Turner and Townsend, one of the largest global con­struc­tion con­sul­tancy in the United King­dom and the Mid­dle East, Austin was pro­moted to lead cost man­ager after a year of join­ing the com­pany as a se­nior cost man­ager. His as­sign­ment on the Mid­field project is a recog­ni­tion of his ex­per­tise in pro­vid­ing pre- and post-con­tract cost man­age­ment and quan­tity sur­vey­ing ser­vices.

“I would say this project stacks up to my best project yet,” he added.

Long be­fore his foray into large-scale in­ter­na­tional projects, Hopeton Austin

Austin worked on var­i­ous lo­cal and re­gional projects, gain­ing the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence that has made him an as­set in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of char­tered sur­vey­ors.

Hav­ing started out as a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian be­fore go­ing to the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy to earn a di­ploma in quan­tity sur­vey­ing, he has worked as an es­ti­ma­tor, and a site and cost en­gi­neer on sev­eral projects with com­pa­nies in Ja­maica, Trinidad and Tobago and The Ba­hamas.

Austin has said he has his sights set on be­com­ing an as­so­ciate di­rec­tor at Turner and Townsend, an ac­com­plish­ment which is well within reach based on his stel­lar work on the state-of-the-art ter­mi­nal at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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