I am a structural engineer who enjoys coding. After achieving “chartered engineer” (CEng) status in the UK, I have returned back to Latvia and look for ways to blend engineering with coding.
Currently, I work for UPB.lv – I spend half my time to develop processes and automate modelling tasks using custom scripts and Grasshopper, and another half of time to assist with projects in the UK.
After finishing M.Sc Civil Engineering degree, I spent 4.5 years with BuroHappold in their Bath office. This time has shaped me as an engineer and problem-solver.
I can do most of the stuff that structural engineers do. But there is some stuff that other engineers might be less capable of:
- Visual Studio, C# coding. beginner/intermediate level;
- Use Rhino+Grasshopper and develop custom components for it;
- Using API of Dlubal RFEM;
- Use of BIM tools – Revit, Tekla, Digital Project
Over the years I have developed a range of specialist expertise which allow me to have impact on complex problems:
- Finite element modelling – developing approaches, modelling, processing results, writing scripts to automate things.
- Reinforced concrete design. Particularly, in-situ RC. Particularly, slab design.
- Experience with wide range of finite element and design programs, allows me to suggest/pick the right tool for the right task.
I am proud of the projects I have contributed to as a structural engineer. Here are my highlights:
- Battersea Power Station Phase 3 (London) – buildings designed by Gehry Partners. I worked on RIBA Stages D and E and led a small team to deliver stage F for superstructures of two 16-storey buildings. I spent a total of 3 years on this one project;
- Museum of the Future (Dubai) entrance canopies – detailed RC design. I spent the summer of 2016 in the Middle East. This project was a highlight my time there;
- Refurbishment of the “Core” building within Eden Project complex in Cornwall. Completely the opposite of Battersea. Small refurbishment project. Working closely with architects from Tate Harmer and workers on site to achieve a quality result with a minimum amount of work.
- Steel roof structures of BLS logistics centre in Riga – a detailed work, including connection design to achieve an optimal design for roof trusses of 240x100m building.