Robert Hodges

13 October 2015

Engineering Consultant, Opus International Consultants (Opus) were finalists in this year's RailStaff Awards.  These awards are in their 9th year and focus on the achievements of people who work in the rail industry.

Shortlisted in the Lifetime Achievement category was Robert Hodges (Director - Bridge Engineering) who is recognised for the contribution that he has made to the Rail industry throughout his career.  Robert’s leadership has helped the company’s rail sector grow to a multi-skilled team working out of eight offices throughout the UK.  Mark Valentine (UK Sector Leader) said: “Bob is a fantastic ambassador for Railway Engineering and has mentored many of our technical team over the years.  Devoting a significant amount of his time to the development our young people, we’re thrilled that these awards celebrate his dedication.”

Opus’ Civils Assessment (CAFA) Framework Team was also shortlisted in the category ‘Rail Project Team of the Year”.  In year 1, the team assessed 294 bridges/structures on the framework and epitomise the drive and determination required to achieve in this industry.  Mark explains: “This team demonstrate that with excellent communication, top quality deliverables and clear deadlines you can be a truly efficient team and deliver on a project of this scale.”

Also a finalist in the same category was Opus’ Operational Property Structural Assessment Programme (OPSAP) team.  The framework involves the team assessing over 200 buildings structures as part of Network Rail’s Building Asset Management Programme at around 90 stations.  Of particular interest is the opportunity for junior members of the team to further their engineering knowledge, through attending additional technical seminars organised by the project managers and Client Responsible Engineers (CREs).

The awards ceremony was held in October in Coventry and although Opus didn’t go on to take these titles this year, it was a fantastic achievement for the company to achieve this recognition.