Sapan K.

  • Title: Civil Engineer
  • Alma Mater: University of Houston 2009 – Civil and Environmental Engineering; 2010 – Civil Engineering Structural Programs
  • Hobbies: Being a new dad, participating in sports, and playing board games, cards and video games

I chose to pursue a career in Civil Engineering because…

I’ve always liked solving problems and wanted to do something that would help change the world. I was skilled in math, science and computers which helped me narrow down a career in engineering. I chose Civil because I felt it was the most impactful in the world.

The thing I love most about my job is…

The opportunity to learn new and challenging things in each of our projects. I am excited about new software coming out. I know there will be challenges with this, but it gives me the chance to learn something different.

My favorite thing about TranSystems is…

People genuinely care about each other personally and work together as a team. I enjoy working with other offices within the company and helping them with their projects. There are many different experts within the company, and I know I can always reach out to them with questions.

Since joining TranSystems…

I have learned so much, including most of my technical knowledge from the various people that I have worked with. I was also able to attend the TranSystems project management training to help me better manage projects. Personally, I am still growing to become more outgoing and comfortable speaking in public as well as with strangers.

8:30 AM – Check emails and make to-do list

As soon as my computer is up and running, I open Outlook, Teams, Projectwise and TransNet. Then, I read through my email, and prioritize my work for the day.

9:30 AM – US380 project work

I’m helping create a 3D model and cross sections on US380 from US377 to County Line in Dallas.

10:30 AM – Benton Road check-in

I am primarily managing the Benton Road Expansion from FM 762 to Reading Road. Specifically, I’m working to deliver traffic signal plans to Fort Bend County in Rosenberg, Texas. I regularly check in with the rest of the team to talk through any updates or problems that need to be addressed.

11:30 AM – PPM update with Houston office

The PPM update is a unique meeting put together by my office manager, Bruce Anderson. This meeting was initially created to learn from each other when the company rolled out Microsoft Project to manage our projects. We have kept this meeting going in an effort to regularly discuss our project status and to update the PPM.

12:45 PM – Lunch break

I stop for lunch each day to regroup before kicking off the afternoon.

2:00 PM – TxDOT grade crossing

As part of a grade separation feasibility study TranSystems is preparing for the Texas DOT, I’m helping create a couple of conceptual plans for each of the three crossings assigned to TranSystems. This includes Rittman Road, Woodlake Parkway and Walzem Road in San Antonio, Texas.

3:00 PM – IH30 project touch-base meeting

I’m also working on roadway design, 3D modeling, and traffic control for Interstate Highway 30. I meet with the project team on a regular basis to discuss the status as well as any potential issues.

4:30 PM – Attend ASCE virtual presentation/happy hour

I’m a member of several professional organizations, including American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE) of Houston, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) Houston and Young Muslims (YM) Houston. I try to attend as many events and presentations as I can, even though they have all gone virtual for the time being. It’s still a good way to keep in touch and continue learning from experts in my field.

5:30 PM – End of day workout

I normally go workout with my wife. We have workout videos that focus on upper body, lower body, cardio, and core/abs.

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