Meet The Team – Pablo Brandao
Lidiar Group’s Pablo Brandao is currently supporting the delivery of the North East Link Project – Early Works in Melbourne, Victoria’s biggest road project comprising Victoria’s longest twin road tunnels, an overhaul of the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne’s first dedicated busway, completion of the Ring Road in Greensborough and a North East Trail with more than 34km of walking and cycling paths.
With a love of pizza, surfing, Suits and Olympic ambitions, we caught up with Pablo to find out a bit more about him and his career.
Why did you become a Construction/Engineering Professional?
I first graduated in Business, then joined the largest construction company in South America as a graduate administrator. Initially, I intended to work within their financial department, but due to their job rotation during the graduate program, I had the opportunity to work in the contract administration department during my first year/project, which changed the direction of my career aspirations. Since then, I’ve been working within project controls roles and have undertaken two other degrees (Project Management and Construction Practice) to help me improve my construction knowledge.
What do you love about our industry?
This is a challenging industry as it is constantly changing and improving; that is what drives me.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working as Project and QA Coordinator for Bothar Boring and Tunnelling at the North East Link Project – Early Works in Melbourne.
What has been your greatest professional achievement to date?
It was being able to join and work for the largest construction company in South America and 6th largest in the world in 2016 and challenging myself to move to Australia and adapt to different standards and systems to be successful here.
What’s the best project you have worked on?
North East Link Project – Early Works in Melbourne.
What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned throughout your career?
In a construction environment, you should always be open and keen to listen to everyone, from the workers on the field to the highest management. It’s unbelievable how much experience and knowledge you can gain from them.
What would your last meal be like?
Pizza, I love Pizza!
What is the last movie you watched or series you binged?
My favourite series – Suits.
What excites you about the future of infrastructure?
It’s constantly changing and improving for the better, so every project you work on is a whole different story and opportunity to experience and learn something different.
If you could have worked on any major project from history, what would it have been?
Any project that focuses on safety and positively impacts society I would be happy to work with. I wouldn’t say a project from the past, but the Olympics in Brisbane will see many major projects in the next decade, and I would like to be part of that.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love exploring/travelling to different places, surfing, enjoying live music.
What projects excite you for 2022 and beyond?
For 2022 we will be finalising the NELP Project in Melbourne. In the near future, it would be fantastic to work on any of the projects for the Olympics in Brisbane.
What is the one piece of advice you would pass on to a project team to give their project the best chance of success?
A project can only be successful if all personnel involved work as a team, so sharing information and helping each other achieve the best outcome is crucial.
What do you enjoy about working at Lidiar Group?
Lidiar has experienced and knowledgeable partners that help its associates to experience different projects where no two days are the same, allowing us to learn and gain experience from a wide variety of projects.