24 hours with ... Paul Pimlott
Cofely Besix FM's technical co-ordinator talks through his working day
Cofely Besix FM's technical co-ordinator, Paul Pimlott, talks through his working day.
6:30am: Rise and shine, another sunny day I see. I’m still appreciating the weather transition from the UK.
7:30am: It’s a short trip into Yas Island from my apartment.
8am: The supervisors out in the field need to be briefed on the PPM and proactive work schedule for the day so I head out to our potable water pumping station. I use this time to talk with the technicians and gain feedback on work life.
9am: It’s back to the office to finish compiling the billing information for a recent repair to a fractured pipeline. Emergency repairs to the infrastructure vary so the billing breakdown changes all the time.
11am: Meeting a contractor on-site to discuss the implementation of solar PV cells to power the water meters around our network. I try to implement an eco-friendly approach to all areas possible.
12:30pm: My work colleagues meet me at IKEA for lunch. The chicken shawarma is especially good. The one-dirham ice creams are always taken advantage of.
1:30pm: I’m going to Al Ain to conduct an in-house training course for our A/C technicians and MEP supervisors from all projects. My knowledge and F-Gas qualifications learnt in the UK will be utilised for the benefit of our own work force.
4pm: The training session was a success, I received great feedback from the technicians and hopefully they use the knowledge to work more safely and productively. I am back at the office to reply to my afternoon’s emails. It looks like I’ll be the one on a training course next week; internal auditing ISO9001/14001/18001.
4:30pm: Strong coffee helps me to power through. Breakdown costs are ready to pass to my PM; the monthly report is due this week so billing and costing must be ready.
5:30pm: This evening will be spent at a BBQ pestering friends and family to sponsor my first UAE charity fundraiser. I’ll be taking part in a sponsored 24hour peddle kart race to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres.
11pm: I receive a call from my manager alerting me the highway above our project is flooded with water and asking if I can attend to investigate? I take a quick trip to the incident only to find it is, luckily, not part of our network. The affected part of the system is contained and the DOT informed. I’m heading off to bed now to recharge the batteries for another day.