Baskaran Ramanantham, from Atkins, won the electrical engineer award at MEP Middle East 2018 awards.
Ramanantham served as the electrical design lead for the iconic Riyadh Metro Package 3 project, it’s a mass rapid transit system under construction in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and lines 4, 5 and 6 encompass eleven elevated stations, eleven deep underground stations, two shallow underground stations, two depots, three interchange stations, 33km of viaduct, 20km of tunnels and 9km of at-grade section constructed through some of the most congested districts in Riyadh.
Ramanantham has developed vital technical skills to tackle a wide variety of engineering problems in the fields of electrical energy systems and sustainable
transportation infrastructure. Having spent a considerable amount of time on site, has developed a practical understanding of site constraints and constructability issues.
Ramanantham said after winning the award: "I’m buzzed after winning this award because there are so many electrical engineers working in the Middle East on such demanding projects. I’ve always been involved in design and build projects, which means I have been involved in the metro projects and aviation industry. After working for 15 years in Dubai, I see this award as a recognition of all my hard work. It feels really good."
Talking about the challenges of working in the region, Ramanantham said: "Overall it’s challenging in the Middle East over the last three to four years we have started working towards sustainability and energy savings. On a personal note, I’ve been working on a lot of innovative ideas on the digital side. Atkins is investing a lot on digital and innovative tools and the challenge is how we get the best out of all these new tools."