Defence and Safety Division, Planning Engineer – Power, Mott MacDonald Limited, Bramford 400kV GIS substation

START Date: 
May, 2012
END Date: 
May, 2014


May. 2012 – May. 2014


Brighton - UK


Mott MacDonald's uniquely diverse £1 billion global consultancy works across 12 core business areas. As one of the world's largest employee-owned companies with over 14,000 staff, the group have principal offices in nearly 50 countries and projects in 140.


Planning Engineer – Programme and Commercial Management Unit


Project types: energy

Directly involved in the South East Electricity Substation Alliance (SEESA). £700 million of Nationals Grid’s capital expenditure programme over a five year period, for the development, upgrade and re-enforcement of the electricity transmission network. This is an unincorporated joint venture between Mott MacDonald, Skanska and Areva.  

Planning Engineer assigned to the largest sub-electrical station in the United Kingdom. Bramford 400kV GIS substation. Will manage 20% UK total supplied power. Project with a 120 million Pounds total budget.



  • Facilitating the cyclical planning process
  • Creating plans in compliance with the Organisation Procedures and applying best practices
  • Critical path analysis and calculation of near critical path/s
  • Developing plans of works related to Outage Requirements
  • Developing detail schedules applying the ‘Rolling Wave’ planning technique
  • Arrangement of planning meeting/workshops to roll out the agreed work breakdown structures and working methods to the various planning contributors
  • Creating resource, material and plant loaded Plans
  • Evaluating schedule risks and producing schedule risk analysis reports
  • Carrying out reserve analysis, documenting it in the project and implementing contingency reserves where necessary
  • Ensuring projects’ implementation is carried out in a co-ordinated way
  • Making strategic proposals and reposts about schedules
  • Being the single point of contact for all aspects of planning communication for the overall project
  • Giving advice and support conducting the procurements
  • Visiting sites to evaluate the project progress on the Executing Process Group activities
  • Responsible for the liaison with the appropriate project stakeholders to create, update and re-baseline schedule plans that represent activities required to successfully deliver key project/scheme milestones, being aware of interface activities and inter project links as appropriate
  • Monitoring and controlling the Performance Measurement Baseline
    • Controlling scope using variance analysis
    • Controlling schedules using performance reviews, variance analysis, resource levelling, what-if scenario analysis, adjusting leads and lags and schedules’ compression
    • Controlling costs employing Earned Value management method, forecasting, TCPI, performance reviews and variance analysis
    • Participating in monthly project review meetings giving outputs and key project plan indicators
    • Reporting projects performance in terms of earned value and advising on corrective action to recover deviations from plan, as appropriate
    • Creating early warnings to prevent major issues
  • Giving advice and helping improving management procedures within the organisation
  • Giving advice and helping build efficient scheme codes used by the organisation


Key achievements

  • In Bramford 400kv GIS substation readdressed method of obtaining the DDD Site Plan and obtained a robust site schedule and submitted it within agreed deadlines for GL (Green Light) which is a control point before to start of DDD stage (detailed, design and delivery) in SEESA.
  • Highlighted the inconveniences of have started Executing Process Group activities W/O a DDD plan  
  • Collaborated improving the strategic work package codes’ structure that will be applied across SEESA projects
  • Gave outputs to Improve the procedure to carry out ‘collaborative meetings’ across SEESA projects
  • Currently working on the improvement of the procedure to developed site schedules across SEESA projects
  • Created a log which will be used as blue print to improve project life cycle procedures at SEESA organisation and Mott MacDonald Group