So I know what you’re thinking: it’s been seven hours and ten damn months since you left without saying anything. Where were you when the budget was decided? When they put the M6 Toll up for sale? When the Force Awoken? How can you just waltz back into my life and expect me to occasionally peruse your ramblings ever again?!
OK, so you’re probably not literally thinking that. But you might be wondering where I’ve been. And maybe even wondering why I’m back.
Expect the tone to change slightly to insights I’m gaining from leaving the safety of my native discipline and articles about construction tech.
Well, the truth is I’ve taken a sabbatical from the wonderful world of civil and structural engineering. I love engineering the built environment, but it was bringing me down. So when one of the myriad of recruiters on LinkedIn totally failed to read my profile and offered me a year’s contract in a different engineering discipline, I said yes.
So what does that mean for this site? Well, Brunel worked in much more than the civil discipline, at the very least he was just as much a mechanical engineer and a civil one; so I’m sure he wouldn’t begrudge my continuing being Brunel. In fact, I didn’t actually mean to stop writing, I just got bogged down long enough when switching jobs to get out of the habit. Long story short, expect a flurry of posts as I try and catch-up with my traditional end-of-brunel-year-mad-rush-season.
And what does that mean for me? Well, these days I occupy something in the chasm between heavy engineering and tech, and it’s a fun place to be. But I won’t pretend that I haven’t got half an eye open on something combining engineering, tech and the built environment. So expect the tone to change slightly to insights I’m gaining from leaving the safety of my native discipline and articles about construction tech. That and structural gingerbread houses. I’ve had that on my list for a while.