The shortlisted candidates for the Young Professional award are SGN’s Gordon McMillan & Wessex Water’s Josh Bentley.
Both were winners!
Gordon McMillan – Innovation Project Officer, SGN
Innovation is key in unleashing the potential of trenchless technology within the utility industry. The Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System (RRES) has the potential to revolutionise roadwork operations and set a new standard.
Throughout 2020 Gordon has been working on developing the world’s first all-electric autonomous robot which fuses artificial intelligence, cutting edge robotics and advanced custom tooling.
As RRES will take up less space than conventional methods and remove the operator from the hazardous excavation zone, the system will have significant financial, safety and environmental benefits.
Josh Bentley – Critical Sewers Engineer, Wessex Water
Josh took his first steps into the world of trenchless technologies when he started a new role in the Wessex Water Sewer Rehab Team in 2019. Before joining this team, Josh had completed his first 2 years of a 3-year civil apprenticeship, spending time in other departments linked with Wessex Waters Engineering and Construction sector. One of these departments being sewer rehabilitation. Within this ‘rotation’ Josh was able to see the new innovative ways in which Wessex Water repaired sewers and tunnels. Seeing the possibilities and ideas people created which had huge beneficial outcomes sparked his interest in the industry ever since.