Ben_BroadName:

Ben Broad

Job title:

Project Engineer – I promote the use of new technology specific to the Building Construction industry. Then assist project teams with applying new technology and processes through training and mentorship.

Employer:

Trimble

Education:

B.E. Civil – Canterbury University

Where are you from:

Christchurch, NZ

When did you move to Christchurch:

September 2013

Why did you choose to move back to Christchurch:

It is my home-town, most of my family are based here and with a Civil Engineering background I was keen to help with the rebuild. Having spent 8 years abroad working in both Australia and the UK, and with a young family – I figured it was time to head home and put down some roots.

What does your company do?

Enhance productivity through technology solutions across a range of business areas including Building & Civil Construction, Geospatial, Survey and Agriculture.

What you enjoy about your job?

Solving problems, meeting and working with a wide range of people, working on interesting projects, working with world leading technology. The new Trimble office is a fantastic building and makes going to work a pleasure

How do you see your career progressing?

I plan to continue working for Trimble as they are an excellent employer and have a strong presence here in Christchurch. The Christchurch rebuild is a tremendously exciting and interesting endeavour to be a part of. Following this there may be opportunities that present themselves in other areas of Trimble either here or abroad.

Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:

Fun at work:
I’ve got acquainted with many of my colleagues and the atmosphere at the office is very pleasant. Although having a young family means I normally head straight home on a Friday to avoid getting into trouble!

Fun outside of work:
Christchurch has a wide range of activities and social groups. I regularly head down to the St Albans club on Hills Rd to catch up with friends.

Family aspects:

With a young family this tends to dominate my spare time but there is plenty to do with frequent events that are great for young children such as Model Railway and Lego exhibitions, US Airforce open day. Also great venues for a day out such as Spencer Park, Hagley Park, or Brighton/Sumner beaches.

Life in Christchurch:

There are lots of nice places to eat, I’m a big fan of Church Corner in Riccarton as it has a massive range of very affordable Asian restaurants. Despite many complaints from the locals the traffic really isn’t that bad on a global scale!  There is a very good bus service and several major cycle lanes that make cycling a popular mode of transport for working professionals. I love the climate here as it is very dry, air conditioning isn’t required as even in the height of summer humidity is not an issue. It doesn’t get too cold in the winter, and even when it does you frequently get a nice blue sky.