Second Level

SHAPES, AREA
AND VOLUME

SUBJECTS STUDIED AT SCHOOL

As-Level in:

Chemistry

FURTHER EDUCATION:

Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey

Maths

Physics

Biology

A-Levels in:

MEET ADARSH

Assistant Civil Engineer, WSP

CAREER JOURNEY SO FAR

Started in January 2020, highlight being working on the designs for a desalination plant.

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FUTURE ASPIRATIONS

I want to work on UNICEF projects that will allow me to help people in need of water.

Q&A WITH ADARSH

What does your company/organisation do?

WSP is a construction (consultant) company; so mainly looking at the designs across different fields (transport, marine, water, etc.)

What types of activities do you do in your job?

  • Site Visits – Visual inspections of reservoirs, taking pictures and writing reports;
     

  • Preparing designs of trunk mains – Designs to replace pipes or lay new pipes in areas of frequent bursts or leakages whilst attempting to lessen the impact the construction phase will have on the general public, and environment; and very importantly ensure all the anticipated hazards are mitigated (for example there could be a high-pressured gas pipe around or a high voltage underground pipe) 

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

  • Meetings with different disciplines (For example, Environmentalist and geologists); so, communication is very important
     

  • Reviewing designs proposed (Attention to details is very important) 
     

  • Writing different reports (For example, what work is being carried out in a region to tackle the flood issues; what different processes we are proposing to use to replace a pipe (trunk main) or lay a new one along with the different hazards anticipated and their respective mitigations)

What are your favourite things about your job?

The fact that water is essential for life and my work directly affects the life of millions of people; coming up with solutions to different problems that protects the environment as well as our natural resources (our rivers, lakes, etc.) for the next generations.

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HOW ADARSH USES SHAPES, AREA AND VOLUME AT WORK

Recently I was working on a water recycling plant (we take water from the sewers, and we clean via different processes so that we can release it in the rivers without harming the environment).
 

For these processes we need to store chemicals in massive tanks. We already know the amount of chemicals required for the processes, so that’s the volume known. Volume and area are directly related (Area of the base x the height).
 

In order to choose the tanks, we use the volume of the chemicals we need, and we find the area of land available to us, and we calculate the height required.
 

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An example of water tanks

 

ACTIVITIES

Problem 1

We need to store 4000 m3. We have an area of 800m2 available. Calculate the height required to achieve the required volume.

Problem 2

We need to store 4000 m3. If the maximum height allowed is 10m, calculate the smallest area we can use to build the tank.