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Today is International Women in Engineering Day! We’re super excited to join today’s @INWED1919 campaign, which is all about celebrating the great women in engineering. And what better way of doing this than introducing you to some of our fantastic engineers? In this video, we asked them if it was an exciting career choice – take a look and see what they had to say… #INWED19 #TransformTheFuture #weareCOWI #engineer

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Today is International Women in Engineering Day! We’re super excited to join today’s @INWED1919 campaign, which is all about celebrating the great women in engineering. And what better way of doing this than introducing you to some of our fantastic engineers? In this video, we asked them what advice they had for the engineers of the future – take a look and see what they had to say… #INWED19 #TransformTheFuture #weareCOWI #engineer

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Today is International Women in Engineering Day! We’re super excited to join today’s @INWED1919 campaign, which is all about celebrating the great women in engineering. And what better way of doing this than introducing you to some of our fantastic engineers? In this video, we asked why they chose a career in engineering – take a look and see what they had to say… #INWED19 #TransformTheFuture #weareCOWI #engineer

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We always knew the Mersey Gateway Bridge was special! The unique, 1km long three-pylon cable-stayed bridge has been awarded the Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association of Bridges and Structural Engineering. As the lead designer, we are over the moon! The design for the bridge was selected from a wide range of options to maximise benefits for users and the local community while minimising the environmental impact on the estuary and its surrounding environment. Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex in June 2018, the bridge across the River Mersey in the North West of England relieves congestion, with up to 76,000 vehicles per day benefitting from quicker, easier and more reliable travel across the area. We'd like to thank and congratulate everyone who has had a part to play in delivering this incredible project! #merseygateway @HaltonBC @fhecor @aecom @dissingweitling #eptisa #bridge #engineering #wearecowi #structuralengineering #civilengineering

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“We’ve worked together at COWI for 27 years. Of course, that makes for a special friendship. You see each other develop over such a big part of your life and often work together on major projects. That makes retiring a bit sad. Over our combined 70 years in COWI, we’ve seen vast developments. When we started, we were given freshly ironed white coats and had to ask the office manager for permission to get a new pencil. If the old pencil had a few centimetres left, we were told to use it a bit longer. For years, we worked using felt tip pens, drawing boards and patterns – that’s before everything became digital. Now, we no longer have to draw electrical installations by hand. It was difficult at the beginning, though. We had to transfer large one-metre drawings to the screen, which was tiny in comparison. Zoom took on new significance. The shift to digital processes is probably the reason we’ve stayed with COWI this long. Something new happened and we got to develop. Plans for the future? A mix of history studies, painting porcelain and taking the autocamper out for a spin." – Karin Larsen (67 ) and Harald Sagen (70 ). Both work in COWI's electro department in Norway and specialise in electrical hospital installations. They are retiring this summer. #wearecowi #civilengineering #engineering

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"I have always enjoyed the orienteering sport – it's part of my family. I was probably brought on trips to the woods before I could walk on my own feet. This weekend, I'm representing Norway in the World Cup. It has never been a goal for me, so I was quite surprised when I was chosen. My biggest advantage in the competition is that I am technically strong. I am good at reading a map, and I know how to navigate. My background in orienteering has probably helped me in my job as a road engineer. I have a good understanding of maps and different kinds of landscape. There are actually a lot of engineers who do orienteering. One of the great things about COWI is that it's easy to be flexible during the day. This makes it possible for me to combine work and exercise, which I really appreciate." - Maren Jansson Haverstad, road engineer in COWI #wearecowi #womeninengineering #roadengineering #cowi

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"Everyone can agree that sustainability pays off, when thought into a project," says Karin Thuesen, our new Urban Development Director here at COWI. Meet her in this video at Carlsberg City District, which she has been part of developing from day one. A district in the heart of Copenhagen that is the former home to the famous Carlsberg Breweries and is being developed into a vibrant and diverse urban area. #wearecowi #carlsbergbyen #urbandevelopment #carlsbergcitydistrict @carlsbergbyen

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K-City in Korea is a playground for car manufacturers from all over the world. The 320,000-square meter town is built to test self-driving cars in real road environments including toll gates, pedestrian- and train-track crossings, and even potholes and construction sites. Our Vice President and Traffic Planner, Michael Knørr Skov came by a model of K-City at OECD's International Transport Forum in Leipzig last week and made this cool video. #wearecowi #trafficplanning #selfdriving #cowi

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It's a wrap! Greater Copenhagen’s new landmark for green mobility opens. The new transportation hotspot, Køge North Station, introduces a spectacular pedestrian bridge, a station and parking facilities to the public. The station is expected to serve a around 90,000 daily passengers passing the crossing. Køge North Station is not only a significant crossing for sustainable mobility but also a unique example of Danish architecture and engineering. Stunning, isn’t it? @dissingweitling @cobearchitects #bridgegeek #stateoftheart Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST

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"One of the most spectacular experiences I've had in the Norwegian nature, was when I saw four wolves eating a dead moose. Another time, I witnessed about 30 black grouse males displaying their feathers and making their distinctive mating calls in a marsh right outside my tent. That gave me the chills. I'm a true outdoor nerd, and I've been interested in nature, hunting and fishing ever since my grandparents took me on trips as a child. Since then, it has escalated. In addition to packing my backpack as often as I can, I am educated in, and work with nature management. I get restless from sitting in front of a computer all day, which I avoid as an ecologist in COWI because I spend so much time in the field. I am interested in finding solutions that attend to the landscape, flora and fauna in the best possible way. I also make sure that we follow the legislation, since we are actively working on avoiding endangered parts of nature getting wiped out in crowded areas. I take pride in protecting the underdogs of nature – the most common, ordinary parts that we often take for granted. The small, green areas of urban landscape are an example of this. - Aksel Dvergsten, ecologist, Spatial Planning and Landscape at COWI in Norway #wearecowi #naturemanagement #ecologist #cowi #landscape

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"Last month, I won the national Eurovision contest in Lithuania and will be representing my country in Eurovision 2019 in Israel on May 16. My song is called 'Run with the Lions'. This is something I've been working on for nine years and I finally succeeded! For the past few months, besides doing my job, I've been working hard to get ready for the contest. I leave home in the morning and return around midnight. I do interviews, photoshoots, performances, rehearsals, meetings, etc. In the daytime I've been working with COWI for five years in the Group IT department in Vilnius. My managers are very supportive and understand that I need some time off work. This is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. I really appreciate their understanding. This is why I like working here. Many people ask me this, so for the record – I am not planning on quitting my job! - Jurij Veklenko, Device Lifecycle Management Specialist, COWI's Group IT department in Vilnius, Lithuania Make sure to tune in on May 16 and help us route for Jurij! #wearecowi #eurovision2019 #cowi #itspecialist #runwiththelions #eurovision Photo by E. Blazevic/LRT

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My routines in COWI consist of facing new challenges, meeting new people, and help execute wonderful projects. For 8 years, I've been designing water supply and sewage systems for different types of buildings; commercial, residential, industrial. I work closely with architects, and I enjoy the challenge of finding the best solution between architectural beauty and technical solutions for plumbing systems. One of my favourite projects was the implementation of a building complex in Saudi Arabia. Everything was different; culture, work habits, climate, and it helped me to a new way of facing challenges. For example, groundwater in my home country, Lithuania, is clean and safe for use, so we don't usually make big investments to clean and prepare the water. But Saudi Arabia has limited water resources and it is very important for them to save and recycle water, so we needed to account for this in our solution. In my spare time I do yoga, and I love to draw mandalas. Both hobbies help me relax, reload and inspire me to think differently - in projects and in life. - Auguste Tamosiuniene, Senior Engineer at our Vilnius office, Lithuania #womeninengineering #wearecowi #civilengineering #watersupply #cowi

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“It’s great to have such a broad professional profile – that’s one of the strengths of being a consultant. Weekdays, I work on major industrial projects in Sweden, and evenings and weekends I work with hospitals in Africa,” says Martin Skilbred. He is heading a new project, backed by Engineers Without Borders, aiming to construct a new hospital in the suburbs of Kigali, Rwanda. Follow link in bio to read more. #cowi #rwanda #engineerswithoutborders #kigali #childrenshospital #wearecowi

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“I was a research engineer for almost 20 years, which meant that I had to look for solutions to problems that nobody had solved before. Wind power has always been of great interest to me, which is why I joined the Formosa I offshore wind farm project in 2013 to perform site investigations. These are Taiwan’s first wind turbines and I am honoured that I could be a part of the project from the beginning to final installation. For an engineer, it is great to witness the new green industry that is growing. The government of Taiwan has a plan to install 1,000 wind turbines, that is 6.5 gigawatts of green energy, within the next 4-5 years to build a sufficient supply line. If I can personally make just a little contribution to this, maybe my children will be able to benefit from it. That will be the goal for the rest of my life.” Tian-yu Wang, Leading Project Manager, COWI Offshore Wind, works from COWI's branch office in Taipei and is involved in several offshore wind farm projects in Taiwan #wearecowi #offshorewind #engineeringlife

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April 2019

Over-exploitation of groundwater resources are causing cities to sink all over the world, damaging infrastructure, disrupting water management systems and increasing the risk of flooding. The problem is only set to accelerate due to rapid urbanisation and climate change. So the question is; what can be done about it? See bio link... #cowi #urbanisation #climatechange #watermanagement #flooding #groundwater

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To support sustainable water management, build resilience from the impacts of climate change and prevent water-related conflicts across borders, the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF ) is investing heavily in the water sector across 12 countries in Southern Africa. What is the impact? Check bio link to see an example from Tanzania. #cowi #watermanagement #tanzania #waterinfrastructure #southernafrica #waterresources

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"This was where I grew up. Now we need to move and get used to living in a new area. But I understand the need for more and better roads. There are too many accidents and too much congestion. The city needs to develop,” says Micheal Jerich, the owner of a small, white house with a big red cross on the front. With nearly 90 percent of the needed land acquisitions in place, the biggest obstacle for completion of a new bypass road in Kampala has finally been removed. The road is set to facilitate more regional trade and relieve congestion in the fast-growing Ugandan capital. Since 2008, the Ugandan government has invested heavily in new infrastructure, mainly roads, to accelerate the socio-economic development of the country. With 25 years of experience in Uganda, COWI has been the preferred Consulting Engineer on a range of these infrastructure projects. #cowi #infrastructure #kampala #cleanair #uganda #roadworks

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”The feeling that I can affect the environment in a positive way is the main reason why I enjoy my work. When I studied my Master's in environmental assessment and physical planning I learned a lot about how to protect the environment and add new value to nature by, for example, creating wetlands. I am currently working on a project which is the first step towards a high-speed railway in Sweden. I assess the impact on water resources and natural and cultural benefits to decrease the negative effect on the environment. It involves a lot of research as to where the railway should be located and how to ensure that wildlife can pass. I also work on a new detailed plan for a municipality that wish to develop a residential area in a coastal setting. The variation of small and big projects is one more reason why I love my job!” - Adrienne Bergh, Technical Engineer in our Stockholm office #wearecowi #wetlands #technicalengineer #cowi #environmentalassessment #womeninengineering

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“The scale of this project is really something. For example, one of the bridge main tower foundations we’re working on is comparable to the size of a football pitch and weighs almost as much as the famous Titanic passenger liner. We also had to design it so it could float for a few months before we tow it out into its final position. When you’re working on world-record breaking projects like this, it kind of pushes you to approach things in a completely different way and constantly develop new ideas. It’s what makes this job truly remarkable – witnessing a vision become reality and getting to experience both the design activities in the office and then all the works executed first-hand. I’ve never had a boring day working on site.” - Krzysztof Seewald, COWI Engineer working in Turkey on site of the Çanakkale Bridge, which will break the world record for the longest span of any suspension bridge in the world at 2,023m #1915Canakkale #wearecowi #bridgegeek

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"Four years ago, I was given the opportunity to move from Buenos Aires to Copenhagen, and although I knew very little about my new destination, my expectations have definitely been surpassed! I spent my first two years working on a single project - the Red Line metro in Doha, but I like to be challenged and push my limits… Right now, I'm involved in 4 global projects. I've had to learn how to prioritise my time and switch my focus between projects, but I'm part of several teams, which I love! Every day, I get to work with colleagues from all over the world like Norway, India, Qatar and Dubai. I never imagined this when I was starting out in Argentina. I'm also lucky to have such great colleagues in the office. Everyone is very supportive if you need help with a project, but we also have a social life. A bunch of us get together at weekends to play football and we have a great time! Originally I wanted to move to Europe to explore my German roots, have a base to travel more easily, and work on some really interesting projects, but my life at COWI has become so much more than that. Although my Danish is still really bad, I'm here for the long haul! " Daniel Heiler, Senior Project Manager, Tunnels and Underground Infrastructure in Denmark's Lyngby office #wearecowi

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COWI engineers from across Europe and architects from Arkitema gathered for a workshop centered on digital design. For two days participants worked on case work to showcase the potential of present and future ways of collaboration. The goal of the initiative was to catalyze a tighter network within COWI and showcase and develop the skills within these digital tools. Watch below to hear Façade specialist and organizer behind the event Jaap Aanhaanen explain more about the initiative. #wearecowi #digitaldesign #collaboration #engineering #architecture

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March 2019

Throwback Thursday! In COWI we have been designing airports for 50 years. Ever since our first project in Sønderborg, Denmark in 1969 we have carried out more than 600 airport projects all over the world. Watch the video below to see some of our highlighted airport projects. #tbt #cowi #wearecowi # airports #1969

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West Ella Worm is munching her way through East Yorkshire! But don't panic – this is all part of a £22M scheme to reduce the flood risk to 4,000 homes and 70 businesses in the area. The 17-tonne tunnel boring machine, named by pupils from a local primary school, recently completed its first 600m drive beneath a hill either side of West Ella and Tranby valleys. COWI is providing technical support to East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Infrastructure & Facilities team for the project which is funded by Government Flood Defence Grant in Aid, administered by the Environment Agency and Local Growth Fund through the Humber Growth Deal by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership #floodalleviation #floodrisk #water #engineering #GrantinAid #tunnel #tbm

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3 days to deadline! Don't miss your chance to sign up for our summer job programme COWI Try in Denmark. You will get to work hands-on with exciting projects and earn valuable experience before you graduate. Learn more and apply now while there is still time – link in bio.

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March 2019

You can still make it! The application deadline for COWI Try has been extended to 21 March in Denmark. Join our summer job programme for students and kickstart your career. Be a part of our international innovation team and strengthen your personal and professional skills on one of our current projects. Check link in bio to read more.

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March 2019

Did you know that an estimated 6000 mines from World War II and munition dumping are still undiscovered in Danish waters? A typical mine contains between 300 and 700 kg of explosives and can be quite dangerous if not dealt with properly. These left-over munitions, mines, bombs, torpedoes etc. are collectively called UXO's – Un-Exploded Ordnance. UXO's may pose a significant risk to off- and near shore construction projects, such as harbour expansions installations of foundations for offshore wind farms, pipelines and cables. Fishing vessels also catch these rather risky 'fish' on a frequent basis. To prevent potential damage to construction projects, assessments of risk and mitigative actions need to be taken. These include studying of historical data, understanding the seabed conditions and most often mapping of the seabed using various geophysical methods. Experts from COWI are already assisting several clients with investigating and mitigating the UXO risk of their projects. #cowi #engineering #geoscience #uxo

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March 2019

“Last year I participated in a COWI initiative called the Innovation Booster alongside 100 colleagues, which focused on using radical innovation to create new ideas that may fundamentally change the way we do business. We were told to “fail fast”, which was a vastly different way of working compared to what I am used to as an engineer. I am usually quite analytical and logical, so the most difficult part was that there was no right or wrong answer. We had to quickly brainstorm ideas and discuss them openly without being able to fully think them through. . While that was an extreme approach, I still feel that in my daily work in the Tunnel & Underground Structures department, my colleagues welcome my ideas and take my suggestions seriously even though I might not have not as much experience as them yet. I love that I get to be involved in such a wide variety of tasks, whether that be detailed design, preparation of tender documents, design follow-up, site supervision, or meetings with contractors and clients.” . – Mette Baaring Steffensen, Tunnel Engineer in our Lyngby, Denmark office #cowi #wearecowi #engineeringlife #engineers

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March 2019

The Cebu-Cordova Expressway will link Cebu, the second largest city in the Philippines, with Mactan Cebu International Airport and new developments in Cordova municipality on Mactan Island. The 8.5km toll road will carry four-lanes of traffic over the centerpiece of the project - an iconic Twin Pylon Stay Cable Bridge. 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the link daily, reducing their travel time by around 40 minutes, relieving traffic congestion on the two current bridge crossings over the Mactan Channel. The largest project undertaken by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation recently celebrated Financial Close of a $365 Million, 15-year term loan facility with six local banking institutions with a swanky Signing Ceremony. This means work on the project can progress at a fast rate, to ensure completion in 2021. COWI is working in joint venture with local consultant DCCD Engineering Corporation, to provide Technical Assistance and Owner’s Engineer services during the contract development and construction periods. #bridge #design #engineering

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March 2019

“My grandfather used to drive over the old Walterdale Bridge every day on his way to work, so when we were selected to design the replacement bridge a few years ago, I knew I had to work on it. It's a beautiful bridge with complex geometry and was highly challenging to design, partly for that reason. This combined with the sentimental aspect made it a very satisfying project to be a part of. Once it opened, I drove over the brand new arch bridge with my wife and kids when we were back in town visiting family. It was such a neat experience. . There’s a real, tangible reward when it comes to engineering – the service you provide to society and the infrastructure you bring into existence is very gratifying. Plus, the opportunity to build something unique and technically fascinating is definitely a bonus.” – Josh Little, Associate Project Director in COWI’s North Vancouver, Canada office . #cowi #wearecowi #engineering #bridges #canada

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March 2019

Extend you potential this summer! Join the COWI Try summer job programme and get hands-on experience from one of your exciting projects before you graduate. Learn more and apply now. In Denmark we have summer job vacancies for students within: . 🚇 Tunnels and infrastructure. 🌉 Major bridges. 🚉 Railway and metro. 🏢 Buildings. 🗺️ Land administration. 👷‍♂️ Project management consultancy. 👷‍♀️ Project Management Consulting & Architectural Design. 💻 Software design. 📜 Legal. #wearecowi

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March 2019

The financial results for 2018 are in! They show that it has been an eventful and record-breaking year here at COWI. Among the highlights are the acquisition of Arkitema Architects, the 15th consecutive year of turnover growth and an increase in earnings. Thank you to customers, partners and employees for great collaborations in 2018 - we are looking forward to this new year with high hopes and expectations. #cowi #wearecowi

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February 2019

Extend you potential this summer! Join the COWI Try summer job programme and get hands-on experience from one of your exciting projects before you graduate. Learn more and apply here: https://www.cowi.dk/cowitry In Denmark we have summer job vacancies for students within: . 🚇 Tunnels and infrastructure. 🌉 Major bridges. 🚉 Railway and metro. 🏢 Buildings. 🗺️ Land administration. 👷‍♂️ Project management consultancy. 👷‍♀️ Project Management Consulting & Architectural Design. 💻 Software design. 📜 Legal. #wearecowi

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February 2019

It's official! In 2021, Denmark will become the tenth country to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The second stage will cover a distance of 190km from Roskilde to Nyborg crossing the Great Belt Link. What an incredible view this will be for both the participants and the spectators. One of the most challenging elements of crossing this bridge by bicycle will be the strong winds swirling in from the Atlantic Ocean – it will be exciting to see how the cyclists respond! Will there be a chance for a breakaway? As the designers of the Great Belt Link, we are proud to be the setting the scene for one of the world’s most famous cycling race. Illustration: Tour de France #tourdefrance #bridges #engineering #greatbeltlink

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"Two years ago, I was offered the opportunity to move to our office in Gurgaon, India. It's an exciting and diverse country and change happens fast, both within the company and out. One of the most gratifying things about living here is that it challenges your "normal", through which you grow and learn more about yourself. Workwise, the learning curve is extremely steep; the team here has grown significantly in size and so have my responsibilities. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of working on some of the most exciting projects all over the world, including in India, where we are currently working on the design of the longest bridge over water in the country. About six months ago, I was given the opportunity to take on a new challenge within line management and I must say that it gives me a great sense of satisfaction to see the team do so well. It’s a testament to their dedication and hard work and makes all the difference.” - Henrik Bredahl Kock, Head of Bridges, India. We are really proud that Henrik is nominated by the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers for this year's Young Consultant for his work in India - congratulations! #wearecowi #cowi #engineering #expatlife

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February 2019

"Seeing the flashing blue lights and flames during my training to become a firefighter at the Danish Emergency Management Agency literally sparked a fire inside me which has inspired my education career path ever since. I studied construction technology and eventually got my master's degree in fire safety. Nowadays, most of my work as a Fire Safety Engineer focuses on designing fire stopping and other passive fire protection solutions for buildings, underground structures and industrial complexes. Although the toolbox is not filled with sealants, intumescent paint and insulation, but instead consists of a laptop, desk and chair, the work demands that you adapt to new technologies, methods and regulations which I really enjoy. You could say that the 'spark' is still burning inside me." - Poul Brinck Rask, Fire Safety Engineer in COWI's Esbjerg, Denmark office #wearecowi #cowi #firesafety #engineering

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February 2019

Looking for a cool summer job? COWI Try is our summer job programme where you get to work hands-on with exciting projects and test what you have learned during your studies. Right now we have a bunch of open positions in our Lyngby and Aarhus offices – be sure to check them out. #wearecowi #cowi #engineering #summerjob

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February 2019

"I remember sitting in my dorm room in university near the end of master's degree thinking "How can I challenge myself? What is my dream job?". That was, and still is, working with the major bridges team at COWI. So, I gave the Senior Vice President of the Bridges International department a call, and asked if I could send my CV. A few weeks later they asked me to come in for an interview and it's been smooth sailing ever since. I'm proud of myself for taking the chance and not just sitting around waiting for a position to appear. Now, almost 4 years later, I can feel myself living the COWI values, especially while working on these huge projects which requires such a high level of teamwork to get the job done. Whenever I wear my COWI t-shirt out on a run, I really feel that I am part of something bigger." - Aya Hjortshøj Lindgren, Bridge Engineer in COWI's Lyngby, Denmark office #cowi #wearecowi #bridges #engineering

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February 2019

Are you ready to design the future with COWI this summer? Join the COWI Try summer job programme for students and get hands-on experience from working on one of our exciting projects. Watch the video and meet some of last year’s participants. #wearecowi #cowi #summerjob #engineeringstudent

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February 2019

With its 16,000 snow-person capacity, the Royal Arena is the place for sports, music and cultural events in Copenhagen’s new urban district Ørestad. Hosting 60-80 events per year, the 37,000 m² arena strengthens Copenhagen's international profile and attracts tourists, world championships, grand concerts, and foreign investment. COWI was responsible for client consultancy, project management and much more. #royalarena @royalarenadk #copenhagen #cowi #projectmanagement #building

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January 2019

“At around the same time that COWI’s offshore wind farm work in East and South East Asia was really picking up, my girlfriend and I found out we were expecting a baby. We had just won a project in Taiwan to deliver the detailed design for one of the first large scale offshore wind farms in the region. I was asked if I’d be willing to relocate to Taipei temporarily to act as project manager. Travelling half way across the world with a new born and uprooting our life was a very daunting thought, but COWI was supportive throughout the whole process and offered flexible terms, so we happily went forward with the move. It’s nice to be with a company that understands the importance of having a family life next to your work life. Plus, Taiwan has so much to offer when you’re off work – you can go whale watching, dive with turtles, check out an active underwater volcano, visit hot springs, relax at the beach, or go up into the mountains to watch monkeys, snakes, butterflies, leopards and bears. The nature here is crazy!” – Claus Kramhøft, Chief Specialist within Marine and Foundation Engineering currently stationed in Taipei, Taiwan #wearecowi #engineeringlife #offshorewind #lifeasanexpat

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January 2019

“I’ve surfed for the last 10 years or so. When you’re first starting out, summer is ideal because the water is calm and a lot warmer. But now I prefer the winter. The water is obviously a lot colder, even here in California, but the waves are so much bigger. I just like being outdoors as much as I can. If the surf’s not good one day, I’ll just go camping, hiking or rock climbing instead. One of my favourite assignments I’ve had at COWI was when I was doing a site investigation in Monterey. We had to inspect the structural integrity of a pier and wharf, but in order to access the tighter locations, we had to get out there in our kayaks. We were out on the water for about four days in the kayaks, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I’d say that, plus the great people and variety of interesting projects, is what I enjoy most about working here.” – Jacob Shaw, Marine Engineer located in COWI’s Oakland, California office #surfing #marineengineer #cowi #wearecowi

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January 2019

Happy anniversary to our UK colleagues! It's ten years since COWI entered the UK market. Since then, COWI in the UK has trebled in size and provided buildable, optimised designs for some of the most exciting infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. Check out the slideshow below to discover more about our services. #10yearsandcounting #structuralengineering #bridges #tunnels #marinestructures #wearecowi

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January 2019

“Acoustics can be compared to health: You rarely notice it when it's good. You don't walk around thinking "my leg is not broken". But if a rock band plays in a church or a chamber orchestra plays at a rock club, you notice that something is a bit off. The timbre and the reflection patterns in the room is not adapted to the activity. It soon becomes unpleasant – if not as unpleasant as breaking a leg. Many acousticians are also performing musicians – rockers, brass and woodwind players and singers. I think the art of acoustics attracts us naturally. I started myself playing bass guitar before I switched to double bass when I discovered jazz in my twenties. I worked as musician for seven years before I decided to explore the acoustics field. What I like the most about COWI is working multidisciplinary and the teamwork. It truly makes it fun to work. It's is kind of like when I play music: You need your own self-honed skills, but the purpose is to make the orchestra sound good when playing together. Soon I'll move to Trondheim, the city that probably has the best jazz scene in Norway, to work as a Head of Section for acoustics. It will be a wonderful combination of my favorite hobby and my favorite job in one place." Svein Folkvord, Head of Section Acoustics, COWI Norway's office in Trondheim. #cowi #wearecowi #acoustics #trondheim

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January 2019

"Going skydiving for the first time was a huge challenge for me. When you open the door of the plane and jump, you go from extreme fear to extreme relief in a matter of seconds. It's just amazing. There is nothing to block your view. And when you land, you feel alive. I can never fall sleep the night after a jump because the adrenaline is still pumping. I've now completed 67 solo jumps in just 3 years. Likewise, when I moved from France to Scandinavia, I knew it would be a big challenge to get a job with COWI, but it was ultimately my dream job, so I just had to take the leap and go for it. If you're a bridge designer, you know that COWI is the place to be. I've now been working here for 7 years and I feel so lucky coming into work every day because I get to do exactly what I enjoy, but also get paid for it. I feel like I've found my home." – Alexis Benserade Wist, Bridge Specialist in COWI's Lyngby, Denmark office #cowi #wearecowi #brides #skydiving #engineeringlife

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December 2018

The Moesgaard Museum in Denmark is one of the most energy-efficient museums in the world. The new building is of international standard, both in terms of attractions and aesthetics. COWI acted as consulting engineer on the project, designing the museum's unique lighting that accentuates the beautiful architecture and secures clear escape routes. #ingeniousengineering #buildings #architecture #engineering

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The Osman Gazi Bridge crosses Turkey’s Izmit Bay forming part of the extended highway system linking Izmir and Istanbul and reducing travel time by around 6 hours. The suspension bridge has a free span of 1,550 metres between its towers and a total length of approximately three kilometres. It is built in one of the most seismically active areas in the world, placing additional demands on the design. #ingeniousengineering #bridges #dailybridgefix #transportation

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Did you know that before the Great Belt Link opened, commuters faced journey times of over an hour to travel between the eastern and western parts of Denmark by ferry? Today the journey takes just 12 minutes, helping commuters get home to their families and loved ones that much faster and safer during each and every holiday season. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season, from all of us at COWI! #cowi #greatbelt #happyholidays

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With its 16,000 ‘snow-person’ capacity, the Royal Arena is the place for sports, music and cultural events in Copenhagen’s new urban district Ørestad. Hosting 60-80 events per year, the 37,000 m² arena strengthens the city’s international profile and attracts tourists, world championships, grand concerts, and foreign investment. COWI was responsible for client consultancy, project management and much more. #royalarena #copenhagen #cowi #projectmanagement #building

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Did you know that each one of the 20 wind turbine foundations on Taiwan's first offshore wind farm are 80 meters long, which is about 40 times as tall as a Christmas tree? The Formosa 1 wind farm is located approx. 3km off the coast of Miaoli county in North West Taiwan, and when complete it will have a capacity of 120MW. Although the area is prone to earthquakes and extreme wind speeds of 250km/h during typhoons, Taiwan has ambitions to become the next major hub for offshore wind energy development. Acting as consultant to Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc., COWI's geotechnical, structural and hydraulic engineering experts worked together to provide the detailed design for the foundations and deliver a durable and efficient solution. #merrychristmas #offshorefoundations #cowi #sustainabledesign #miaoli #offshore

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Ho Ho Ho 🎅 A merry Christmas from all of us to all of you 😊 #cowi

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December 2018

"I want us to be frontrunners, when it comes to working professionally with the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs will have a big impact on our future, so as a leader, I try to make sure that my team's development is rooted within these goals", says Jacob Gøtterup, Head of Section within Drainage – infrastructure and urban development in COWI. According to him, good leadership and a focus on the SDGs are two inseparable things in this industry - meet him here in this year's final Let's Talk Leadership video and learn why. #cowi #letstalkleadership #sdgs #engineering #sustainability

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Did you know that more than 200 cities in Europe have light rail networks? In Denmark’s third-largest city – Odense – a new light rail network is being developed and planned to open in 2020. In a recent poll, a majority voted to name one of the new trains, “Brunneren”. A “brunner”, short for brunsviger, is a much-loved local delicacy made from a soft yeast dough topped with a generous serving of butter and brown sugar. Sweet name for a train, right? In Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, first stage of the Aarhus light rail began operation just before Christmas 2017 – and extensions are continuously being developed. Last, but not least, Greater Copenhagen will have a 28-k light rail network, connecting Ishøj in the south with Lyngby in the north, in 2024. It is expected to serve 13-14 million passengers per year. COWI is providing the engineering services for all three projects. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of “Brunneren” and its passenger-friendly cousins. #cowi #lightrail #civilengineering #urbanplanning #transportation #odense #aarhus #greatercopenhagen

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"If we don't develop our employees, we stand still. And if you stand still, you are basically going backwards," says Rasmus Kolding, Vice President within Railways and Metro in COWI. Meet him here in our Let's Talk Leadership video, learn what inspires him and why it is crucial for him to constantly focus on developing his team. #letstalkleadership #transport #wearecowi #railways #metro #engineering #cowi

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December 2018

"I like to learn how to do things myself, whether that be tearing down a wall or remodelling my kitchen at home. I'm not afraid of just going for it. I think this has helped me professionally as well. Even though we work at such a big company, I feel empowered to innovate and am encouraged to try things my own way in order to develop myself further. I've been here for 18 years now. When I talk to my colleagues, most have changed companies a few times since they graduated university, but I've been here since day one. The diversity of projects and responsibilities along the way has given me the opportunity to constantly develop myself within the organisation. About 8 years ago, I shifted from a bridge specialist role into a project management role. My technical background has given me a distinct advantage as Chief Project Manager – I'm actually able to understand and relate to the project team's challenges and I feel more confident talking to clients." – Daniel Kristoffersen, Chief Project Manager in COWI's Lyngby, Denmark office #wearecowi #cowi #projectmanagement #bridges

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December 2018

“Why do I enjoy working with airports and highways? It’s big. Simple as that. It’s massive mobilisation, multi-disciplinary, and big numbers. Some of the airport projects we work on may not be that big kilometre wise, but the engineering and planning behind it are incredibly complex. I always feel comfortable with the team of engineers I have around me. They’re great. They’re organised. They think on a timeline. And most importantly, they think globally, which is so critical for us as most of our projects include staff from 4+ countries. And this is exactly why I was attracted to COWI in the first place – the international aspect. The driver in international work is obviously completing the projects, but what I like the most is solving the puzzle behind it – bringing together colleagues from all over the world, across multiple time zones, cultures and languages, to work together towards a common goal. It’s amazing.” – Thomas Mejer, Vice President/Market Director for International Highways and Airports in our Lyngby, Denmark office #wearecowi #cowi #engineer #leadership #career

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“In my spare time I'm an ultra-trail-runner, which means I participate in races lasting up to 20 hours and in different harsh terrains. It really clears my mind and sometimes I even find solutions for projects while I'm out running. Afterwards, when I get back to the office, I am as energised as some people might be from a three-week vacation. One time I was participating in a race in England, and we were running by a river while it was raining so heavily that the water levels had risen about a meter, so we basically had water up to our knees for multiple kilometres. Even though I was tired and out of breath, I still thought to myself: "Jeppe, you work with climate adaptation and water and now you're actually in the middle of experiencing what it is really like!" It was an eyeopener as to how powerful the forces of nature can be and gave me a kind of "hands-on" notion of something I deal with in my day-to-day work.” Jeppe Sikker Jensen, Technical Director within Water and Nature at COWI's offices in Lyngby, Denmark #wearecowi #climateadaptation #ultratrail #civilengineering

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December 2018

"The most important aspect of leadership to me is the ability to have empathy and be a good listener", says Francis Kjærsgaard, Head of Section at Offshore Wind Foundations in COWI. Meet him here and see how he strives to move his entire team in the same direction. #letstalkleadership #offshorewind #career #civilengineering #wearecowi #leadership #cowi

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