Listen. Think. Deliver. Our geotechnical expert Sven Kessler embraces this motto with total conviction. As an internationally acting Project Director he knows to pay attention to the client’s needs and provide them with customized solutions for any geotechnical challenge. Within his area of expertise of special heavy construction, Sven supports his clients along the whole process of planning of object and structural frameworks including construction supervision. One core area of his expertise is the method of artificial ground freezing – with Sven also sharing his know-how as assistant lecturer at the Ruhr-University at Bochum, Germany. Additionally, Sven is frequently consulted regarding any construction ground and foundation issues, and has been acting as authorised expert in matters of dispute.
Some of his professional highlights include the Palm Islands in Dubai, restoration of the Cologne Stages as well as the new construction of the „Textilakademie“ (Academy for Textiles) in Mönchengladbach, latter both located in Germany. Even when he was a child, Sven dreamt of becoming a civil engineer, so he could build tunnels. Currently, he is fulfilling his childhood dream by constructing several road tunnels underneath the Suez Canal in Egypt.
Why are you working at CDM Smith? CDM Smith offers thrilling projects in a cooperative and friendly environment which is lots of fun. Additionally, CDM Smith enables a healthy work life balance.
What aspect of your job inspires you the most? Whenever my job is not concerning standard solutions but gets tricky and demands for unique/customized approaches, that’s what really gets me going.
What’s the single one project that will forever stick in your memory? The excavation pit for the new development of governmental buildings in Berlin – this is where I learnt everything from scratch. From initial planning via statistical evaluations through to construction supervision. I still do benefit nowadays from that experience.
What’s your advice to young engineers? As a fresh graduate I felt, like many others do, like I knew it all – after all I had been studying it for years. But trust me, client relations as well as project management is something that will only be acquired over time in the engineering firm.
I am motivated by teamwork and working with responsibility.
Authorised expert for geotechnics/foundation engineering appointed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce „Mittleres Ruhrgebiet“, Germany
Sven Kessler takes great care of young engineers. Not only is he assistant lecturere at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, but he also sees students through their Bachelor/Master Thesis and supports graduates with his expertise and experience during the transition from studies to a professional work life.