Sarah O'Sullivan

Position: BIM Senior Lead
Time with the Company: 5 Years

Sarah O'Sullivan
Sarah O'Sullivan

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I graduated from DIT Bolton Street as a Mechanical Engineer in 2012 and started work for a client in the Netherlands as a Design Engineer and on semiconductor processing equipment for a client back home. This led me to join Mercury in 2014 where I worked on the BIM team for a client's factory upgrade.

Over the past 3 years I found the work in the BIM department to be challenging and rewarding. I have recently been promoted to the position of Team Lead for several Data Centres which is a significant expansion of my remit and responsibilities.

What is BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A Building Information Model is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during the facilities’ life-cycle from conception to demolition.

You’re currently studying. How is Mercury’s Educational Assistance Programme (EDA) helping you to advance your career?
Yes, I am currently undertaking a master’s degree in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management (DIT Bolton St). Mercury’s Educational Assistance Program (EDA) is supporting the fund of the fees for this course. I am in the final year of a 3-year course and Mercury’s support is an invaluable benefit to my long-term career enhancement.

Do you feel you are getting the right career development and opportunities in Mercury? What level of encouragement is Mercury providing you with?
Yes, I do. In the 5 years I have been with Mercury, I have always felt valued and supported, both personally and professionally. I have been given further educational and career advancement opportunities through assistance in obtaining my master’s degree, my recent promotion and my involvement in the BIM Department’s strategic direction team, where my inputs are helping to steer the longer-term BIM Department’s direction.

What’s been the most surprising part of being a woman working in construction?
The most surprising aspect is actually the total acceptance that I have in this industry.

What is your favourite part of your career?
I love the challenge and learning. My position in Mercury BIM provides me with an abundance of both.

What is the most challenging part of your career?
Time Management. Between travel, study and working on several different projects. It’s all very fast paced.

What advice would you give someone starting out?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I tend to try and figure things out on my own. Also jump at opportunities that are given to you.


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