Sebastien Bonaventure, Project Coordinator, 13 years at Prodesign
Sebastien Bonaventure, Project Coordinator at Prodesign relates his working and technical proficiencies in the construction and engineering fields. Studied Telecommunication at the “Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Nice”, France, let’s see what Sebastien has to share with us…
1. Tell me about yourself?
I integrated Prodesign in November 2006 as Site Coordinator in the MEP supervision team of three people. I am an all-rounded individual who is acquainted with the different construction and engineering skills. I am also in charge of contract administration, including on-site coordination and quality control. I am versatile and have a good knowledge of the mechanical installations as well. I have been involved in testing and commissioning of several landmark projects and in major sectors like office, commercial, healthcare and residential.
2. Tell me about your teamwork skills in relation to your Project Coordinator position?
As Project Coordinator, I possess technical knowledge, management skills, planning skills, and leadership in the field of MEP Consultancy services. But I always anticipate the common problem and I welcome feedbacks about any suggestions pertaining to the projects.
3. If you were to pick one skill for a Project Coordinator, what will it be and why?
There are several skills that a Project Coordinator must possess but the foremost one is that you need to possess the know-how of the on-field issues and works for the required deliverables. You must also be the best in what you undertake.
4. Tell me about your journey at Prodesign so far, how is it like to be working in the firm?
(laughing…) Well, I have started my professional career at Prodesign, and I have witnessed the dynamic evolution of the whole company where drawings are means of communication in the construction industry. I have seen the complete changeover of the relayed methods of communication from dispatching letters, fax to using emails as internet connection was slow, dating thirteen years back. It is with great pleasure to say that Prodesign has implemented the latest software and technological devices that have become a must in this 21st century.
5. If a work has been assigned to you, what is the first step toward its implementation?
Each project has different design brief, concept, design development, technical design and construction stages till the handing over of the project. But among the primary components are the understanding of the project, analysing the pertinent information and planning out the work.
6. The MEP field is always changing. As such, what have you done with regards to personal development when it comes to you as Project Coordinator in the last few months?
(Pondering…) I have participated in many trainings provided by the MEP Consultants firm for the professional growth of its M&E Engineers, Building Services Engineers, Sustainability Engineers, Green Building Consultants and the Project Managers. I work hard to ensure that our clients get what they want and when they want it.
7. What type of technology/software should a Project Coordinator be familiar with? How proficient are you in using them?
I am proficient in using the Microsoft tools; Microsoft excel for inputting the cost control data and the CAD software for drafting the MEP drawings. With times, I have become accustomed to these software as they are highly helpful in completing the assigned tasks.
8. Share with us an example of working in a team of specialists as Project Coordinator.
Working in a team of specialists is sometimes hectic to deliver some high-end class projects, but the dynamic building services engineers have really pulled up their socks for the client’s satisfaction. But the fundamental criteria stays the same that is to understand the sequence of the works that I have been allocated to.
9. Prodesign has recently implemented the planning system, how do you view it?
(Without hesitation…) The new planning system is extremely appropriate and relevant to the office restructure. For me, I would rather say that that the system is 99% completed while the remaining 1% will be accomplished with the passing of time. It is a production chain just like in any secondary sector where loopholes in coordination and interaction are easily detected. Bulk load is minimised considerably. Moreover, it comprises of every MEP Consultants daily calendar and work progress details.
10. Tell us about the challenges that you have faced in your career at Prodesign.
Each project that I have undertaken is unique. I have to understand the client’s requirements first before implementing the full project layout. For instance, for the banking sector, I have to consider the security guidelines, and the design will be different as well as for MEP services for the residential sector. Yes, the challenges in all the construction phase are the client visit, meeting, site visit and handling the deadlines and budget. But thankfully these challenges are being improved as Prodesign has established specific dates for the client visit.
11. To end this conversation, what advice will you give to the youngsters who are interested in the construction and engineering fields?
(straightforwardly…) Young people need to be open-minded as they usually come directly from university with a headful of theories. Construction is a very interesting field dealing with renovation and maintenance, so they need to work hard to climb the steps. It is a win-win situation. I want the youths to have the confidence and courage to explore engineering pathways that lead to a similarly rewarding career. I wish all the very best to those who endeavour to make construction and engineering their career.
Describe yourself in one word: Sebastien
Your famous quote: Put first things first
Hobby: Do it yourself, tinkering with musical systems, cars and any other MEP systems