As part of our marketing theme 2020, The Year of The Designer, we have also interviewed our own employees, structural engineers who are working at Peikko units all over the world.
Read a new story and meet Marcus Ringstrand from Peikko Sweden.
Why have you chosen to study civil engineering?
It was a bit of a coincidence. I was out traveling for half a year and felt that it was time to think about my future. Some of my friends were going to study for a bachelor of science in civil engineering, I looked it up and thought it seemed interesting. Haven't regretted it since!
When did you start in Peikko and what is your job in Peikko about?
I started working at Peikko in April 2018. Since then I've been a structural engineer specializing on composite structures such as DELTABEAMS® and composite columns. Even though my official title is "structural engineer" there's a lot of project management as well as I'm always on the phone with customers and other engineers. But the main part of my time is spent dimensioning DELTABEAMS® and composite columns and modeling those in Tekla.
What do you like most about your job?
The mix of the self-dependent work and the collaboration with customers and other engineers is what I enjoy the most. Even though the main part of the time is spent in front of the computer working by myself there's also a lot of social contact with both people outside and inside of Peikko. My colleagues in Sweden are of course the ones that I spend most time with and we have a lot of fun together.
What projects that you did in Peikko are you most proud of?
The ones that have caused the biggest challenges. I haven't been involved in any huge or in any other way very special projects but there's been quite a few where you've looked at the project and thought "how the heck are we going to solve that?". It's always very satisfying when you, either by yourself or by help of a colleague or other engineer, reach a solution that works both theoretically and practically. It may be a headache there and then but, in the end, when everything's solved it's a nice feeling. That's something that I've learned: everything has a solution.
What are your biggest interests outside working life?
Training, for sure. I'm not a total fitness freak as I enjoy going out for a beer with my friends but what occupies my time the most is running. Preferably in combination with travel. Last year I went to Scotland to run a 70 km race and this year I did an 83 km race in the North of Sweden. That sort of running is called ultrarunning and my interest for it only gets bigger year by year. It's that kind of thing where you never become satisfied, you can always run farther.
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