12 February 2010

Work is seriously kicking me in the nuts

With the wide away for a week visiting family, I thought it'd be a great time to catch up on tv, sleep, blogging, and video games. But noooooo...

There's a very very big highway bridge project that my company is doing down in the States1. I wasn't assigned to this project originally, as I'm already swamped with other work. Then last week one of the engineers on the job enexpectantly headed back to China for a family emergency; he's probably not coming back. So I'm suddenly thrust into the fray.

The problem: a very rapidly approaching deadline (today, in fact). As in, I have had less than a week and a half to get up to speed and start delivering calculations for two bridges I'm completely unfamiliar with, ruled by design codes that I don't know, and using five new software packages that I've never seen in my life. Oh, and the lead engineer on the project, the guy who's supposed to be helping me catch up to all this, left yesterday on a three week vacation. And another one of the engineers on the project left for a three week vacation last week, so any hope for assistance was gone.

So I'm in the office working Saturday and Sunday, Wednesday night, and all of Thursday night through to Friday, taking a quick 20 minute nap under my desk. I drank a lot of Coke and ate way way too many chewy peach candies. It's pretty damn tricky learning completely new things under incredible time constraints and sleep deprived.

Fortunately, through perseverance, I can say that I got my work done on time (for this submission anyway), though I can't guarantee anything about the correctness of the calcs.

I honestly have no idea what's going on around me right now. I drove past my house today after work.

And it's only going to get worse in the coming weeks as the rest of the submissions come due and other jobs start up again. Maybe I'll have time for sleep in the summer.



At February 16, 2010 6:04 p.m., Blogger Carlo said...

Umm... could you please let me know where these bridges are? Why you ask? No particular reason...

At February 20, 2010 12:11 p.m., Blogger King Aardvark said...

Best to avoid all structures in North America, just to be safe. In fact, go find a cave someplace and don't come out. It'll be much safer.

Actually, I'm pretty sure these bridges will be perfectly safe, regardless of my hurried and not quite knowledgable execution of the calcs. Part of the problem is that they require assloads of quality control checks and paperwork. The upside is that the mistakes I make will be caught.

At February 22, 2010 2:25 p.m., Blogger TheBrummell said...

The upside is that the mistakes I make will be caught.

By similarly over-worked engineers?

I'm liking Saskatchewan more and more... there's hardly any bridges around here, and the few that do exist cross rivers that freeze in the winter so you can just wait until winter comes back (it's never far away, here) and avoid the bridges.

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