Lorene Plassiard graduated from ENSIEG and joined the Mobility team in 2006. When this keen hiker is not exploring mountain paths, she’s building tunnels! She tells us about her work.
What is your educational background?
I graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs Électriciens de Grenoble and completed my third year at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. I joined Mobility right after my studies as part of the incubator programme: I spent two years working as assistant to a senior project manager.
Describe your career at Mobility so far.
I began working on renovations to the GTC in the Gothard tunnel in Switzerland, and then the HT/BT renovations in the Maurice-Lemaire tunnel in Alsace. I then oversaw the installation of the GSM-R (GSM Railway) network for the high-speed Rhine-Rhône railway line and later on the Metz-Strasbourg line. I’m currently working on renovations to the ventilation of the Grand-Saint-Bernard tunnel, which is now 50 years old. At the same time I am working on a call for tenders for an electric sub-station to fuel a submerged tunnel between Germany and Denmark (Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link).
What does your work involve?
I oversee projects from the design phase to the trial phase, with responsibility for scheduling and contractual and financial aspects. I collaborate with the technical project manager. No two days are alike, as I can be working on the design phase, overseeing orders or monitoring the on-site work. And when I’m not here, I’m often on the road or in the air to monitor sites elsewhere.
What do you like most about your work?
I really enjoy managing project funding. And I like the human aspect of my work. I meet a lot of people, whether clients, co-contractors or members of the project team, and when you’re involved in a project that lasts three or four years you have the time to get to know one another.
What is your fondest memory from your career?
The high-speed Rhine-Rhône railway line. That was a project that introduced me to many aspects of my work: working with co-contractors on a large-scale project, monitoring a large site, etc. I learnt a lot and had the support of a great team. It was also the first major project that I oversaw from A to Z: I even had the opportunity to board the test train to have the line qualified!
And what do you do when you’re not working?
I love to travel: Vietnam or Mexico, where I discovered sub aqua diving, New Zealand or Egypt. I now have two sons, one and three years old, we still travel but it requires a lot of organisation! We still do a lot of hiking and skiing.