17th November, 2020

Tim MacDonald: 10th Work Anniversary

Tim MacDonald: 10th Work Anniversary

This month, we celebrate the 10-year work anniversary of our Senior CAD Technician, Tim MacDonald.


We interviewed him on his experience with the company, favourite memories, bucket list and more! Read the full story below.


Who are you and what is your role within Murphy Geospatial?

My name is Tim, I’m one of the Senior Cad Technicians working in the UK laser scanning team.


How was your experience on the first day with the company?

My first day at the company was a little surreal, I had not long been made redundant from one of the competitors, and on walking into the new job I was greeted by some familiar faces of my former colleagues. 


How was Murphy Geospatial now compared to 10 years ago?

Bigger. When I started there were half a dozen employees in the “UK Office” – a small rented office in Watford. A little while later and we moved into a bigger office in Luton. Whilst the office was bigger, more spacious open plan office, the number of staff was still quite small, with many of the surveyors choosing to process their work from home, so the office was often quiet. We didn’t really have any company vans in the UK as such at the time, often if they were needed for a bigger job they would be driven over from the Irish office. I remember on one occasion an Irish Green Van came over that caused quite a bit of amusement at the time. Also, one day I remember, randomly a small metal boat turned up in the office carpark! A little while later, we moved office to North Road, again this was still a fairly small office however we were now doing more work in central London so you would get a lot more visits from the surveyors. This was when the company really started to grow in the UK. We took over additional office rooms within the same building as the company took on more and more staff. With more staff meant a fleet of vans and more equipment and we took on a storeroom in the “dungeon” in the basement. A few years later and we moved into the larger open plan office that is our current workplace.


What is your greatest achievement throughout the years of working with the company?

In the early years, when we were in the Watford office, we were fortunate to be closely located next to the European head office of TJX, the company behind the high street chain TK Maxx. I was heavily involved with the early use of Revit Modelling within the company and helped establish a client relationship that would lead to us surveying and modelling over 250 of their stores to aid them with acquiring new locations and sign off of refurbishment plans.


What do you like most about working with the company?

The people. There are some great characters that really make the company what it is.


What is your favourite memory with the company?

There have been some great social events that give the opportunity to get to know your colleagues outside of the office and indeed staff from other teams and departments that you might not often get to talk to.


What is a fact about you that would surprise your colleagues?

I’m a qualified scuba diving instructor and have a love for swimming with sharks… Hammerheads are my favourite.


What are the top three things on your bucket list?

I don’t have a list as such, and that’s quite a difficult one to answer as I have been fortunate to do quite a few things that I guess would go on one. But 3 things I’d like to do more of:

Traveling to places such as Japan, Hawaii and Mexico.

Scuba diving the wrecks and reefs at Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atol would be on the list as well.

And finally, to win the lottery… Might help with the first two on the list!


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Time travel, got to love the likes of Back to the Future and Quantum Leap (showing my age there)


What advise would you give to new hires?

Don’t be shy, get stuck in, ask lots of questions and get involved.