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By Andee Brooker
October 10, 2017
Giana Morini has over a decade of engineering experience in Bechtel’s NS&E, OG&C, and Infrastructure Global Business Units on a multitude of projects with positions in Front End Engineering Design, Engineering Design, Procurement, and Construction Execution.
She got a degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and she started her career as a college hire in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the Yucca Mountain Project. What she was doing back then was applying civil/structural engineering skills to designing a first-of-a-kind repository for high-level radioactive waste. Afterwards, she transitioned to New Mexico for civil and structural engineering positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In 2012, Giana transferred to Bechtel’s Oil Gas & Chemical (OG&C), where she held increasingly more responsible positions on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petrochemical projects in Australia and the US. In 2015, Giana began her role as Deputy Engineering Group Supervisor for the Civil/Structural/Architectural Discipline on a proposed LNG Project in Louisiana before accepting a position with Bechtel’s Infrastructure Virtual Project Delivery (VPD) Group in Reston, VA.
The VPD Team, a part of Bechtel’s Innovation enterprise, is a five-year task force specially formed to integrate modern building information modeling to Bechtel processes and reimagine project delivery for the company. Giana is responsible for overseeing engineering tasks related to implementation of a 3D/4D/5D program by December 2017. In addition to task management, she is responsible for coordinating between the VPD team and their engineering counterparts within Infrastructure to ensure task execution and successful implementation.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Giana was an active member of Engineers without Borders, serving as Project Manager for a water tank project in Northwest Thailand,completed successfully in May 2016. Giana participated as a featured speaker during the 2016 Discover E Global Marathon, presenting on “Empowering Communities, Expanding Professional Opportunities” and in 2017, at the Global Women in Construction presenting on “Intrapreneurship: How to Turn Your Workplace into a Startup: Sparking Change in Large Companies”.
Giana has also been an active member of Bechtel’s employee resource group Women@Bechtel, and served on the 2016 OG&C Women@Bechtel Houston Board as Colleague Chair, engaging the workforce through professional and personal development activities. Giana earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has been certified as a Six Sigma yellow belt.
“I have been in the Engineering and Construction industry for over ten years now, working on a multitude of projects throughout the United States and Australia. I spent some time out in the field as a structural field engineer on an LNG plant in Southern Louisiana. Now, I’m part of our Innovation team in the Infrastructure Business Line tasked with revitalizing how we do business through innovation. I never anticipated being in such an abstract role, but such is life!”
Giana's Piece of Advice
"Be fearless and ambitious. Don’t think you have to know everything from the start. Be open to learning and asking questions. This doesn’t indicate weakness, but a strength in admitting what you haven’t yet learned, and it shows a willingness to grow."
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