Suhas Podduturi, junior estimator/project engineer, has been with Blount since 2019. He provides earthwork and asphalt paving material quantity reports for the projects, creates Earthwork 3-D models using Trimble and SketchUp to facilitate field operations, and generates equipment cost reports.
Thanks to a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, and a Master’s in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University, he can accurately read blueprints and soil reports, visualize construction models and use software tools to generate them – which is one of his favorite aspects of his job.
Passionate about designing and creating new structures, Suhas is as organized as he is creative. The multi-lingual estimator/project engineer can manage and coordinate construction activities to meet safety, schedule, cost and quality goals, and often proposes innovative solutions if problems arise.
He credits an internship with teaching him how to understand change orders, review contract documents and building drawings, as well as how to submit RFIs. His desire to continue learning and acquiring skills is one of the reasons he likes working for Blount, where he has opportunities to grow.