Brandon is an engineer from LTA who understands the sheer scale of the Circle Line MRT project. He speaks of how his work inspires him to learn continually.
By John Yip
“One location that inspires me, and that I’ve actually been to, is Machu Pichu in Peru,” says Brandon Li, a Land Transport Authority (LTA) scholar. “It’s an ancient Inca city in the middle of nowhere, high on top a mountain. In ancient days, you had to hike four days to get there. Right away, you realise that the Incas were part of a very magnificent civilisation.”
As a Civil Engineering graduate, Brandon has a keen interest in structures, especially monumental structures such as Angkor Wat, Stonehenge, and the mysterious monoliths on Easter Island.
However, he cannot imagine anyone building structures such as Machu Pichu today. “I think you would first need to be ruled by kings!” laughs Brandon. “They make decisions that have no obvious benefit other than glorifying themselves!”
Modern-day construction projects, in contrast, are much more rational affairs. They involve many groups of people coming together to make decisions based on economics and public interest.