Meet the Team:
Vidula Sarathchandra

Each month we’re introducing you to a member of our expert team. This month is the turn of Project Application Engineer, Vidula Sarathchandra.

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What is your background and how did you end up at FEG?

I originally studied and qualified in Mechanical Engineering in my native Sri Lanka at University of Peradeniya, where I then went on to work as a mechanical engineer on a range of projects, including ventilation projects for hotels, apartment blocks, government buildings and factories.

My partner’s work led them to Teesside in 2022 and so I joined and started working with FEG when we made the move to the UK.  It was an easy decision – I liked the feel I got from the company and the team from the very first time I met them. 

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I thoroughly enjoy the responsibility that comes with working in the collaborative atmosphere of a company like FEG.  At the moment I am leading on a key client ventilation project, but I also get the chance to regularly feed in to the team on a variety of other active projects.  We really value each other’s opinions and I think this is what adds the difference to the quality of our final output.  Whether I am working on design work or direct on site, I can always call upon my colleagues if I need to verify anything or need an additional opinion. 

What makes FEG different?

It is a great opportunity to work at a company like FEG.  It is large and established enough to see a variety of different project types and sizes, but it has a very personal feel and you are able to make decisions in your daily role while building an overall picture of a project that would not be possible if you were just a small cog in a larger company.   

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The variety is great and it is personally an additional opportunity for me to build my knowledge of UK process and planning.

I am focused on continuous improvement in both project management and self-development and am able to take additional training opportunities to progress this.

The variety of projects afforded to me at FEG is one of the most exciting aspects of the role. Being able to apply my skills and knowledge in not only specialist ventilation projects but across a wide range of work makes the role extremely fulfilling.

Vidula Sarathchandra
Project Application Engineer

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Industrial odour Issue solved for high temperature frying factory environment

Our client Essentia came to us after having received an environmental notice for an industrial odour issue from its proteins frying factory. Our experience showed us that a typical combination of scrubbers would not be adequate for this project, given the variation in contaminants that had to be removed from the air. 

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Odour Acridity Issue Solved for Seafood Manufacturer

Our team of odour experts worked to develop a new liquid gas scrubber* solution that worked in a 3-stage process to remove all composites from the gas.

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Flexible dynamic weighing food conveyor systems designed and built to allow for varying product flow levels

2 Sisters Food Group needed a food conveyor systems installation to transport their potato products from existing line equipment to a new food transfer pump. Within the final process, the UK-based food manufacturer also needed to be able to dynamically weigh the potatoes.

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£650k CDM large capacity flour silo installation

FEG were commissioned by GM in the UK to Project Manage a £650K cost saving project under CDM to install larger capacity flour silos and batch weighing facility.

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McVitie’s site restored and at full production 6 months after flooding

FEG Ltd were appointed as Principal Contractor to get a flooded McVitie’s biscuit factory back up and running at the earliest opportunity.

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Organic Production Facility for Mcvitie’s

We were commissioned by McVitie’s to project manage a new ingredients feed and mixing system for a start-up organic facility.  At a value of £1m the project included our operating under full CDM duty holder responsibilities. 

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Factory Extension Project With New Cold Store

As part of an ongoing factory extension project the client required a new outgoing product cold store facility as the existing cold store capacity was no longer adequate.

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Reinforce Safety and Security for Food Production

This McVities site had applied for AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) accreditation and part of that accreditation was “Reinforce Safety and Security”. The factory’s perimeter fence was identified as being in poor condition and in need of redesign and renewal.

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New seed cleaning plant design and installation

We supported our client Silvery Tweed Cereals in the design and installation of a new seed cleaning plant at its Berwick-Upon-Tweed headquarters.

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Design and installation of new docking rollers to reduce downtime and wastage

We designed a docking roller system to reduce wastage and downtime for this baked foods manufacturer.

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Conveyor system project

Designing a conveyor system for new pizza line that maximises existing equipment

Our expert team of engineers designed and installed a conveyor system for a new pizza line that maximised the use of existing equipment.

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£3.8m turnkey high capacity pastry production line project

We were commissioned by General Mills to undertake a £3.8m project to install a new high capacity frozen pastry production line, from feasibility to hand-over.

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