Helder is a chartered structural engineer with over eight years' experience in the industry.

Since joining Bryden Wood's Civil and Structural team in February 2019, he has been involved with Equinix Data Centres, Heathrow terminal extensions and precast façade Projects.

Before this, he worked in Asia for Arup for four years after completing his studies in the UK in 2012. He has both design and site experience from the various projects he was involved with, from large new casinos/hotels, to residential apartment blocks, to two-storey townhouses. His experience was mainly in reinforced concrete frames but has expanded to steelworks, timber and masonry since he returned to the UK in 2016, to work for a structural engineering consultant in London.

Apart from his technical knowledge in traditional engineering/construction, he also has an appreciation of emerging technologies and is continuously looking to learn/adapt new methods to increase efficiency in his works. He uses a range of tools such as finite element software for analysis combined with other BIM tools to undertake clash detections and review structural models for coordination.

However, he is also a keen believer in sketching as still the way to go about exploring ideas/concepts, particularly during the initial stages of design.

He is taking an increased interest in the legal aspects of the construction industry and is working towards becoming a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.