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Technical Services at DIO: a varied world

Hi, I’m Paul Wilson and I currently have the privilege of leading the specialist technical teams at DIO as Acting Head of Technical Services. Today I’ll be blogging about what we do and the exciting opportunities available in our team.

My role includes managing a small technical services team of professionals who work in a huge range of fields which touch on every aspect of DIO’s work on the Defence estate. The team is crucial in providing our Armed Forces with the facilities and infrastructure they need to do their jobs both in the UK and overseas.

Our wide range of specialists includes archaeologists, ecologists, historic building and scheduled monument specialists, airfield pavement engineers, weapons effects engineers, diving experts, nuclear equipment and support engineers, railway engineers, foresters, land quality and unexploded ordnance specialists and many, many more.

Achievements in technical services

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll have come across some of the work we do already. Recently, for example, our archaeologists have been excavating sites at Barrow Clump and Barry Buddon as part of Operation Nightingale and working on the Ancient Akrotiri Project, which was established to improve our understanding of the important historic landscape of the Akrotiri Peninsula on the southern coast of Cyprus.

The team also plays a crucial role in protecting the Defence estate. In June, our Security Services Group worked with the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism to replace twelve sentry boxes at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London. The iconic sentry boxes look traditional, but now contain lots of modern technology upgrades which link them to the guardrooms at each location. They were manufactured off site then delivered and installed during the night to ensure minimal disruption.

A guard standing outside a sentry box. [Crown Copyright/MOD2018]
In April, our environmental managers went to the Falklands to support with a fuel spillage that had occurred during development work at a new accommodation block and resulted in the pollution of soil. The team completed a ground investigation which included excavating and sampling the soil and carried out site visits, surveys and inspections. They also got the opportunity to explore the Falklands and completed a road trip to see the largest breeding group of King Penguins!

King penguins in the Falklands. [Crown Copyright/MOD2018]
My team also visited RAF Cowden, a historic range affected by coastal erosion and ordnance on the beach. The RAF disposals team carry out controlled demolitions at the site which has caused noise disruption. Concerns were raised by residents and the local parish council about the noise, so my team carried out a noise measurement exercise to check the level of disruption during five demolitions. As a result, a stakeholder management plan was put in place to look at ways of controlling the impact of activities.

The ordnance found at RAF Cowden [Crown Copyright/MOD2018]

Join the interesting world of technical services

I hope that my blog inspires you to consider a career as one of our technical specialists and apply to the roles available at DIO – we’re recruiting a few right now. There are a range of interesting roles where you will be working in a team which provides value, maintenance and stewardship to the Defence estate.

The opportunities for a career within DIO technical services are endless. If you’re someone who is looking to make a difference in a challenging and varied role within an organisation where you and your skills are both needed and valued, sign up for alerts on Civil Service Jobs and look out for opportunities on our LinkedIn page.



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