Engineering Team

ESC's engineers are experienced in numerous fields, with the end-result being a diverse, innovative and experienced team to provide you, the client,  with a combination of high-quality, innovative, economical and efficient solutions. Presented are some of the our staff engineers located around the world.

John Ashley Yeates (BEng, MSc, DIC, PE)

Lead Geotechnical Engineer with over 50 years of experience in Soil Mechanics. John Graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc and BEng degree in Civil Engineering. John is a registered Professional Engineer in Singapore. John is one of the inventors of ESC's wide profile cold formed sheet pile.


Notable projects include: Bogenville Copper Mine Waste Disposal Project, Northern Territory Uranium Projects, N5 Highway Pakistan and numerous Singapore HDB projects. John's key skills are geotechnical and civil engineering consulting and handling legal issues.

Kevin Ashdown (BTech, MTech)

Kevin Ashdown was appointed as Managing Director of the ESC group’s business venture in the Middle East. He is responsible for setting up and running the company with the objective of expanding the Group’s global coverage to the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and provides complete sheet pile solutions including manufacturing, construction, design, trading and rental. Kevin obtained a Masters of Technology Degree, Bachelor of Technology degree from Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.


Kevin started his career as Engineering Manager in Earth Support Company (M) Sdn Bhd from 1994 to 1996. In 1998, Mr. Kevin has promoted in control of Earth Support’s Construction subsidiary, ESC Projects (M) Sdn Bhd and give full responsibility for design, planning and implementation of all manufacturing and construction projects, both local and internationally. Beside, Mr. Kevin also implemented ISO 9000 quality systems and started to work to achieve registration.


Kevin possesses 20 years working experience in the sheet piling industry. He has undertaken various disciplines of managing and running of business operation.

Chan Hon Kit (BEng, PE)

Ir Chan Hon Kit, a graduate from University of Science, Malaysia with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and registered Professional Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia, is currently Engineering Director for ESC Foundation & Engineering Co., Ltd, Hong Kong, China. 


Chan has extensive experience in geotechnical & structural design and construction of retaining structures including slope stabilization, cofferdam, quay wall, jetty, river protection, basement and various other wall systems. 


Chan has also been involved actively in running and monitoring of numerous steel fabrication under ESC Group’s manufacturing mills covering Malaysia, China and United Arab Emirates for the past 13 years of his professional career with ESC.

Chandra Kanth B (M.Tech)

Chandra Kanth B graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi as Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering. Chandra is currently working as Engineering Manager at the ESC UAE Office and has been part of the ESC Group Engineering Team for the past 5 years.


Chandra has more than 10years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering in design and execution of soil investigation, ground improvement, slope stability, excavation support, temporary and permanent shoring. Since joining ESC UAE, he has been actively involved in engineering & management of various sheet pile installation projects in the UAE.

Daniel Huertas Villegas (BEng)

Daniel graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering with a speciality in production and manufacturing from the Universidad del Caribe.  For the past 10 years Daniel has developed his career in the design, calculation and construction of steel structures. At present, Daniel is the technical comercial manager of ESC México in charge developing the ESC's market in the steel foundation solutions.


Daniel offers an extensive knowledge of the steel market and it´s management in México. His specialization of development of the deep steel foundations and implementation of sheet piles in various applications inland and ports allows him to effectively handle the local and international markets.

Lili Xu (BEng)

Lili graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Civil engineering of Tongji University in 2006. Lili started her career in ArceMittal / Oriental Steel Sheet Pile Company, as the Technical Engineer from year 2007 to 2009, then joined the ESC group in 2010 and has worked for engineering team about 6 years.


Now, Lili works as the Engineering Manager based in Shanghai office, has mastered skills and accumulated rich experiences in design and application of sheet pile wall, combi-wall, anchor system and bracing system.

Patrick Rodriguez (BSET, AAS)

Patrick graduated from the University of Houston in Houston Texas (USA), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural analysis and Design. He has also received an Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Patrick started his career in commercial construction and later moved into oil and gas. As a professional, Patrick has developed his experience in drafting design, project estimating, project managing and civil engineering.

Patrick joined ESC in 2015 and is currently based in Houston Texas (USA) office. Patrick is currently a Project Engineer and provides project estimating and client design support.

Venkatesh Karumuri (BEng, Dip)

Venkatesh graduated in Civil Engineering from Andhra University in 2009 and completed a post-graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University, Hyderabad in 2013. Venkatesh has worked with in India for five and half years in design consultancies with SATRA I-Man Pvt Ltd., as a Junior Engineer - Highways (2009-2012) and SAMARTH InfraEngg as a Senior Engineer - Highways and Geotechnical Division (2012 to 2014). Venkatesh worked with NHAI and all reputed contractors in India and had relevant experience in Highway alignment selection, Pavement Design and Evaluation, Material availability and selection. He is experienced in design and application of RE walls to work on Ground Engineering and solutions for problematic soils.


Venkatesh then worked as a Consultant Geotechnical Engineer (2012-2014) with consultants and contractors employed by South Central Railways and Wind Farm Contractors. Following this, Venkatesh worked as a Project Engineer in Fugro-Suhimi (Fugro group of companies) from 2014-2015 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. worked on soil investigation, foundation designs, geophysical tests and reports. Venkatesh is adept to handling projects related to Metros, OHTL, Refinery, Water Treatment plants, Pipeline projects, Airbase and Cavity probing for reputable clients such as ARAMCO, L&T SA LLC, Fast, Atkins, Jacobs and others. Venkatesh joined ESC in 2015 as Project Engineering based in Abu Dhabi office, accumulated experience in design and application of sheet pile wall, combination wall, anchor system, bracing system, trench sheet and trench boxes.

Kevin Wu (BEng)

Kevin graduated from Chongqing University in 1999. Since then he has worked in China Nuclear Industry 23rd Construction Company as a Welding Technicaia and Quality Engineer. Following that, Kevin worked for 4 years at BHP/Bluescope Steel Lysaght as a Quality Supervisor & CS Manager. Kevin takes the lead in the company Quality Management System (QMS), ISO Internal Auditing to uphold ESC's ISO Certification and Quality Assurance. Kevin joined ESC in 2008 and is currently the Operations Manager in the ESC Shanghai Office.

John Luis Yeates (MEng, CAPM)

John graduated in 2010 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in MEng Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. John started off his career in the Oil & Gas Industry, working for a Research & Development Team. In 2012, John joined ESC Group and has taken the lead on Manufacturing Process Improvement, Machine Equipment upgrading and troubleshooting, Sheet Pile Profile Optimisation.


John's key skills include Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical and Hydraulic Engineering, Finite Element Analysis, Composite Structures and Project Management. John is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Emmanuel García-Carrasco (BEng)

Emmanuel graduated in Civil Engineering completed a master´s degree in Soil Mechanics from Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in 2003. He is currently working at ESC Americas in México as part of the design team. 

Emmanuel has extensive experience on the field of geotechnical engineering, tunnels, slope stability, expansive soils, soft soils, deep foundations and rock stability projects. With more than 5 years of experience designing sheet piles projects, Emmanuel has been involved on the application of sheet piles for highway underpasses, temporary excavations, underground parking structures, river protection, levee reinforcement and water front structures.

Bill Chen (BEng, PE)

Bill graduated from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China with a Bachelor of Engineering in Traffic Engineering and an Intermediate Engineer of China. Bill is currently Project Engineer & Commercial Representative of the ESC China Office and has been part of the ESC Group Engineering Team for 6 years.


Bill has extensive experience in civil & hydraulic engineering design, construction of jetties, waterway regulations, cofferdams and quay walls. He has also involved actively in guidance & management of numerous sheet pile installation site covering all projects in China.

Diarmuid Waters (BEng, BSc)

Diarmuid Waters graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology with a BEng in Civil Engineering in 2008 and BSc. In Civil Engineering Management in 2011. Diarmuid has active experience in the Irish, UK, American and Australian Construction Industries. Diarmuid is currently working as the Construction Manager with ESC UAE after previously holding the Site Engineer and Project Manager roles since joining the company in 2013.


Diarmuid has more than 7years of experience in the field of site management, project management and Health and Safety. Since joining ESC UAE, he has been actively involved in  the management of various sheet pile installation projects in the UAE.

Chew V Lic (MSc, Dipl)

Chew graduated from Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia with Diploma in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. Currently taking part-time study programme in MSc in Management offered by University of Liverpool.


Chew has various quality certification such as American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Auditor, and Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) Lean Bronze certification. Chew current position is Quality Manager for ESC Shanghai team and responsible to ensure the product’s quality supplied from China fulfil or exceed customer expectation.

Joy Zhang Jiayin (BEng)

Joy Zhang Jiayin graduated from Hubei Polytechnic University. Joy has a total of 14 years of experience in Project Plan Management and Quality Control of Oil & Gas, Offshore Plant Piping and Steel Structures. Joy is well versed with fabrication, manufacturing and product installation processes.


Joy is a Certified Welding Inspector by American Welding Society (AWS), Certified Protective Coating Inspector by American Steel Structures Painting Council, TIS TS Charter, TIS Material, TIS Non-Destructive Testing, TIS Welding and TIS Expediting. Currently, Joy is working as a QC Engineer in the ESC Shanghai Office.

Sovin Varghese (BEng)

Sovin graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Kannur University, Kerala, India in 2011. He then was awarded certification for AutoCAD 2D and Solid Works 3D modelling in Product Design (2011). Sovin has worked in automotive and processing plants prior to joining ESC.


Sovin joined ESC in 2012 as Junior Engineer based in ESC UAE office, working in the Construction and Engineering Department. He is in charge of supervision, documentation and inspection for Blasting and Painting works for sheet piles, Tubular plies and other Piling works. Sovin is the engineer providing support for client presentations and producing engineering and site drawings. Sovin currently works as a Site Engineer in the ESC UAE office.

Lei Xin (BEng)

Leixin graduated from Lanzhou University of Technology as a Bachelor of Materials Engineering in 2005. Leixin joined ESC group from 2008 as a QC Engineer over 7 years. Leixin obtained CWI certification in 2013 as an AWS Welding Inspector. Leixin is experienced in both welding and manufacturing fields. Leixin is currently a QC Engineer in the Shanghai Office.

Robin Wang (BEng)

Robin graduated with Bachelor of Engineering from XI’AN University of Technology in 2005, with a  major in Welding. Robin started his career in Shenzhen Chi wan Sembawang Engineering Co. Ltd (CSE) as a welding inspector from 2005 to 2011 where he completed numerous Jacket projects. Then Robin worked for McConnell Dowell Constructors (Shanghai) Pty Ltd from 2011 to 2015, with critical involvement in some prestigious projects and product development such as WebbDocks-23000T Piles, RGP6 Project-8000T modules and Roy hill-18000T Modules.


Robin joined ESC in 2015 and is currently working works a Project Manager based in Shanghai office. Robin is a certified welding and coating inspector with over 10 years experiences in quality management in production, process or quality position in the steel structure manufacture, especially in offshore industry fabrication.

Hubery Zhang (BEng)

Hubery graduated from Shenyang University of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Metal Material Engineering in 2012. He started my career in Nanjing Turbine & Electric Machinery (Group) Co., Ltd as a  sourcing specialist from 2012 to 2014. He worked in Shanghai Daesum Company as a Machine Engineer from 2014 to 2016.
Hubery joined ESC in 2016 and is currently based in Shanghai office. He works as a steel structure engineer responsible for steel detailing and survey quantities.

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