Meet Estee Beukes, Senior Structural Engineer

With a passion for creating order from chaos, Estee Beukes is a true problem solver. As Lithon’s Senior Structural Engineer, she tackles everything from structural challenges to team dynamics. When she’s not engineering solutions, she’s baking sweet treats for family and friends, or settling down to watch a historical documentary.

 

1. What inspired you to become a structural engineer?

I’ve always been drawn to engineering because it requires systematic problem solving, fitting my personality perfectly. The idea of creating order from chaos excites me, especially when it means bettering things for those around me.

 

2. When and why did you join Lithon?

I joined Lithon in September 2023, driven by the need for new challenges. What really drew me to Lithon were its values. I admire a place where people operate ethically and honestly. We’re a group of like-minded people that attract like-minded clients with similar values.

 

3. What does a typical day for you at the office look like?

I’m a fixer. Essentially, I see a problem – something’s not working, someone needs help, expectations aren’t being met – and I find solutions that improve the situation.

 

4. What do you love most about your job?

It’s a very honourable profession. When infrastructure works perfectly, nobody really notices, but it positively affects everyone. I love seeing the invisible impact of my work.

 

5. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned during your time at Lithon?

Seeing Lithon’s values in action has been incredibly affirming. It’s reassuring to work in an environment where ethical conduct isn’t just preached, it’s practised.

 

6. How do you think engineering can lead to a better future?

Engineering is about being involved, creative thinkers who can adapt to society’s evolving needs and ensure our solutions remain relevant. We create change that can last well beyond our lifetime, but we’ll be the first ones to change things if it’s needed.

 

7. What are your favourite projects at Lithon, and why?

Every project brings its unique set of challenges and opportunities to learn, making it hard to pick a favourite. I value the diversity of experiences each project offers.

 

8. Do your strategies vary across residential, commercial and transportation projects?

Certainly, strategies differ significantly across residential, commercial and transportation projects due to the unique needs of each. It’s about understanding those needs deeply and responding effectively.

 

9. Who has been your greatest inspiration (both in life and your career)?

I find inspiration in a variety of people and experiences rather than a single individual. It’s the adventure and the lessons learned from engaging with diverse people and situations that keep me inspired.

 

10. What is a professional goal you’d like to achieve this year?

This year, my focus is on my team – developing a well-balanced, inspired team that’s capable of producing outstanding work, and recognising each member’s strengths and unique contributions.

 

11. What do you get up to when you’re not working?

I love to bake – everything from rusks to cupcakes. It’s a creative outlet that allows me to connect with people on a personal level, sharing a piece of myself.

 

12. What is something most people don’t know about you?

I have a keen interest in history documentaries, especially those about ancient civilizations. It’s fascinating to see how discipline and culture have shaped societies, which speaks to my love for order and legacy.