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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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