Ole Henseler originally wanted to be an architect, but his math skills were better than his drawing, so instead he opted for a degree in civil engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Since then, he has focused on soil-related projects even though he loves bridges, towers and mountains. Ole Henseler enjoys the uniqueness of every project and he likes to create organizational structures, coordinate procedures, and examine and optimize processes.
As a project manager at CDM Smith, Ole Henseler has specialized in environmental site assessment, contaminated site investigation, due diligence, management consulting and remediation design. His site investigation and remediation, and infrastructure projects have taken him across Europe, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
How might clients describe you? My clients especially appreciate my availability and reliability. I always try to gain a detailed and accurate understanding of the client´s desired outcome and to provide reasonable and sustainable solutions on short notice. I am convinced that an honest dialogue and fairness in business relationships are of particular importance.
Which project do you particularly remember well and why? Some years ago, I conducted a site investigation for an environmental assessment at a U.S. Marine camp in Djibouti, East Africa. Ten days at outside temperatures of 55 degrees centigrade and sleeping in the same tent as the special forces was not an everyday experience. These hostile living conditions in the barren volcanic landscape, and the ubiquitous poverty and misery among the population were as oppressive as they were memorable.
What mentors have been crucial to your career growth? On the technical side, being supported by environmental experts from the Denver office like Roger Olsen and Kent Sorenson was extremely helpful to plan and implement innovative in-situ remediation technologies. On the organizational side, cooperation with Graham Campbell (Denver), Ben Holland (Sacramento) and Jitendra Tripathi (Bangalore) to further develop project management skills, processes and tools in Europe was very constructive and helped me to widen my own knowledge intensively.