Nigel joined Careys Building and Civil Engineering in 2003, bringing a wide depth of knowledge and experience developed over 40 years. Previously, he has held senior surveying roles in the civil engineering and housing sectors with Associated Asphalt and Rydon Construction.
Nigel oversees the management of the surveying department and is responsible for leading the commercial viability and administration of Careys contracts in Ireland, from tender stage through to project delivery and handover. Nigel is responsible for facilitating and ensuring budgetary control and developing new systems to improve financial reporting and performance.
The culture of the business is very much of a close-knit, integrated team. We're very supportive of each other and step in to help where we can. I personally give support to all of the team by encouraging them to discuss their projects so that we maximise their learning and personal development. We also encourage open and transparent conversations between all members of the team which has reinforced the strong team ethic.
We want to be seen as a business that clients want to work with, where we focus on safely delivering a project on time, to the highest quality and on budget. We believe that this will generate a good working environment for our people and give maximum value to our clients.
I can give a specific example - we had a project that was over budget and unless savings could be found it would not be able to proceed. We were asked to review the contract by our client and their team to find ways of value engineering the project to get it within budget or as close to budget as possible. So along with our lead estimator we reviewed the whole project and went back to them with savings totalling over €0.5m. In general, our approach is to work with our clients in a non-confrontational manner, by meeting and talking through the project from a very early stage so that issues can be dealt with before they have an adverse effect.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a relatively new technology that assists both the contractor and client in understanding the build sequence of a project from start to finish. By using BIM at the tendering stage of a contract we as the contractor can better understand the sequence of the build which in turn highlights potential issues. By identifying these issues at the pre-construction stage we can make by changes to the design, which prevents potential delays and additional costs to the project. I think we're going to see a lot more of this in the future as the benefits can really be quite vast.
Mountlucas and Bruckana Windfarms for Bord Na Mona. These two projects were our first in the sector and presented us with a number of new challenges. As the project progressed we had to adapt and change several elements due to circumstances and challenges that had been different to what was anticipated.
Constructing the 28km and 14km of on-site road infrastructure through peat bog, some of which was up to 6m deep, was also a real challenge for the team, who needed to identify and deploy specialist equipment to travel over the peat.
In addition to this, the concrete pours were complicated by both the weather and the remote location of the sites. The team really went above and beyond to get the project completed sucessfully and it was a great testament to what we can achieve in challenging conditions.