In their regular, ‘Spotlight’’ feature, The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Building Engineer Magazine recently interviewed Michael Davies, Quantum Contractual/Commercial Consultant to discuss his career path to date.
Q: Please give details of your education and qualifications:
A: Bachelor of Science with Honours (Building Surveying).
Q: Where are you based?
A: Middle East – Qatar, Doha.
Q: Please describe your current role:
A: My current role involves providing employers/contractors with commercial assistance on multi-million pound infrastructure and construction projects in and around Doha. More recently, this has included expert witness reports for use in arbitration cases.
Q: Please provide a brief outline of your career so far:
A: I started out in a medium-sized surveying practice based in the North West of England as a Graduate Surveyor, working my way up to Senior Surveyor and Office Manager. I then moved to AECOM based in Liverpool, UK, as a Senior Surveyor and Team Leader. Wanting a new challenge in my career and life I moved to the Middle East and currently work for Quantum Global Solutions, based in their head office in Qatar, Doha.
Q: Have you worked on any unusual or high profile projects?
A: I have worked on the iconic Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard London, The Old War Office Whitehall London now set for a major refurbishment into hotel and apartments and, more recently, on the new Qatar Rail Major Stations Metro project.
Q: What attracted you to become registered as a Member of the CABE?
A: Recommendations by colleagues and the fact the membership is recognised worldwide. I was able to upgrade my membership to become a Chartered Building Engineer with the association after it received a Royal Charter in 2013.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a Member of the CABE?
A: The variety of CPD events and the sharing of knowledge at these events, recognition by clients and other professionals worldwide of the knowledge and expertise CABE members hold, and the ability to network at events with other members.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering professional registration with the CABE?
A: Prepare well, not only for your general knowledge, but industry updates – given that the construction industry is always changing and keep up to date with legislation. Concentrate on professional standards and maintain a good record of specific CPD pertinent to your role and organisation.
Previously published in the January Edition of Building Engineer -page 48. Building Engineer is a Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) publication.