Welcome back to Galway Chamber’s Business of the Week series. This week, we spoke to Tomás Kelly, Director, AECOM Galway.
Tomás Kelly, Director AECOM Galway.
I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and have been with AECOM for 22 years, working on a wide range of public and private sector projects.
Tell us about AECOM.
AECOM is a global multi-disciplinary consultancy business providing a full range of consultancy services to governments, businesses and organisations developing built environment and infrastructure solutions. With revenue in excess of $20 billion in the year ending September 2018, AECOM is a leading global provider of such services built on a global network of experts combined with local knowledge and delivery.
The services we provide include: Project Management, Cost Management, Civil / Structural Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Transportation Planning, Highway and Traffic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Architectural Services, Building Surveying, Health & Safety Consultancy Services, Landscape Design & Masterplanning.
AECOM employs 600 staff in Ireland with offices in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Belfast and Derry.
What does Galway, as a city, offer your business?
AECOM is close to celebrating 20 years in Galway having established our office here in 2000. Our current team of 15 staff work across all sectors of the construction industry in the western region.
Galway city is a key hub for our business in the Western region and has a strong and active business sector which combined with a range of public sector bodies, provides a solid demand for our services. In addition, Galway has a highly educated workforce due in no small part to NUI Galway and GMIT. Our Galway office is well connected to other offices nationally, with excellent connectivity nationally and internationally with road, rail and airport links in close proximity.
Over the last 18 years what examples would you give of exciting projects that you have worked on in Galway?
Right from the outset in 2000 when we were working on the Phase 2 development on the UHG campus, AECOM has been working on a range of exciting projects over the years in Galway. Staying in the healthcare sector, we have also been working with the Galway Clinic since its inception on a range of projects.
AECOM has also worked extensively with NUI Galway including the landmark New Engineering Building which was particularly exciting for AECOM to be involved in as an engineering company.
Another flagship building which was very exciting to work on and is quintessentially Galway is the Killanin Stand at Galway Racecourse and it is great that we get to return to it every year!
How has being a member of Galway Chamber helped AECOM?
Being involved in Galway Chamber provides great opportunities to network with the business community in Galway, keep informed on what’s happening and a forum to turn to raise issues of mutual importance.
Are there any major changes/advancements you have seen in your industry in recent years?
Our industry has seen more evolution than revolution however the pace of change has accelerated in recent years and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and related technologies has seen a sea change in the approach to design, planning and visualisation of projects.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone getting started in your industry, what would it be?
I think, in common with most industries, the single most important piece of advice is to ensure client satisfaction and if you achieve that you will get repeat business which will undoubtedly be the bedrock for a successful business.
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