24 October 2017
SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBER ANDREW A CASSIDY MCABE Dip Enviro Sc Dip PM Dip Math
Q: Please give details of your education and qualifications:
A: Chartered Building Engineer
Q: Please describe your current role:
A: Meeting with clients to discuss brief on their proposed project. I also meet and discuss with clients any concerns raised and possible solutions following a Building Survey prior to the purchase.
Q: Please provide a brief outline of your career so far:
A: Cassidy Consultants was established in February 1998. As a Building Surveyor with almost 20 years behind me, I’d have to say that my career was/is very exciting and rewarding.
Q: Have you worked on any unusual or high profile projects?
A: I was the main consultant for a 105MW wind farm on the East Coast of Ireland. I also designed a crushing and conveying system for Tara Mines in Meath. I have successfully patented my own design called A.R.T.S – Advanced Reflector Tyre System – which is a tyre safety feature that has global recognition.
Q: What first attracted you to joining the CABE?
A: I first joined CABE (then called ABE) in May 2009 as a Graduate. Now to be honoured with the title Chartered Member is without doubt for me one of the highlights of my career thus far. What attracted me mostly to the Association is how approachable they are and its network of skilled professionals who are there for each other.
Q: Please detail your experience of the professional interview process:
A: I had a great experience during my professional interview process, considering I worked myself up for days beforehand worrying, as we all can do!
During my interview the entire process was like a design team meeting or brainstorming with other professionals and, before I knew it, I was in the middle of my professional interview. Amazing! I would like to thank David Courtney, Gordon Henderson and David Keane for the professional way in which they conducted my whole experience; very quickly they relaxed me and made me feel very welcome.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering professional registration with the CABE?
A: I would say ‘get in touch with the membership department straight away; you couldn’t meet more helpful people, particularly Wendy Burden and Diane Westall. As I mentioned, CABE is a library of skilled professionals and a great Association to be part of – for life.