Who are you and what do you do?
I am Neil Dely, a chartered civil and structural engineer, who leads the civil/structural team in the Edinburgh Office.
What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
My grandpa who was also an engineer was definitely my inspiration. He started his working career with Balfour Beatty and after working on hydro schemes with them, joined the fledgling North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board. He ended up as Chief Civil Engineer and was with the Hydro Board throughout their heyday when they built all their large schemes. I used to go on visits with him to the highlands to see these exciting dams and power stations, and I loved it!
What made you decide to join Cundall?
I had been at my previous employer for 17 years and wanted to get even closer to a business by becoming a Partner. Cundall offered me that opportunity - one which I am relishing!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I think the fantastic thing about engineering is the variety. There’s always something new to learn. Engineering is also about a combined effort - I enjoy teamwork. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to meet great people to work with.
What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
I suppose as an engineer, one strand of the answer is about “our” projects and in that sense I am proud of the contribution I made to the new Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong when I worked there for 2 years. Back home my favourite building is the headquarters building for the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - a large building in Green Douglas Fir. But there is something else which I am perhaps more proud of and that is being part of the development of individual engineers and teams.
Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
I have found learning more about sustainability for structural engineers really interesting and exciting. We still have a way to go on this but there is a high level of knowledge in Cundall and I am looking forward to learning more and even expanding our knowledge and good practice.