Merger of AECOM and URS hugely beneficial to NZ
Being tucked away at the bottom of the world is no obstacle to greatness, many people have proved that, so when multi-national AECOM purchased URS last year bringing its employee numbers up to 100,000 staff and its presence felt in 150 countries, there was no reason for its 800 personnel in New Zealand to feel like a drip in the bottom of a bucket. The benefits to the local staff were almost immediate with a Kiwi team already in Saudi Arabia working on the Riyadh Metro Project, a 63km, 40-station transport project. Straight away the value of the merger was proven with a gate opened to the wider world, a greater reach and enhanced career opportunities for New Zealand-based architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and technical services professionals. In turn, they will bring back new ideas, experiences, talents and expertise from the international teams they have worked with.
Clients benefit, too of course. Now that AECOM has access to a huge pool of knowledge and extraordinary backup there is a greater capacity and depth to all projects the company participates in. The client, says managing director John Bridgman, no longer has to worry about capability and capacity in parallel. Projects can overlap and/or run in tandem without detriment to key clients. They can have confidence in AECOM managing multiple projects at once.
The accounting profession has already gone through this transition from small fiefdoms to mega-firms with great success and Bridgman believes more professions will follow suit. Now that most of the world is electronically connected there are few barriers to such