Merger of AECOM and URS hugely ben­e­fi­cial to NZ

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

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

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