The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-11-05T07:52:28Z Dr Andrew Maher joins Aurecon as Chief Digital Officer 2015-11-05T07:52:28Z dr-andrew-maher-joins-aurecon-as-chief-digital-officer The pace of digital disruption is challenging many businesses, including Aurecon. In today’s digital world, effectively connecting and servicing customers is an essential part of being ‘future ready.’ “The digital revolution is ubiquitous. It feeds a shifting environment that is transforming the business landscape. It is shaping pathways to a future that is as yet unwritten. The key to digital success is to harness imagination, link this to evolving digital expertise and empower teams to connect across economies, businesses and communities,” said Giam. “Andrew will lead the development and delivery of Aurecon's digital strategy and road map. In the role, he will partner with Aurecon colleagues and clients to explore current and future requirements of the digital economy. He will jointly develop and trial cutting-edge digital solutions to address these opportunities,” said Giam. As Chief Digital Officer, Andrew will champion Aurecon's digital vision and lead a cross-organisational digital team focussed on achieving a convergence of core advisory, engineering and delivery platforms. Andrew joins Aurecon from Arup, where he was Leader of Digital Innovation from 2008 – 2013. More recently, he led the Arup University within the Australasian region. “I am looking forward to engaging with Aurecon colleagues and clients to explore the opportunities digital platforms present – both in the planning and delivery of projects,” said Andrew. An architect by profession, Andrew was a Research Fellow with the RMIT University's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory for six years. During this period he investigated complex geometry and researched the way knowledge flows within project-based organisations.  Prior to this, he worked for architectural firms in Melbourne and Germany, including with Lab Architecture Studio, working on Melbourne's Federation Square. Andrew's appointment as Chief Digital Officer follows two other recent, significant appointments – John McGuire as Chief Innovation Officer and Kourosh Kayvani as Global Director, Excellence and Expertise. Together, these appointments are key to Aurecon's transformation to be 'future ready'. Contact detailsDanielle Bond, Head of Marketing & Communications T +61 3 9975 3138 M: +61 412 870 987 E danielle.bond@aurecongroup.com About AureconAurecon is a global consulting, engineering, management and specialist technical services firm. With an office network extending across 27 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in over 80 countries worldwide. We seek to foster human achievement in all aspects of our work. Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for further information. Aurecon appoints new manufacturing director 2015-08-09T21:47:47Z aurecon-appoints-new-manufacturing-director Tim Plenderleith takes over the role from John McGuire, following McGuire’s appointment as Chief Innovation Officer.   Reporting directly to Aurecon Managing Director, Energy and Resources, Glenn Hooper, Plenderleith will focus on the development and achievement of Aurecon’s overall business plans in manufacturing.   “Plenderleith’s strong consulting and management skills, and sound understanding of the industrial business segment, will help him lead the strategic growth of the manufacturing business globally,” Hooper said.     Plenderleith joined Aurecon in February 2000 as a structural engineer. He went on to lead a number of projects before progressing to the role of Resources and Manufacturing Services Leader in 2011.   In 2013, Plenderleith was appointed Industry Leader - Manufacturing (ANZ), where he was responsible for consulting and leading the development and delivery of projects for manufacturing clients   With almost 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa, Plenderleith is involved in consulting with clients on matters of business strategy and development, supply chain improvement and project design and delivery strategy.   Major projects Plenderleith has worked on include: world first paper technology for Kimberly-Clark Australia; high technology engine plant for General Motors Holden; optimisation and expansion projects in the coal and iron ore resource industries; cement plant expansion for Holcim Cement; supply chain and logistics automation for dairy and beverage multinationals, including Fonterra and Coca-Cola Amatil; upgrade and rectification projects for Nestle; business transformation project for SPC Ardmona; masterplanning and business expansion projects for global brewing companies, including Diageo and SABMiller.   “It is a wonderful opportunity for me to lead the continuation of Aurecon’s manufacturing journey. I am looking forward to working with the whole team to ensure our clients are getting maximum benefit from our global, deep, award-winning experience so that together with our clients we transform manufacturing and transform lives,” Plenderleith said.     Hooper added, “It is important to acknowledge John McGuire’s significant contribution to the growth of Aurecon’s manufacturing business.  McGuire will still be a vital part of Aurecon moving into the role of Chief Innovation Officer where his focus will be on driving the change to embed a global culture of innovation within Aurecon.”     About Aurecon’s manufacturing business Aurecon’s manufacturing business delivers business advisory consulting, project delivery, and operations and maintenance support services to Aurecon’s clients in the manufacturing industry. Aurecon works with clients across a range of manufacturing industries with particular emphasis on the knowledge intense and technology rich environments including advanced manufacturing, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals. John McGuire to head up innovation at Aurecon 2015-07-02T01:42:29Z john-mcguire-to-head-up-innovation-at-aurecon In a move to reshape the company to better serve its clients to compete in the digital age, Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, is making some strategic changes at Aurecon with the appointment of John McGuire as Chief Innovation Officer. Reporting directly to Swiegers, McGuire will drive the change to embed a global culture of innovation within Aurecon. He will also lead the organisation to achieve its goal of partnering with clients to design their future, determine their reactions to a variety of different competitive situations, and discover innovate pathways to thrive in the age of digital transformation. Digital is challenging many businesses to think differently. It is challenging how businesses connect and service existing customers. It is raising the possibility that if organisations do not adapt and change, then their market could be disrupted by others more agile and adept. Design thinking is a way of dealing with these possibilities by reimagining new models of business and new models of service and working with clients to co-design what these look like. This change, Swiegers says, demands innovation. “Organisations are struggling to differentiate themselves in the hyper contested environments of the digital age and many are now looking to innovation as a source of differentiation.” Swiegers adds that, most organisations now realise they do not have all the answers and are increasingly seeking partners, such as Aurecon, who can bring the ideas and knowledge they don’t have and then innovate together to find new solutions. “The sources of innovation will often come from outside of your own industry or your own sphere of knowledge. Bringing diverse expertise bases and different experiences and different points of view is increasingly being used as a method for innovating.” McGuire’s strategic appointment and focus on the use of design led thinking in solving the complex problems will see Aurecon challenge its clients thinking to bring forth new ideas and knowledge and deliver differentiation as a source of competitive advantage in a highly contested market. Together with teams throughout the organisation, McGuire will build the vision and capabilities to help Aurecon compete in the world of tomorrow and to evolve the company’s offering — using creativity, expertise and design led thinking — to unlock new value for its clients and create solutions that are symbiotic with the communities in which it operates.  McGuire says, “This is an incredibly exciting time to be an engineer. In the last two to three years, the growth of computational analytics, data availability and accessibility, system and people connectivity, and immersive visualisation, has opened a new world of opportunity for businesses. Coupled with data gathering on system and infrastructure performance, we are seeing new channels for connecting with and servicing customers that we would not have dreamed of a few short years ago. “Innovation, design and integrative thinking are the tools our people use as they work collaboratively with our clients to solve the complexity of problems they are facing. The end result is both better infrastructure and business performance for our clients, using design thinking as the vehicle for achieving that performance.” About John McGuire McGuire is an experienced business leader, offering over 25 years of experience in consulting and contracting in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. He has been involved in a wide range of projects, specifically in health care, forensic and specialist containment laboratories. As a mechanical engineer McGuire is well known for his creative approaches to design innovation and sustainability. He is a guest lecturer to the architecture schools at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University as well as an international judge and faculty member for the International Academy of Design and Health. Most recently he has been working with the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney looking at how Design Led Innovation can be applied in Aurecon. Notable projects with which McGuire has been involved include the AUD 1.78 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, the AUD 450 million Austin Repat Mercy Redevelopment in Victoria, and the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand.   Kourosh Kayvani to head up eminence at Aurecon 2015-07-02T01:22:00Z kourosh-kayvani-to-head-up-eminence-at-aurecon To position the company to better serve its clients to thrive in this period of rapid change, Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, is making some strategic changes at Aurecon with the appointment of Dr Kourosh Kayvani as Global Director, Excellence and Expertise. Reporting directly to Swiegers, Dr Kayvani will play a pivotal role in mobilising Aurecon’s global pool of leading experts to focus their cultivated skills, deep insight and professional passion squarely towards solving the critical and complex problems the clients need solved. Fundamental changes are occurring in business today as a result of globalisation and digital disruption. To remain relevant and thrive in the future, organisations need to develop highly distinctive value propositions. “This change demands a deep understanding of client needs along with the multidimensional challenges they face, and targeted application of best-in-class expertise in providing optimum solutions to these needs and challenges,” Swiegers says. Concentrating on strengthening Aurecon’s world-class expertise, and developing its reputation in its chosen markets, Dr Kayvani’s strategic appointment supports Aurecon’s focus on client centricity and will see him working with teams across the business to harness the passion and talent of Aurecon’s workforce to unlock new value for its clients. Dr Kayvani will also lead the organisation to achieve its goal of gaining a deep understanding of the complex problems facing its clients and applying Aurecon’s renowned expertise to deliver tailored high impact solutions to meet client needs across the company’s four key markets — built environment, infrastructure, energy and resources, and advisory and asset management.    “We know we can only be successful if and when our clients are, so we want to clearly focus our leading expertise, specialised skills and passion for excellence in creating true success for our clients,” Dr Kayvani says. About Dr Kourosh Kayvani With a career spanning over 25 years, Dr Kayvani has played key roles in the design and delivery of many innovative, complex and award winning projects across the globe.  His project portfolio includes Wembley Stadium in London, Sydney Olympics Hockey Stadium in Sydney, and Liberty Place tower in Sydney, to name a few among many. Dr Kayvani is a Laureate of the IABSE Prize awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his contribution to design of long span structures worldwide. Kayvani is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia, an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW, and a Director of Australian Steel Institute. Dr Kayvani was named one of the Top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia in 2009. Now available: 2015 Aurecon industry awards brochure 2015-06-15T05:08:59Z new-aurecon-industry-awards-brochure-launched The publication features award-winning projects across our markets and geographies, from the Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia, to the KwaMashu Interchange Upgrade in South Africa and Transpower’s Pole 3 HDVC Upgrade in New Zealand.  It also recognises our people who have received awards for their leadership and contribution in our communities.  Giam Swiegers, Global CEO of Aurecon, said: “Aurecon aims to work with our clients and partners to deliver projects that pioneer and inspire, exceed benchmarks, and contribute to the advancement of our shared global community.”  Congratulations to everyone involved in the awards featured in this publication and thank you for the contribution you have made to your communities. Click here to view the publication or visit the Aurecon website for more information. Aurecon goes external with global excellence awards programme 2015-05-19T01:51:16Z aurecon-goes-external-with-global-excellence-awards-programme Traditionally an internal programme, in 2015, the Aurecon Awards will be shared with external audiences via the company’s digital and social media platforms.  Now in its fifth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding team achievements in award categories that are aligned to Aurecon’s core values of: client service excellence, innovation, collaboration and diversity, safety, and benefits to communities and environments. “Every day our people and teams contribute their smarts to projects of eminence and industry renown around the world,” comments Global Chief Executive Officer, Giam Swiegers. “Sharing the Aurecon Awards with the broader industry and public is a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate the successes Aurecon has achieved in collaboration with our clients and project partners.” To participate in the programme, entrants must prepare a comprehensive tender-style submission directly responding to six judging criteria that require project teams to articulate and demonstrate how their project epitomises Aurecon’s core values. The programme’s strict submission requirements are designed to generate and foster the very best thinking, innovation, team work, client, project and community outcomes Aurecon has achieved and has to offer.“It’s such a privilege to learn about the superb projects and clever solutions our people and teams are delivering across the business,” comments 2015 Aurecon Awards Chair, Professor Kourosh Kayvani. “The Aurecon Awards give us all an opportunity to reflect and take pride in what we’ve achieved as a business and what we’ve contributed to the benefit of the communities and environments we work in.” The Awards are adjudicated by a select panel of Aurecon leaders spanning Australia, China, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East. In addition to the Aurecon Awards Judging Panel, entrants will, for the first time, be assessed by their peers for the inaugural People’s Choice Award category this year. The programme receives on average over 80 submissions per year that represent diversity across geographies, markets and expertise. Of this highly competitive field, only one project per award category is selected as a winner. “In previous years we’ve had huge scale projects with sizeable resources and budgets win category awards. In other years we’ve had small, highly niche projects take out top honours. Winning teams are those that can clearly articulate the value proposition and benefits of their projects irrespective of who their client was; the size and/or location of the project, its budget or its resources,” adds Professor Kayvani. The Awards highest and most meritorious accolade, The Professor Jakes Gerwel Award, is awarded to one of the five category winning projects following a series of rigorous presentations category award winning teams are invited to share with to the Judging Panel. The overall programme award is named in honour of Aurecon’s inaugural Global Chairman, Professor GJ (Jakes) Gerwel, who passed away in 2012. The award represents Jakes' spirit of making impactful, meaningful, visionary changes for the better of all communities. “We are delighted to share the Aurecon Awards with the public and look forward to everyone getting involved in what is a proud initiative for our business,” concludes Swiegers. Keep up to date with the programme by visiting Aurecon’s LinkedIn, Twitter,Instagram and Facebook pages. Aurecon celebrates Australia’s built environment future recognised at 2015 PCA/RLB awards 2015-05-11T02:06:02Z aurecon-celebrates-australia-s-built-environment-future-recognised-at-2015-pca-rlb-awards Overcoming a tenacious field showcasing 99 of Australia’s most eminent and innovative property developments, four projects that Aurecon has proudly contributed to won national awards at the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards, Friday 1 May 2015. The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Brisbane City Hall Restoration, Perth Arena and Liberty Place each reigned supreme in variety of competitive fields spanning leisure and tourism, heritage, public and voter-selected developments. Aurecon Market Director Built Environment, Australia and New Zealand, Peter Turner, said: “We’re delighted that these projects have won national awards. For Aurecon, they represent our vision of designing high performing buildings for smart, sustainable precincts capable of responding to Australia’s future needs. Congratulations to the award nominators and owners of these outstanding projects Aurecon has had the privilege of contributing to.” The national award winners are as follows: The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, South Australia, won the Brain & Poulter Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development. The project was nominated by Lend Lease and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. The owner is the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Aurecon contributed electrical, fire and hydraulic infrastructure; communications and outside broadcast infrastructure; specialist lighting, and vertical transportation expertise. Aurecon also provided support in the delivery of new mechanical central plant and air-conditioning throughout the many corporate and public facilities. The Brisbane City Hall Restoration, Queensland, won the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development. The project was nominated by Thinc. The owner is Brisbane City Council. Aurecon contributed structural, civil, traffic, geotechnical and vibration services. Perth Arena, Western Australia, won the Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building. The project was nominated by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. The owner is VenuesWest. Aurecon contributed structural, façade, vertical transport, roof mechanisms and fire safety expertise to the project. Sydney’s Liberty Place, New South Wales, was the recipient of People’s Choice Award. The project was nominated by Grocon. The owners are GPT Wholesale Office Fund, LaSalle Asia, Opportunity Fund III and ISPT Core Fund. Aurecon contributed structural engineering services to the project. “We’re thrilled by the successes these projects have achieved for our clients, the owners and importantly, the people and communities who utilise and interact with these places and spaces,” added Aurecon Built Environment Managing Director, James Bennett. “It’s wonderful to have collaborated with visionary clients and talented project partners and be recognised for our collective efforts.” On behalf of our people and teams, we wish to warmly congratulate each of the award nominators and the owners involved in this year’s programme. Aurecon appoints Margaret Cao to lead China operations 2015-04-21T01:59:05Z aurecon-appoints-margaret-cao-to-lead-china-operations-1 In her role as Country Manager, China, Margaret will be responsible for Aurecon’s Beijing and Shanghai offices, which focus on delivering technical services in the property, transport and infrastructure markets. Ben Coxon, Aurecon’s Region Manager for North Asia, said, “Margaret will make an excellent leader for our China offices. Our clients will benefit from her wealth of experience in both business management and project delivery across the diverse regions and industries in China.  Furthermore, she has a proven track record in effective leadership, energising teams to deliver innovative solutions to clients.”  With over 20 years of experience in engineering and construction in China, Margaret has worked for engineering consultancies and in resident engineering positions within various multinational companies. She also advised international investors entering the China market as well as Chinese companies venturing overseas on project delivery strategy, risk assessment, safety management system and methodology, project and value management practices. Margaret said, “I look forward to working with my China and global colleagues to bring Aurecon’s smart solutions to our clients’ challenges. Clients here are increasingly becoming sophisticated and developing many world-class projects, which offers immense opportunities for a company like Aurecon which is already leading in technology-driven innovation and sustainability.” Margaret joins Aurecon from Worley Parsons China, where she was the General Manager of Infrastructure & Environment CSG. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Tianjin University China. She has a background in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and engineering management, project management, contract management, and cost planning. Aurecon appoints Louise Adams to lead Adelaide/Melbourne Delivery Centre 2015-03-23T03:47:06Z aurecon-appoints-louise-adams-to-lead-adelaide-melbourne-delivery-centre Aurecon has appointed Louise Adams to lead its operations in Adelaide and Melbourne. In this Delivery Centre Manager role she will run one of the company’s largest Delivery Centres in Australia.  Louise is currently Country Manager in the United Arab Emirates, responsible for Aurecon’s operations in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. William Cox, Managing Director, ANZ, said, “I know that Louise will make an excellent leader for our Adelaide/Melbourne Delivery Centre, she is a talented engineer and project manager with a proven track record in effective leadership, often in challenging environments. She has had an impressive international career since she joined Aurecon in 2000.”  Louise has led and managed a number of projects in the Middle East and has grown Aurecon’s business during some volatile, challenging times in the UAE market.  During her career, Louise has undertaken project work in multiple countries, dealing with the associated cultural and commercial challenges – she has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE. She was appointed to the Aurecon Group Pty Limited (AGPL) Board in June 2013 in recognition of her impressive leadership and analytical capabilities. Louise said, “While I have greatly enjoyed my years in the UAE, I am excited to be moving back to Australia to such a fascinating and challenging role.  The South Australian and Victorian markets offer many opportunities for Aurecon and I look forward to working with the entire team to continue to protect and grow our market share.” Louise is a project manager and chartered civil engineer with experience managing and designing works in both civil and multi-disciplinary projects in land development as well as technical advisory for project planning. She has a background in storm water management and flood risk assessment and mitigation and has undertaken work in both the public and private sector as part of emergency relief efforts. Aurecon appointed for design of unit asset replacement project 2015-03-10T06:53:52Z aurecon-appointed-for-design-of-unit-asset-replacement-project “Aurecon is excited to work with South Australia’s transmission network service provider on this challenging project,” Aurecon Technical Director David Hawkins said. Aurecon will provide detailed design services for the replacement of substation assets that have reached the end of their technical and economic life, including circuit breakers, relays and voltage transformers, at 21 sites across South Australia. The team assembled by Aurecon incorporates specialists in management and varied technical delivery areas with a strong local presence and access to the broader Aurecon transmission and distribution team. “Our local resources will be supported by specialists from Aurecon’s global resource base to meet the tight timeline for the successful delivery of this project,” David said. “Aurecon’s management, systems and tailored team will deliver to the tight schedule with quality and safety fundamental to our processes.” “We adopt a ‘design for construction’ approach, where design works are specifically engineered so that they can be safely and efficiently constructed,” David said. This project furthers the partnership between Aurecon and SA Power Networks where Aurecon’s team is enhanced with specialist skills, knowledge from SA Power Networks’ engineering team for its successful delivery. About Aurecon Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for government and private sector clients globally. With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in more than 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas and employs around 7 500 people across 11 industry groups including: Construction, Data &Telecommunications; Defence; Energy; Government; Manufacturing; Oil & Gas; Property; Resources; Transport; Water. Craig Adcock joins Aurecon’s oil and gas team 2015-02-25T07:15:09Z craig-adcock-joins-aurecon-s-expanding-oil-and-gas-team Industry Director for Oil and Gas, John Wood, said, “It’s exciting to welcome Craig to our Oil and Gas team of professionals. His appointment further strengthens our client focus as we continue to build our portfolio within the upstream, downstream and advisory sectors.  With his wealth of experience in both business development and delivery roles in Australia and internationally, Craig will be in great company; our extensive and diverse range of industry experience sets Aurecon apart.” Craig has many years of experience working with oil and gas clients, primarily in business development and project delivery roles, specifically during the challenging construction, commission and start-up phases. He has established a highly developed network across Australia/Oceania with executives and senior personnel from major oil and gas operators as well as EPC’s across the region. His experience has provided him with deep knowledge of the oil and gas opportunities pipeline, with an excellent understanding of contracting/commercial requirements of the owner operator, EPC/contractors, and consultancy sides of the oil and gas industry. Before joining Aurecon, Craig held the role of General Manager Business Development APAC/Africa at Ausenco, tasked with introducing the company’s core capabilities to the oil and gas Sector. Prior to that, Craig spent over 15 years with Jacobs Engineering as Business Manager Commissioning, where he was responsible for developing and executing the service group’s strategy within the oil and gas sector, working closely with key clients, to ensure the long term stable operations of new and existing oil and gas assets. This role required a strong commitment and understanding of the owners business. Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from QUT (Brisbane Graduate School of Business) specialising in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. “I am very excited to be joining such a diverse business and to be a part of the Aurecon commitment to build a globally recognised oil and gas team and business,” Craig said. “I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues to deliver industry leading results for our clients around the globe, and to introducing the oil and gas industry and clients to Aurecon’s full capability and expertise.” Aurecon appoints Managing Director for Energy & Resources market 2015-02-12T04:00:04Z aurecon-appoints-managing-director-for-energy-amp-resources-market Reporting directly to new CEO Giam Swiegers, Glenn is one of four new Managing Directors appointed to Aurecon’s Executive Committee. Giam Swiegers said, “These promotions to Aurecon’s Executive Committee support our focus on client centricity and market growth.” With strong management skills and a sound understanding of the industrial business segment, Glenn will lead the strategic growth of Aurecon’s Energy & Resources Market business globally and will play a pivotal role in continuing to foster and maintain strong long-term client relationships. Under Glenn’s leadership, the Energy & Resources Market team will deliver consulting, project delivery, operations and maintenance support services to Aurecon’s industrial clients.  Glenn has served in management positions with Aurecon at a local (Queensland), regional (Asia Pacific) and global level. Most recently he was Service Group Leader for Resources & Manufacturing, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to clients in the resources, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. Glenn is currently a Director of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd. Glenn has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and delivery of consulting services and projects for clients in heavy industry. In recent years, Glenn has worked extensively in front end studies and EPCM delivery of major projects. This work has ranged across mine developments, ports, oil and gas facilities and manufacturing plants. Commenting on his new role Glenn says, “Together with my team, I am looking forward to working with our clients to safely deliver projects, understand and add value to their operating businesses and provide reliability in the delivery of outcomes.” Giam Swiegers joins Aurecon 2015-02-02T00:33:56Z giam-swiegers-joins-aurecon Giam Swiegers will join Aurecon as Global Chief Executive Officer, based in the company’s Sydney office, on Monday 2 February 2015. As of this date, Aurecon’s Executive Committee will grow to 12 members, with the promotion of four executives to the new role of Managing Director for each of Aurecon’s four key markets: ·         Clive Ross, Managing Director, Advisory & Asset Management ·         James Bennett, Managing Director, Built Environment ·         Glenn Hooper, Managing Director, Energy & Resources ·         Geoff Linke, Managing Director, Infrastructure Giam said, “These promotions to Aurecon’s Executive Committee support our focus on client centricity and market growth. These are four very senior executives who will have a significant impact on Aurecon’s success.” The new Managing Directors will join Aurecon’s four Regional Managing Directors as well as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Development Officer on the Executive Committee. Aurecon has also promoted Liam Hayes to the role of Chief People Officer, reporting directly to Giam Swiegers. “I will work closely with Liam to continue Aurecon’s focus on leadership development and to ensure we are energising and growing the significant talent that exists across Aurecon to drive growth around and beyond our excellent core design and engineering business,” said Giam. Giam joins Aurecon from his previous role as Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Australia after a highly successful 12 years. “Giam has a superb track record as a CEO and is a great cultural fit for us as a business. His accomplishments in building a great culture and an agile, growing business are a great strategic fit for us as an expanding global business,” Teddy Daka, Global Chairman, said. Giam began his career as an auditor with Deloitte in South Africa, and subsequently worked for Deloitte in the USA before returning to become Managing Partner of its Tshwane office. He moved to Australia in 1997 and became CEO on 1 June 2003. Deloitte won both the Accounting Firm of the Year and the Audit Firm of the Year in the Australian Financial Review CFO Awards 2013-2014, with judges highlighting Deloitte’s innovation and agility. About the Managing Directors Clive Ross is Managing Director, Advisory & Asset Management which includes Aurecon’s Environment, Advisory, Asset Management, Government and Data & Telecommunications offerings.  Clive was previously Aurecon's Head of Asset Management and is based in the company’s Brisbane office.  Clive is committed to supporting Aurecon’s clients to extract maximum value from their asset portfolios across all phases of the asset lifecycle, and will be working to maximise client engagement across the company’s full advisory and asset management offering.  Clive joined Aurecon from Forge Group, where he was responsible for growing the Asset Management business in Australia, Africa and the USA. Prior to this, Clive worked for many years with UGL, latterly as Executive General Manager, Asset Services Group, which provided maintenance, turnarounds and capital works services to a range of clients across the mining, minerals processing and hydrocarbons sectors.  Clive has also worked extensively within the manufacturing sector, having held maintenance and engineering leadership roles with PaperlinX, Silcar and CSR. James Bennett is Managing Director, Built Environment and is focussed on providing client service excellence in the delivery of high performing buildings/precincts which respond and adapt to future needs. James has 29 years of international experience in the industry.  He was previously Buildings Service Group Leader, managing a team of around 1,000 staff across 10 countries delivering projects such as the AUD 2bn Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the 620m tall Shanghai Tower. Prior to this, James was Manager of Aurecon’s Victoria Region, re-joining the firm after 6 years based in London with Mott MacDonald where he was Division Manager for its Buildings Group in South East England and the Middle East.  In the UK he had management responsibility for projects such as Wembley Stadium, on which he was also Project Director, Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and the Mall of Emirates in Dubai. James is also a Director of Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn Hooper is Managing Director, Energy & Resources, which includes Resources, Oil & Gas, Energy and Manufacturing.  Glenn has held business management positions at a local (Queensland), regional (Asia Pacific) and global level. Most recently he was Service Group Leader for Resources & Manufacturing, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to clients in the resources, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. Glenn is currently a Director of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd. Glenn has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and delivery of consulting services and projects for clients in heavy industry. In recent years, Glenn has worked extensively in front end studies and EPCM delivery of major projects, and has been the project director for numerous projects with capital values in excess of AUD 1 billion. This work has ranged across mine developments, ports, oil and gas facilities and manufacturing plants. Geoff Linke is Managing Director, Infrastructure, which includes Transport and Water. Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has held senior roles in the public and private sectors, with over 20 years of experience as a practising engineer. Since joining Aurecon in 2013, Geoff has managed Aurecon’s Adelaide / Melbourne Delivery Centre where he was responsible for optimising performance and driving growth. Prior to joining Aurecon, Geoff was the General Manager, Strategy at Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) where he led the firm’s strategic planning programme over two years, introducing rigorous strategic processes from the board down, and building a global investment portfolio across targeted markets, geographies and services. In previous roles, he was General Manager, Water and Environment and Regional Manager Queensland at SKM. About AureconAurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for government and private sector clients globally. With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in more than 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas and employs around 7 500 people across 11 industry groups including: Construction, Data &Telecommunications; Defence; Energy; Government; Manufacturing; Oil & Gas; Property; Resources; Transport; Water Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for further information. Integration of sound engineering and ESD principles produces another first for Tshwane 2014-12-09T00:32:24Z integration-of-sound-engineering-and-esd-principles-produces-another-first-for-tshwane The company recently undertook work on another ‘green’ office building in the same precinct, with this building achieving yet another first in Tshwane when it received a 5 star GreenStar SA – [Office Design v1, Office Design v1] rating. “Aurecon’s experience in delivering integrated sustainable design projects contributed significantly to achieving this result,” says Marni Punt, environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consultant at Aurecon. The project, developed by Atterbury, with Studio 3 Architects International (Pty) Ltd as architects, comprises five basement levels, as well as ground plus five floors. Aurecon was responsible for the majority of engineering design disciplines on the project, including mechanical, structural, civil, wet services, fire, traffic, as well as ESD consulting. Integration of engineering with sound knowledge of ESD principles“Critically, Aurecon was able to drive an energy efficient agenda throughout every phase of the project lifecycle, due to the integration of conventional engineering disciplines with sound knowledge of ESD principles,” comments Ashley Underwood, Aurecon Engineer. “This integration was key in terms of making design decisions that positively impacted on the building’s performance at the very outset of the project, as opposed to simply designing the building and then awaiting feedback on how to optimise its performance at a later stage.” The optimisation of the performance of the building during design phase included detailed modelling of all building services using complex modelling software which helped the team understand the building’s use of energy and enabled them to check the sustainability of each decision and then tweak the design to ensure enhanced performance. “Each and every design decision was made with energy in mind, and we were able to direct investment to the areas which offer the best payback,” adds Underwood. Just some of the key optimisations that resulted from this modelling included: - A basement monitoring system that controls ventilation to the various basement zones based on the carbon monoxide concentration, only providing ventilation when and where it is necessary. The design of this system required strong collaboration between the traffic engineer, the mechanical engineer and the energy modelling team. - Air side economy cycle on the fresh air system, allowing the air-conditioning system to take advantage of free cooling when outdoor conditions are conducive. - CO2 demand control of fresh air, allowing only the necessary amount of free air to be supply during operation. - Optimising the mix of glazing properties, external shading and building insulation. Underwood stresses that it was this knowledge of the impact of design decisions on performance that enabled the team to achieve 12 points for the ‘energy’ category during round one of the team’s submission to the GBCSA. “Because of Aurecon’s integrated design approach, the project achieved higher points for energy than initially expected. This enabled the project to target a 5 star rating with minimal additional investment,” says Marni. Multiple project challengesThe entire project team has tackled multiple challenges, including an adjacent wetland and the two podiums being rated as a single development.   “A wetland in close proximity to the building threatened registration with GreenStar SA, unless a viable solution to mitigating potentially harmful water run-off, which could negatively affect the surrounding flora and fauna, was found,” explains Punt. Aurecon’s building makes use of various species of plants affixed to the building’s northern car park façade to act as a natural filtration system. “This system, although effective, was a costly solution for these offices,” explains Punt. “This building makes use of a mechanical water filtration system which is more cost-effective and integrated with the building’s other water systems.” Punt adds that because the building consists of two towers, many of the tower’s systems could not be fully integrated. “The two towers were submitted as one development with a single rating, which means both towers were jointly required to achieve a high level of performance.” She explains that this was achieved through careful modelling of the towers’ performance and constant tweaking of the building systems to achieve desirable performance levels. A worthwhile investment“The energy saving alone would make the investment in the five star building feasible”, says Underwood. Punt believes: “It’s critical to realise that a green building is a long-term investment. Paybacks such as increased productivity and decreased sick rates, although difficult to quantify, represent significant, ongoing future gains. Both Aurecon’s current offices and this ‘green’ office building in the same precinct demonstrate that it’s possible to deliver a superior, integrated end product that is an asset to the people who use it and the natural landscape which surrounds it, for a similar cost to that of a conventional building.” Aurecon gets top environmental honour at Bulk Handling Awards 2014-11-12T03:10:58Z aurecon-gets-top-environmental-honour-at-bulk-handling-awards On winning Environmental Project of the Year for theLucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal Tropical Cyclone Yasi Recoveryproject, Project Director, Arne Nilsen said, “I am honoured to have been part of the team that received this award for displaying environmental sensitivity and innovation in facility rehabilitation.” The Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal’s (LBST) 5.76 kilometre jetty and offshore wharf suffered significant wave damage following Tropical Cyclone Yasi (TC Yasi); the repair and re-commissioning of its offshore facilities was one of the largest single recovery efforts, in the wake of the much publicised TC Yasi. Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) engaged Aurecon to provide a full suite of services to initially report on feasibility of repairs to the facility, and then to plan, design, and manage the recovery project. The LBST is located on the North Queensland coastline, in a sensitive environmental area within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Hinchinbrook Island National Park. Its offshore facilities form a key link in the efficient delivery to market of sugar from the Herbert region.  Appropriate environmental management practices were, therefore, a key consideration during the design and construction phases of the project. Aurecon implemented environmental control measures into its design and specification and then monitored the environmental performance throughout the construction phase, by undertaking regular audits. Aurecon also provided environmental management advice to the contractor based on its risk analysis and site observations. The terminal was safely and successfully returned to full operations on time for export of product from the 2012 sugar season and on budget, to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. Importantly, it was reconfigured in a way that it will be significantly more resilient in the face of the unlikely return of a similar event in the future. Damian Ziebarth, General Manager Operations QSL, said “we are thrilled that the Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal Tropical Cyclone Yasi Recovery project has been recognised at the Australian Bulk Handling Awards. The project reflects the partnership, developed over five decades, between our two organisations, and Aurecon’s commitment to be there for us at our time of need immediately following cyclone Yasi.” The engineering for the project built on Aurecon's experience in delivery of innovative and durable industrial port projects – a history in which the terminal's original offshore facilities' design and construction more than 30 years ago formed an important part. Coupled with that expertise was the keen awareness of the intrinsic community and economic links that LBST has to the region and the desire to maximise the opportunity to learn from the damage caused from this rare event.