Leading global infrastructure company Opus International Consultants (Opus) has appointed Dr Ray Hickey as Principal Asset Manager to lead growth in the transport, buildings and water sectors.
Opus is delighted to announce that it has four finalists at this year's Women in Construction Awards. The winners will be announced at an award's dinner held in Manchester on the 1st March. Opus would like to wish all its finalists (below) good luck.
Rachael Bryson – Project Manager of the Year
Work Group Manager – Structures - Doncaster
Rachael is one of two project managers who had been assessed to lead what are deemed as major projects. She sits on the board of Opus’ project management forum, she chairs the UK Women in Leadership initiative and is a mentor. As part of the North region succession planning, she has finished a secondment as an Office Director. During Rachael’s time as a project manager, she has managed projects with a value in excess of £2m and is a PRINCE Level II practitioner. Unconventionally, she has broken through the industry by being a successful Project Manager with no technical background in the construction disciplines.
Juliet Archer-Reeves – Rising Star – over 25
NEC Project Manager - Hertford
Juliet has come incredibly far since starting out in this industry. From starting as a trainee technician with an English degree, she has since worked proficiently within five teams at Hertfordshire, building her knowledge and experience to an incredibly high level. Juliet has an excellent work ethic and has shown willingness to take on increasing responsibility through her project management of a number of services.
Libby Brunskill – Rising Star – over 25
Geo-Environmental Engineer - Manchester
Libby is always looking to further her knowledge, whether this means moving away for long periods of time, or assisting another team (civils, structures, surveys) to widen her expertise. No task given to her could ever be too big or too small, she simply enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the job and working across all sectors to offer support during busy times. After coming into the industry with a Geography degree, Libby is very driven to encourage others into the industry who are studying a similar degree. Her goal is to try to steer people away from the stereotypes that still surround engineering.
Lisa Hamilton – Rising Star – under 25
Graduate Civil Engineer - Manchester
Lisa displays great maturity in her approach to work, despite having only graduated less than two years ago. She continues to work within the allocated budget and delivery timescales, delivering an excellent service to her clients. Lisa has volunteered to take on additional workloads, not only to ensure the success of the team but so that she may continue to further skills that she may not otherwise be exposed to. This willingness has enabled Opus to deliver projects which would otherwise have missed deadlines.
Opus is now able to provide clients with land contamination assessment reports under the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS), following Jon English’s (Technical Principal – Contaminated Land) appointment as a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP).
Congratulations to Gillian Steele, our Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, who has fought off tough competition to be awarded 2nd place out of the "super six" finalist in the prestigious New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards 2016.
Opus’ Cardiff office has achieved certification under BRE Global’s BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification Scheme.
The certification scheme assesses whether businesses have the capability to use advanced 3D modelling tools and have the standards, methods, procedures (SMPs), skilled staff and infrastructure in place to ensure strict compliance with the UK’s Level 2 BIM mandate.
Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed on Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Transport Professional Services Framework to provide Highway Asset & Network Management Professional Services starting on 1st August 2016.
Global infrastructure consultancy Opus International Consultants (Opus) as part of the Whole Client Service, a delivery team comprised of Hertfordshire County Council and its joint venture partner Arup who together manage and maintain the highway network for Hertfordshire, is hosting a highway seminar to share best practice in Highways Asset Management.
Scientists are developing technology capable of detecting the level of rust on metal structures such as bridges from up to 100m away.
The project, involving Nottingham Trent University and Opus International Consultants, could save tens of millions of pounds a year in surveying costs and remove the need for potentially dangerous inspections.
It will help to inform crucial decisions about when to repair or decommission structures including bridges, footbridges, pylons, culverts, station canopies, roof structures and tunnel linings.
As part of the ICE’s Lunch and Learn sessions, Opus’ Steve Draper (Technical Director Asset Management UK) presented a complimentary lunchtime webinar on ‘Disruptive Change in Transport’ on Friday 6th May. Steve’s talk covered how asset managers should respond to the changing technical and environmental landscape of transportation.
Opus International Consultants (Opus), the global infrastructure consultancy have been named Company of the Year by the New Civil Engineer (NCE). After a rigorous assessment of the top firms within civil engineering, the NCE has selected the top 100 companies based on the cultures, competencies and skillsets that they believe matter most.
The 100 companies making up the NCE100 were revealed at a gala dinner on Wednesday 11 May in London. Selecting the 100 was a scrupulous process that included an in-depth company survey, employee satisfaction surveys and finally, interviews by a dozen leading clients among a 30-strong judging panel.
Mark Hansford, editor at the NCE said; “These are the companies that we believe you will want to work for and work with. These are the companies that are moving the industry forward.”
All companies were assessed against five core themes on their approaches to technical excellence; pushing future technology; being diverse and great and safe places to work; approach to developing engineers of the future; and playing a role in tackling global issues. In the final assessment, the judges felt that “Opus was the clear winner by some margin, scoring very highly from its staff. Opus appears amongst the top 10 firms across all of the core themes which demonstrated a large part of why the firm has been named the NCE100 Company of the Year.”
Huw Edwards, Opus UK Managing Director said “This award showcases the talent we have right across the business, the innovative solutions we deliver for all of our valuable clients. This is a great reflection on the people we have and a validation of the values, ethos and culture that we have created together. For me, this win cements our growing reputation as the leading infrastructure company.”
Opus was also awarded a high commendation in the category International Impact. The judges felt that Opus “displayed ground-breaking approaches to the contemporary challenges of civil engineering by developing and embedding completely new approaches globally.”
Opus prides itself on having a clear diversity strategy; engaging its staff in outreach activities to promote the profession and act as STEM ambassadors; working with impact internationally culminating in professional recognition of its work; spearheading new technologies through research and development funding; and pushing engineering boundaries through partnerships with clients.