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.
Opus International Consultants (Opus) attended the 10th Women in Construction Awards at The Palace Hotel in Manchester last month.
Opus has been appointed to provide engineering services for a new £7 million railway station to be built in the town of Maghull, on the Merseyrail Northern Line.
Opus is proud to be sponsoring the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s (CIHT) Asset Management Panel conference, ‘How to Create a Resilient Transport Network’.
Opus is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories at the recently established NCE 100 Best Companies of the Year Awards 2016. Opus is one of eight companies which has been shortlisted in both the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Talent Champion’ categories. Opus is also one of ten finalists in the ‘International Impact’ category.
The awards are new for the NCE and aim to recognise firms that are leading the way in five key areas that are critical to delivering for clients and making the workplace a great place to be. The NCE100 Best Companies of the Year Awards sit alongside and complement the NCE100 ranking of the best civil engineering practices here in the UK and abroad.
Huw Edwards, UK Managing Director at Opus says, “I am particularly proud that our focus on the development of our people at home and abroad is gaining industry recognition. We have been successful in a number of people focussed awards over the last couple of years and the shortlisting at the NCE awards is the icing on the cake. Our goal is to be a great place to work and gaining industry recognition for leading the way in these areas is a fantastic achievement.”
Mark Hansford, editor of New Civil Engineer comments, “We launched NCE 100 as an exciting, robust and challenging way to identify the best civil engineering practices. The entries so far have not disappointed. Our shortlisted firms have great stories to tell and we look forward to hearing them in more detail at the next stage.”
For the next stage of judging Opus will take part in face-to-face interviews with a panel representing a cross section of the industry, to further elaborate on the key topics in their submission.
The winners will be announced on the 11th May at a prestigious dinner ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Opus International Consultants delivered a much improved New Zealand and United Kingdom performance in 2015 but the Group result was impacted by poor economic conditions in Canada and Australia.