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Top 100 : 2008
Exchange. The company now has about 4000 people working on projects in more than 80 countries. It has 15 subsidiary companies and permanent offi ces throughout Oceania, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. In the half-year to 31 December 2007 the company reported record revenue of nearly $240 C Roger Olds, 52 Managing Director of Coffey International, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University million, which extrapolates to a reportable revenue approaching $500 million for the 2007/08 fi nancial year. Under the leadership of Roger Olds the company has grown both through acquisitions and organically. Its latest acquisition was Canadian geotechnical fi rm Shaheen &Peaker and its subsidiary companies S&P Geo Engineering and Geo Canada earlier this year. Olds said the company has implemented a Platform for Growth to guide it in its further expansion both locally and offshore. The Platform is “an organisational transformation project that will prepare us to be a company with global reach while maintaining our local service focus,” he said. His activities outside work include spending time with his family – three kids and one grandson – as well as tennis and gardening. Nigel Robinson, 54 Group Chief Executive of AECOM operating groups in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, Dubai Civil engineer, Leeds University, UK Clive Weeks, 59 Chairman of GHD, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University David Williamson, 59 Managing Director Asia Pacifi c, URS, Sydney Civil engineer, Auckland University, NZ offey International is one of the top 300 companies on the Australian Stock land and Asia, known as Maunsell, as well as those in the Middle East. His relocation from Australia to Dubai last year demonstrates the signifi cance of that region to the organisation. In fact in the past 12 months the Middle East business has grown by over 50%. A major breakthrough for the company N in the Middle East came last year when it merged with Canadian consultant Cansult. Its largest project at present in the United Arab Emirates is its contribution to the US$18 billion Al Raha development outside Abu Dhabi. Robinson’s area of responsibility covers some 6,000 staff generating revenue of $600 million. A major focus for AECOM in the coming year will be completing the acquisition of Earth Tech, which will expand the Australian business and lift the company’s staff numbers to over 40,000. igel Robinson heads AECOM group operations across Australia, New Zea- C live Weeks has been the chairman of GHD since 2004 and a director since 1992. Under his leadership the company has grown into an international player with more than 6000 employees. The company’s annual revenue currently stands at over $800 million. The company’s growth has mainly been organically but has included some signifi - cant acquisitions, the latest this year being Hassall & Associates. Some of the company’s more prestigious projects in the past year have been in the United Arab Emirates, where it has been involved in the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the Palm Jumeira, the huge now well-known palm-shaped development on reclaimed land off the coast of Dubai. Internally the company has been changing its reporting system by developing its annual review into a corporate sustainability report. It has also established an Innovation Pipeline that captures, reviews and then develops the best novel ideas from staff. D avid Williamson has been the managing director of URS Asia Pacifi c since the beginning of this year. The company is part of the global URS Corporation, with over 50,000 staff and annual US$9 billion annual revenue. “URS has around 1500 staff in Australia and New Zealand. The fi rm’s expertise within Australia has primarily been within the environmental area, but this is now quickly expanding into main project engineering work across all facets of infrastructure,” Williamson said. One of the most challenging tasks at present is “linking the international resource base we have available to meet the insatiable demand in Australia”. Originally from New Zealand, Williamson spent most of his career with construction contractors and he joined URS from Downer EDI. Outside work, he likes boating, bush walking and “tackling the jungle of my inner city native back garden”. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 51 Book 1.indb 51 Book 1.indb 51 4/6/08 15:17:00 4/6/08 15:17:00