Royal HaskoningDHV CEO Erik Oostwegel: “In the first half of 2019 we continued our strategic priorities and investments in the future of our company. We supported and developed our people to keep innovating and embrace new digital capabilities. Combined with strategic acquisitions, this allowed us to strengthen our existing services and add new services to further provide our clients with trusted solutions to address challenges like climate resilience, the energy transition and the circular economy.”
Continued focus on digital and commercial capabilities and capacity
Royal HaskoningDHV continued to build and develop capabilities to drive innovations and new digital services. Reflecting the creative spirit of Royal HaskoningDHV employees, the company’s innovation funnel currently has more than 100 initiatives. In addition, the company continued to support and develop digital capabilities through its Digital Academy, such as BIM, parametric design, data science, software programming skills, data analysis and visualisation. Furthermore, digital-focused traineeships were successfully launched throughout the business to attract new talents.
Next to developing innovation and digital capabilities, the company is building capacity by expanding its commercial and service delivery teams to cater for the growing demand from clients. Consequently, the company has welcomed new experts in the area of Smart Ports and Industry 4.0. A new Director Project Excellence has been appointed to set and embed new standards in project management to continuously improve efficient service delivery to clients.
Strategic acquisitions to add capabilities and broaden service portfolio
Strategic investments in the first half of 2019 include the acquisition of UK-based company Lanner to strengthen Royal HaskoningDHV’s predictive simulation capabilities for industrial clients in January. In February, the company acquired a minority share in Singapore-based H2i to expand its digital footprint in the region and boost its global flood resilience and climate change-related offerings. In April, it acquired UK-based Ambiental to accelerate growth of flood-related digital services and leverage the company’s position in the (re)insurance market.