- Article by Madeleine Swain
Global engineering, advisory and design firm Aurecon has been named one of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative companies, ranking number four in the professional services category of the prestigious AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list.
The esteemed annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by leading innovation consultancy Inventium in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. For the first time in 2019, organisations were ranked directly against their peers across 10 industry lists that assessed entries from 800 nominated organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Aurecon was recognised for its OpenGATE AutoDraw project that used computational design and machine learning to create automated digital drawings, driving greater accuracy, speed and enabling higher quality responses to design challenges.
Aurecon chief executive officer William Cox commended the honour that recognises Aurecon’s position as a leading innovator in the professional services industry.
“This award is a great testament to Aurecon’s continued efforts in redefining what’s possible as we push to digitise infrastructure. The infrastructure project design and delivery paradigm is ripe for change and at Aurecon we are constantly advancing our digital capabilities to provide state-of-the-art technical and digital expertise to our clients,” says Cox.
“Our ranking on the AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list is a great tribute to the culture we have at Aurecon where we constantly strive to see the opportunities, possibilities and potential that others don’t, enabling us to create clever solutions to some of the world’s most wicked problems,” adds Cox.
Aurecon managing director – Design, Innovation and Eminence, Dr Kourosh Kayvani explains that Aurecon identified there was a significant area to improve around digitising drawing and documentation in an innovative way that would benefit mega projects such as the four billion-dollar West Gate Tunnel project.
“By returning time to the infrastructure design process via software automation in the building information modelling (BIM) environment, we have freed up engineers to do what adds most value – creative design and pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” says Kayvani.
The AFR BOSS Most Innovative Company assessment also evaluates a company’s internal elements such as innovation culture, strategy, resources and process, which demonstrate a sustainable and repeatable approach to innovation.
Kayvani says the award recognises the value Aurecon places on internal training and development programmes to develop mastery amongst design practitioners.
“Aurecon’s Design Academy saw scholars completing intensive innovation workshops in addition to employees across the organisation undertaking specific training in design to innovate methodology to elevate the quality and importance of design at Aurecon to the highest level,” says Kayvani.