Arup beyond engineering

Real estate is more than buildings. It s even more so in these turbulent days. We in Arup have learnt a lesson from our most successful clients: doing well what you do is not enough; you must change the ground before the ground changes you and your industry. Let s talk about buildings. Helping to design ambitious buildings is what Arup is best known for. But that doesn t tell the whole story. In addition to world -class engineering, we offer diverse design and consultancy services that address all aspects of built environment. But it s the way we do it what our clients value most. The way we work our way Consider the structure of a building for example. For some engineers, a good structural design is the capacity to satisfy 100% the architect s design intentions. For others, the key is to use locally proven materials and solutions. Others will focus solely on reducing construction cost and construction time. These are all important points, but the key is to find the right balance. The structural engineers in Arup try and get to be involved in the process much sooner, and ask fundamental questions to the parties. What are the developer s intentions? What is the expected durability of the building? Are future changes of use foreseeable? From here, a better balance can be found for the structural design, using tools as lateral thinking and involving high quality specialist advice. Now, the structure is a part of a whole. We cannot provide a good structural design if we haven t integrated the other aspects of the project: cost and programme expectations, energy performance, sustainable targets, services design, building envelope, etc. A holistic approach that is, seeing and understanding beyond your expertise is embedded in our DNA as consultants. More than that: we don t work for the building or for our client in isolation; we work for its future users and society as a whole. The balance we seek as engineering and consulting providers includes supporting corporate responsibility and sustainability agendas. It may sound as nowadays jargon, but we have been acting sustainable (environmental, social and economic sustainable) since at least 1970. Ove Arup, our founder, stated in the key speech the aims of the firm and the principles through which those aims may be achieved. From the Key Speech: Humanitarianism also implies a social conscience, a wish to do socially useful work, and to join hands with others fighting for the sa me values. Our pursuit of quality should in itself be useful. If we in isolated cases can show how our environment can be improved, this is likely to have a much greater effect than mere propaganda. Our longstanding aim, to shape a better world , is the ultimate goal that paves the way we work. Providing building services and more Because Arup strives to provide world-class engineering for buildings and beyond, we offer a diverse range of services. Each service is organized as an internationally focused team, providing support to our project teams around the world to find the best answers to complex problems. Mechanical, electrical or structural engineering is at the base of what we do as consultant engineers in every country and region. But we wouldn t provide a good service if we hadn t specialist teams on acoustic consulting, audio visual and multimedia, building physics, facilities management, geotechnics, seismic design and wind engineering to name a few. There is an

additional layer of more fundamental services as fluid dynamics, advanced geometric design or resilience, security and risk, where design applications are found starting from pure research. Software applications are being developed within Arup as a combination of practical work and theoretical research. They may involve building physics simulation, evacuation modelling in case of fire, or finite element programs to analyse the non-linear response of structures. Engineering is much more than calculations and CAD drawings. Advanced computer modelling is transforming the design process of buildings worldwide. Arup leads the field of building information modelling. The virtual building, where design, construction, environmental performance and operational challenges are visualised, solved and optimised in an integrated computer simulation, is becoming a reality. Sounds as too many services? Maybe, but it helps Arup building teams solve our clients needs. And clients keep telling us that this way of working mainstream and specialist at the same time gives them answers to their problems, sometimes even when they hadn t made the question. Markets a wide view pays off Cities are more than a sum of their buildings, and the world is much more than a sum of cities. As a company with global reach, we had to engage ourselves not just in property buildings and social infrastructure, but also in transport and energy, resources and industry. Arup soon expanded its initial task of providing structural engineering by the 1950s into a total building concept since the 60s, and then into a wider total design approach. Let s review what lies behind the four markets into which we organize our commitment to design. Property shapes not just the skyline, but the down-to-earth viability of every city. Arup covers here the range of real estate: from commercial workspace, hotels and leisure facilities, residential and retail developments, to all kinds of sport venues. Our skills and services cover the entire lifecycle of property portfolios from planning, construction, fit-out and operation to refurbishment and post-occupancy. At every stage our teams meet the challenges of a resourceconstrained world with adaptable, low-carbon and low-energy building design. Social infrastructure supports people and helps create a sense of community. Arup s work in the social infrastructure market includes arts and culture, education, government and healthcare projects of varying size and budgets. Our teams consult with governments, private and public businesses and institutions to design and implement buildings, infrastructure, campuses or masterplanned communities that benefit people in towns, cities and countries around the world. Transport, our next market, includes aviation, highways, maritime and rail. Working across these modes of transport Arup s experience goes from airport design, operational readiness, port projects, transport planning and rail infrastructures. Our design of transport hubs, integrated transport and multi-mode solutions tackles both climate change and the growth in urbanisation. Energy, resources and industry are markets well known to Arup since long ago, even if they seem less building-oriented. The firm s experience here crosses sectors as water, energy and waste, resource extraction through mining, up to science and industrial activities. Much of this work across these essential building blocks of society is hidden from view, yet Arup s positive influence can be felt far and wide. Arup s understanding of the interconnections between these four markets ensures clients benefit from our integrated approach. Locations our land is the world Arup brings together professionals from diverse regions and with complementary skills, on a uniquely global scale. The depth of expertise and the sheer numbers of specialists allow Arup to

take on complex, strategic projects that no other firm could have delivered. Global and local are for us two sides of the same coin. Having started in London back in 1946, w e now have offices in 33 countries spanning around five continents. Some of these offices are located in the countries that will shape the future of world economy: Brazil (Sao Paulo), Russia (Moscow and St Petersburg), India (Mumbai) and China (ten offices in cities as Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and others). Our presence is also strong in hot spots of today s world: Middle East (Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai), North America (nine offices in the United States and one in Canada), East Asia (with offices in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Japan) or Australasia (six offices in Australia and one in New Zealand). Our presence in Europe and Africa is also expanding. Arup has 17 offices in the United Kingdom, four offices in Ireland, as well as offices in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Romania, Netherlands, Turkey and Serbia. African offices are in Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mauritius. A people business and a better way Clients trust Arup s people to question a vision as well as help to realise it. Arup s commitment to a sustainable approach to all its projects is both enshrined in a formal sustainability policy and embraced personally by the individuals that together make up the firm. Arup s ownership structure not linked to stakeholders actively reinforces this approach and holds the firm accountable to its own people for its independent approach, and to its social and corporate responsibility. Arup has a healthy mix of people with very different perspectives and from many cultures, working together, learning from each other and generously sharing their knowledge and ideas. International team-working is the stuff of everyday life for our people, who take advantage of the skills networks within the firm that allow easy collaboration between colleagues who may be on opposite sides of the world, but are working on the same or similar projects. Arup s independent ownership structure gives conviction a place in its decision-making, alongside the needs of clients and commercial imperatives. The result is clear-sighted, thoughtful decisions about its priorities as a business and as a member of society. Arup is rising to the challenge: investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for its clients and the wider world. That is not added value icing and the cake. that s the value we provide. We try to make no difference between the

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