Business imperatives are changing
As software developers, we know that business imperatives are changing, our technological capabilities are advancing, and customer expectations are rising.
We don’t need human input at all levels of operations. By moving to digitalisation, we can automate repetitive tasks, simplify time-intensive processes and accelerate business growth.
Unique data requires bespoke consultation
I started my career in insurance and banking, but I was drawn to WSP because of the varied, challenging and global nature of the work, we consult with businesses all over the world. From infrastructure to energy, and rail to water, each of our clients has a unique data format that requires bespoke consultation.
Our projects usually start with a bank of data that needs to be digitalised. We run through a series of questions to find out what kind of data our clients have and how they want to display it – do they want it in a mobile app or a digital hub? What kind of insight and output are they looking for? Does the client want to display environmental information about a project like air quality, ecology or archaeology to members of the public, or are they looking to visualise key spatial data to help them assess and make decisions on the route of a new electricity cable or a water utility? It’s our role to understand the problem and find a solution to make the project more successful.
Maximising efficiency to deliver results
When we work on an infrastructure project, there are usually stakeholders and members of the public who we need to communicate with so they understand how a project, whether an onshore wind farm, a railway or a water pipeline, might positively or negatively impact an area. To gather this information, engineers used to attend the site, circulate questionnaires, compile the papers and write a report. Those days are behind us.
Now, we create a robust and reusable software application that automatically circulates questions to thousands of people in seconds under a single click. The software captures the data and generates a digital report for the decision-makers to review in record time. It makes life easier for any business, placing insight straight into their hands and enables infrastructure promoters to optimise social, economic and environmental value on a project.
One of the biggest challenges we face is staying competitive in a rapidly changing environment. This means we have to be efficient in our response to technological advances from initiation to completion of a project. We’re always growing, learning, and progressing so that we remain ahead of the curve with the latest developments.
Helping people to work better
The most important and rewarding part of my job using digital software to make life easier for everyone involved in a project. By solving problems and offering appropriate solutions, people can do their work properly and really make a difference. My goal is to develop a digital software that is globally accepted, so that all engineering consultancies can provide better solutions all over the world.