Aurecon appoints leader to help engineers solve world’s greatest challenges

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Throughout history, engineers have been at the forefront of finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, and today they are crucial in connecting the dots between design, technology and human-centric outcomes.

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, Aurecon, recognises the important role engineers play in society and is focused on developing and deploying the company’s collective capabilities to some of the world’s most significant projects.

To strengthen these capabilities, Aurecon has appointed Tim Spies as Global Service Leader, Building Mechanical, to connect the company’s global community of mechanical engineers and consultants to bring the best minds together to work on the world’s greatest challenges.  

Having been involved in many high-profile projects including the Barangaroo development in Sydney, Spies will bring both business and technical leadership expertise to Aurecon with his role also encompassing Client Director – Commercial Property. 

“From Leonardo da Vinci, to Brunel, Gustave Eiffel and Henry Ford, to name a few, smart- thinking engineers have left a significant legacy on the world,” Spies said.

“Today, engineers, such as Elon Musk, are using technology to change the way we live and work, as the enablers of the digital age, to create a better world for all. There has never been a more exciting time to be an engineer.

Smart-thinking engineers offer different perspectives

“Engineers are able to look at a problem from many different perspectives to consider the needs and wants of the client, designers, end-users, environment, economy and society as a whole.

“Bringing innovation and using our digital experience to help deliver the buildings and places of the future is critical to the success of our built environments.”

Managing Director of Built Environment at Aurecon, John McGuire said, “we are excited to welcome Tim to the role and look forward to him working with us to further develop our leading and differentiated capabilities in our Building Mechanical portfolio of services.”

Based in Sydney, Spies will lead a global team of engineers and consultants across mechanical design, hydraulics, building sustainability, environmental modelling, wind modelling, acoustics, vibration and fire safety.

Spies has twenty years’ experience in leading mechanical design, multi-disciplinary teams and office management across several markets during his tenure with Norman Disney & Young in their Sydney and Melbourne practices in Australia, and London and Manchester practices in the United Kingdom.

Spies is on the NSW Committee of Consult Australia and serves on the Technical Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Contact details 

Danielle Bond

Head of Marketing & Communications, Aurecon

T +61 3 9975 3138 F +61 3 9975 3444 M +61 412 870 987  

About Aurecon

Aurecon is an engineering and infrastructure advisory company, but not as you know it. We’ve reimagined engineering.

Our clients’ ideas and aspirations drive all that we do. We work alongside them like no other firm to co-create clever, innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges, adding value across the project lifecycle through deep technical and advisory expertise. We serve our clients across a range of markets, in locations worldwide. Hardwired in our DNA are engineering, design and the deep need to leave a legacy. We are as diverse as we are dynamic. As curious as we are clever.

Drawing on our deep pool of knowledge, we bring vital engineering experience, technical capability and design expertise to the table. Then we listen deeply and intently. We see the opportunities, possibilities and potential that others don’t. Through a range of unique creative processes and skills, we collaborate with our clients to re-imagine, shape and design a better future.

We believe humanity depends on engineering; and we recognise we have a broader stewardship role to play. A deep responsibility to hold. As we continually strive for a life in balance, Aurecon clients will be both future ready and engineered for life.

Think engineering. Think again.

Aurecon: Engineering, re-imagined.

To find out more about what we have been up to visit our newsroom, or take a glimpse into the future on our Just Imagine blog.

Privately owned by employees, Aurecon formed in 2009 when Africon, Connell Wagner and Ninham Shand announced the formation of a new global group.

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