Munro will report directly to chief executive, Australia and New Zealand, Lara Poloni and will join the ANZ executive committee. She is making a number of senior hires to accelerate the roll-out of the firm’s strategy.
“Aecom is increasingly working right across the design, build, operate and maintain lifecycle of projects and digital solutions are the key to enabling that”, said Poloni. “We are delighted that Colette has agreed to take on this challenging and exciting role as we evolve our business to provide clients with integrated digital solutions.”
Current work being carried out by Aecom’s building information management (BIM) include support for clients such as the Sydney Opera House and Transport for New South Wales. Munro said: “It’s great to be starting from a position of strength in the digital engineering space. We already have teams across Australia and New Zealand leveraging software and data to deliver innovative solutions to our clients.
“My initial focus will be to sort through the myriad of tools and solutions we are currently using to understand which ones deliver significant client value and expand on those. At the same time, we will continue to transform Aecom nto a more efficient digital future for our core design and engineering consulting business.”
To enable the ‘digital by design’ strategy, Munro has created a new digital solutions team that will house around 20 software engineers, developers and data analysts. This team will develop, test and host digital solutions for clients. In addition, the strategy includes the establishment of robust IT governance processes and policies to ensure consistency and standards across all Aecom’s operations, clients and projects.
“For centuries engineers have invented solutions to solve the world’s most complex problems Reflecting on the evolution of the engineering profession,” said Munro. “Today, more and more of those inventions can be delivered digitally in a technology as a service model.
“Disruption is an essential part of innovation. The way we service our clients in five years’ time will be completely different to how we service them today; we can either disrupt ourselves or risk someone else doing it for us.”