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Aurecon appoints Johann Brits as regional innovation leader for Middle East

Engineering and infrastructure advisory firm, Aurecon, has announced the appointment of Johann Brits as regional innovation leader for the Middle East, Construction Week Online reported.

In his new role, Brits will manage a cross-disciplinary team focussed on harnessing design thinking to address client needs, in addition to supporting the company’s innovation strategy.

“Digital is disrupting how businesses connect and service their clients. Organisations [that] cannot adapt will soon find their lunch eaten by those who can,” said Brits.

Brits has a decade of experience providing transport solutions for projects in the UAE, Australia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Myanmar, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. He has been based in the Middle East since 2010.

Aurecon has also appointed Hassan Shakrouf as authority approvals leader for the UAE. He will be responsible for facilitating a smooth approvals process for projects, as well as acting as a bridge between the design ideas of the architect and owner, and the practical considerations for construction.

According to the company, Shakrouf will be expected to employ digital solutions to collaborate more effectively with multiple stakeholders in mega projects, and offer clients better visibility over timelines and project costs by creating virtual reality experiences of designs.

Shakrouf has more than 20 years of experience in reviewing building design based on UAE codes, managing permitting services teams, and dealing with local authorities.

Commenting on the appointments, Ermis Marques, regional director for the Middle East at Aurecon, said: “Digital disruption is an inescapable reality for all businesses today, and our clients are seeking innovative thinking and solutions to differentiate themselves.

“At Aurecon, we pride ourselves on tackling tough challenges. Our confidence lies in ensuring we have the best people, like Johann and Hassan, who can deliver the most value to clients.”

He added: “However, innovative solutions often require some sort of proof of concept. Therefore, Hassan will leverage Aurecon’s unlimited Architect of Record service, partner with Johann, and work closely with the authorities on ensuring that projects proceed smoothly through the approvals process.

“Aurecon’s twin-pillar approach will assure our clients that their unique projects will become a reality.”

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