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Top 20 MEP Consultants 2017

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Jun 1, 2017

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Aecom’s largest markets are the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. “We have recently put a lot of effort and investment in Oman and are seeing some good returns there. Bahrain is also doing well,” says Georges Basmaji, building services director.

Some of the project Aecom handled in 2016 were: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road, Wahat Al Karama, Investment Gateway, Bahrain, Phase 1, and Dubai Canal.

The projects Aecom is currently involved in are: Midfield Terminal Complex, Al Maryah Central, Dubai Tram Extension – phases 2 & 3, Tatweer Schools Program, Mall of Oman, etc.

Aecom has 3,920 full time staff working in the Middle East, with around 235 qualified MEP/building services engineers working for the firm.

When it comes to challenges, Basmaji says: “The downturn in the market continues to pose challenges industry wide. Consultants and contractors alike are being required to respond to the cost pressures being faced by clients. At Aecom we are working closely with our clients to help them manage cash flow on their existing projects. This takes the form of value engineering, removing parts of the scope that may not be immediately required or can be phased over a longer period.”

“For new projects, we’re talking to our clients about alternative funding mechanisms. We’re also ensuring that any new work we take on has been priced to deliver, not just to win. While the margins have shrunk somewhat recently, it’s imperative that projects are priced to deliver; otherwise there will be problems down the line.”

On staff training programs, he adds: “Last year Aecom launched a ‘reverse mentoring’ program that involves members of the leadership team being mentored by junior staff from different gender, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to show our leaders what life is like from different perspectives so that we can make our business better for everyone.” Aecom has a series of internally designed leadership programs which draw upon contemporary learning methodologies. These are targeted at various levels of leadership within the business and have application across the region.

In addition, Aecom has a fully integrated learning platform — Aecom University — which has in excess of 6,000 courses. Aecom University draws from leading training providers, internal thought leaders, and technical and functional academies.

Georges Basmaji, Building Services Director

Number of years in role: 11

Number of years in company: 11

Number of years working in Middle East: 25

Middle East workforce: 3,920

MEP/ Building Services Engineers: 235

GCC nationals: 211

Female staff: 566