Danish engineering, design, and consultancy agency Ramboll Group in December entered into an settlement to accumulate U.S-based engineering and design consultancy OBG. Founded in 1945, OBG has delivered built-in engineering options inside water, vitality, surroundings and superior manufacturing, and right now, the corporate says it has in depth shopper relationships in each the non-public and public sectors, and a very sturdy place within the japanese half of the U.S. For Ramboll, which added ENVIRON, a U.S-based environmental and well being specialist agency to its portfolio in 2014, the deal exhibits marked curiosity within the U.S. market, which has been beset by plenty of disruptions.
In an interview final January, OBG’s CEO Jim Fox and Neil Webb, OBG’s director for progress and markets, supplied vital perception into traits affecting the huge world of engineering within the energy sector.
POWER: Disruptions are reshaping the facility sector. What are you seeing from an engineering agency’s perspective?
Jim Fox, OBG, CEO; Neil Webb, OBG, Director for Growth and Markets: In the worldwide energy trade, we have now seen migration from giant centralized energy options to extra localized options addressing vitality demand nearer to the places the place vitality is required. The vital upturn in renewable vitality and altering insurance policies and attitudes of customers are driving many extra clear and sustainable options. One instance is the quickly growing large-scale onshore and offshore wind markets, the place many states within the U.S. and nations all over the world are venturing into new alternatives for vitality sources.
What does it imply for a corporation like OBG to hitch Ramboll? How does this broaden its prospects within the energy world?
OBG and Ramboll are each purpose-driven corporations. The similarities in mission, imaginative and prescient, and values of each organizations are putting, and each have a powerful collaborative tradition specializing in individuals as the principle belongings and differentiators. Both organizations are client-centric and technically sturdy with deep and long-standing shopper relationships. We each even have a powerful deal with innovation and technical excellence. In phrases of providing conventional engineering and challenge administration providers, OBG enhances the front-end consultancy providers Ramboll presently gives within the U.S. with full service options in collaboration with the remainder of Ramboll’s choices.
We now mix native expertise with a world knowledgebase, continuously striving to attain inspiring and exacting options that make a real distinction to purchasers and society at giant.
In the facility trade, Ramboll has a well known international presence in vitality from a clear vitality perspective, together with offshore wind, district vitality, and waste-to-energy options, in addition to digitalization round good cities. In the U.S., many states and native jurisdictions are shifting their insurance policies to be extra strongly aligned with what Ramboll has demonstrated in Europe, particularly within the Nordics. OBG’s presence within the U.S. market, and with purchasers, intently aligns with a lot of these state and native jurisdictions striving to attain comparable objectives.
As an engineering consultancy group, what market traits as they contain engineering and downside fixing are you seeing the facility trade? Does it differ by area?
As beforehand talked about,the U.S. is present process a major grid modernization effort and a change within the elementary composition of our vitality useful resource combine. As these sources are co-located nearer to hundreds, utilities try to handle the dynamic and altering nature of vitality sources which can be interconnected to their distribution networks, versus giant central plant era. The engineering efforts required to plan, monitor, and handle such a excessive a number of of vitality sources is finally altering inherent engineering approaches, from…