Our diversified business model in the geographies and market sectors in which we do business is a key differentiator which has enabled us to maintain continued performance and manage the economic realities of the global financial crisis. Through this we have diligently adhered to our mission of making a measurable difference to the value, cost and time of our client’s projects.
Innovation investment is a manifestation of being a global business, which allows knowledge and systems to be shared and transferred. Davis Langdon is working on the development of a global project tool that will enable each of our geographies to benefit from sharing global cost, programme, design and key project levers.
Another initiative that we are working on with our worldwide AECOM colleagues, through knowledge gained from global projects, is the development of a Building Information Modelling (BIM) capability. The key differentiator of this innovation is that being a global and diversified business, committed to a broad range of technical services, we have the distinct ability to harness data from global projects across varying design disciplines, combined with project and cost management disciplines. We have invested in thought leadership and research with a dedicated team working on this. Research will be a new service offering to our clients with a focus on construction.
We will continue to retain, attract and recruit the best people. The essence of our service delivery is based on our people. Re-tooling, up-skilling and redirecting our talent to service client’s projects is key to our mission. Training, mentoring and knowledge sharing with our teams across sectors and geographies will continue to arm our people with the mandate to lead best practice in our industry. The Davis Langdon Academy, launched at the end of 2011, is an investment in empowering our youth through education, whilst simultaneously advancing our corporate social responsibility.
Our sector-based business approach has sharpened our focus on commercial, hotels, retail, energy & utilities,mining, transportation, healthcare and education. We have appointed sector leaders in these focus areas who are working with our clients and colleagues. Our passion and commitment to Africa remains, as we continue to invest in expanding our footprint and geographic reach through our global technical expertise and client services. Through these investments we are positioning ourselves to leverage opportunities in our markets, as we pursue new growth opportunities across our sectors and geographies.