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SYSTRA ANZ is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bamser, an Australian based infrastructure advisory firm providing multi-disciplinary services to the transport, utilities, mining and energy sectors.
With offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Bamser have delivered city shaping projects extensively across Australia and into Asia.
‘We’ve been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas and look forward to adding our expertise to one of world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, specialised in public transport and mobility solutions.’ – Tim Brown, Director, Bamser.
‘By combining our strengths, SYSTRA in design and Bamser in delivery, our current and future clients gain a broader service offering across more of the project lifecycle, from the advisors that they know and trust.’ – Ben Crosby, Director, Bamser.
Renowned for their excellence in underground engineering, the transaction boosts SYSTRA’s position as a leading global player in complex tunnelling, coming after the 2021 acquisition of SWS, a leading tunnelling design firm based in Italy.
‘As we look to continue the growth of our cities and move to a net zero future, tunnelling provides a solution to enable mass transit along with providing opportunities for energy storage and creation through dams, pumped hydro and trenchless projects. We are excited to further bolster our global offering in complex engineering solutions and add to our global expertise in bridges and tunnels with the acquisition of Bamser.
With a large pipeline of major infrastructure projects to be delivered, and significant skills shortage in the tunnelling space, our clients and partners will benefit from our expanded service offering, deepening our global leadership in underground engineering and bringing it to the ANZ market at a time when most needed’ – Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ
SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has worked alongside cities and regions, contributing to positive development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures.
The ANZ team is an integral part of part of the global network, backed by nearly 9,000 experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale. With our first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, in 2022, we opened our first permanent office in New Zealand, and are going from strength to strength, expanding in both geography and head count. When a project is complex, high risk and requires deep technical skills and pedigree, SYSTRA ANZ is the signature team.
For more information, visit systra.com/australia.
Established in 2008 with offices in QLD, NSW and VIC, Bamser provides frontline advisory services on complex tunnelling, trenchless and infrastructure projects across Australia and internationally.
An integrated team of project development, procurement, and delivery advisors with the best technical skills and local experience available, they have been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia, including Sydney Metro; WestConnex; Western Harbour Tunnel, Suburban Rail Link, AirportLink, Legacy Way and Cross River Rail.
For more information, visit Bamser.com.au.
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As SYSTRA continues its growth across ANZ, Chris will be responsible for leading the newly formed Major Projects team – established to focus on the successful delivery of major projects for our clients, partners, and the communities we serve.
“2022 was a huge year for Systra in ANZ; we won our largest intake of orders in major projects as we successfully pivoted to taking on larger roles in complex projects. Due to the success of this strategy, it was clear we needed a new division dedicated to delivery. Chris was the obvious choice and has what it takes to lead this newly formed team,” says Alana Newbrook, CEO SYSTRA ANZ.
Alana adds, “Chris is well-known to many of our clients, having been part of the SYSTRA team for the last five years. He brings to the role extensive experience managing complex major infrastructure projects; most recently leading our operational integration teams delivering train control systems projects across ANZ. Under Chris’s leadership, the team will ensure that we not only continue to provide outstanding delivery to our clients, but we also grow our reputation as the partner of choice and signature team for transport solutions across ANZ.”
The creation of a new role and team for Major Projects is exciting to not just further strengthen and grow our own team, but to bring more of the global SYSTRA skill sets to our local clients. “I am excited to take on this new role overseeing a larger portfolio of complex projects,” says Chris.
“SYSTRA ANZ has been growing steadily for the last couple of years on the back of some significant wins. I’m looking forward to working with our teams in Australia, New Zealand and across SYSTRA to capitalise on this growth momentum and deliver world-class infrastructure solutions for our clients.”
With over two decades experience in project delivery and consulting roles, Chris has worked on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects including West Coast Route Modernisation in the UK and the roll out of the European Train Control System in Southeast Queensland.
SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.
For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director of Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA at email@example.com.Connecting Teams through International Mobility
In October this year, Nieves transferred to our Sydney office from our headquarters in Paris.
Nieves a Senior Consultant in our Complex Structures team says, “The opportunity to come out to Australia to help grow our expertise in Tunnels and Bridges was too good to refuse. Firstly, the opportunity to work on some of Australia’s most significant projects was a big factor in our decision to move and then secondly the chance to bring our young family over to Australia was equally amazing. My family and I are both grateful for SYSTRA’s support to make the move possible.”
SYSTRA ANZ is focused on developing its skills in Complex Structures leveraging its Bridges & Tunnels international network of more than 900 experts across the world. In her role, Nieves will bring her decade of experience to connect our global network to the local market where she will also focus on the execution of tenders, negotiation of services and project delivery.
She adds, “In my career I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on projects in Europe and Central America including roles onsite as a construction engineer so have valuable experience and networks that I think will be of value to our Australian clients.”
When speaking about the future of Complex Structures, Nieves is passionate about the role sustainability will play.
“We are building all these amazing structures that are connecting people to one another as well as new opportunities, but it needs to be done in a more sustainable way. Transport is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon. That is why SYSTRA has placed sustainable innovation at the core of its offer because we cannot compromise the future of the next generation.Nieves Penalba Perez
“An example of sustainable innovation is our CarbonTracker tool which measures, monitors and controls carbon emissions at each phase of the project. The application is a powerful solution during the tender design of a Design & Build project to evaluate the CO2 emissions of the reference design and the savings that our design could generate.”
Moving to Australia was not the first times Nieves has lived abroad. Having grown up in Spain she moved to Paris for her first opportunity with SYSTRA where she began her career as an Alignment and Track Engineer.
Recently, Nieves was given the full support of the business to take a year off to travel the world and volunteer. Spending time in a remote Peruvian town in the Andes Ranges near the Cusco Valley, Nieves admits this experience made her more aware of the societal responsibility we have in our industry. Upholding our value of bold leadership, she has since championed SYSTRA’s involvement with ‘Bridges to Prosperity’ where we will help construct a footbridge in Rwanda.
She finishes, “I consider equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion as core values for the future of our industry. As a woman living abroad, I am very thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. Now, as a mum, I feel that it’s my turn to help us reach social equality. Our commitment to build a more sustainable future is essential to serve the coming generations.”
SYSTRA’s international mobility is embedded within our values. We connect our experts throughout the entire Group and coordinate them in order to respond to the most complex issues. This also extends to our people connecting with their loved ones overseas. We recently introduced an International Work Remote Program so our staff can visit family and friends anywhere in the world. Read more about that here.
To find out more about our ambitions and values, please hit the link here.
To get in contact with Nieves, please reach out to her here.
Andrew brings to the business over three decades of experience across multiple government agencies and over a decade of service in the Royal Australian Navy.
Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ says, “Andrew is a key appointment for our business as we look to grow and expand our expertise across critical infrastructure to support resilience, respond to cyber threats and utilise analytics.
His background is well aligned to our target growth areas, having previously worked for government agencies and professional services firms. He also brings a diverse skillset that we are particularly excited to leverage with his experience spanning the maritime, aviation, national security, capability systems and critical infrastructure sectors.”Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ
An accomplished leader and strategic advisor, Andrew specialises in implementing generational change capabilities and reform programs.
He says, “I’m really excited to get to work with SYSTRA, meet my new colleagues and to help expand our expertise. SYSTRA is well known across the industry for its work in this space, particularly in collaboration with Team Downer. I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of a national role and getting to know my team as well as new and existing clients.”
Andrew will be based in our Canberra office and will also be part of our Executive Leadership Team for Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more about Andrew’s role or to get in contact with him, please click here.SYSTRA, Beca, WSP and COX join forces on Waitematā Harbour Connections
Leading design and engineering firms SYSTRA ANZ, Beca, WSP and COX Architecture with EY are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred bidder for additional transport connections across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour.
Clients Waka Kotahi with partners Auckland Transport and Auckland Council selected the four firms following a competitive tender process. They will work closely with the preferred bidders for Auckland Light Rail, as together the two projects are essential to Auckland’s rapid transit future.
A joint venture partnership between the companies has been established and will now work with the clients to progress planning and design aspects for the next phase of the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections (AWHC) project.
The AWHC project represents an essential long-term investment in Auckland and New Zealand’s transport future. It seeks to be a catalyst for the public realm, with the design and planning solutions aimed at supporting and improving the functionality of the city and galvanising the community.
The partnership will leverage experience from many successful harbour connection projects. Individual firms in the partnership have previously worked together on projects including Sydney’s Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link, and Sydney Metro City Harbour Crossing. In coming together for the AWHC project they will combine previous local infrastructure experience with international design and engineering best practice.
There has been talk of a second harbour crossing ever since Auckland Harbour Bridge opened in 1959. Fast forward over sixty years, and the additional harbour connection now being investigated will be considering all multi-modal options – including light rail, buses, connections for walking and cycling, vehicles and freight.
For reasons of environmental sustainability, resilience, and population growth, it’s never been more important for the City of Sails to have an additional integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable additional cross-harbour travel route between the North Shore and Auckland isthmus. Together, the partnership has the drive, capability and capacity to develop and deliver a plan to achieve this.
The partnership looks forward to next steps and working with Waka Kotahi, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, and the Auckland Light Rail team to bring to life additional harbour connections that will provide Aucklanders with more carbon-friendly transport choice, engage with communities, and rival the very best cross-harbour infrastructure seen anywhere in the world.
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In what marks an exciting milestone for the business, Duminda is also our first full-time employee in New Zealand and will focus on growing our presence in the country.
Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ says, “Duminda is a key appointment for our business as we look to expand our footprint into new regions. Having just opened a new office in Auckland, Duminda will play a vital role in helping us support new and existing clients and partners as well as expand our local team with deep experience and connection to the region.”
Duminda brings to the team nearly two decades experience within both the construction and transport industries across New Zealand and the UK.
He says, “I am excited by the challenge of growing SYSTRA’s presence in NZ now we have a permanent home. Coming across from Auckland Transport, I have an in-depth knowledge of the market and many great relationships that will be valuable to SYSTRA.
“Within the New Zealand transport market, there are so many opportunities spanning active transport modes, roads and rail. I’m looking forward to spending the next few weeks getting out into the market, meeting as many people as possible and exploring the depth of SYSTRA’s international skills.”
With his experience built mainly on the client side, he’s buoyed by the opportunity to work within a multi-national consultancy.
“I’ve always been up for new challenges, and this is no different. By joining SYSTRA, I will be adding a whole new perspective to my capabilities,” explains Duminda.
SYSTRA is well known for having worked on some of the world’s most challenging and iconic transport projects around the world. Alana adds, “Our ambition is to be the signature team for transport solutions and to achieve this we have set ourselves some ambitious growth targets for Australia and New Zealand.
“We look forward to working closely with many new and existing clients and partners, sharing over 60 years of global expertise with them.”
Duminda finishes, “With so many opportunities to improve mobility and connect communities across New Zealand – I can’t wait to get started!”
Duminda’s passion for transport projects has been growing since his initial opportunity with London Transport back in 2008. Fast-forward to now, Duminda joins SYSTRA from Auckland Transport where he was the Director for the Rodney Transport Infrastructure Programme having also previously led the Auckland Cycling Program. Duminda has extensive experience as technical engineer, a Programme Manager in program and project controls and in Project Management.
Duminda completed his MBA in 2015 and is due to complete his Masters in Engineering Project Management in 2022.
To find out more information about our new Auckland office or to get in contact with Duminda, please hit the link here.A new head for SYSTRA in ANZ
An engineer for over 20 years, Alana has worked in the transport, defence, and energy sectors, and has deep expertise in the set up and delivery of major infrastructure projects. Up until now she has been the Director of Advisory in Australia at WSP, where she has been leading work across Australia in transport planning and mobility, business cases, operations and asset management. She has previously worked at KPMG and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Among her career highlights to date, she was involved in the preliminary studies for the Sydney Metro project, design and construction of large sections of the Pacific Highway and has worked alongside TfNSW to develop their 10 year infrastructure plans.
With Bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and the arts (English literature and philosophy) from the University of Sydney, Alana also has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
I would like to welcome Alana, who accepted to join SYSTRA’s journey in Australia, a key country for our activities in East Asia and a dynamic market where we are advancing strategic missions, especially for Sydney Metro. We aim to continue our role as a key player in mobility engineering and write new success stories like in past years. In his role, I would like to thank Mark Scott for all his work at SYSTRA Scott Lister.Jean-Charles Vollery, SYSTRA Chief Operating Officer
SYSTRA set up in Australia in 2016 with the acquisition of Scott Lister. The Australian teams then grew from 60 to 150 in just a few years, with the development of a Consulting branch specialising in digital solutions.
Our landmark projects are for systems engineering for the roll-out of ERTMS level 2 on the Cross River Rail line in the state of Queensland, as well as independent certification for the City & Southwest, West, and Northwest lines of Sydney Metro.