Casey Rutland - UK Digital Director

 

I’m UK Digital Director, which means I own our digital strategy for the UK business. Part of my focus has been to ensure that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is fully adopted by the company. BIM is an intelligent project delivery process to help us plan, design and build a wide range of projects. It’s fairly well established now and standardised in many sectors.

But there is so much digital potential beyond BIM. I’m now more focused on driving the adoption of other emergent technologies that will transform our industry. Things like smart city solutions, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, crypto currencies and the circular economy.

The heart of transformation: people

The challenge is the same in any organisation when you’re driving change: it’s about finding the right way to evolve the culture and engage the people in the organisation. The technology is there, the processes are there, now we need to change the way people work and ensure they’re enthusiastic about doing so.

Many people have a really positive approach to technology in their personal lives – we need to get them and others to bring this to work. It’s strange that at home we are happy to use devices for almost anything, streaming live content around the house, yet at work so many of us are still content to use paper-based documents.

I’m working closely with Sabine Schilleman who has been appointed to manage transformation from a people perspective across the globe. She’s doing a lot of work on how we as employees learn, and using that to change the way we work. We need to be more open to technology, more fluid and agile, and continually grow and adapt.

The potential is immense

It’s also about driving awareness. There’s lots of positive work going on which is now widely shared internally on our intranet and Yammer. I’m identifying people that actively want change and am supporting them in trying out new technology with their projects and clients. By sharing these new developments we can demonstrate their value and overcome people’s concerns about cost, or complexity, or whatever is holding them back.

Our industry is at an early stage in its digital journey, yet we’re ripe to start driving and adopting the new innovations. BIM and other processes mean that we have access to more information than ever – machines can help us process it much better to gain more insight, and that means we can deliver much better value to clients.

Why I chose Royal HaskoningDHV

I really like the company’s vision. There is a real appetite for change and to push forward. The organisation has a highly positive attitude and openness towards expanding its skills – whether it’s through acquisition, hiring new people or upskilling our incredible staff.

We’re currently recruiting coders, programmers, user interface designers and more. Royal HaskoningDHV is expanding beyond engineering and into new, related services that will engage clients in a modern, immersive way and drive major benefits for society.