23 Oct 2020

To strengthen its digital transformation capabilities, Royal HaskoningDHV has acquired Novius. Novius is a Netherlands-based management consultancy firm specialised in strategic business transformation.

Global developments, such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, require public and private sector to act faster, accelerate digitisation and become more adaptive. In addition, digital technology and new business models are disrupting the built environment. Human and physical worlds are becoming more and more digitally connected, resulting in digital twins of the assets, processes and systems. The right utilisation of data and emerging technologies have become critical success factors for a sustainable future.

To support organisations with their digital transformation, the complementary capabilities of Novius and Royal HaskoningDHV result in a comprehensive portfolio of services.

Novius brings 25 years of experience in business and digital transformation and a strong track record in the public and private sector based on its renowned methodologies like the Business Transformation and Enterprise Architecture frameworks. Novius focuses on innovating and reshaping organisations and translating strategy to execution. Its client base includes Dutch organisations like Schiphol, Rabobank, City of Tilburg, AEGON, NS, ProRail and water authorities.

Royal HaskoningDHV brings almost 140 years of deep engineering and tech knowledge and more than 25 years of digital capabilities like data science, predictive simulation and software development. The recently launched Royal HaskoningDHV Digital with its portfolio of consultancy and software solutions, supports clients in sectors such as water, industry and mobility in the optimisation of their operations through digital transformation.

Novius will become part of Royal HaskoningDHV Digital. Together they will unite over 250 digital experts.

Royal HaskoningDHV CEO Erik Oostwegel: “We are excited to welcome the Novius team with their expertise in enterprise architecture and digital transformation. Together we will be able to guide clients to navigate through and lead in a complex, volatile and rapidly changing world. Not only focussing on our domain of the built environment, but also by supporting organisations to develop new strategies and transform to stay relevant.”

Novius founder Marc Beijen: “We are really looking forward to becoming part of Royal HaskoningDHV. Our strong reputation, the combination of our propositions and proven methods with domain knowledge and a worldwide network, create a unique position in the market. By acting jointly, we increase our strength and impact in the field of digital transformation, so that we can support organisations even better in developing a sustainable business strategy and future-proof operation.

No financial details about the acquisition are disclosed.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s digital transformation

Since launching its new strategy in 2017 with a clear focus on data and digital, Royal HaskoningDHV has been introducing new digital ways of working, new digital services and is co-creating with clients, start-ups, strategic partners and acquisitions for solutions with real impact. Acquisitions include data science company Ynformed, hybrid software & consultancy firm Lanner and flood-related digital services company Ambiental

September 2020 Royal HaskoningDHV took the next step in its digital strategy by launching Royal HaskoningDHV Digital to deliver digital consultancy and software solutions. Royal HaskoningDHV Digital includes the abovementioned acquisitions and provides proprietary software such as Aquasuite and Flowtack.

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