May 17, 2020

Waldeck Consulting to create an alternate reality at Multimodal 2016

Waldeck Consulting
Building Information Modelling
Project Lifecycle Management
Nye Longman
1 min
Waldeck Consulting to create an alternate reality at Multimodal 2016
Waldeck Consulting will give Multimodal 2016 delegates a direct glimpse into the future by using cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) to bring its engine...

Waldeck Consulting will give Multimodal 2016 delegates a direct glimpse into the future by using cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) to bring its engineering projects to life.

Delegates will be walked through detailed animations of complex facilities at the swipe of a smartphone, along sections of the exhibit.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) based Project Lifecycle Management specialists will demonstrate how BIM, can offer huge benefits to the logistics sector through efficient facilities management and maintenance.

This year will be Waldeck Consulting’s third time bringing the latest technologies to Multimodal, building on the success of the past two years.

Sue Wright, Deputy Managing Director at Waldeck Consulting, said: “Multimodal is a fantastic platform to showcase the incredible interactive capabilities of BIM, and we are excited to share the very latest in augmented reality with delegates.

“BIM based solutions add value and assurance for the building of warehouses, distribution centres and numerous other assets within the transport and logistics sector. However, many businesses are not yet aware of the technology available and how it can benefit their capital investments.”

Visit stand 1151 to meet the Waldeck team and discuss their market-leading BIM based digital asset engineering, project lifecycle solutions and technical assurance capabilities.

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Jun 10, 2021

Will Public Procurement Budgets Increase in 2021?

3 min
Often overlooked, government procurement professionals will play a critical role in helping communities, and local businesses recover from the pandemic

Procurement is more than just a private enterprise. COVID-19 reminded us that sourcing materials is an essential part of the government’s role. Throughout 2022, tiny departments sourced massive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and emergency vaccines and testing kits. Even non-procurement professionals were pulled into the fray, as frantic timelines demanded nothing less. 

According to Celeste Frye, co-founder and CEO of Public Works Partners, the crisis brought procurement to the attention of skilled employees who had never considered it. As non-procurement personnel stepped up to help their coworkers, many found that they’d stumbled upon a critical and rewarding job. “Existing public employees have seen the essential nature of the work”, Frye said. “[They’ve] gained some critical skills and possibly [grown] interested in pursuing procurement as a longer-term career”. 

Small, Local Suppliers Take Charge

Frye, whose firm helps organisations engage stakeholders and develop long-term procurement strategies, thinks it well worth the effort to open one’s mind to new opportunities. Cooperative contracts, for instance, can help public departments and municipalities save money, time, and effort. By joining together with other towns or cities in the region, public procurement teams aggregate their purchasing power and can drive better deals. 

These cooperative contracts have the added benefit of advancing equity. Smaller suppliers that struggle to compete with established firms for government contracts can act as subcontractors, helping big suppliers fulfil bits of the project. Once they get their foot in the door, small, local, and disadvantaged suppliers can then leverage that government relationship to take on additional projects. 

Especially as governments start to pay attention to procurement resilience, public procurement departments must expand their requests for proposals (RFPs) to take into account innovative solutions and diverse suppliers. According to Frye, Public Works Partners—a certified female-owned firm—has benefitted from local and state requirements that specify diversity. 

Post-Pandemic Funding Swells Procurement Budgets 

And the pandemic won’t be the end of it. City governments need to build sustainable energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, and recycling plants, ensure that masks and medicines are never in short supply, and source new technologies to keep up with cloud and cybersecurity concerns. 

Public procurement budgets will likely increase to match demand. As Peter Ware, Partner and Head of Government at Browne Jacobson, explained, “in a non-pandemic world, the [U.K.] government spends on average around £290 billion on outsourced services, goods, and works...anywhere between 10% and 14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Post-pandemic, city procurement will only increase as national governments provide local divisions with emergency funding.
And in truth, government employees might jump at the opportunity. Frye noted that public procurement could give immediate feedback on new programmes: “[Procurement] is where new laws and policies ‘hit the road’ and are implemented”, she said. “Professionals in these fields get the satisfaction of creating real change and seeing quantifiable outcomes of their work”.

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