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Aurecon appoints new Client Director for Transport in Victoria and South Australia

Scott has worked across Aurecon in a variety of technical and management roles

Scott has played key roles on many large infrastructure projects in both Australia, Asia and Middle East

30 September 2019 – Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Scott Smith as Client Director – Transport for Victoria and South Australia to support development of integrated precincts that aim to reduce urban sprawl in the fast-growing region.

Scott has worked across Aurecon in a variety of technical and management roles since his career began as a Tunnel Engineer in 1999, most recently in Asia where he spent the past 10 years as Infrastructure Leader – Hong Kong and more recently Client Director for Infrastructure in Asia.

Scott will bring lessons learned from Asia regarding the prioritisation of transit oriented development hubs to advise cities such as Melbourne that are embracing projects including the Suburban Rail Loop.

Scott said: “In Hong Kong we look up rather than out because we have to and that forces us to think about places like train stations as being the centre of the community not just stops where you get on and off.

“Rather than building the station, the supporting infrastructure and the residential infrastructure in isolation, this all needs to be considered at the same time as part of a holistic precinct.”

Scott is excited to get to know not only Aurecon’s Victoria and South Australia state based clients but also their customers and clients, to ensure that the solutions Aurecon creates are tailored to user needs.

“It’s about being future ready. Understanding where the pressures are and how to manage them, looking in particular at digital engineering and how technology can assist with the lifecycle of a project from delivery to the asset management, operations and maintenance. These broader advisory skills are where Aurecon can really add value for our clients,” Scott said.

Scott’s technical background is in the design and design management of major tunnel, rail, road and other infrastructure projects. He is passionate about safety in construction, improving digital delivery and creating great client experiences.

Scott has played key roles on many large infrastructure projects in both Australia and Asia, including EastLink, Cross City Tunnel, Adelaide Desalination Plant, South Island Line and Express Rail Link in Hong Kong, as well as the Doha Metro Red Line project in the Middle East.

Managing Director for Infrastructure Ben Stapleton said Scott’s broad technical knowledge and global understanding of client needs would bring a different perspective to what our Australian clients are focusing on.

“What Scott has been doing for the past 10 years in Asia has been creating places that are designed as meeting points for the community, where people want to use the infrastructure because it’s convenient, cost effective and enjoyable,” Ben said.

“It’s that sense of user first that Scott will bring to our projects in Victoria and South Australia.

“Scott will work closely with our client leadership team and operational teams in Melbourne and Adelaide to continue to drive our technical excellence and ensure we provide outstanding client service.”

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