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​2010–2017: Climate change and urbanisation driving growth

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Digitalisation, climate change and urbanisation are among the global trends fuelling COWI’s continuous growth. Major project wins include the world's largest offshore wind farm, London Array in UK, and the Schenzhong link in China.

COWI can count itself as part of the world’s elite group in a considerable number of selected specialist areas. This position is cemented in 2014 through the acquisition of the British engineering firm Donaldson Associates Ltd., - one of the world's leading consultants in tunnel and underground engineering.

COWI uses this acquisition to bolster its international business for bridges, tunnels and marine structures (BTM). This is also recognised by the international engineering journal Engineering News-Record who in 2014 ranks COWI first in the world in bridge consultancy, third in solid waste, and fourth in harbor and marine structures.

Same year, COWI also purchases Apsilon, a Danish company specialising in railway signalling systems. Acquiring Apsilon consolidated its strong capabilities within railways.

In 2015, COWI acquires the Norwegian engineering firm Teknisk Data A/S (TDA), a company that specialises in the offshore wind energy sector and large bridges – another step to strengthen COWI’s position as a leading consultant in offshore windmill foundations, floating bridges and maritime projects.

In 2016, COWI acquires Bascon, one of Denmark's largest project management consulting companies with 130 experienced consultants. The acquisition is an important step in developing COWI's strategic services capabilities.

World’s largest offshore wind farm

Water depths of 25 metres and unstable soil mixtures are among the challenges facing the design team of the world's largest offshore wind farm, London Array, meeting the electricity needs of 750,000 homes in the UK.

The project is among the first to introduce a new design of grouted connections and improvements in the geotechnical calculations of soil structure interaction to allow for an optimised design, and COWI is in charge of detailed design in 2009-2010.

Complex infrastructure projects

COWI wins a range of complex infrastructure projects. One of them is the world's fourth longest suspension bridge, the Izmit Bay Bridge in Turkey, which opens in 2016. With a free span of 1550 metres between its pylons and a total length of almost three kilometres the bridge will contribute to reducing travel time from Istanbul to İzmir with up to six hours.

The Izmit Bay Bridge will be built in one of most seismically active areas in the world, which places additional demands on the bridge’s design.

Breaking down silos

New digital tools such as 3D, laser scanning and VR technology become a powerful driver in finding ways of delivering faster, cheaper and better quality in building projects – whether hospitals, airports, roads, railways or urban spaces.

The new technology breaks down specialised silos and enables stronger collaboration, innovation and better solutions.

Rising demand for sustainable solutions

Nature, the sharing economy and strong communities. Those are cornerstones of distinctive new urban development projects aimed at accommodating the flow of people into the major cities. COWI is the selected main consultant on several new urban areas such as Nye and Nærheden in Denmark, where fields are being developed right from scratch with modern, energy-efficient housing and easy access to shops, leisure activities, schools, nature and public transport.

Sharing things – such as cars, spare bedrooms, office workspaces and workshops – will be a key element reflecting a growing trend in especially the young generation – the Millennials aged 18-34, who don’t necessarily want to own material goods, and certainly not if this has a negative impact on the environment and sustainability. Instead, they embrace new business models such as Airbnb, which have made the sharing economy take off.

LAST UPDATED: 04.08.2017