A dependable and cohesive community: “We do not work in silos,” says Julie Indrelid, seen here with Øyvind Foyn and Roar Andersen.
“Many of our project managers will work on classified projects at some time in their careers. So it is important to instil security awareness into the team. This has raised awareness of security and the importance of making it an integral part of our early-phase work. I don’t think many people would doubt that this will only get more important in the coming years,” says Roar Andersen, security specialist and head of COWI's Centre for Risk-Reducing Design.
GATHERING EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES
Pure security qualifications are only a recent addition to the curriculum at educational institutions. Most people have picked up their experience in other sectors, particularly the more senior team members.
One of their newest colleagues in the team, Øyvind Foyn, came from the oil industry, with previous experience in land-based manufacturing. His technical knowledge and project management experience were very transferrable.
“The elements to be established are actually very similar, although the scope may differ. And here, all the disciplines are completely interwoven.”
He is now a project director with dedicated portfolio responsibility, where he monitors the projects within a particular sector. He is convinced that the composition of the team within the company is effective.
“The industry needs this fluidity and mix of skills. It challenges the way people around the table are thinking.”
SECURING BUILDINGS AND CITIES
The work ideally starts before the site and the building have been selected. When the team set out to assess the security needs, they start by assessing the customer’s assets. These assets are not necessarily physical or monetary; they are often associated with functions, explains Roar Andersen.
“People’s feeling of security and stability is an important asset in a democratic society. Unfortunately, threats cannot be eliminated, but protection and safeguards against existing and new-found threats can be broadly planned and implemented.”
When the assets have been identified, the location is next on the list. Is the property in a complex and crowded urban setting, in the middle of a deserted island or somewhere in between? In some cases, the building has to be moved if exposed areas or critical infrastructure are too close by.