Sweco Appoints Two Directors To Transport Planning Team
Design and engineering consultancy Sweco UK has bolstered its transport planning offering with the appointment of two new directors to its rapidly-growing transport modelling and appraisal team.
Wei Wang has joined Sweco as a technical director, bringing more than 25 years of sector experience working in the UK and abroad.
He joins from Atkins, where he contributed to projects including the development of the Department for Transport’s National Transport Model, Highways England’s South East Regional Traffic Model and the delivery of the Oxfordshire Multi-Modal Strategic Model for Oxfordshire County Council.
Wei specialises in highway and public transport model development, demand model application and statistic data analytics and visualisation. Wei holds expertise in emerging technologies, and has developed prototypes in the transport planning sector by applying the latest deep learning algorithms. He is working collaboratively with experts across Sweco offices in the UK and Europe to grow the business in digitisation, intelligent mobility, big data and AI technology.
Meanwhile, Ben Nicholass also joins as technical director from Jacobs.
Ben has 15 years’ experience in transport planning. This includes leading the development and implementation of the transport modelling for each phase of High Speed 2 (HS2), which supported the project’s business case submissions to the Department for Transport. He has also previously acted as a transport modeller for Transport for London (TfL) and as a highway modelling manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At Sweco, Ben will hold a business development and project delivery role, with a focus on major public sector initiatives.
Both Wei and Ben will be based in Sweco’s London office in its transport modelling and appraisal team, led by technical director Karl Jarvis.
Over the last three years, the team, which is based across Sweco’s offices in Solihull and London, has grown from two people to more than 20. The team is currently involved in a number of major projects across the UK, including the North Staffordshire Clean Air Zone, and updates to TfL’s Highways Assignment Model, which has seen Sweco colleagues in Sweden contribute their expertise in hosting large databases.
Claire Carr, Director, Transport Planning, Sweco, said: “Developing transport infrastructure is a key priority for many local authorities as they look to improve connectivity and enhance mobility, which serves to drive regional economic growth and boost productivity.
“Transport modelling has a central role to play in informing the design of effective, efficient transport solutions. Wei and Ben bring with them a wealth of skills and experience that will enhance the range of transport services we offer our clients, and further our project delivery capabilities as we continue to plan and design the cities and communities of the future.”
The new hires follow a number of key contract wins in Sweco’s transport division, including its appointment to Transport for West Midlands’ new three-year Strategic and Tactical Transport Modelling Services Framework. Sweco has won places on both tier one and tier two of the framework and will provide consultancy services to the authority to enhance how it specifies, procures and makes use of Strategic and Tactical Transport Modelling (STTM) tools. Sweco’s appointment to tier one will see its transport modelling experts join an advisory panel which will guide how transport and land-use modelling is advanced in the region, spearheading the development of new models and the continuous improvement of existing tools.
For the second year running, Sweco has been named as a top ten UK civil engineering firm in the annual NCE100 ranking of the top civil engineering firms, compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The business retained its sixth place position this year, having leapt 40 places in 2018.
Sweco currently employs 1,340 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 26 regional offices.