Rail Specialist EAMS Arcadis

Arcadis buys EAMS to bolster digital offering

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Nicholas Fearn

The global property and design consultancy has acquired a majority stake in London-based rail specialist EAMS Group.

While Arcadis did not reveal any financial details, it said the deal boosts its digital expertise and underlines the progress of its innovation strategy.

Arcadis believes that combining its traditional design and consultation services with the asset management knowledge of EAMS Group will “solidify its position as a leading digitised and intelligent asset lifecycle business”.

The news comes as Arcadis took over software and data analytics specialist SEAMS – similar name, no relation – in January 2018, as well as the launch of its Digital Innovation Hub and the City of 2030 innovation accelerator last month.

Stephan Ritter, innovation and transformation executive at Arcadis Group, said: “Over one year ago, we expressed our ambition to become a digital frontrunner and an innovation leader in our industry by launching a far-reaching digital and innovation strategy. And we live up to our promises.”

Founded in 2006, London-based EAMS Group develops a range of digitally enabled and safety management frameworks and industry solutions. With offices in the UK, Europe and US, the firm caters for clients in the rail, transportation, aviation and infrastructure sectors.

Arcadis called EAMS’  “activities, geographic spread and customer portfolio” complimentary, saying they will strengthen its “ability to help organisations optimise and improve reliability, performance, efficiency and safety across the asset lifecycle”.

The Netherlands-headquartered firm confirmed to PlaceTech that EAMS Group will continue to operate as a standalone business, with it providing support in “scaling their capabilities and identifying opportunities”.

Andrew Evans, CEO of EAMS Group, said: “As part of Arcadis we will be able to provide our clients a stronger strategic partnership enabling the best of asset management, engineering and technology for their ongoing success and to improve their customers quality of life.”

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