Having been in business in the GCC region for more than 50 years, KEO International Consultants has established a reputation as being an end-to-end specialist in creating the built environment, through its innovative spirit when it comes to adopting and incorporating construction technology. Through its allied specialist firms: InSite (for planning, urban design and landscape architecture); and C-Quest (quantity surveying), the consultancy has become known as a pioneer in the use of BIM software, including the latest iteration of the technology, BIM360.
With projects across 11 international markets, the company has contributed to many ambitious projects around the world, and as a globally ranked firm, it has offices in seven different countries and draws on the expertise of professionals from more than 60 nations. As such, the concept of working remotely from anywhere on the planet has become almost commonplace across the organisation.
Not only has the firm been able to deliver projects that have been meticulously designed and planned, utilising BIM360, but its implementation of a digital strategy has empowered its workforce to adopt working remotely as a matter of course.
“Over the last few years, KEO’s IT Digital Strategy pivoted towards a simple goal – empower our digital worker to be able to securely and effectively collaborate and communicate anytime, anywhere, on any device, within or outside the KEO organisational boundaries,” says Damir Jaksic, Chief Information Officer at KEO International Consultants.
As a result of this far-sighted digital strategy, the company has been better placed than most when governments the world over ordered people to go into lockdown and to work from home. While other consultancies have had to scramble to set up networks and systems to ensure their employees could continue to operate productively, Jaksic says that KEO found the transition to be almost seamless.
“A number of solutions have been in place to facilitate this arrangement, which has seen our capabilities to deliver for our clients practically unaffected by the current situation.”