Q&A with our Digital Tech Heads

Innovation is one of our core values and it's also one of the key drivers of our business strategy. As a company we have a long history of being early adopters, challenging the norm, being at the forefront on industry developments. This has benefited the business, our people and our clients for 100 years.

Our strategy and value of innovation is no better demonstrated than through the continued implementation of our Digital Enterprise Strategy (DES).

Across all facets of our business, our DES integrates visual information and data, leading to better understanding, communication and collaboration. This also means higher quality outcomes and lower risk: essentials for all our clients. More than any other technology, the informed collection and use of data, including through the use of BIM and Virtual Design Construction (VDC) tools, will play a critical role in bringing our industry to life.

At Hansen Yuncken, we are armed with a forward-thinking workforce who pioneer change across our business, Montanna and William are two Digital Site Engineers on our Inner Sydney High School Project who play a key role in implementing and utilising our smart tech on a daily basis.

How do you feel Hansen Yuncken scores from the perspective of a young student coming into the industry?

Montanna: I think Hansen Yuncken has really paved the way for all the other construction companies in this space. They have provided the younger generations with the opportunity to prove to the older generations how beneficial technology can be and the various ways it can be utilised on projects. Through this, we are also are given the chance to implement all the skills we are taught in University.

How are you finding the cross-filtration of information with the older generations who are used to the more traditional work methods?

William: The older generations can provide you with a wealth knowledge backed by years of experience, so spending time with them on site is invaluable. When you’re at your desk, you’re seeing a model whereas you head out on site and you are given the chance to really leverage the knowledge these guys have of the project and the industry. They ask if the scans and models can be adopted in ways to assist them with their workload, which provides you with insight into the needs for this technology on the ground.

Montanna: I think Hansen Yuncken has bridged the gap between generations really well. We have the older generations who bring a multitude of industry knowledge, working alongside the younger generations with knowledge of technology and have brought them together in a way that allows us all to learn from each other – we’re there if they need us, and they’re there if we need them.

What are your thoughts on the way Hansen Yuncken utilises data?

William: I think we are leading the field in the construction industry in this area – especially in Australia. HYway and the overall collation of data across our business is extremely powerful and benefits all stakeholders. It also means that we are working and reporting in the same way.

How do Hansen Yuncken share knowledge and lessons learnt across projects?

Montanna: In a BIM space, we are using these technologies to create a process that we can apply to all sites. This in turn allows us to reimplement workflows and retain information on all our projects. We learn as we go, and we would like to try to take all our knowledge from project to project so it will eventually be implemented across the board.

As a young engineer, what attracted you to the business?

William: Knowing that Hansen Yuncken are really trying to embrace innovation and capture this University level of education that UTS is putting out was a big one. It helps knowing that HY sees the younger generations as a resource. It’s also helpful having the support of everyone in Head Office, but also being able to go out on site and see the real thing.