Arcadis has acquired software and analytics firm Seams in its latest move to digitise its business.
Chief executive Alan Brookes said Arcadis UK is “rapidly accelerating the digitisation of [the] entire business” and that the industry needs to move forward more quickly to meet demands.
Seams uses data and predictive analytics to monitor performance and advise on resilience, and the acquisition will benefit Arcadis’ work with water companies, energy providers and infrastructure operators, it said.
It will be able to offer utilities and infrastructure providers quicker, more detailed analysis, which will reduce business risk at a lower cost, Arcadis said.
Brookes said: “The utilities and infrastructure sectors are some of the last to be digitally disrupted and if we’re to meet future consumer and client demands, our industry needs to move forward quickly.
“At Arcadis this is our key priority and we are rapidly accelerating the digitisation of our entire business for the benefit of our clients and to improve quality of life for their customers.
“While the volume of data is growing exponentially, the real value lies in our ability to interpret and understand how to use it to deliver valued benefits.
“This is where the Seams team comes in. Working with our new colleagues to combine our expert industry views with increasingly data-driven insights will ultimately enhance the level of sophistication we are bringing to our clients, helping them to improve their operations and make things better for those that rely on their services.”
Sheffield-based Seams was established in 2002 and employs 45 people, which will bring Arcadis’ data analytics and predictive analytics staff to 200 people around the UK.
Seams managing director Mark Engelhardt said: “The global demand for advanced analytics is at a major tipping point and the acquisition by Arcadis not only affords excellent career stability and development for our staff, but also presents the perfect strategic opportunity to propel both companies forward into their next stage of growth.”