Design and engineering consultancy Sweco UK has bolstered its transport planning offering with the appointment of two new directors to its transport modelling and appraisal team.
Wei Wang has joined from Atkins as a technical director, bringing more than 25 years of sector experience working in the UK and abroad, while Ben Nicholass has joined from Jacobs as technical director.
Claire Carr, director, transport planning at Sweco, said: ‘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.’
At Atkins, Mr Wang 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.
He specialises in highway and public transport model development, demand model application and statistic data analytics and visualisation. He also holds expertise in emerging technologies, and has developed prototypes in the transport planning sector by applying the latest deep learning algorithms.
Sweco said he is working collaboratively with experts across its offices in the UK and Europe to grow the business in digitisation, intelligent mobility, big data and AI technology.
Mr Nicholass has 15 years’ experience in transport planning. This includes leading the development and implementation of the transport modelling for each phase of 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, Mr Nicholass will hold a business development and project delivery role, with a focus on major public sector initiatives.
Both men 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. It 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.
Sweco said the new hires follow a number of key contract wins in its transport division, including its appointment to Transport for West Midlands’ new three-year Strategic and Tactical Transport Modelling Services Framework.