Royal HaskoningDHV to ‘strengthen its predictive simulation capabilities’ (Warning: more technical language to follow)

ENGINEERING and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has acquired Lanner, a UK-based hybrid software and consultancy firm specialising in predictive simulation for industrial clients. Lanner’s simulation software (WITNESS) connects physical assets, processes and resources into a single digital model that delivers actionable insights to make business operations and supply chains more resilient and efficient.

The acquisition supports Royal HaskoningDHV’s strategy to offer services in which its extensive engineering and consultancy knowledge is combined with data-driven and technology-based solutions.

Royal HaskoningDHV CEO Erik Oostwegel said, “Today’s rapidly changing business environment requires organisations to be able to quickly adapt and act. Simulation is the most cost-effective way to assess ‘what if’ scenarios of business process changes. Predictive simulation helps to make fact-based investment decisions, improve operational efficiency and embrace Industry 4.0. It allows us to better support our clients on business questions such as ‘what happens if we expand our production capacity’, or ‘what would be the best Industry 4.0 investment for our specific situation’.”

“We are pleased to welcome the experts of Lanner and their proven technology. By combining our extensive engineering and consultancy knowledge with data-driven and technology-based solutions, we are able to better advise and support our clients to run a sustainable business.”

No financial details about the acquisition are disclosed but it all sounds very impressive, especially the Industry 4.0 bit. Royal HaskoningDHV’s Peterborough office is its UK headquarters, housing 150 of its 500 UK employees. It’s in Bretton, between the dentist and the vet’s.