Location no barrier to connecting people and expertise

August 04, 2020
  • Engineering design
  • Innovation
  • Project

Clinton Lourens has always been a wanderer. He grew up in South Africa and his career has taken him from the United Kingdom to Europe, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Australia – and he is now based in Singapore.

Clinton recently joined Leighton Asia, a member of the CIMIC Group, as the Head of Engineering for South East Asia. 

He takes up the role following five years with EIC Activities, also a member of the CIMIC Group. While at EIC Activities, Clinton supported Leighton Asia from his base in Brisbane, working with teams across multiple time zones and countries.

In his position at Leighton Asia, Clinton supports tenders and projects in Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, and provides engineering training and development to staff in these countries.

“What attracted me to the role was the chance to help Leighton Asia to expand and grow in local markets,” said Clinton.

“One of the key things I’ve learned from EIC Activities is that there are endless possibilities for innovative engineering solutions to increase the success rate of tenders and generate positive outcomes for projects. It is a mindset of innovation and improvement that I want to bring into all projects I work on.”

“A big part of Clinton’s role is connecting people, projects and expertise. He is able to leverage his knowledge of capabilities and experience within EIC Activities as well as his experience working with a variety of project teams across CIMIC Group to transfer information and connections,” Geoff Sewell, EIC Activities Acting Managing Director.  

Collaboration improving outcomes

The largest project Clinton is currently working on is the Contract N103 North South Transportation Corridor project in Singapore, a project he also supported through the tender phase during his time at EIC Activities.  

The A$540 million cut and cover tunnel project was awarded to Leighton Asia in 2018 by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority.

“When we were working on the tender, the team identified multiple opportunities to refine the design to improve outcomes,” said Clinton.

One such initiative was modifying the diaphragm walls, tunnel roof and base slab. Small changes on items that formed the bulk of the project scope allowed for significant savings and improved outcomes. 

“When you’re doing projects of this size, making sure the design is structurally efficient can make a huge difference to construction costs, time and safety,” said Clinton.

Find out more about the North South Transportation Corridor project

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Clinton Lourens
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