The European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA), Brussels, Belgium, has elected Jan Bosschem as president-elect. He is CEO of Grontmij Belgium, a unit of Grontmij N.V., an engineering firm in The Netherlands that says it is Europe’s fourth largest. EFCA represents 26 member groups in Europe and Turkey. Bosschem will succeed Panos Panagopoulos in May 2011. EFCA elected José Luis Gonz�lez Vallvé as president of Tecniberia, a Spain-based engineers’ group, and Victor Carneiro as president of APPC, a similar group in Portugal; both will serve three-year terms as board members. EFCA signed on May 27 a cooperation pact with FIDIC, the Geneva, Switzerland-based global engineering federation, to become its European representative.
Arup Group Ltd., the London design firm, says its global infrastructure practice, chaired by David Singleton since 2004, is relocating to Melbourne, Australia. It employs 2,800 employees and accounted for $480 million in company revenue last year. The practice includes Arup’s work in sectors including energy, waste, water and transportation. Also, Arup said on June 22 that the U.K. government has named Terry Hill, leader of the firm’s global transport practice, to chair a steering group to investigate ways of reducing civil engineering costs on major public infrastructure projects.