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Specialist technical services

We deliver solutions to today’s challenges by fostering unmatched technical skills.

Worldwide, organisations must adapt to unparalleled economic, social and technological change. There is more pressure than ever to deliver more from less, of higher quality, more quickly.

Arup’s technical specialists have deep expertise and ingenuity; they share an inventive, joined-up approach and thrive on problem-solving. We don’t rest until we find the best possible solutions to our clients’ challenges.

For each challenge, we define ‘best’ as the right combination of quality, economy, innovation and efficiency to meet our client’s individual business needs.

At Arup, specialists aren’t confined to the ‘back room’. We are leaders in our fields, and are deeply engaged with our professional and social communities. For clients, our specialists bring not only a tight focus to niche problems, but they can also pool expertise in new ways to develop highly original, improved responses to complex multifaceted situations.

High performance and low risk

Arup understands that businesses must build and maintain their assets, and run their operations to make them leaner and more resilient to hazards and change.

Our advanced technologyresearch and software development teams challenge the conventional, producing new ideas, technologies and software solutions for better and more efficient performance.

Arup applies its world-class skills in resilience, security and risk, fire, wind, seismic engineeringgeotechnics and hydrogeology to better manage the risks associated with natural and man-made hazards, and to develop high-performance solutions for clients worldwide.

Our teams include leading thinkers in materials science, building physicsfluid dynamics and façade engineering. They engineer new systems that make our built environment more energy-efficient, durable, comfortable and affordable.

Design to improve and delight

Arup’s technical specialists craft solutions that make the transformative technological changes that improve our lifestyles.

Our specialists in audio visual and multimediaIT and communications systems and building information modelling work with technology in ways that change everyday life: how we collaborate at work, use transport, and even how we experience sport.

Arup’s acoustic consultantslighting and product designers work to make buildings and infrastructure of outstanding sensory quality. Together with Arup’s theatre consultants they collaborate with architects, arts institutions and artists to create inspiring spaces and experiences.

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Global contact

  • Jim Quiter

    Jim Quiter

    Global Specialist Technical Services Practice Chair

    Your best solution to date?

    The Stratosphere Tower.

    Why is it significant?

    It was about the first major structure to use elevators as a primary egress method. Though done in the early 1990’s, the methods used set the standard for those still being used today.

    Your particular skill?

    Creative exiting solutions, innovative smoke control methods.


    Getting creative teams of people together to come up with answers that we couldn’t have reached individually.

    Why Arup?

    It is full of creative people, and gives them the space to do what they do best.

    Anything else?

    Fellow in SFPE, Past-President of SFPE, Chairman of NFPA Building Code Committee, National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, Chair NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee.

  • Global Specialist Technical Services Practice Chair
  • Alan Belfield

    Alan Belfield

    Global Consulting Practice Chair

    Your best solution to date?

    Advising on the acquisition of MG Rover's assets by Nanjing Automotive Co.

    Why is it significant?

    This was the first time we joined our business skills with our technical skills at an international level. We were daily in the media in the UK and in China and had to deal with local and central government officials, union leaders, administrators, financial advisors as well as all the MG Rover and NAC management. And most importantly we were successful.

    Your particular skill?

    New product development; negotiating.


    Joining the skills of Arup together to solve client's problems.

    Why Arup?

    Working with the best gives me a buzz.

  • Global Consulting Practice Chair

Explore our work

Project: Nytt Operahus

Striking a balance between the clarity of the sung words and the reverberation of orchestral music.

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Dubai Airport, Emirates terminal three, terminal building.

Project: Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai Airport

Terminal 3 is the world’s largest terminal building.

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Melbourne Recital Centre. Image credit Phillip Hyatt.

Project: Melbourne Recital Centre

The highest quality integrated acoustic and theatre design.

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