“Firmly focused on the future and aware of the challenges, we are basing our commitment on three priorities: addressing the challenges of the ecological, climate and energy transition, overcoming the challenges of the digital transition, and pursuing our international development.

Michel Kahan, President of the setec group

 


Michel KahanIn 2020, setec group showed great resilience when the entire world was hit by a major crisis. All our teams sprang into action to stay in contact with our clients and partners and continue working on our projects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, who enabled us to maintain our business at 2019 levels overall. Of course, some sectors like aerospace, airports and hospitality were more impacted than others, but mutual support among our teams enabled many of our employees impacted by the crisis to be redeployed to other areas.

Our thoughts are with those who were affected and continue to be victims of the pandemic, as well as those around the world who the economic crisis has thrown into hardship across the world. This reinforces our idea of continually bringing more meaning to our actions and our projects.

 

In 2020, setec group companies continued to contribute together to some very fine projects. To name just a few, I will start with the EOLE (RER E extension) station under the CNIT building in La Défense, Paris. Being built in a very confined space 40 meters underground without disrupting local business activity, this new station presents a major challenge for setec group teams. Our work on the Grand Paris Express lines 14 South and 15 South is also making great strides forward.

Outside France, we are pursuing our design surveys for the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham, Europe’s most important infrastructure project this decade, on behalf of the Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall consortium. Designed to transport 30 million passengers, this network will boost the United Kingdom’s rail capacities. In Dakar, we are working on the TER, the first electric regional express train line in West Africa – an ambitious program with high-end equipment and cutting-edge technology.

These public-interest projects express the important role played by engineering in terms of surveys and building work, as well as the value brought to the local community.

 

And going forward, what is our commitment for the group? Firmly focused on the future and aware of the challenges, we are basing our commitment on three priorities: addressing the challenges of the ecological, climate and energy transition, overcoming the challenges of the digital transition, and pursuing our international development.

 

1. Addressing the challenges of the ecological, climate and energy transition

We are all responsible for our planet. Climate change is well underway and its consequences are now visible. Engineering companies have a role to play in facing this development and helping us build a world capable of mitigating the changes, adapting to them and shifting to a zero-carbon future. We are more aware than ever of these challenges and determined to take action. In fact, this is the reason for our Engineers & Citizens approach. It is designed for the long term with tangible action, thanks to our “challenges” or working groups focused on low-carbon design, decarbonized mobility, local resilience and employee skills development on these topics. I hope we will embrace these challenges, by applying all our engineering expertise.

 

 2 . Overcoming the challenges of the digital transition

With big data, artificial intelligence, connected objects, smart cities, machine learning and more, progress in digital technology is shaking up every sector of activity. We are pushing forward our professions determinedly, seizing these new opportunities to improve sustainability and make the best use of bridges and tunnels, infrastructures, buildings, mobility services and cities.

 

3. Pursuing our international development

Our ambition is to accelerate and consolidate our international growth by expanding our local operations in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In 2020, we reinforced our presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of Alpin, a company specialized in energy and environmental performance.

Our organization as expert, manageable-size companies free of excessive hierarchy, and our independence enable us to offer our employees the chance to express their talents and innovate to tackle the major transitions underway.

If this challenge inspires you, please join us!