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“I’m always learning new things from younger colleagues”

Steven CunninghamHead of Engineering and Project Management at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, outlines ambitions for 2024 and beyond.

Steve Cunningham, head of engineering and project management at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland

With a wealth of experience in many facets of the business including estimating, trade, sales, and project management, Cunningham is now responsible for the design function of the business.

“As we look ahead to our ambitions for 2024, customer engagement is a key business driver for us, as well as ensuring a smooth operation from the design to stage all the way through to manufacture and delivery," he says. 

“The experience I have gained from my various roles in the business has given me a greater understanding, allowing me to see things from many different stakeholder’s perspectives – both customers and internally – to be able to improve processes and the quality of our offering."

BIM benefits and team building

The company’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) application, Openings Studio™, remains a key focus, with Cunningham keen to promote the benefits of the platform.

“Openings Studio™ integrates with design software to create and visualise openings for complete door, frame and hardware schedules and specifications.

“This enables seamless extraction of door design intent and all relevant interfaces to assist fabricators to develop complete door requirements that meet building regulations.”

In addition to solutions such as Openings Studio™, Cunningham believes great people are at the heart of the company’s success. 

He adds: “We’re keen to develop staff, grow the design function, and increase collaboration across departments. We have a very capable design team with different age ranges, some with many valuable years of experience and some newer team members.

“This blend helps vastly when it comes to innovation, and I’m always learning new things from younger colleagues and looking at ways we can improve and do things better.  

“Teamwork is crucial to reach our goals and exceed all expectations, and we are confident we have to tools in place to make 2024 a year to be proud of.”

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