oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Consulting engineering services
Can consultant engineers provide competitive solutions for innovative small firms? This was one of the questions addressed by a study carried out by the European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS) in 1994. The resulting report answers this question by citing an Italian company: 'We use professional consulting engineering services whenever our forces are unavailable in quantitative or qualitative terms because it is the most effective solution for supporting our own internal engineering structure.' Data on the consulting engineering services (CES) sector is poor, a problem the EIMS study set out to address. It found, for example, that the market for CES grew at double digit rates in the 1980s and early 1990s, and by 1992 had reached over 50 billion ECU for the then 12 EU member states.
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