Size of IS shop: 16
Mobile PCs: NA
Hand-held devices: 60
Total screens: 2240
Industry: Construction and engineering services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP, Toshiba
Server environment: HP, Windows 2003
Address: 29 Sir William Pickering Drive, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
For diversified roading, quarrying and civil construction sector contracting company Fulton Hogan, the biggest opportunities for growth this year are to be found in Australia. To that end, the focus of the IT department, headquartered in Christchurch, is on supporting those Australian opportunities.
The Australian IT arm reports to Jonathan Hooper, Fulton Hogan’s CIO based out of the Christchurch office. Both Australia and New Zealand operations see various aspects of their IT management and services outsourced — to Gen-i in New Zealand, and Datacom in Australia.
On 1 January of this year, Fulton Hogan officially “took the keys” to acquired pavement construction, maintenance and rehabilitation company Pioneer Road Services. “Fulton Hogan now has a broad footprint of services right across the whole of Australia and New Zealand,” says Hooper.
In a statement on the 50-50 joint venture acquisition with shareholder Shell Oil last year, managing director David Faulkner commented, “In New Zealand … we welcome the acceleration of roading projects and infrastructure expansion driven by the National government and providing work at a time when jobs are disappearing. Longer-term, New Zealand, like other countries, is addressing major deficits in energy, water and sewerage treatment work.”
According to Hooper, who has been with Fulton Hogan for two years following a move from Barfoot & Thompson as CIO, New Zealand is relatively isolated in regard to large scale and advanced technology and the skill sets to support it.
Fulton Hogan is continuing to source more and more from Australia as a result. The most rewarding aspect of his job? The “opportunity to partake in the management of such a large and diverse organisation”.