Royal HaskoningDHV Acquires Simulation Specialist


Consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) has announced the acquisition of Lanner, a software specialist in predictive simulation for industrial clients.

According to RHDHV, Lanner’s simulation software – “WITNESS” – connects physical assets, processes and resources into a single digital model, offering insights that can make business operations and supply chains more efficient.

The acquisition is part of RHDHV’s digital strategy to focus on data-driven services and technology-based solutions.

Lanner’s predictive software is also expected to strengthen RHDHV’s “digital twin” offering by providing optimisation capabilities and scenario management functionality.

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Combined with RHDHV’s broader digital capabilities, clients can be supported with a predictive digital twin that highlights the optimum balance between customer service levels and operational costs.

Erik Oostwegel, CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV, commented: “Today’s rapidly changing business environment requires organisations to be able to quickly adapt and act.



“Simulation is the most cost-effective way to assess ‘what if’ scenarios of business process changes. Predictive simulation helps to make fact-based investment decisions, improve operational efficiency and embrace Industry 4.0.”

“It allows us to better support our clients on business questions such as ‘what happens if we expand our production capacity’, or ‘what would be the best Industry 4.0 investment for our specific situation’.”



David Jones, Lanner CEO, added: “I am very excited by this teaming with Royal HaskoningDHV for all Lanner employees, our customers and partners as it allows Lanner to strengthen its position as the leading simulation company driving real and deliverable Industry 4.0 certainty and success.

“Being part of the Royal HaskoningDHV family will provide greater technology and market access, accelerating our vision and business strategy of delivering predictive digital twin technology and applications that future proof our customer’s decision making.”

Having acquired Lanner, RHDHV now aims to strengthen its market position in the UK, especially within the country’s maritime sector.

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