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Celebrating 25 Years in Business

1 February 2022

25-years ago, on the 23rd of January 1997, BCA Logic’s doors officially opened in a small office in Chatswood. Initially a three-person start-up, the company has grown to close to 50 employees and recently joined an international fire engineering and code compliance firm, Jensen Hughes. While our services and expertise have expanded over the past 25 years, our commitment to technical excellence and exceptional client service remains the same. 

Throughout our 25 years in business, we have faced several challenges including the Global Financial crisis, various legislation changes, the insurance crisis, and most recently the global pandemic. However, our flexible and adaptable approach has seen us successfully navigate through these challenges, and as a result we have been able to expand our solution offerings, broaden our project experience across a number of sectors, grow our team of professionals, acquire a fire engineering firm, and most recently join the global leader in fire engineering and code compliance, Jensen Hughes.  

Amongst all these changes, one thing has remained constant – our core values. Integrity, accountability, people, and performance have formed the foundations of our company for the past 25 years, and will continue to steer the company, our people, and our decisions as we continue to grow. 

BCA Logic founders, Stuart Boyce and Allan Harriman, look back on some of the highlights of the past 25 years and provide insight on where they see the future of the company with Jensen Hughes

When you both started the company, what was your vision for its direction? 

SB: 

When we started the business, I saw a natural progression from a Council style Building Surveying role to a specialist Building Surveying role tailoring to the more complex and bespoke style buildings. With the changes in legislation circa 1997-1998, the competencies rested on the qualifications of the individual and not necessarily those of an established company. I recognised a great opportunity to start BCA Logic and use our personal qualifications, experience and skill sets to meet the growing demands arising from the complexities in the constantly evolving Legislation and partner with our clients to help them overcome the challenges they faced.

AH:

When we started the company, I certainly didn’t have any preconceived ideas about our growth or diversity. We started as a niche consultancy specialising in BCA and Fire Engineering and this was the direction we followed which has been successful. The aim was to be specialists in the field while remaining agile and adaptive in the market.

By being agile and adaptive we have added many other service lines including Access, Energy, and specialist fire stopping inspections which were a natural progression for the company.

Can you describe one of your more memorable projects and what made it interesting? 

SB: 

Over the years our business has been involved in significant landmark buildings ranging from Imax Theatres, large entertainment venues to large infrastructure projects. The most challenging and rewarding projects to me personally are the large infrastructure projects – two of which include the Light Rail from Central to Dulwich Hill, and more recently the Light Rail from Circular Quay to Randwick / Kingsford. Those challenges faced include liaising with multi-tiered Government Agencies and major construction companies, and working with multiple Legislative provisions. It’s certainly a rewarding experience and significant achievement at the completion of such projects. 

AH:

Being part of the Sydney Olympic projects are definitely the most memorable and enjoyable for me. From 1997- 2000 it was a busy time with many one-off projects, but it also introduced a different approvals mechanism with all designs being peer reviewed by another group of consultants. 

Fire safety engineering was a new discipline at that time and extensively used on most buildings. 

The engineering wasn’t just limited to the building but the precinct and covered spectator assembly, crowd control and precinct evacuation. 

The Olympic Projects were a great experience and a good launch for fire safety engineering. 

The industry is constantly changing. Can you give an example of where you have been involved in that change?

SB:

I have always worked closely with our customers to assess their specific needs and seek to provide a service that brings a leading-edge level of consultancy. One such area is that of Passive Fire. Prior to any legislative changes we were actively advocating bounding construction and passive fire consultancy services. This gave our larger construction client’s access to constantly evolving passive fire testing methods and enabled a higher standard of construction that previously didn’t exist in the industry. This has also allowed us to work closely with passive fire supply companies in developing new products and testing methodology that satisfies the actual on-site situations and scenarios faced by construction companies. We are now actively working with many of other customers, not just the large construction companies to provide these Passive Fire services and the uptake has been amazing. It is very compelling to use our services to reduce defects and reducing work retrospectively at the end of a project.    

AH:

Since 1997 I have served on industry institutes and associations and various Government committees and still do.

Serving on these committees was focused on the promotion of our industry and having input into developing better regulations.

I am currently an adjunct fellow at Western Sydney University and chair the external advisory board which provides industry input into bush fire, building surveying, and fire safety engineering post graduate qualifications. This is a role I enjoy as it assists the university in assuring the courses are current and reflect industry changes and new Legislation.

What are the significant changes you have seen in building consulting in the past 25 years?

SB:

The type of consulting services that we originally provided in our early years was basic Building Code reporting. This high-level style reporting has now given way to very detailed Building Code and Legislative Clause related advice and assistance.

The level of detailed analysis we are now involved in has to a certain extent been driven by Legislative change which has allowed us to develop a greater in-depth understanding and knowledge base of what is very specific building compliance Legislation.

Being involved in a highly regulated industry requires constant evolution in knowledge and using our extensive industry experience in a manner to satisfy the ongoing appetite of our large customer base.

What are the significant changes you have seen in Legislation in the past 25 years?

AH:

There has been significant changes in the Legislation including:

  • Introduction of private certification, including fire safety engineering, in 1998
  • Energy Efficiency and BASIX in 2004 and 2005
  • Mandatory inspections by the PCA (2004)
  • Premises Standards for access in 2011
  • Move to full design documentation prior to obtaining construction certificate under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020
  • Certification of the project to the BCA by the builder in 2021
  • Greater accountability for all designers and builders.

The above are only a few of the major changes, but as can be seen the Legislation is dynamic and constantly evolving and part of my role is to review the changes and advise our clients of the changes and how we can assist.

Where do you see the future of the company with Jensen Hughes over the next few years?

SB:

Aligning our organisation with the Jensen Hughes Global family enables our clients a large resource pool of knowledge and information that we can draw from. Partnering with the world leader Jensen Hughes will fast track our growth trajectory geographically throughout the Australian region to bring our professional services to a larger Australia-wide customer base.

Partnering with Jensen Hughes enables an expanded level of diversified services and continues to fulfill our aim of providing a One Stop Shop for Regulated Consultancy Services in the Construction and Fire Safety Sector.

AH:

By becoming part of a global organisation there is a great opportunity to leverage resources and knowledge from around the world to provide better outcomes for our clients and to provide uniform services to global clients.

Joining the Jensen Hughes family provides a greater choice of career pathways and opportunities for our staff. Having access to the global resources of Jensen Hughes also results in better training and specialist knowledge opportunities to assist with their personal development.

If you are interested in hearing more about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9411 5360 or at info@bcalogic.com.au.