Over the past year, numerous international firms have acquired or merged with a number of big Australian design and construction companies. This tells us we have the attention of the world market (in a good way) and therefore our businesses, the research undertaken and our service offerings, need to be structured such that it is relevant on the world stage as well as the Australian market. Access to thinking and expertise in markets outside our own is vital for remaining relevant in an age where the global reach of business (including new competitors) is ever expanding.