FRI at a glance
FRI (the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers) is a trade association of Danish consulting firms providing consulting services, planning and project management primarily on a technical-scientific basis. In addition, member firms provide services in economic as well as non-technical fields.
Total turnover in the industry amounts to approximately DKK 11 bn (€ 1,5 bn) in Denmark. The building and construction sector accounts for well over half of that amount, and the remainder derives primarily from the environmental, energy and IT sectors.
FRI's member firms provide independent consulting services on market terms. FRI represents the majority of businesses in the industry. FRI's member firms employ more than 12,000 people in Denmark and more than 9,000 abroad.
It is FRI's object to support its member firms by contributing to the improvement of the members' general business and working conditions and to raising the profile of the industry and its recognition in general, nationally as well as internationally.
FRI is a business and market oriented organisation. FRI has strong relations to public authorities and other partners, and FRI is often consulted in matters relating to the preparation of legislation, which affects the market conditions of the industry.
Both as individual consultants from major consulting firms and as representatives of the industry, consultants actively participate in various committees appointed by for instance the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss important issues relating to the general conditions of the industry, training and education, and development projects.
Of the 12,000 employees in Denmark in FRI's member firms, about 6,300 are engineers while another 1,600 employees hold degrees in other subject fields. The industry represents considerable potential and contributes significantly to the technological development, not only professionally but also geographically with its approximately 396 member firms and 500 offices forming a nation-wide technological infrastructure.
FRI member firms work to turn technological know-how into practical solutions and projects. Consequently, they form part of a chain to transform new knowledge into commercial use.
FRI has four regular committees in order to ensure that FRI's activities and attitudes are reflecting the members' interests and priorities.