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 13 bn (€ 1,75 bn) in Denmark. The building, construction and infrastructure sectors account for well over half of that amount, and the remainder derives primarily from the environmental and energy sectors.
FRI member firms provide independent consulting services on market terms. FRI represents the majority of businesses in the industry. FRI member firms employ approximately 12,600 staff in Denmark and approximately 13,200 abroad.
It is FRI's aim 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 12,600 staff in Denmark, about 7,100 are engineers while another 1,800 hold degrees in other subject fields. The consulting engineering industry represents considerable potential and contributes significantly to the technological development, not only professionally but also geographically with its 315 member firms and approximately 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 six regular committees in order to ensure that FRI's activities and attitudes are reflecting the members' interests and priorities.
In addition, FRI has a steering group that coordinates activities for Young Professionals across FRI member firms.
Read more about the consultancy and engineering industry in Denmark and the Nordic countries, in the annual Sector Review, which is a compilation of information on the architectural, engineering consultancy and industrial consultancy sectors in Sweden, the Nordic countries and Europe.