Herbert Els Heads WSP’s National Building Technology Systems Group

Herbert Els

Herbert Els has been appointed national leader of the Building Technology Systems (BTS) group at WSP, a global engineering and professional services organization.

In his new position, Mr. Els will manage delivery of IT design services for clients nationwide. WSP’s BTS group provides integrated technology design for smart buildings, including telecommunications systems, audio visual and acoustical, electronic safety and security systems, emergency communications including DAS, and network systems (WAN/LAN/WiFi/VOIP).

A WSP vice president, Mr. Els has managed the San Francisco office BTS team since joining the firm in 2012. He has 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of a wide range of technology systems and has conducted research into emerging trends, enabling his teams to introduce new concepts to meet clients’ evolving technology needs. He has designed technology systems for transit facilities, commercial buildings, educational and government facilities, hospitals, laboratories, museums and cultural facilities, and high rise residential complexes.

“Herbert not only helps clients implement technology solutions that satisfy their current needs, he also helps them anticipate and accommodate future trends and requirements,” said David Cooper, president of WSP’s US buildings practice and the region’s chief commercial officer. “Whether it be a converged communications platform between all intelligent building systems or a location aware beacon network to help occupants interface with the facility they are in, Herbert’s leadership has ensured our clients realize great value from their investment in building technology.”

A registered communications distribution designer (RCDD) and Cisco certified network associate (CCNA), Mr. Els received a BS degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

WSP provides industry-leading building engineering services within the USA including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering; commissioning; high-performance sustainable design; lighting design; building technology engineering; building enclosure engineering; and structural steel detailing services across a wide variety of sectors from 16 locations nationwide. Globally, WSP has combined with Parsons Brinckerhoff and provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and its expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to developing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting natural resources. It has approximately 31,000 employees based in 500 offices in 39 countries on five continents. www.wspgroup.com/usa