Chicago — Arup, a global multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, has joined with Chicago-based Aon Corp. in a strategic alliance that brings to the marketplace a pre- and post-loss consulting service that offers clients an independent, global catastrophic risk management solution.

The alliance increases the depth and breadth of Aon’s “Rapid Response,” a loss mitigation and claims advocacy service borne out of Aon’s experience following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005. In addition, it enables the creation of a pre-loss service aimed at preparing clients for catastrophic events, to be called “Rapid Response Engineered.”

Clients will further benefit from access to Arup’s catastrophic risk management consulting services, which include the development of long-term risk management solutions, site-specific risk assessment and financial/engineering analysis. These services complement many of Aon’s disciplines including natural catastrophe modeling, enterprise risk management, business continuity planning and property risk control.

“Aon is very excited to bring this worldwide alliance with Arup to our clients,” says Stephen Cross, chief executive officer of Aon Global Risk Consulting. “In times of crisis, this partnership will greatly assist in reducing the impact of loss to our clients. In addition to supporting and extending our existing Rapid Response service, it will enable us to bring a range of new resources from Arup to our valued Aon clients.”

As a global provider of multidisciplinary services for business and the built environment, Arup brings a comprehensive technical background built on decades of experience, having engineered some of the most complex structures in the world. This background provides a solid foundation to its consulting activities on behalf of clients seeking to manage catastrophic risk.

Paul Graziano, chief executive officer of Aon Global Rapid Response, says: “Aon's Global Rapid Response model provides clients with a critical service continuum, which begins at brokerage and ends at claim resolution. The Aon and Arup partnership further enhances our ability to extend this valuable solution to address risk management needs when disaster strikes."

Aon’s Rapid Response guarantees on-site expertise from a loss mitigation and insurance claim professional within 48 to 72 hours anywhere in the world. These experts manage the initial activity surrounding the property loss, and act as an extension of the client’s risk management department to ensure that a sound, pragmatic recovery plan is developed and implemented. Currently, the team consists of 500 Aon professionals around the globe, including risk engineers, construction estimators, attorneys, forensic accountants, coverage experts and remediation specialists intimately familiar with helping mitigate losses and building solid claims strategies.

Source: Arup

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