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Smart infrastructure

Enhancing physical infrastructure with digital technology holds the potential to meet the mounting challenges from population growth, greater consumer expectations, tighter budgets and finite natural resources.

Organised data facilitates a stronger social connection between the assets and its ultimate end users.

Richard Shennan

Digital business development director

Smart infrastructure will allow owners and operators to increase capacity, efficiency, reliability and resilience. Globally, efficiencies gained could be worth up to £4.8trn.

By getting more from existing assets, owners and operators will be able to enhance service provision despite constraints on finance, resources and greenfield sites.

Smart infrastructure also provides an opportunity for the transformation of consumers’ relationship with infrastructure – for example with personalised dynamic journey planning, the opportunity to trade energy directly with peers, or to optimise personal carbon budgets.

Exponential benefits of information management

The benefits of building information modelling (BIM) to the design process are well known. 3D models allow for supreme optioneering which streamlines the process and brings savings in materials, time and costs during construction. However, project-centric BIM can only go so far, as the majority of an asset’s costs fall within its operational life.

Asset lifecycle information management sees the physical, operational asset complemented by active management of information-rich models. This ‘virtual’ asset uses intelligent data to streamline maintenance and optimise performance.

The future is smart infrastructure. Assets are interconnected to each other and to all other information sources – everything from social media and ticketing data to weather forecasts and traffic information – to optimise performance of all infrastructure for the benefit of the ultimate customers.

Whatever sector your assets serve, and whatever your starting point in terms of digital transformation, our unique combination of physical and digital infrastructure experience can help you move up the value chain towards smart infrastructure.

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