The world is changing
We are in the midst of the most far reaching changes to human society in the past one hundred years. It affects how we build and maintain infrastructure including our industrial, commercial and residential buildings, electric power grid, water and wastewater networks, oil and gas networks, and transportation systems.
First and foremost all of our networks are being transformed into versions of the internet. In the electric power sector this called the smart grid. But it is also happening to our water and wastewater networks, oil and gas networks, and transportation networks as well. Secondly we are no longer designing in 2D on pieces of paper, but are designing structures in 3D using intelligent models. This has major implications not only for design and build, but also for how we operate and maintain buildings and infrastructure. Thirdly the environment has become a top priority that has to be factored into all projects. Finally, the pace of urbanization has become exponential. Urban agglomerations are becoming huge and more dense. To manage these massive urban communities sustainably will require intelligent infrastructure and buildings. But critically we will need to be able to manage huge volumes of data, a large proportion of which is real-time, integrated with intelligent city models and analysis and simulation applications to allow us to model, analyse and simulate so that we can manage the huge cities of the future.
The challenge for utilities, building owners, and infrastructure managers is to understand the major industry trends that are driving technological change in the industry, how governments and regulators are responding to these challenges, the technical options that are available, and the business benefits that can be realized. Between The Poles can help with this process.