The future is now

  • Special Feature

    The Future is Now

    Infrastructure's role in economic recovery

    Authored by: Michael S. Burke
    The global community has been badly shaken, but already, there is a determination to emerge from this stronger: to rethink how we do things and reboot.
  • Monuments to trying times

    Stimulus investments that are still paying dividends

    Authored by: Steve Morriss
    Stimulus spending is an opportunity to fix inadequate infrastructure, transforming communities for decades to come.
  • Social impact: Building a better case for infrastructure Investment

    Measuring social impact

    Authored by: Lara Poloni
    As we look towards recovery, there’s a danger that economic concerns dominate infrastructure decisions. To support those most hurt by coronavirus, social impact should be a key driver for investment.
  • Coronavirus; what role will infrastructure play in our economic recovery?

    Podcast features: Mark Thurston, Dean Sporn, Nick King and Mark Southwell
    In a wide-ranging discussion, AECOM’s Mark Southwell was joined by Mark Thurston of HS2, Dean Sporn from Highways England, and Nick King from Network Rail to discuss how infrastructure can be used to kickstart the economy.
  • Harnessing lasting climate benefits from the coronavirus lockdowns

    Keeping a lid on emissions after the lockdowns end

    Authored by: Colin Wood and Jamie Shaw
    Recent restrictions on movement and the resultant drop in economic activity have been tough on people but good for emissions reductions. How we can ensure that the environmental gains aren’t temporary?
  • Project speed: infrastructure’s role in economic recovery

    Translating political rhetoric into actual delivery

    Authored by: David Barwell
    For the UK Government’s ‘New Deal’ on infrastructure to be a good deal, it needs a programme of investments with clear planned outcomes

Adapting today for a new tomorrow

Generating social impact

  • How waterfronts are transforming Asia Pacific's cities

    The potential for economic growth

    Authored by: Yaping Chai
    We look at how waterfront restoration projects can drive economic growth, boost urban water resources and improve people’s lives.
  • Preserving authenticity in Asia Pacific’s growing cities

    A future market model

    Authored by: Sylvester Wong
    We discuss how cities' innovation and investment and smart technology can help solve some of the most pressing urbanization issues.
  • A 'force for good'

    Maximising social value when delivering public sector contracts

    Authored by: Dave Bennett
    We gathered experts from across the public, third and private sector to discuss “What does Social Value mean for the built environment professional services industry?”
  • How congestion charging could unclog Auckland

    Ensuring a better quality of life for all

    Authored by: Chris Ballantyne and Simon Buxton
    Congestion charging could be a game-changer for Auckland. Faster commutes, safer roads reduced costs, increased productivity and a better quality of life.
  • Evolution of the transit ecosystem

    A city's mobility ecosystem

    Authored by: Roger Jeffries
    How Transport for New South Wales used a new metro system to reimagine transportation in Sydney.
  • Special Feature

    Social impact: Building a better case for infrastructure Investment

    Measuring social impact

    Authored by: Lara Poloni
    As we look towards recovery, there’s a danger that economic concerns dominate infrastructure decisions. To support those most hurt by coronavirus, social impact should be a key driver for investment.
  • Sound arguments: the wonder of acoustics

    When does sound become noise?

    Authored by: Cameron Salisbury
    To mark the International Year of Sound 2020, we explain why it’s time to bring sound to the forefront of the conversation.
  • Social value: the next ‘great leap’ in Melbourne and Sydney’s transit infrastructure?

    Maximizing the benefits from investment

    Authored by: Tim O'Loan and Terry Wong
    We discuss how Melbourne and Sydney are learning from other locations with developed transit-related value capture models.
  • Going the extra kilometre: moving Southeast Asia's cities forward

    The value of connectivity

    Authored by: Scott Dunn
    As more people move to urban areas, the need for better transportation infrastructure – with a focus on improving ‘last kilometre' connectivity – is as critical as ever
  • Unlocking the social value of infrastructure investment

    Four ways to fully embed social value in decision making

    Authored by: Mary Zsamboky
    There is a need to make the UK’s infrastructure more sustainable and inclusive. We argue that placing social value at the centre of infrastructure investment must be a priority.  

Strengthening resilience

  • Ensuring New York's future through coastal resilience

    Exploring innovative public and private financing solutions

    Authored by: Stephen Engblom, Joel Sonkin and Daniel Berkovits
    Exploring public and private financial solutions to deliver essential climate adaptation and flood protection infrastructure in New York.
  • Embracing nature will transform the cities of the future

    A community of nature working together

    Authored by: Ash Welch
    How can nature-based approaches and biophilic spaces help cities secure a successful, sustainable future?
  • Three ways to cut energy use

    Making water processes more efficient

    Authored by: Dr Pascal Harper
    We look at three ways to make water processes more energy-efficient for water companies.
  • Imagine Mumbai: Improving land use in India's burgeoning cities

    Tackling the urgent issue of land utilisation in the face of rapid urbanisation.

    Authored by: Avinash Misra
    How Mumbai is tackling its urgent issue of land utilization in the face of rapid urbanization.
  • Inflow and infiltration

    A new approach

    Authored by: Andy Gibson
    Inflow and infiltration costs money and damages public trust. How can innovative new processes help municipalities improve traditional management methodologies?
  • Special Feature

    Paying it forward: Why resilience is a rising priority

    Environmental resilience to natural shocks

    Authored by: Stephen Engblom and Caitlin MacLean
    From the coronavirus to severe weather events, achieving resilience and meeting the infrastructure funding gap has become an urgent and strategic imperative for cities.
  • Far better outcomes are possible in flood management

    The benefits of a holistic approach

    Authored by: Jonathan Short
    Local authorities have an opportunity to secure greater funding contributions to enable flood and coastal erosion management schemes that deliver wider economic, environmental and social benefits.

Securing resources

  • Estimate projects better with machine learning technology

    Improving the way we predict cost, quality, schedule and outcomes

    Authored by: Tristan Harvey-Rice and Edward Day
    How can machine learning improve the way we predict cost, quantity, schedule and outcomes for built environment projects?
  • Water has no boundaries

    Be vigilant and keep investing

    Authored by: Stephen Engblom
    To avoid stretching water-related infrastructure to breaking point, new thinking is required.
  • Improving infrastructure cost estimate accuracy

    How can machine learning lead to more precise cost estimates?

    Authored by: Edward Day and Tristan Harvey-Rice
    How using machine learning and assembly tools can lead to more precise cost estimates, using fewer resources than traditional approaches.
  • Innovation in the water industry: unlocking Ofwat’s £200 million fund

    The innovation challenge

    Authored by: Ian Small
    Can the water industry use innovation from their supply chain to help gain efficiencies?
  • Infrastructure: an increasingly risky business

    Hitting the headlines

    Authored by: Todd Battley
    If the economy is to be stimulated through investment in infrastructure, it is vital that the risk profile of complex projects is reduced.
  • Special Feature

    Private financing of infrastructure: Serving the public interest as well as profits

    Paying for infrastructure

    Authored by: Shamit Gaiger and Samara Barend
    How can private funding serve the public interest - not just with policymakers, but also with taxpayers and those who stand to benefit from the infrastructure?
  • Ireland Review 2020

    Our annual report of the island of Ireland

    Our annual report delivers insights into the issues faced by the construction industry on the island of Ireland.
  • Far better outcomes are possible in flood management

    The benefits of a holistic approach

    Authored by: Jonathan Short
    Local authorities have an opportunity to secure greater funding contributions to enable flood and coastal erosion management schemes that deliver wider economic, environmental and social benefits.
  • Unlocking the social value of infrastructure investment

    Four ways to fully embed social value in decision making

    Authored by: Mary Zsamboky
    There is a need to make the UK’s infrastructure more sustainable and inclusive. We argue that placing social value at the centre of infrastructure investment must be a priority.  
  • A new direction for rail infrastructure

    Blazing a trail

    Authored by: Simon Middleton
    Could the reopening of the Northumberland Line blaze a trail for similar opportunities across the UK? We look at the opportunity it might bring.

Sustainability tackling the climate emergency

  • How congestion charging could unclog Auckland

    Ensuring a better quality of life for all

    Authored by: Chris Ballantyne and Simon Buxton
    Congestion charging could be a game-changer for Auckland. Faster commutes, safer roads reduced costs, increased productivity and a better quality of life.
  • Water has no boundaries

    Be vigilant and keep investing

    Authored by: Stephen Engblom
    To avoid stretching water-related infrastructure to breaking point, new thinking is required.
  • Ensuring New York's future through coastal resilience

    Exploring innovative public and private financing solutions

    Authored by: Stephen Engblom, Joel Sonkin and Daniel Berkovits
    Exploring public and private financial solutions to deliver essential climate adaptation and flood protection infrastructure in New York.
  • Local energy networks: The key to our low carbon future

    Addressing the challenge of net zero by 2050

    Authored by: Channa Karunaratne
    Meeting the goal of a zero-carbon society by 2050 will require a hybrid approach of reducing dependency on the national grid and looking to low carbon sources.
  • The road to net zero: Driving carbon neutrality forward

    Encouraging positive behavioral change

    Authored by: Kristina Shanidze
    We explore what the UK transportation sector can do to drive carbon neutrality forward and encourage positive behavioral change.
  • Embracing nature will transform the cities of the future

    A community of nature working together

    Authored by: Ash Welch
    How can nature-based approaches and biophilic spaces help cities secure a successful, sustainable future?
  • The aviation industry and climate change: A balancing act

    Towards net zero

    Authored by: Robert Spencer and Craig Riley
    With most of the aviation industry’s carbon emissions associated with aircraft activity, we ask what can airports really do to improve the sector’s emissions?
  • Net zero: time to think beyond site boundaries

    Crossing the red line between construction and operation

    Authored by: David Cheshire
    Should we start thinking of buildings in terms of their carbon rather than physical footprint?
  • Sound arguments: the wonder of acoustics

    When does sound become noise?

    Authored by: Cameron Salisbury
    To mark the International Year of Sound 2020, we explain why it’s time to bring sound to the forefront of the conversation.
  • Special Feature

    Net zero heroes: Exemplary projects winning the battle on carbon reduction

    Making our goals achievable

    Authored by: Robert Spencer and Claire Bonham-Carter
    Projects that could have a huge impact on the sustainability and health of our planet - if implemented more widely.
  • Rethinking how we tackle air quality and health

    Combining health and legislation

    Authored by: Duncan Urquhart
    Guidance and legislation around air quality is based on outdated approaches that are limiting our ability to tackle air pollution effectively.
  • Transportation: the future is electric

    Preparing today for an electric tomorrow

    Authored by: Andrew Bui
    Electrified transportation is likely to be a top contender for stimulus funding given its potential economic and environmental contributions – both now and in the future.
  • Harnessing lasting climate benefits from the coronavirus lockdowns

    Keeping a lid on emissions after the lockdowns end

    Authored by: Colin Wood and Jamie Shaw
    Recent restrictions on movement and the resultant drop in economic activity have been tough on people but good for emissions reductions. How we can ensure that the environmental gains aren’t temporary?

Making the case for infrastructure

Driving innovation

  • Estimate projects better with machine learning technology

    Improving the way we predict cost, quality, schedule and outcomes

    Authored by: Tristan Harvey-Rice and Edward Day
    How can machine learning improve the way we predict cost, quantity, schedule and outcomes for built environment projects?
  • Improving infrastructure cost estimate accuracy

    How can machine learning lead to more precise cost estimates?

    Authored by: Edward Day and Tristan Harvey-Rice
    How using machine learning and assembly tools can lead to more precise cost estimates, using fewer resources than traditional approaches.
  • Driving innovation in road asset management to leverage value

    Securing the best-possible return

    Authored by: Dr Bachar Hakim and Diego Gonzalez Pascual
    How can we adapt to new technologies, futureproof and maintain the highway systems effectively? We explore the innovations that can help secure value.
  • Selling the autonomous vehicle solution: Can the benefits effect change?

    Exploring the vehicle love affair

    Authored by: Damien Lambert
    Are we are overlooking the fact that some people just like to drive?
  • Inflow and infiltration

    A new approach

    Authored by: Andy Gibson
    Inflow and infiltration costs money and damages public trust. How can innovative new processes help municipalities improve traditional management methodologies?
  • Digital twin: Transforming the way we build roads

    Common barriers and key first steps

    Authored by: James Colclough
    We outline key technologies and considerations that every asset owner should take – no matter what the project size.
  • Innovation in the water industry: unlocking Ofwat’s £200 million fund

    The innovation challenge

    Authored by: Ian Small
    Can the water industry use innovation from their supply chain to help gain efficiencies?
  • Sound arguments: the wonder of acoustics

    When does sound become noise?

    Authored by: Cameron Salisbury
    To mark the International Year of Sound 2020, we explain why it’s time to bring sound to the forefront of the conversation.
  • In response to concerns about PFAS being released into the environment, we invented an on-site destruction process that can be scaled to fit the challenge.
  • Special Feature

    Cultivating innovation in risk-averse industries

    Staying competitive

    Authored by: Orla Pease and Colette Munro
    When delivering big infrastructure projects, the industry traditionally prioritizes operational excellence over innovation. There’s a growing realization, however, that innovation is needed to stay competitive.
  • Transportation: the future is electric

    Preparing today for an electric tomorrow

    Authored by: Andrew Bui
    Electrified transportation is likely to be a top contender for stimulus funding given its potential economic and environmental contributions – both now and in the future.
  • Rethinking procurement to drive innovation

    Six small to significant changes

    Authored by: Alex Mathewson and John Bradley
    If innovation is to be achieved on a project then procurement should be the starting point.
  • PFAS

    How to tackle 'forever chemicals'

    Podcast features: Rachael Casson, Rosa Gwinn, Gavin Scherer and Rick Parkman
    PFAS are found in everything from polar bears to pizza boxes.