Discover how to transform your city with smart, resilient infrastructure in Bechtel’s guide.
This guide provides ideas on how to use smart, resilient infrastructure to help tackle the new and emerging challenges facing cities. It shows how solar energy, fuel cells, smart grids, green infrastructure and more can help to decentralize essential services, to offer the flexibility and adaptability so vital to cities.
You'll also get tips on how to identify breakthrough resilience opportunities and build redundancy into infrastructure so that essential services to citizens can be provided regardless of the challenges faced.
Content is based on A Roadmap for Resilience (PDF), a re:focus partners research report, to which Bechtel contributed, available here with permission.
“For decades, Bechtel has been a world leader in the design and construction of critical infrastructure. As infrastructure now becomes "intelligent," Bechtel is an obvious and important partner for the Smart Cities Council and for cities everywhere.” – Jesse Berst, Chair, Smart Cities Council
The need for resiliency
Cities face unprecedented challenges from urbanization, climate change, extreme weather events, and rapid technology advances.
The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that US cities need $3.6 trillion in basic infrastructure investment in the next 20 years. This solely covers updates of existing infrastructure. It does not begin to meet the need to build the smarter, sustainable and more robust systems designed to address new challenges.The cities best placed to meet these challenges are smart cities that are not purely intelligent in a technology sense—their infrastructure is also resilient. These cities will cope with growing populations and extreme events, and will be adaptable to and integrated with ever-changing big data and technology advances.
A key indicator of smart, resilient infrastructure is its ability to provide a continuing level of essential services to communities during, and in the aftermath of, adverse events.
For more information contact
James Denton-Brown, Manager of Planning, Smart Cities Lead