Water Journal : Water Journal April 2013
40 Opinion processes, government policy, lifestyle patterns and cultural norms will need to play an interlinking role in addressing this mounting demand on resources. With these challenges, technology-led innovation can provide new and clean sources of energy and water to ensure cities are liveable, but this will also happen with much more direct input and individual expression of demand by customers. With the right innovation, megacities can form a network of powerful, stable and prosperous city states, each bigger than many small countries, where the bene ts of urban living, relative ease of delivering basic services and new civic identities combine to raise living standards for billions. Successful megacities will not be homogenous but, rather, diverse metropolises with precincts, villages and regions within that exhibit different characteristics, as determined by their citizens. BUILDING A BETTER WORLD The world is becoming more connected. People, businesses and governments are increasingly moving into the virtual world to deliver and access services, obtain information, perform transactions, shop, work and interact with each other. With this exponential increased volume of information, captured through the rapid expansion of increasingly cheaper smart technology, the creation of the infrastructure of a city will change drastically. We are moving to a world where new ideas and approaches will be able to be experienced by customers and decision-makers in a virtual world long before anything is physically created, allowing for better decision-making, greater consideration of alternative scenarios and better predictive ability. We are fast approaching a world where we can understand and rapidly analyse -- for decision-making purposes -- mountains of data about the life, rhythms and consumption patterns of a city: from buildings that can measure and report out their current state (occupancy, energy needs etc) and respond accordingly, to being able to understand exactly how infrastructure is being used in real time and, hence, be able to real time optimise that use (traf c ow management through mobile devices). We are developing the computational power and data analytics to process huge volumes of data and the technology to quickly and cheaply collect it. Integrated with design, this will enable us to continue to build and develop smarter cities and infrastructure. The role of the engineer will be aligned more than ever in partnerships with technology developers. This collaboration between engineering and science will ensure that design bene ts from technology advancements, technology research and development directions are focused on areas of priority in social infrastructure design, helping to ensure a sustainable future. Members of www.mcberns.com KUNDA PARK QLD AUSTRALIA PH: 61 7 5445 1646 FAX: 61 7 5445 1743 firstname.lastname@example.org Working Towards a Safer Work Place and Better Environment! ZC1200 ZC300 4-SIDED SEALED SAFETY LID Emma Pryor (email: Emma.Pryor@au.mwhglobal. com) is the Asia Paci c Business Solutions Strategy and Planning Manager for MWH. With 15 years' experience in management and business consulting, Emma has developed and assisted in the implementation of strategic business and nancial plans, water cycle and carbon management strategies and workforce planning and development activities for water utilities. Emma holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering and Political Science, as well as a Master's Degree in Environmental Law.
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