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WGI’s 2022 Predictions for the Infrastructure Industry: A Focus on Innovation, Sustainability, Resilience, and Adaptability
As the Infrastructure Bill seeks to address improvements to our nation’s infrastructure in terms of roads and bridges, railroads, power grid, broadband, water infrastructure, public transit, electric vehicles, airports, ports and the environment, we asked a selection of WGI subject matter experts across our divisions for their thoughts and predictions in terms of what we can expect to see in our industry in 2022 and beyond.
Overall, we saw strategic themes related to innovation, sustainability, resilience, and adaptability as digital transformation continues to transform our industry and departments and agencies continue to prepare for continuous disruption.
Some of the key technology enablers seen as having a major impact in 2022 include data analytics, AI/ML, electric fleets, digital twins, 3D printing, blockchain and LiDAR. All these enablers need to be carefully orchestrated and applied working in harmony with various political, economic, social, legal, and environmental forces and considerations as our Associates share here:
Data analytics and AI/ML will support a strong national electric grid
Electric vehicle adoption will experience both strong headwinds and tailwinds
AI/ML, digital twin and quantum computing will enable significant advances for traffic control
3D printing will combat supply chain issues and construction labor deficiencies
Blockchain will further enable data sharing and monetization
Creative solutions will be essential in drainage engineering and stormwater planning
Real-time analytical tools for water systems operations and asset management
Democratization of LiDAR will make scanning even more user friendly
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will free up more creativity within the AEC industry
Asset design and delivery investments will incorporate sustainability, climate resilience, and adaptation considerations
• Risk mitigation that enables elastically – returning to a state that preceded disruptions, and
• The ability to adapt to a world that is permanently under transformation, where both social and physical elements are mobilized.”
Transforming how our world is envisioned, designed, and experienced
The future of the infrastructure industry depends on innovative thought leaders influencing our industry to adopt the latest cutting-edge technologies and practices in order to remain flexible.
WGI is dedicated to embracing innovation, technology, and empowering our associates to transform how our world is envisioned, designed, and experienced.
If you would like to have a conversation with one of WGI’s thought leaders to discuss any of the topics covered in this article, feel free to contact us.
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