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Session 4 - Cities & Infrastructure of the Future

August 03, 2022

September 27 | 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm MT

While we can all see technological innovation affecting our personal lives, it is more difficult to see how it holistically impacts cities and infrastructure. Much of the popular discussion of “smart cities” borders on futurism, leaving cities and others with practical problems like rising construction costs, decaying sidewalks, or inequitable distribution of services. This session will discuss how we prepare for and implement emerging technologies and smart approaches for the good of our cities.


Smart(ER) Mobility Respects the Past with Future Thinking

People often associate the word smart with technology. That has certainly been true of the smart mobility movement. But what if to truly achieve mobility nirvana, we must be more than smart? We must be smarter. We must take a step back and realize that our path is not defined by technology but in how mobility, land use, and infrastructure work together to create resilient and livable communities. Are you ready?

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm MT
Presenter: Kate Jack

The Robots Are Coming. Are you ready?

Humans have long tried to imagine how technology will evolve. This dreaming has led to ideas like Autonomous Vehicles. You’ve seen them. But how can they solve your challenges and position you for the future? Knowing where to start is a temporary roadblock. We’ll discuss implementation challenges and opportunities, what’s coming as technology and policy evolve, and how we can help you find your clear path to AV success.

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm MT
Presenter: Marie-France Laurin

Mapping the Route for a Zero-Emission Future

Transportation is the backbone of modern society. It’s how we get to work, visit loved ones, and access resources. There’s no reason it can’t be accessible, reliable, and safe while we work to make it clean. The transition to zero-emission technologies is complex and led us to create ZEVDecide, a tool that provides critical information to help you make sustainable decisions for future fleets.

Time: 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm MT
Presenter: Analy Castillo

Buildings that Evolve: Design for future-readiness

We’ve learned to adapt to a hybrid state of being, one where technology and modern needs collide. We’ll talk about some cutting-edge designs that set the benchmark for the future of buildings that evolve along with technology and help our clients adapt to the dynamic challenges and ever-growing user expectations.

Time: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm MT
Presenter: Irina Lindquist

Digital Cities - Fire Flow

Tragedy often leads to innovation. Fire Flow, which models water supply and pressure, as well as building use, was created in response to a fatal fire. What started as a hydrologic modeling exercise used to give a fire brigade real-time data in an emergency is now becoming a vision for integrating every building element and system into a future digital city model, improving the resilience of our cities and towns.

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm MT
Presenter: Michael Morrisroe

Planning a Smart city or Infrastructure? Don’t start with technology.

Technological innovations are transforming our cities and infrastructure. But the promise of smart cities and infrastructure is leaving many confused, overwhelmed, or disillusioned. There is a better way. We’ll highlight the City of Markham, Ontario as an example of how a people-centered and intelligent approach can harness the power of advanced digital technologies to create resilience and future-readiness.

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm MT
Presenter: Rick Huijbregts

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