Globally, urbanisation of our population is increasing at the rate of 200,000 people per day placing huge demands on housing and city infrastructures. In the next 100 years, urban populations are predicted to double in size. With a population of around 8-9 billion, the future of the way in which we live will be heavily influenced by what we build today and how it is designed.
With the advent of smart city thinking, buildings must be designed to fit into a larger and more coordinated vision in terms of energy consumption, workplace optimization and security. The design and content of tomorrow’s buildings will be just as important as systems engineering and traditional building construction.
The operation of buildings needs to be integrated and anticipated to ensure optimum performance is achieved. Developing digital tools to evaluate the impact on the operation phase is a major challenge. As 70% of the operating costs of a technical building are set in the conception choices defined during the design phase (regardless of the quality of operation), it is crucial to foster installations which are easy to pilot with reliable control systems to serve the performance analysis of the building.
The wide variety and highly technical nature of requirements for buildings and infrastructure projects, whether it be regulatory or functional, means that effective management is vital. This ensures that complex projects are focused on the user and the needs of the project owners. Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools for digital design and coordination, act as both a database and interface, making project management a cooperative process between teams working towards the goal of optimised construction and operational performance.
In a climate of constantly tighter regulatory constraints (personnel safety and environmental protection) as well as increasing exposure to physical threats, security has become a key issue in building design and construction. Systems must be designed to incorporate adequate protection to safeguard the buildings integrity and that of its users in the event of malicious attacks or extreme natural events.
As an international engineering group and one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe, Assystem has over 50 years of experience of working in complex and regulated industries.
At the high end of infrastructure development, using its track record in project management, industrial information systems and design, Assystem supports both private or public sector owners and contractors including Defense, Education, Retail, Governments, Healthcare Industries.
Assystem examines and integrates all the specific features of each infrastructure, using its multidisciplinary and multi-sector skills:
" There are real issues in securing the OT part, which requires business process skills along with expertise in cybersecurity."