Throughout the world, many urban or territorial developments are required, whether to support population growth, improve the quality of living conditions, or develop new areas (economic, touristic and heritage).
Our future living standards will be heavily influenced by what we build today and how we design it. These transformations are essential for the future of our territories. They must also be conceived taking into account their important repercussions on the environment and the daily needs such as water, transportation, sanitation, recycling, etc.
In the next 100 years, urban populations are predicted to double in size. Numerous large urban programmes are being launched around the world: these urban infrastructure and facility development projects are being launched both in the context of renovation of existing cities or neighbourhoods and in the context of creating new smart cities on undeveloped sites. These mega urban projects require strong competences in planning and zoning to manage development sustainably, with respect for the expectations of the client, the interests of all stakeholders involved, the technical and environmental constraints, and the local codes and regulations.
These types of large territorial projects feature a multitude of integrated sub-projects such as: development of large infrastructures, public facilities, utility networks, roads, flyovers, bridges and much more. All these complex infrastructures must be anticipated and adapted to the specificities of each client and of each territory, according to local environmental, social and economic constraints. Advanced expertise in feasibility studies, master planning, engineering and project management is therefore essential to coordinate the development of infrastructures that will ensure growth of the territory.
In some regions of the world, development of the territory necessarily comes with environmental adaptations and the development of drinking water resources. Consolidation of water resource systems, water storage, treatment of wastewater and utility structures require specific investigations regarding the availability of natural resources to optimise their use for both domestic and agricultural benefit. The impact of this type of structuring operation is significant for a territory and responds to objectives set by national governments.