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Data Centres - exploring the trend

Four of Aurecon’s Data and ICT experts explore the latest thinking surrounding the current and future state of data centres globally.

Markets: Data & telecommunications, Data centres, Property, Government
Expertise: Information and communications technology

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Three steps to manage risk as manufacturing transforms

Managing risk in a rapidly changing market can seem like a daunting challenge. But, if done correctly, the opportunity is the successful transition to a future of meeting consumers’ needs and expectations reliably and promptly.

Markets: Manufacturing
Expertise: Manufacturing

Enhancing safety through innovative 3D design technology

Safety in the engineering environment is increasingly being improved through the use of innovative 3D design.

Markets: Data & telecommunications, Telecommunications Infrastructure
Expertise: Information and communications technology

Peninsula Link: Australia’s first road availability public private partnership

Peninsula Link, Australia

The 27 kilometre Peninsula Link was the Mornington Peninsula’s biggest infrastructure project and has completed a missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Roads and highways, Bridges and civil structures

Overcoming site constraints on New Zealand’s Hobson Street substation upgrade

Hobson Street Substation, Auckland

As cities grow, energy needs increase. Simultaneous development associated with population growth means that over time, real estate increases in cost while diminishing in availability.

Markets: Energy
Expertise: Power transmission and distribution

Are current project dimensions leaving you stuck in a 2D world

Rollover Thinking

Rapidly emerging technologies such as 3D terrestrial laser scanning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Building Information Modelling (BIM) are all converging to create a new delivery model for construction projects and their subsequent asset management programmes.

Markets: Construction
Expertise: Building sciences

Sustainable roads initiative

Sustainable roads initiative

In order to keep up with the developing need of our clients to produce sustainable outcomes, Aurecon is beginning to include sustainability initiatives in our own road design processes.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Roads and highways

Data for a 21st century Africa

Countries (especially African countries) need to start looking at more local solutions in order to ensure data sovereignty and efficient network performance. This demand will drive a significant data centre build-out in both East and West Africa over the next 20 years and now is the time to start reassessing the number of data centres in Africa.

Markets: Data & telecommunications
Expertise: Information and communications technology

Get real! Trialling transport interchange and terminal design

Bus station

Aurecon transport planning experts Brian Smith and Mohammad Islam discuss the value of undertaking effective field trials of transport interchange or terminal layouts and incorporating the results into designs.

Markets: Transport

Navigating the manufacturing energy equation

As manufacturing transitions to a high-tech, low-labour environment, managing energy costs will be fundamental for achieving strong financial returns.

Markets: Manufacturing
Expertise: Manufacturing

Mining business model - due for a fresh approach

Mining thumbnail

Andrew Keith, Mine Services Leader at Aurecon, explains that, as major mining capital projects fail to achieve the desired project outcomes, it is time to step away from a reliance on geology, mining and processing to drive productivity improvement.

Markets: Resources
Expertise: Mining infrastructure

Manufacturers use asset optimisation to extract value

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For manufacturers working in a competitive global market environment, product price point is an imperative. And yet, the intelligent optimisation of assets, which can have a major impact on reducing production costs, is an area often overlooked.

Markets: Manufacturing
Expertise: Manufacturing, Asset management

A critical analysis of the coastal management act

Cape Town, South Africa

With the promulgation and enactment of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, a paradigm shift in coastal management has occurred in South Africa.

Markets: Water, Government
Expertise: Ports and terminals, Environmental and community planning

Delivering programme change management to improve asset performance

Delivering change management to improve asset performance

John Mason, Leader – Programme, Portfolio & Project Management at Aurecon catches up with Dennis (‘Denny’) Plockmeyer. John and Denny discuss the challenges of managing huge asset management programmes for the US Navy and the rebuilding programme in Iraq following the war in 2003.

Markets: Defence
Expertise: Asset management, Programme and project management

Collaborating to compete: A smarter way

Collaborating to complete sub image

Building a collaborative business model, which integrates skills and capabilities across companies in ways that are difficult for competitors to replicate, can deliver competitive advantage. The selection of the right skills and capabilities is therefore a strategic task.

Markets: Manufacturing
Expertise: Manufacturing

B4RISK: Integration of strategy, management systems and risk solutions to reduce the magnitude of uncertainty in an organisation’s activities, products or services

Generic risk picture

B4Risk is a concept that describes the proactive measures an organisation should institute to mitigate the severity of an impact as a result of the risk that realises.

High flying approach to line of site analysis cuts telecoms infrastructure costs

Mobile base station

Wayne Sander, Technical Director, Environment & Advisory at Aurecon, discusses an approach to the delivery of telecommunications infrastructure that can reduce costs by 60 per cent.

Markets: Data & telecommunications, Mobile and wireless
Expertise: Information and communications technology, Land infrastructure, Programme and project management

Is Smart Metering smart enough for Africa?

Smart metering

Kobus van den Berg, an Electrical Engineer at Aurecon, discusses the importantance of understanding the additional functionality of a Smart Metering system and if it meets the specific requirements of Africa.

Markets: Energy, Transmission and distribution
Expertise: Power transmission and distribution

Transport infrastructure on the African continent is on the move

A generic image of a truck on an African road

As Africa prepares itself for the 21st century, transport infrastructure will be playing a major role in transforming the continent into a vibrant, economic powerhouse.

Markets: Transport

Capturing assets: Connected network modelling enhances quality and reduces cost for utility

Transmission Energy

A different approach to conventional field data recording methods has provided benefits to eThekwini Electricity for its asset capture project.

Markets: Energy
Expertise: Asset management, Power transmission and distribution

Aurecon facilitates UK Government’s BIM expert trip to Australia

BIM as a project enabler can benefit clients across a range of infrastructure, building and utility projects, where there is definition to meaningful, accurate and insightful data that adds value to all stakeholders across the entire project lifecycle.

Markets: Building information modelling (BIM)

Fresh pit to port solutions needed

Ore-line expansion project

Aurecon’s Africa and Middle East Mining Industry Leader, Mark Berger says that in the 21st Century mining faces new challenges including the rising dominance of infrastructure and sustainability issues, with miners looking for fresh approaches to mine development solutions.

Markets: Resources
Expertise: Mining infrastructure

Transport Corridor Roads – Who should ultimately pay?

A photo of a road in Africa

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on who should pay for corridor infrastructure and considers the pay for use principle as the most fair and equitable route to follow.

Markets: Transport, Rural transport, Urban transport

Enhanced transportation to usher in Africa’s economic revival

A picture of a map of Africa

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on how cross-border infrastructure development in Africa has been identified as a key driver for economic development on the continent.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail, Ports and terminals, Airports

Water infrastructure assets: An integrated approach to programme, portfolio and project delivery

Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant, Australia

Aurecon’s Programme, Portfolio and Project Delivery Leader John Mason says that programme and portfolio management offer benefits to the planning, delivery and maintenance of water infrastructure.

Markets: Water, Government
Expertise: Asset management, Programme and project management

Communicating with infrastructure in the connected age

Cable information

Colin Dominish writes about the shift from the age of Information, to the Connected Age, where infrastructure will converse with itself and humans in ways that transform the built environment.

Markets: Data & telecommunications, Energy, Water
Expertise: Power transmission and distribution, Asset management

Manufacturing: It's a whole new ball game

John McGuire, Aurecon's Global Industry Director, Manufacturing, shares insight about how industry - leading manufacturers are utlising combined technologies and how they are applying them in unique, value-focused ways.

Markets: Manufacturing
Expertise: Manufacturing

Ready for takeoff: Airports to play a key role in unlocking Africa’s potential

A photo of a plane taking off

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on the boom of air travel in Africa and its ability to leapfrog the physical challenges to progress and help open up the economies of the numerous landlocked countries among the continent’s 54 states.

Markets: Transport, Airports
Expertise: Airports

Hands on approach ramps up efficiency of medical facility

The AUD 200 million South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI), which will accommodate as many 675 of the world’s foremost scientists, is both aesthetically pleasing as well as a model of smart efficiency.

Markets: Property

Transport: the key to Africa’s growth

A photo of a road in Africa

Abbas Jamie's column for Transport World Africa focuses on the major opportunities to grow trade between African countries through integrated transport corridors.

Markets: Transport

Moving beyond green buildings – a focus on greening our precincts

A photo of Aurecon's Lynnwood Bridge office

Martin Smith and Marni Punt attempt to define this latest wave of thinking about sustainable precincts; explore how to achieve greener precincts; and discuss the rating tools that are being developed to add value to the precinct concept.

Markets: Property
Expertise: Building sciences, Environmental and community planning, Sustainability

Utilising BIM to its full capacity – a roundtable discussion

Stephen Logan, Leader for Building Sciences, Quentin Jackson,Service Leader for Environmental Modelling, and John Hainsworth, who leads its BIM team within Buildings, expand on what Building Information Modelling (BIM) really is, and open the window on its potential.

Markets: Property, Building information modelling (BIM)
Expertise: Building sciences, Building services, Building structures

Solar aided power generation (SAPG) comparison to stand-alone concentrating solar power (CSP): a South African case study

A generic photo of solar thermal energy field

To determine the performance of the two types of RE technology, the study simulated a solar aided power generation (SAPG) plant at Lephalale, Limpopo province and compared it with a model of a stand-alone concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Upington, Northern Cape.

Markets: Energy, Renewable energy
Expertise: Power generation, Renewable energy

Incorporating innovative, multi-dimension 3D design technology into substation design

A 3D substation design example

Barry Grib, Project Manager at Aurecon, discusses how innovative 3D design is spearheading a future generation of substation designs which benefit clients by providing reliable, high-quality designs that can be produced speedily and cost-effectively.

Markets: Energy, Transmission and distribution
Expertise: Power transmission and distribution

The transition towards a sustainable Public Private Partnership regime

The transition towards a sustainable Public Private Partnership regime

Governments across the world are increasingly embracing the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to deliver infrastructure services.

Markets: Government

Challenges for programmes

Nova Vida, Angola

In our third thinking paper focussing on programme management, we discuss what challenges programmes experience and how is it possible to identify when a programme is experiencing difficulties.

Markets: Government
Expertise: Programme and project management

Impact of freight transportation on our cities

Freight train with cargo containers

Alex Pey of Aurecon discusses the potential impact of poor population growth planning on Australian capital cities and suggests major rail freight tunnels could be the answer to freight logistics problems.

Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail, Environmental and community planning

Rail signalling: Q&A

In this roundtable, four of our leading rail signalling experts in both passenger and heavy haul rail networks, talk about the issues facing the industry.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

In this article, Jeff Robinson highlights a few of the emerging trends he believes have the potential to driver greener ways of going about our everyday lives.

Markets: Property, Transport, Energy, Water
Expertise: Building sciences, Rail

Engineering Meteorology: Making informed decisions to deliver project solutions

An example of an urban comfort index

Michael Green, Engineering Meteorologist, Aurecon, discusses how engineering meteorology can assist in project challenges and help improve the resilience of operational and infrastructure design.

Markets: Energy, Water, Property, Transport
Expertise: Renewable energy, Water resources management

Creating efficient, liveable cities

A picture of an Africa city

In this interview, Deon Pretorius, Aurecon’s Land Development Services Leader in Cape Town, describes some of the barriers to creating efficient cities as well as current trends and the solutions and innovations Aurecon is leveraging to help our clients ‘get it right’.

Markets: Government, Property
Expertise: Environmental and community planning, Land infrastructure

How does programme management differ from project management?

Queensland Children Hospital

In this, our second thinking paper focussing on programme management, we discuss the differences between programme and project management and what is required to deliver programmes effectively at the highest level.

Markets: Government
Expertise: Programme and project management

Will urbanisation break the big cities?


Currently, about 60 million people move into cities every year. That’s more than one million more people arriving every week, in a city somewhere in the world, each with an expectation of better access to jobs, better education for their children, better health-care and a better quality of life.

Markets: Data & telecommunications, Energy, Transmission and distribution, Water, Government

Addressing the realities of the cost of mining

Generic mning picture

Andrew Keith, Leader for Mine Services at Aurecon, sums up the state of mining development and explains the rationale.

Markets: Resources
Expertise: Mining infrastructure

Understanding steam and thermal fatigue

Tube ligament

Structural integrity analysis is helping asset owners better understand the risk of damage to their infrastructure and the mitigation measures they can employ to avoid costly equipment replacement.

Markets: Energy
Expertise: Power generation