We continue to develop and extend partnerships and associations across our areas of expertise. The collaboration and co-creation resulting from these connections increases our collective ability to identify and accelerate innovation. During 2018, we joined buildingSMART International to lead the development of global open BIM standards. The use of shareable asset information in creating civil infrastructure and buildings worldwide will help our industry to become more efficient and lead to improvements in costs, value and environmental performance. We have also joined the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), the leading global hub for the smart water and waste water sectors. We are collaborating with colleagues in the industry to make complex water infrastructure more resilient through intelligent technology. Our focus on innovation and digital transformation creates a need for talent, particularly developers and data scientists, so we were pleased to sponsor the Dutch Open Hackathon. This saw developers gather to work on creative, smart solutions for everyday situations. We were also part of the jury organised by KIVI, the Royal Dutch Institute for Engineers, to judge the results. As a member of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network and home of the Global Centre of Adaptation, the city of Rotterdam is a potential host for the next 100RC summit. We are assisting the city’s chief resilience officer to bring the summit to Rotterdam in 2019. A related initiative is the Climate Campus, launched in May 2018. We are a board member of this venture which brings together more than 40 parties committed to making cities and deltas resilient to climate change. We continued our collaboration with the Green Village, accelerating innovation for a sustainable future. Besides working together on the development of the Co-Creation Centre, we investigated further collaborations in areas including digital twin developments and the hydrogen economy. Our partnership with tech start up incubator YES!Delft opens up an international network to start ups and has enabled teams from Royal HaskoningDHV to present and develop their early stage ideas. These partnerships are developing radical innovations and digital services to help solve the challenges of the future.
In South Africa, we are partners with Orange Corners, contributing to the country’s economic growth by creating an environment in which local entrepreneurship can thrive. Our Mobility Centre for Africa emerged from the need to plan for the disruptive forces shaping the transport industry. It brings together government, industry and academia to find lasting solutions to issues such as congestion, emissions and affordability. In the United Kingdom, we enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers’ monthly magazine New Civil Engineer. Activities included hosting an exclusive round table debate to explore innovations around financing for infrastructure projects, building stakeholder and political support and how to deliver best whole life value at an early stage. We also took part in a forum for industry leaders to explore the latest developments that will shape infrastructure projects in 2019, which included our award-winning traffic management solution, Flowtack.