Infrastructure can become more productive from innovative technologies delivering new operating and maintenance solutions. Recent innovations in digital technologies, such as remote sensing, advanced analytics, autonomous operations, and integrated scheduling and control mean that traditional bricks-and-mortar infrastructure can now be used more effectively, and operated and maintained more efficiently.
Digital-led business models are likely to disrupt today’s services and infrastructure. Therefore, infrastructure needs to be planned to be responsive to change. This includes improvements in efficiencies in logistics and freight through global supply chain integration of physical and communications systems.
Flexible designs and agreements for shared use provide new opportunities for social infrastructure including sportsgrounds, performing arts centres and gallery spaces, meeting rooms, schools and community facilities as well as car sharing and carpooling initiatives that can be adapted for use by a cross-section of the community.
As technologies evolve, a precinct-based approach to community and public infrastructure, including car parking, needs to be taken to maximise adaptability, access and utilisation.