Mott MacDonald and Microsoft have teamed up to create a cloud-based smart infrastructure platform to help asset owners, cities and governments deliver public services that bring value to everyone
The new platform will use asset performance modelling, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.
The effects of population growth on resource use, social and economic welfare, and the environment, means infrastructure owners need to become more creative, efficient and socially responsible when it comes to managing their assets.
With rapid advances in digital technology, organisations need to assess how it can assist decision-making and asset management, and better understand where resources and investments should be made.
Oliver Hawes, Mott MacDonald’s head of smart infrastructure commented: “Smart infrastructure combines deep domain knowledge, digital technology and outcomes-based thinking to turn data into meaningful information that reveals new insights and empowers decision-making to generate much better results.
“It is vital that smart infrastructure delivers social, economic and environmental benefits for society, as well as investment return for businesses.”
Mott MacDonald and Microsoft will collaborate on projects for current and prospective clients that enable them to fulfil their core purpose and realise their objectives more effectively.
The collaboration between Mott MacDonald and Microsoft will use technology and cloud computing capability, with Azure’s continuous multi-layered security.
As part of the partnership, Mott MacDonald will move its cloud-based analytics and digital twin platform – Moata – to Microsoft’s Azure.
Hawes added: “Both our organisations believe that smart solutions have a positive impact on cities and asset owners, and improve design, delivery and through-life performance of infrastructure. Cities, government, asset owners, investors and society can all benefit hugely.”
Trudy Norris-Grey, global managing director of local and regional government and CityNext at Microsoft, concluded: “This is the first time Microsoft has partnered with a company like Mott MacDonald which is not only leading the way in developing smart infrastructure but is actually implementing that technology to improve people’s lives through better decision making today.”