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How Today's Technological Innovations Will Transform Tomorrow's Reality

By Eliza Wireback

November 5, 2019

In the next decade, data will transform the A/E/C industry. Architects, engineers, planners and other industry professionals will be able to use digital  information to predict, identify and visualize potential problems long before they're likely to occur -- making for safer, more efficient products.

RS&H experts have delved into this issue extensively over the last several years. Browse a few of our favorite pieces below. 


'A Virtual Disaster:' Visualization Team Leader Tim Witsil

It was the first meeting at the project site. Hesitation quickly turned to panic after discovering major errors in the plans. These mistakes were going to cost millions and put safety at risk.

Everyone stood in shock. Only the project manager was smiling.

“It’s a good thing we’re looking at a game-engine simulation. Otherwise, this would have been disastrous for the project,” he said.

Man uses virtual reality headset.

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Predictive Planning: Senior Planning Leader Steve Cote

Data can improve the way we travel. It allows us to assess bottlenecks and congested areas, to better predict future needs, and to inform policy and decision makers in order to maximize utilization of public dollars when setting priorities for infrastructure investments.

Use of this data is also allowing us to better understand travel patterns, origins and destinations, and observe operations and deficiencies in real time. We can then better forecast future demands and conceptualize cost-effective solutions from the quick fixes to the long-term major investments covering all transport modes.


Connected Vehicles, Safer Streets: Transportation Vice President Jim Avitable

CAV technology could reduce crashes by up to 94 percent. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology allows vehicles to stream relevant data related to traffic conditions, incidents, pedestrians, weather and safety from vehicle to vehicle. When perfected, this technology may actually allow vehicles to learn from each other as they are going through the routine of transporting people or goods.

Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology will allow similar data to be transmitted from traffic control signals, communication towers, weather stations, pedestrians and bicyclists, construction crews, and traffic control centers back to vehicles and vice versa.

The combined benefits of these two technologies will drastically improve driver safety. But, in order for this to become a reality, our roadways and signal systems need to become more intelligent.

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Topics: Insights, Emerging Technologies, Data Series

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About the Author

In her role as a communications professional, Eliza gets to tell the stories of RS&H associates and the amazing work they do for clients, colleagues and their communities.

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