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Atkins launches tools to prepare for carbon critical future

Atkins has unveiled a suite of multi-platform tools which it says will help organisations make decisions about how to reduce carbon.

The tools have been designed to support the full spectrum of its clients and partners.

At present the software is operated in-house by Atkins employees but the company hopes to launch a stand alone service shortly, enabling organisations to access the tools directly.

“Significant investment”

Atkins has put significant investment into the development of the new tools during the past 18 months, in line with the company’s commitment to lead the built environment sector and help ensure it is ready for a low carbon future.

Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke said: “The development of our carbon tools is an important step in this direction, and we’re already very encouraged by positive feedback and early adoption by clients in the use of some of these tools.”

“We’re already very encouraged by positive feedback and early adoption by clients in the use of some of these tools.”

Keith Clarke, Atkins

The carbon tools are separated into two categories – generic and market specific. The generic tools – Knowledgebase, Roadmap and Relativity – are broad-based and can be used by all types of organisations to better understand, calculate and analyse carbon.

Atkins programme manager James Downie-Blackwood said that the Knowledgebase tool would enable the user to calculate the low-carbon option of a particular engineering design project.

The market-specific tools have been tailored to provide solutions within individual markets – building performance, masterplanning, energy management, travel behaviours and traffic analysis.

Carbon tools

  • Roadmap – Uses mind-mapping techniques to plan business activities in relation to carbon consequences.
  • Relativity – Creates charts to show the link between carbon determinants and the carbon they produce (or save), and compares scenarios.
  • Knowledgebase – Calculates, analyses and evaluates low-carbon options using a library of verified carbon data.
  • Masterplanning – Identifies, quantifies and visualises the carbon impacts of development masterplans.
  • Buildings – Uses key building factors, services and occupancy parameters to estimate a building’s carbon footprint.
  • Atkins Remote Technology (ArT) – Remotely monitors and controls plant equipment and FM systems to manage a building portfolio’s energy use.
  • Traffic Analysis – Translates existing traffic data into estimates of carbon emissions within a monitored area.
  • Travel Behaviours – Estimates carbon for journeys to a specific location, and produces journey plans to encourage use of low-carbon transport.

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