Demonstration projects are essential for credibility and success. Transfers of finance and procurement for public projects to the private sector have made these more difficult to achieve and so other means have to be found to show off new technology.
Application of artificial intelligence and computer technology to the analysis, monitoring and management of systems in water, transportation and urban development is an area where the UK can lead.
UK industry must concentrate on giving added intellectual value with original and innovative ideas and avoid competing for exports with standard technology which can be provided better and more economically locally. Constant investment in research and application technology is therefore vital.
Privatisation has been pioneered in the UK and the skills of efficient integration of design, finance, construction and operation should be marketed at a holistic project delivery process.
Population growth and its pressure on natural resources is a generic market opportunity including the active management of projects environmental performance.
Climate variability, risk assessment and preparedness for extreme events are elements of long-term sustainability of engineered projects and offer market opportunities.
There is a common theme to integrate technologies and deliver whole solutions that are sustainable.