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Better efficiency to meet future energy demands


The construction industry must be more efficient and affordable if it is to meet global energy demands in the future, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s VP of capital project delivery excellence.

Speaking at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference, Nick Smallwood called for better productivity within the industry to meet global energy demand, which is set to double between 2000-2050.

“We need to be more efficient and effective otherwise our projects are simply not affordable,” he said.

Smallwood urged the industry to take advantage of cloud technology to streamline projects and share information, stating that this could increase productivity and lower costs.

“We are moving away from a document-centric to a data-centric way of working,” he said, adding that collaboration across the industry is needed to move it forward.

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