Dubai, United Arab Emirates: (AETOSWire) – Today, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, launched a White Paper entitled “Re-imagining Transport and Mobility for a Sustainable Economic Recovery”. The White Paper, which is developed by Atkins’ advisory business arm, Atkins Acuity, outlines the COVID-19 impact on the transport industry and provides a strategic framework to transition from short term recovery to a medium-to-long term transformation to achieve resilience and sustainability.
With lockdowns and restrictions on economic and social activity lifting, the challenge is how to maintain re-opening safely, restore business and consumer confidence and provide the right economic and fiscal stimulus which will support the early stages of a viable recovery towards the end of the year and into 2021. However, the transport industry in the GCC has the opportunity to re-shape its infrastructure, services and operations through the adoption of diagnostic tools, data analytics, planning principles and digital engineering to achieve improved outcomes and a better future.
Johan Hesselsøe, Managing Director, UAE, at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, commented: “In the UAE, we have seen an increased focus beyond COVID-19 on creating sustainable infrastructure and transport systems that enhance the wellbeing of residents and minimize environmental impacts. We are working closely with our clients to navigate current challenges and achieve their long-term goals by providing our engineering, design and project management expertise combined with digital capabilities.”
Ian Redmayne, Managing Director, KSA at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, added: “Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, the crisis has reinforced the need for economic diversification in the Kingdom to foster socio-economic development in line with Saudi’s Vision 2030. With a proven track record in Saudi Arabia, we are proud to support this vision by sharing our market knowledge and expertise and working together with the public and private sectors to shape sustainable communities of the future.”
Through collaboration of SNC-Lavalin’s transport planning and strategic advisory experts across the world, the White Paper presents a three-phase model: Reopen – Recover – Reimagine. This frames how the transport sector should respond to the unprecedented socio-economic shock inflicted by COVID-19, as well as impacts of low oil prices on GCC exports and finances. Looking beyond the immediate crisis, SNC-Lavalin’s reimagined approach to the future of transport brings together a broader agenda combining three pillars of land use, physical mobility and digital connectivity and comprises eight cross-cutting building blocks.
Jonathan Spear, Director, Strategic Transport Policy and Planning at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins Acuity, commented: “Across the world and the GCC, COVID-19 continues to cause short-term disruption to transport infrastructure and services, and pose challenges to organisations within the sector. However, the pandemic also offers the opportunity to reimagine
a new paradigm for a more sustainable, equitable and resilient transport system and experience. Through our eight building blocks, and by adopting innovative mobility and connectivity concepts, technologies and service models, the industry in the GCC has the opportunity to take bold decisions around planning, delivery, collaboration and regulation and reshape the transport of the future.”
The White Paper is the second edition of ‘COVID-19 and Transport’ series by SNC-Lavalin. In May 2020, the Company issued the first edition of the White Paper entitled “Keeping our World Moving Before and After the Crisis”. Currently, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins is supporting a number of clients in the transport sector in the Middle East by providing end-to-end business advisory, design and engineering, and project management services underpinned by digital tools and innovative solutions.