RC108 SeptOct2023 - Magazine - Page 18
THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION
and policy requirements. The focus will not only be on the
environmental aspects of sustainability, but also the social
aspects, looking at infrastructure that will fulfil human
rights and promote well being, particularly with more
venerable or marginalized groups in society.
Focus on climate adaptation and resilient design and
planning of infrastructure assets, something that we have
recently seen with transportation infrastructure in 2021 hit
us close to home here in British Columbia.
Use of robots on construction sites for dangerous and/
or repetitive tasks for humans, combined with the use of
wearable technology for humans including exoskeletons,
and cameras, leading to increased productivity/reduction
in worker injury.
Use of virtual reality simulations for healthy and safety
training, reducing the need for training sessions and
Again, use of drones for inspecting work in dangerous
circumstances, namely at heights.
Use of autonomous vehicles and construction equipment
providing both safety and efficiency on construction sites.
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RENEW CANADA – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023
Dr. Quentin Chiotti
Practice Lead, Climate Risk and
Resilience, Matrix Solutions Inc.
Proponents involved in planning public and
private sector infrastructure projects are increasingly
being asked to consider the impacts of warmer, wetter,
and wilder weather, projected with climate change. When
planning infrastructure to 2050, climate change must be
considered throughout all aspects of operations, maintenance, and management of legacy infrastructure assets,
and in the design and construction of new infrastructure.
A key starting point is to accept that historical climate
normal conditions (and in most cases even past extremes)
are not a reliable indicator of future climate conditions,
which could involve significant changes in chronic and
Moving forward, it is critical to incorporate climate
change considerations early and throughout the procurement process, such as in the initial business case, in
environmental impact assessments, and in the initial design and construction phase, as well as incorporating the
management of climate risks into operation and maintenance contracts. By extension, where you land on design
standards upon completion and commissioning will have
implications for the transfer of risk to those responsible
for operations, maintenance, asset management, emergency management, and business continuity planning.
Applying a climate change vulnerability and risk
assessment upon new infrastructure to a wide array of climate hazards is already a requirement for projects receiving Federal funding through Infrastructure Canada and
should be considered for all public and privately owned
A BIM rendering of
the Montréal Heart
Institute project, which
received a CanBIM