Understanding the water business
The successful design, development and maintenance of our water infrastructure requires the integration of many disciplines. Arup’s water team has wide-ranging skills spanning advisory and specialist technical services. We apply them on every kind of project, from flood risk management and water resource planning, to dam engineering, treatment works design and river engineering.
We’ve evolved our own ‘Design with water’ methodology, drawn on our experiences designing, implementing and maintaining water infrastructure around the world. ‘Design with water’ places an understanding of the local water cycle at the centre of responses to wider local issues like economic development, food and agriculture, community and energy use. By understanding and influencing the whole water cycle, Arup has developed particular expertise that enables us to assess risks and support our clients in taking a strategic approach to water usage and management.
Responding to demand
Across the world, rapid urbanisation is placing incredible strain on water supplies, drainage networks and sanitation. Decision makers depend on an integrated understanding of the climate, geological, social and economic factors that affect water supply and use. Arup has worked on many water resilience projects, in China, Australia, Scotland and other locations where local water supplies are being impacted by economic development. We’ve also developed our City Resilience Index tool, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, helping city leaders to identify the water related threats and weaknesses they must address.
Prepared for the future
As our most valuable resource, the social impacts of water development decisions are of paramount importance. Arup conducts considerable research into how water can be better managed. Climate change is causing both flooding and droughts in different parts of the world, so it’s vital to be able to predict these changing dynamics. Our Future of Urban Water report is a product of our client work working with Sydney Water to forecast and plan for changing water supply and use.
Our three year research roadmap is currently focused on flooding issues, looking at the potential benefits of using green infrastructure and better catchment management. For clients, our research base means we can bring confidence to their water projects, producing beneficial outcomes for local communities and businesses. We continue to work with academic and commercial partners, hosting seminars as part of our Drivers of Change series. Our 2015 water management event in Sao Paulo helped the Brazilian government to explore issues like water scarcity and urban water infrastructure, assessing how public policy could be reshaped.
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Work with an international network
Arup’s water team work in 90 countries, collaborating across over 50 related technical and advisory disciplines. This is how we’re able to respond to such a wide range of water projects and programmes, from water treatment works in Australia, to physical engineering of the new intake tunnel under Lake Mead in Colorado. We use consultancy, engineering, and research to bring the most insightful approaches to water projects wherever they are in the world.