Space and the built environment: A new frontier for Arup?

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
3 October 2019

Arup’s Jason Carr will be presenting on the space industry and its application to the built environment at the New Space Summit, hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia this week.    

He will also outline how the firm is engaging with the industry internationally. 

“The space sector gives us tools to monitor and evaluate our effectiveness in securing our planetary boundaries and achieving many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Jason explained.

“To achieve the SDGs, we need to push into restorative and regenerative engineering.”  

A senior hydrogeologist, Jason will outline how the SDGs and planetary boundaries framework are driving Arup’s innovation and applied research agenda, and how the firm is already integrating with the space industry. 

“Arup is engaging with NASA on acoustic techniques used on the international space station and we worked on its Jet Propulsion laboratory in California. 

We are deploying cutting edge satellite remote sensing data to advise city shapers on desired planning outcomes. Arup has much to offer the space sector and the opposite is also true.

Jason Carr Jason Carr Senior Hydrogeologist

The Australian Space Agency is responsible for the development of Australia’s space industry. The agency recently published the Australian Civil Space Strategy for 2019 to 2028. It aims to triple the size of the Australian space sector to $12 billion and create 20,000 jobs by 2030. 

The Agency’s National Civil Space Priority Areas and those of relevance to Arup include, but are not limited to:

  • Position, navigation and timing

  • Earth observation

  • Communications technology and services

  • Leapfrog R&D

  • Robotics and Automation on Earth and in Space

  • Access to space.