August 25, 2017

Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald



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Meet the Speaker: Mark Enzer

Keynote: The case for Smart Infrastructure – the UK perspective


Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald

Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald

Mark is Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer. In this role, Mark is accountable to the Group Board for technical excellence globally, which he drives via Mott MacDonald’s internal professional networks. Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, BIM and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).

Mark is the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations.

With an engineering degree from Oxford and an MBA from Cambridge, Mark is now a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; he was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.


The Case for Smart Infrastructure – the UK perspective

Conceptually, the case for Smart Infrastructure is very strong. In essence, integrated cyber/physical solutions offer a more cost-effective way of improving outcomes for ultimate customers than do traditional constructed solutions alone. The underlying driver for this assertion is that the unit cost of everything to do with data keeps on reducing, whereas the cost of everything else keeps going up.

However, relative to other industries such as finance, retail or media, the infrastructure industry has been slow to benefit from digital transformation, so the case for Smart Infrastructure clearly still needs to be made. The industry puts a value on physical assets, but not yet on digital assets. As the industry moves forward, we must treat data as a resource and put a value on information, then we’ll have a real digital economy – and an even stronger case for smart infrastructure.

This presentation will provide a UK perspective on digital transformation and Smart Infrastructure. It will present the high-level case for Smart Infrastructure, including a challenge to shift the industry’s thinking, and it will outline the current landscape of industry initiatives in the UK.

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