The annual Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report explores progress made across the smart city and smart utility landscape. This year’s report examines how modern, digital infrastructure is being used to optimize operations and create a sustainable future for our cities and utilities.
The insights uncovered in Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report demonstrate a growing awareness among communities and utilities that modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems are the key components of today’s smart city initiatives.
Building a smart city is easy to envision, but it can be challenging to implement. From questions about financing and stakeholder engagement to technology advocacy and information technology (IT) governance, there is a lot to consider after you’ve made the decision to enable data to make your community more livable, sustainable and connected.
Last year marked a monumental turning point for the future of electric vehicles (EVs), with several auto companies such as Volkswagen AG, General Motors and Volvo announcing significant electrification plans. Utilities need to start thinking now about how they are going to scale up power infrastructure to meet increased demand.
The Koch fertilizer production plant in Enid, Oklahoma, had a water problem—there wasn't enough, prices were too high, and it needed more. After performing technical evaluations and developing preliminary process designs, Black & Veatch recommended a water treatment system that would receive tertiary wastewater from the city's wastewater treatment plant, treating it for reuse within the fertilizer plant.
Canadian utility group Fortis Inc. owns a number of gas and electric utilities across North America. Two of these utilities faced ratemaking challenges that were impacting the level of rates paid by certain customers and the utilities’ future financial health.
Black & Veatch provided its design leadership to the Onshore Gas Development II (OGD II) project, which involved the addition of a fourth sulfur recovery unit (SRU) to three existing OGD units, plus two new SRUs of higher capacity.
Erdos Xingxing Energy Co., Ltd. (Erdos) selected Black & Veatch and Chemtex to design and build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, China, that produces 200,000 metric tonnes of LNG per year for a variety of fuel uses.