The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Drawing insights from industry leaders from around the globe, we dive into immediate and long-term market needs ranging from asset management and infrastructure financing to resilience planning and data analytics. This annual examination allows Black & Veatch to continually measure industry progress, market shifts and emerging challenges to drive infrastructure transformation.
2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report
With its survey of nearly 300 water industry stakeholders as its backbone, Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report comprehensively analyzes the sector’s complex landscape of challenges and opportunities.
The leveraging of data in driving decision-making and optimizing efficiencies in water and wastewater systems is widening even as infrastructure continues to age, climate change strains assets, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial havoc pressures the bottom lines of many utilities through lost revenues. We look at all of that and more.
2020 Smart Utilities Report
The 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report explores the issues and complexities of the changing utility landscape. Based on expansive industry data collected through our annual survey of electric, water, and natural gas utilities, this year’s report looks beyond individual efforts to take a more holistic view of what it means to deliver the promised grid of the future.
2020 MEGATRENDS Report
Black & Veatch is proud to release its first 2020 Strategic Directions: Megatrends report, which analyzes years of survey data to explore and illuminate some of the most striking and consistent trends across the water, power, telecommunications, natural gas, commercial and industrial (C&I) and manufacturing industries.
2019 Electric Report
With expert analyses and results of a survey of nearly 900 electric industry stakeholders, Black & Veatch’s coming 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report dissects the changing face of power and why the industry must be nimble and begin in planning necessary upgrades.
2019 Commercial & Industrial Report
In an effort to explore some of the factors reshaping business, Black & Veatch recently polled hundreds of professionals in the commercial and industrial sector to identify emerging trends in resource use with a focus on sustainability, capital spending and energy and water management trends within their organizations.
2019 Water Report
Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Water Report finds that a new culture of data science can extend our water supply to drive sustainability and resilience. Just as manufacturing and industry have embraced the Internet of Things to connect technologies and add value to our daily lives, data “has woven itself into the central fabric of our water economy.”
2019 Natural Gas Report
As the world continues to invest in the adoption of greener energy options, the outlook for natural gas has never been more positive. The 2019 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report explores how stakeholders across the value chain are coping with a shifting market, affected by greener energy goals, growing populations and new opportunities for liquefied natural gas.
Our Strategic Directions Reports have been conducted since 2006, working to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues facing our clients and business partners. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full reports provide expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges facing each industry.
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