17 June 2011 - Aurecon CEO Paul Hardy presented at the recent Australian Financial Review – National Infrastructure Conference 2011 held 9 June in Sydney, Australia.
With a conference theme of Rebuilding Australia, Mr Hardy spoke on the topic of reducing vulnerability.
During his presentation, Mr Hardy discussed how effective planning and modelling in the initial design stages for infrastructure, as well as effective infrastructure asset management strategies, can reduce vulnerability to natural disasters.
“As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, Aurecon is at the forefront of delivering the three critical elements to reduce infrastructure vulnerability: building resilience, disaster response and managing the aftermath.”
“Communities globally are focused on ways to address infrastructure needs of the future and reduce the vulnerability of communities to natural disasters,” said Mr Hardy.
At Aurecon, our business leaders believe it is time to rethink the traditional approaches to infrastructure, from financing, through planning, design, construction and maintenance.
Mr Hardy told conference delegates, representing governments, the financial sector and business, that it is essential that consultancies such as Aurecon be given the opportunity to build resilience into our infrastructure and communities through the engagement of technical professionals early to ensure most effective resilience and response at all stages of the disaster lifecycle.
“To prepare for the future, we need to get engineers involved early and rethink traditional approaches to contingency funding/readiness, design, asset management to fully respond to the three phases of disaster lifecycle,” said Mr Hardy.