We are on the cusp of a revolution in transportation. Rapid advances in technology are changing how we move people and goods, and how we design, build and manage the supporting infrastructure. Simultaneously we face challenges such as climate change and changes in demographics and we need to make sure that the technology that is developed will benefit society.
As a young professional, what is your vision of the future and what does the profession need to do to address the challenges in realising this vision?
We are challenging young professionals to identify how can technology help us solve the climate and air quality problems and how the transportation sector can create a sustainable future?
Last year I submitted a paper to the Technology and Innovation Challenge at the first CIHT Young Professionals Event. It was a great task that made me sit down and think about challenges that local authorities face and what we as an industry could do to support them.
I became very passionate about my challenge and being able to voice my opinion at this event was a great opportunity for me to make a difference.
This challenge also gave me the confidence to open up my thinking within my role at Yotta and spurred me on to get more involved in the industry.
Emily See, Finalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Asset Management, Yotta
The T&I Challenge was a great opportunity, because it provided us a platform to bring our ideas together. In delivering our presentation at the YP conference, the experience of sharing and discussing our transport vision with industry leaders offered us a lot of learning and has been a source of professional growth.
Jeannie Foo, Finalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Graduate Traffic Engineer, Mott Macdonald
I enjoyed the challenge of writing up my Transport Vision – whilst the future is something we discuss a lot, writing it down in a concise paper gave me the opportunity to organise my thoughts. My favourite part was presenting the paper and hearing the views of the other entries and the audience, the topic was great for initiating discussion. Also, taking part in the competition was a good stepping stone for entering papers in other conferences, for example I’m speaking at the TPM this summer.
Penny Gilg, Finalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Consultant, Transport Planning, Atkins
Open to all CIHT members with less than 10 years’ experience in the sector and below the age of 35.
To enter a submission please e-mail email@example.com with your response to the challenge below before Monday 9th September following the guidelines below. The scope and the guidelines of this year's challenge are also available as PDF here.
Transport accounts for 20-25% of global Greenhouse Gas Emissions contributing to climate and weather changes and exposing our transport infrastructure to challenging conditions. The 2018 IPCC report cements this and finds that we need to limit global warming to 1.5°C below pre-industrial levels to avoid severe effects on "health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth.
In urban areas transport causes severe air pollution which in turn have serious implications for the health of populations. In the UK alone, long term exposure to man-made air pollution has an annual effect equivalent to between 28,000 and 40,000 deaths and the cost of air pollution to the UK is estimated to be more than £20bn a year.
Solving these linked issues is a global task, the challenge is to identify:
How can technology help us solve the climate and air quality problems and how the transportation sector can create a sustainable future?
Formats for entries include:
Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org