The CIHT Young Professionals Technology & Innovation challenge is an annual competition designed for young professionals to push themselves by encompassing an analytical approach to a key question on everyone’s minds such as 'how do we create a sustainable future?' and ‘what does the future of transport look like?’
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?
“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
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 Friday 9th August 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
Closing Date for Entries Friday 9th August 2019
My Transport Vision Competition was designed to challenge Young Professionals to push themselves further in their career by encompassing an analytical approach to a key question on everyone’s minds, ‘what does the future of transport look like?’
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. This is creating opportunities and challenges for the highways and transportation profession. 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 on the cusp of a revolution in transportation” (CIHT Futures). As I begin to think about my transport vision I come back to this sentence stated by CIHT Futures at the start of this challenge and what it truly means for me at this stage in my career.
Where I consider the journey from an older person’s perspective, isn’t very inspiring – it’s a world where many perceive that they have few realistic travel options. As a result, their ability to access opportunities are reduced compared to those around them. To counter this, I’ve had three ideas which, as a profession, we can do to avoid making my gloomy vision a reality.
Is there a rural vs. urban divide in the feasibility of CAV uptake due to deficiencies in underlying infrastructure? Or is this a step towards transforming roads infrastructure and blur the line between urban and rural?