Amec Foster Wheeler has announced a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) to give urban centres across the world access to groundbreaking tools allowing them to
better plan for potentially destructive weather events.
In collaboration with 100RC, Amec Foster Wheeler will harness meteorological data to provide 100RC member cities with highly detailed forecasts on extreme weather patterns and the impacts they will have on localised infrastructure. The forecasting technology will empower cities to prepare comprehensive plans in advance of oncoming tropical storms, blizzards, and other dangerous natural events. With the data provided by Amec Foster Wheeler, cities will be able to accurately discern which roads will be most impacted in the event of a massive snowstorm or which bridges require additional reinforcement to survive a powerful hurricane.
As part of the agreement, Amec Foster Wheeler is joining 100RC’s network of Platform Partners – a group of specialised organisations from the public, private and non-profit sectors that provide critical tools and services for cities to make 100RC member cities better at adapting to the shocks and stresses of our world and transforming them into opportunities for growth.
“At Amec Foster Wheeler, we are driven by providing safe and sustainable project solutions for our customers, many of whom include cities and municipalities worldwide,” said Samir Brikho, Chief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler. “Partnering with 100RC will enable us to harness our worldwide expertise in sustainability, emergency management, weather forecasting, environment and infrastructure to enhance cities’ capacity to thrive when experiencing shock and stress.”
As a 100RC Platform Partner, Amec Foster Wheeler will also help 100RC member cities to develop critical materials for resilience building projects, such as detailed infrastructure project designs and environmental impact assessments. Peter Hall, who is the Amec Foster Wheeler Director for the platform partnership, will coordinate the firms resources that can work side-by-side with cities, guiding government staff through each step of the grant application process, to help them understand what is needed by the funding agencies and how to craft the most compelling and successful grant applications for specific resilience projects.
“Cities can’t become resilient out of thin air – they need proper tools and the proper organisational support to do so,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC. “Amec Foster Wheeler is leading by example, offering critical data and insight to our member cities and helping to shape a global resilience movement when, and where, it is needed most. Together, Amec Foster Wheeler and 100 Resilient Cities will have the resources, knowledge and professional expertise to help our member cities achieve their resilience building goals.”
Through the 100RC Network, cities partnering with Amec Foster Wheeler will receive:
- Access to extreme weather, marine, and flood forecasting instruments and technology;
- Pre-feasibility and feasibility study support services to assist with obtaining grants for specific resilience projects;
- Data management support to identify, prioritise, and track critical assets that are most vulnerable to acute shocks and systematic stresses