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Smart Master Planning for Smarter Ports

Leading consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV explore the importance of smart planning for emerging port projects.

The topic of smart ports has become more prominent in recent years, as part of the expanding feasibility and applicability of Industry 4.0 themes – automation, data analysis, device connectivity, portable working – within traditionally conservative port operations.

Before we discuss what these themes mean for master planning, it is important to consider the overall business rationale of why a port should become ‘smarter’, as this is vital for the strategic design phase.

In essence, a smart port is designed, built and managed to use less space and resources while reducing the environmental impact of operations.
 

Richard Willis, Port Operations Technical Director, Royal HaskoningDHV, Liverpool, UK; Eslie Vrolijk, Port Planner, Royal HaskoningDHV, London, UK