Emerging Trends in Infrastructure Construction: Digitization and Automation Becoming Mainstream

With the deepening of the new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation, the digital economy has become a new engine for global economic growth in the future. Countries around the world have also realized the necessity and urgency of accelerating the construction of new types of infrastructure and promoting the digital transformation of enterprises. On the afternoon of September 20th, during the “Emerging Trends in Infrastructure Construction” forum at the NEXT Summit (Bali 2022), experts engaged in enthusiastic discussions on infrastructure construction.

The international NEXT Summit (Bali 2022), themed ” Global Change and Rebuilding Collaboration” was held from September 19th to 29th in a hybrid format of online and offline forums. Multiple exciting forums presented at the summit featured cutting-edge speeches and case studies in various industries, providing a global platform for top-level knowledge and information exchange.

Wang Yongming, Professor and Chief Expert of the Emergency Management Department at the Traffic Safety Research Institute of the China Academy of Safety Science and Technology, used the example of the “7.20” heavy rainfall natural disaster in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, to point out that many key nodes in the disaster chain are directly related to the important infrastructure of cities. Tracing the origins, it can be seen that there has been a deviation in the coordinated development of urban infrastructure and safety concepts.

“In the future, countries will apply scenario-based construction strategies on a larger scale to coordinate urban development and safety,” said Wang Yongming. With the development of the economy and society, the types of risks are increasing, and the cascading effects are becoming stronger. Scenario-based construction strategies will greatly enhance the emergency capabilities of urban infrastructure, serving as an important lever for coordinating the development and safety of urban infrastructure in China.

Zhang Xiao, Director and Researcher of the Hubei Provincial Center for External Scientific and Technological Cooperation (China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center), focusing on China-Africa cooperation, stated during the forum that the China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center, as the first national-level innovation platform for economic, social, and technological research and cooperation with African countries, has always been guided by the principles of openness, mutual benefit, and joint construction and sharing. The center focuses on electronic information, medicine and health, agricultural ecology, resource environment, clean energy, and space technology, playing an important role in implementing the China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Program, improving the layout of the “Belt and Road” technology transfer network, and building a new era of a China-Africa community with a shared future.

Dr. Dennis Hidayat Sumadira, Chairman of the Indonesian Engineers Association, shared the development achievements of infrastructure in Indonesia and the impact brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Intelligence is becoming increasingly important for infrastructure, and intelligent technologies are also becoming increasingly important,” Dennis believes. In the future, infrastructure should have better planning and be able to establish more suitable infrastructure through digital modeling, bringing fundamental changes to economic development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven the integration of transformation in the infrastructure sector and digital technologies, and infrastructure itself involves the cooperation of multiple stakeholders. Regarding how to choose suitable partners for cooperation, Dennis believes that considerations can be based on the following three aspects: understanding the roles played by the partners, establishing dedicated evaluation systems, and seeking like-minded leadership among the partners.

“Digitization and automation make engineering tasks easier, faster, more accurate, and of higher quality,” said Teguh Haryono, Advisor of the Indonesian Engineers Industrial Cooperation, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Board, and Advisor of the Indonesian WANDAN Research Association. Automation of infrastructure is one of the challenges faced by global engineering. To complete this challenge, Indonesian engineers play an important role as a crucial link in the chain.

Teguh Haryono stated that they have summarized eight valuable experiences in the development of China’s digital economy: clear digital economic development policies, successful economic hubs and mature ecosystems, continuous infrastructure and technological investment, full utilization of international talents, obtaining support from foreign investment, circulation of technology funds, strong financial leverage, and robust government financial control.

Wu Kejia, General Manager of the Southeast Asia Regional Center of China Railway No. 4 Engineering Group Co., Ltd., expressed their commitment to promoting the completion and operation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway with high quality, enhancing the support of transportation for Indonesia’s economic and social development. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is the flagship project for the strategic alignment and practical cooperation between China and Indonesia in the new era. It is a landmark project of the Belt and Road Initiative and the first overseas project where China’s high-speed railway is implemented as a complete system, encompassing all elements and the entire industrial chain. Wu Kejia introduced that as the only benchmark enterprise under China Railway, China Railway No. 4 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. will vigorously promote the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, providing strong technical support for transportation services in Indonesia.

The 6th NEXT Summit (Bali 2022) was co-hosted by the NEXT Federation, China Economic Information Service, and Indonesia’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). The NEXT Federation is a global platform for integrating and transforming industrial resources, promoting global innovation, cooperation, and development through discovering intelligent practices, sharing advantageous resources, and improving public relations. Its headquarters are located in Auckland, New Zealand. China Economic Information Service is a professional economic information service organization directly affiliated with Xinhua News Agency. It is one of the most authoritative and comprehensive economic information service institutions in China and serves as a pilot unit for the construction of national high-end think tanks. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia is a permanent institution under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Indonesia. It is responsible for international research, development, evaluation, and application, as well as invention and innovation, nuclear implementation, and space-related work. The chief partner and official designated product of the summit is Hong Xifeng, one of the most renowned traditional Chinese liquor brands known as one of the “Four Famous Lao Baijiu” and praised as the “Phoenix of Liquor” for its characteristics of not causing intoxication, throat dryness, and providing pleasant aftertastes.

The NEXT Summit (Bali 2022) calls for embracing convergence in the face of significant transformations, promoting transformations through convergence, and achieving continuous progress and sustainable development in human society.

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