The future role of the federal government in infrastructure development and investment was among the noteworthy topics covered during a recent panel discussion held at the California Infrastructure and Technology Summit. 

AEM Director of Infrastructure Policy Kate Fox Wood participated as a member of the panel, which was hosted by AEM member Topcon Positioning Systems as part of the company's 2018 Technology Road Show. Fox Wood tackled a number of questions on infrastructure development and also discussed ways legislators in Washington can better work together and encourage innovation in the partnership between technology and infrastructure. 

Located at a test site near Topcon’s facilities in Livermore, California, the California Infrastructure and Technology Summit focused on the important role that technology plays in maintaining and constructing infrastructure. Other participants on the panel included representatives from Autodesk, Intel, McGuire and Hester, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to the panel, Topcon CEO and AEM Director Ray O’Connor outlined ways in which technology such as BIM and 3D solutions can help address infrastructure challenges the U.S. currently faces in a more cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

The benefits derived from the intersection of infrastructure and technology is a major focus for AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 thought leadership initiative. In fact, the initiative’s U.S. Infrastructure Advantage report released last year articulates five pillars specific to infrastructure policy that are critical to ensuring the country remains economically competitive. One of those pillars emphasizes the need to implement a national plan for an infrastructure system prepared to take advantage of technological advancements such as embedded sensors, autonomous vehicles and drones.

Watch a video of the panel discussion and O'Connor's remarks below.

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