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Wed, Apr 10




In the April session of First Friday, Samista Jugwanth will be presenting a case study in applying foresight methodologies to tangible infrastructure planning

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Apr 10, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+2


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About the session: A Case Study in Applying Foresight Methodologies to Tangible Infrastructure Planning

Engineering planning methods are relatively linear and predictive – it generally assumes similar conditions to the present, in the future.  However, this is not reality.  In this session we will look at a pilot project where we merged qualitative data (from using strategic foresight methods) into traditional engineering planning.

The project was set in Cape Town – in order for the city to achieve its desired level of water security, effective planning based on water demand estimates are needed.  In traditional engineering, this demand calculation would have been predicted using 3-4 variables.  Using this method, we brainstormed over 100 drivers, and then reduced and consolidated it into a number of 6 scenarios that can be modelled and planned for, creating an envelope of possibilities.  The richness of the output shows that this method was successful and will help make our designs resilient and adaptable.

In the developing world especially, we have a great backlog in service delivery and limited resources.  This project is an incredible example of how strategic foresight can be effectively integrated into other disciplines (like engineering) and have a tangible impact in creating a better world given the constrained environment.  The method used in this project, can be easily adapted into other infrastructure planning projects.

Our Speaker: Samista Jugwanth

Samista is a registered engineer and serves as a Technical Director at Zutari.  In this role she oversees the leadership and development of Zutari's KwaZulu-Natal Water business. Her responsibilities encompass the management of existing water projects, fostering client relationships, and driving business development initiatives.

With a career spanning almost 15 years and projects located in a number of African and Middle East countries, Samista has demonstrated expertise in treatment and process engineering, hydraulics, wet services design, water strategy and planning studies, as well as project, design, and construction management. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Samista serves as an Industry Advisory Board Member and External Examiner for Civil Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Samista's expertise extends to design-led thinking and strategic foresight methodologies, ensuring her solutions are human-centered and inclusive of environmental, social, and economic aspects. As a futurist and Emerging Fellow at the Association of Professional Futurists, she actively engages in the global community, facilitating events and contributing to publications.

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