2009: INFRASTRUCTURE AND INSPIRATION
By any measure, 2009 has been economically challenging. Around the world, investment in infrastructure has been touted as a way
to respond to these challenges and stimulate our global economy.
However, the impact of infrastructure goes well beyond “stimulating” to “sustaining”—the economy, society, and the environment.
In the process, the professionals who design, build, and operate infrastructure strive to improve the quality of life for people around the
world—and that goal is what drives the amazing projects presented in The Year in Infrastructure 2009.
Within these pages you will find works of infrastructure that are inspirational on many levels: for the distances they span, the people
they connect, the air and water they clean, and the renewable energy they produce. These projects also represent tremendous
innovation in the use of information modeling technology to produce intelligent infrastructure.
Intelligent infrastructure is better performing, measured in terms of operational efficiency, constructability, safety, and use of energy
and nonrenewable resources. The projects you will read about here are state-of-the-art, employing technology to create new and
sustainable value in every stage of the infrastructure lifecycle.
The word inspiration is derived from the Latin “in” (into) and “spiro” (breathe). Indeed, the more than 250 extraordinary projects
nominated for the 2009 Be Inspired Awards that we proudly present in this book are a breath of fresh air. They demonstrate our
society’s resilience in the face of tremendous challenges, both economic and environmental, and serve as a testament to the ability
of engineers and architects, contractors, and owner/operators around the globe to solve any problem, great or small.