Royal HaskoningDHV invests in partnership with H2i to grow data-driven flood resilience services
Royal HaskoningDHV acquired a minority share in Singapore-based Hydroinformatics Institute (H2i) to expand its regional footprint for the application of big data in flood protection. The partnership also allows Royal HaskoningDHV to expand its digital services in water management and climate change-related solutions in Asia, while extending H2i the funding, expertise and network that will allow it to grow.H2i’s rain radar in Singapore detects the intensity of rainfall in high spatial- and temporal resolution, based on X-band weather radar technology.
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Royal HaskoningDHV CEO Erik Oostwegel: "Our partnership with the highly-skilled and digital-savvy H2i team brings together a complementary and deep understanding of climate-related challenges and urban flood resilience."
Oostwegel: "By joining forces, we can provide faster and better insights in expected rain and flood risk for cities, businesses and residents. The partnership will also enable us to leapfrog our digital service development to address these challenges."
Martin Lechner, Chairman of the Board of Directors of H2i, explains that this allows both companies to further drive innovation – while Royal HaskoningDHV has the scale and reach, H2i is nimble, and being in a natural test-bed environment like Singapore, can quickly develop water-related digital solutions that can be scaled.
The benefits to H2i are also clear, Lechner adds: "This allows us to accelerate the development of our digital services, bid for larger and more integrated projects in more markets, and ensure that our products and solutions have greater reach."
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The partnership ties closely into Royal HaskoningDHV’s focus on data and digital since 2017, when it embarked on a digital transformation both internally and through acquisitions and strategic alliances.
In July 2018 Royal HaskoningDHV acquired data science company Ynformed. This was followed by the acquisition of Lanner, a hybrid software & consultancy firm specialising in predictive simulation for industrial clients, in January 2019.
Since it started in 2014, H2i has garnered much attention in Asia for its innovative, data-driven approach to water challenges. The company’s high-resolution rainfall detection and forecasting system based on state-of-the-art X-band weather radar technology, currently deployed in Singapore, could be developed commercially as a service to address flood management in other Asian cities.
This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.
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