Welcome to Issue 139 of GHD NEWS, the latest edition of our newsletter that showcases the success of our clients, demonstrates our technical excellence and provides insight into emerging industry issues and trends.

In this edition, we focus on the theme of responding to the global demands of water, energy and urbanisation. This is a key plank in our client-service led strategy to deliver greater responsiveness and client relationship depth.

According to a United Nations report, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. All nations will face the challenge of providing growing urban populations with housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy and water, as well as essential services such as education and healthcare. To prepare for these unprecedented challenges, we will need to focus on creating inclusive and sustainable cities with adequate infrastructure and services. In short, we must to rethink the way we manage urban areas. Our opinion piece with world-renowned planner, Pedro Ortiz, provides a unique perspective on the urbanisation debate.

In the pages that follow, we provide examples of how public and private sector organisations are improving essential infrastructure and access to services. One such example is our work with Carillion in the UK on the Doncaster to Water Orton rail network, a major enhancement project to cater for large container traffic. We also showcase a range of global projects where our clients are adopting new approaches and innovative ideas to optimise solutions and enhance asset productivity.

The communities in which we live and operate are an essential part of GHD. Our people continue to be involved in a myriad of causes around the world.