NEOM selects Bechtel for Cognitive Cities development

By Dan Weatherley
Saudi Arabia’s NEOM Co. has awarded US-based Bechtel a contract to provide design and project management services for its Cognitive Cities...

Saudi Arabia’s NEOM Co. has awarded US-based Bechtel a contract to provide design and project management services for its Cognitive Cities.

NEOM is a beacon for the future of urban living and development, and is set to deliver some of the highest quality living standards that the world has ever seen. The intelligent, sustainable urban design and land use will require some very technical engineering challenges thanks to the areas’ challenging terrain. NEOM is expected to become the world’s leading talent and investment destination upon completion.

Betchel has been selected to take hold of the development of both the primary and base infrastructure for the Giga-project.

The infrastructure will include the latest technology including artificial intelligence innovation, robitis and various forms of machine learning to boost decision making efficiency and predictive intelligence.

CEO of NEOM, Nadhmi Al Nasr, said: "Built from the ground up as a model of future living, NEOM will be one of the largest, most sophisticated and advanced infrastructure projects ever undertaken globally, and we are delighted to have a major industry leader like Bechtel on board to work with us to realize our ambitions."

Bechtel Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Brendan Bechtel said: "NEOM is one of the most complex projects in living memory and we are proud to be part of it. The vision for a futuristic, innovative and sustainable ecosystem is unique and bold, and we believe NEOM will change the way new cities are developed by future generations. We have helped our customers shape the Kingdom's history with many key projects and we are honored to be a partner in building its future."

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