By 2030 there are expected to be more than 40 megacities around the world with more than 10 million inhabitants each. Read about the impact on existing infrastructure and environmental complexities in our latest Unearthed report ‘The Cities of the Future… and how geology will play its part’ for the Civil and Environmental industries.

We are excited to introduce the third edition of Seequent’s Civil and Environmental Unearthed Report; The Cities of the Future… and how geology will play its part.

Unearthed Volume Three

Download our latest Unearthed Report here

For those who haven’t read Unearthed before, it’s a global technology report designed to bring you innovative thinking and industry relevant perspectives for those with an interest in what’s going on beneath the surface.

Our latest Unearthed Report speaks to the challenges of our expanding cities. By 2030 there are expected to be more than 40 megacities around the world with more than 10 million inhabitants each. By 2050, 68% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, and those cities will be vast.

As city footprints expand up and out – the option of creating expansive underground cities is moving out of the futuristic and becoming very much realistic. Already, subsurface real estate is being increasingly managed and regulated, even as we take it for granted in our daily lives above ground.

Volume three of Unearthed covers topics from sustainability, living and working underground, to where our waste, cars and utilities are going. Read an extract from some of our Unearthed articles below – and download your free copy here.


Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy

Jakarta is sinking by as much as 15cm per year, a problem that has been exacerbated by the extraction of groundwater to support an inadequate piped water supply. In this article, Dr Thomas Krom, Seequent’s Head of Sustainability, discusses if tomorrow’s mega cities can drive sustainability that keep’s pace with their growth.


Future Cities – Going Underground

Working standing on pipes underground

With the rapid increase in people living in cities, designers and engineers are increasingly looking at what they can do with the space beneath our feet.  But who owns this land? Most people probably still harbour the belief that the land below their house is theirs all the way to the earth’s core. This article looks at the ownership of the land underneath us and best practice from around the world in underground development.


Future Cities – On Waste Disposal

Cities are in search of a cleaner, faster, neater solution to the rumbling garbage truck – pipes, suction and automated disposal could be the answer. In Songdo, South Korea’s privately built smart city, garbage trucks don’t exist, rather a series of pressurised pipes that take all waste to an underground sorting centre.

Future Cities – On Transport

Is the future of city transport in the hands of robots? After years of sci-fi promise, some of the AI guided revolutions in autonomous transport are beginning to mature into real services. Maybe.

Future Cities – On Earthquakes

Building with earthquake pervention

Given four of the world’s biggest economies are cities sitting along fault lines, protecting buildings against earthquakes, and especially making high-rise offices and homes resistant to seismic activity, is becoming increasingly critical. So, what are the techniques currently in use, and where is research and application going?


Leapfrog In Action

In this edition of Unearthed, we again take a look at Leapfrog in Action – including how dynamic 3D modelling is contributing to some of the world’s most ambitious civil engineering and environmental projects. Read about New Zealand’s 18km / 11mi Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway extension including a road corridor that cuts through steep hills and valleys, and the creation of seven bridges including three viaducts, the cutting of 7 million cubic metres of earth (and the filling of 5 million).

To read all the full articles, download your free copy of our Unearthed Report here.

If you have feedback, questions or any thoughts on what you’d like us to cover in future editions, please contact: [email protected]

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