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Jacobs develops new Covid model to help contractors return to work

21 July 2020

Jacobs, the Dallas-based consultant, has developed a new Covid-19 modelling software program in collaboration with the University of Cambridge which will assist the return to work of contractors on major infrastructure programmes.

The model can be used to create and assess various work scenarios which clients may face. Jacobs believes it can help those looking to restart public transportation operations, as well as those planning and executing large capital programmes.

The probabilistic model has been reviewed by the Asset Management Group at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and is being used to help clients such as Network Rail make better-informed decisions as they plan for remobilisation.

“This model enables us to help clients proactively design and deploy strategies that support people’s wellbeing and build business continuity and resilience” said Donald Morrison Jacobs’ People & Places Solutions senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The modeling can be used over time to help clients understand the impact of existing mitigations.”

Network Rail High Speed head of asset management, Dr Joao Rocha, commented: “The application of Jacobs’ impact modeling has helped to improve decision-making and understanding of the effectiveness of our actions as a business in protecting our workforce and ensuring that we keep providing a vital service for the UK.”

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