Just like roads and aqueducts were fundamental to the development of Ancient Rome, the infrastructure of the 21st century is at the centre of the changing global economy.
The mission of Continuum Industries is to help the lagging construction industry teleport itself into the digital age and keep up with the requirements of achieving Net Zero emissions. We believe that without a step change, the sector will not be able to meet the demand for the critical infrastructure necessary for our society to grow and evolve.
As a software company, we provide tools and create an environment to help humans leverage vast computing resources and rapidly make better infrastructure decisions while retaining full control over the process. Our optioneering engine is very closely coupled with how engineers work, which is why we like to form close partnerships with our customers and help them get the most out of the product.
We would like to make a meaningful impact on the industry, the overall society that relies on infrastructure and effectively, on the planet itself. Our goal is to make it possible for every linear infrastructure project around the world to leverage our software on their job.
Whilst infrastructure is important for delivering essential services and wider policies such as net zero, it can have a significant impact on local communities. We want to help facilitate a transformative shift in infrastructure planning so that it takes a more systematic and consistent approach to social and environmental issues; giving communities more confidence in the process so they can focus on the local issues that matter to them earlier, when options are still open.
The founders originally met at the University of Edinburgh’s Hyperloop Team in 2016. The blue sky concept of hyperloop made us realise that designing such a complex system using the industry’s conventional methods would have rather low chances of achieving a successful outcome. This inspired us to create an optimisation engine for hyperloop and later also for all other types of linear infrastructure.
We are now working with sustainability and engagement specialist Sharon Darcy to more systematically incorporate social and environmental issues in our work.
John has 20 years of experience in engineering and infrastructure - he has held positions such as Global Strategy Director at WSP and Chief Executive for Strategy & Growth for AECOM's EMIA business.
Chair of Nature-Inspired Intelligent Systems Group at Edinburgh Napier University and Editor-in-Chief of Evolutionary Computation, an MIT Press journal
Former Vice-President of Jacobs Engineering, Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Chair of Future Infrastructure at The University of Edinburgh