The Environment Agency appoints Mott MacDonald to provide digital Smart Object Library


The Environment Agency is to use Mott MacDonald’s Moata Intelligent Content as its Smart Object Library (SOL) and will make it available to all of the Agency’s internal teams and project delivery partners.

The move allows the EA to use and re-use high-quality, standardised BIM content across its project portfolio, to reduce model development time and enable the rapid prototyping of designs. Moata Intelligent Content provides a standardised, managed library of BIM objects that can be re-used instead of re-created. Mott McDonald says it will give the EA and its collaborative partnerships the objects they need to develop designs at pace and with confidence – delivering efficiencies, improving sustainability and helping to reach net zero carbon targets.

Says an announcement from the group: “The award follows the successful demonstration over the last 12 months of Moata’s capabilities and Mott MacDonald’s digital advisory and water project delivery domain expertise. The managed object aspect featuring a team of experts, creating and quality checking all objects before they are made available, makes the Moata Intelligent Content library particularly powerful, with each component of the highest quality so it can be used accurately via supply partners and projects.”

Kanita Dogra, project manager at the Environment Agency commented: “The ability to rapidly produce objects in a streamlined and efficient manner will certainly aid and support successful capital project delivery in the Environment Agency. The time and cost savings can be expertly measured and recorded to showcase the benefits and positive outcomes of the smart object library and we look forward to discovering more ways to grow and develop the library to encourage improved future designs.”

Mark Plowman, key account leader and national framework manager at Mott MacDonald said he believed the project “will lead to positive, far-reaching benefits within the Environment Agency and their supply partners, utilising and offering high quality, checked and approved objects and templates ready for consumption at a couple of clicks – a step forward in productivity for our industry.”

The flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) capital programme, of which this is part, plays a key role in delivering the broader EA2025 plan to protect and enhance the environment as a whole and contribute to sustainable development. By 2025, the aim is to have created more climate resilient places and infrastructure, by ensuring the nation is prepared for flooding and coastal change.

For more information on Moata Intelligent Content visit the Moata website.