CDM Smith is always working to help our clients stay ahead of the curve. Innovation defines the way we work, helps us redefine industry standards and fuels our curiosity for the unknown. Our cutting-edge research and development programme, appetite for innovative tech­nolo­gies and expert virtual design and construc­tion practices help us transform the industry one break­through at a time. 


CDM Smith is using vir­tual de­sign and con­struc­tion (VDC) to con­nect de­sign­ers, con­struc­tors, own­ers and op­er­a­tors with the right tools to bring pro­jects to life be­fore a shovel even hits the ground. With VDC, CDM Smith is help­ing clients to man­age change, en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion and main­tain goals through­out the en­tire pro­ject life­cy­cle.

Tailgate Talks: Virtual Design and Construction

When engineers and contractors work together through alternative delivery, they find ways to make project delivery more efficient and effective. VDC Manager Matt Harraka and Technical Delivery Manager Mario Vecchiarello explain why VDC is a better way to design and build projects.

4D/5D Modelling

These models make it easier for the people involved to relate to a project. Moreover, it is possible to visualise contractors’ work as well as the cost associated with that work. Abe Nejad describes this technology as “the future of construction industry” that enables both contractor and client to successfully deliver a project within estimated time and cost frame.

4D/5D Modelling

Project controls specialist Abe Nejad focuses in on how 4D and 5D modelling can take 3D and BIM models to the next level, incorporating all design elements to create one all-inclusive model.

Troubled Waters: The Fight Against PFAS

This documentary short investigates a ubiquitous group of chemical compounds and reveals the ongoing efforts to remove them from our drinking water.

Innovative Tech­nolo­gies

CDM Smith uses in­no­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies to de­liver smarter, bet­ter con­nected and more in­te­grated in­fra­struc­ture. We work to pair clients with the right tools to over­come bar­ri­ers, elim­i­nate costs and strengthen re­la­tion­ships on pro­jects of all sizes. 

HoloLens: The Immersive Mixed Reality Experience

Microsoft HoloLens helps leverage project data and visualise concepts to design, build and operate their infra­struc­ture faster and more efficiently.  

Tailgate Talks - Slide Rule and Hammer

Engineer Mike Healy and builder John Weston have been working together for more than a decade to achieve success through design-build.