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Reimagining infrastructure in the United States: How to build better

– Infrastructure agencies need to prepare for two very different scenarios—a sharp rise in funding or a precipitous drop.

The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem

– The COVID-19 crisis looks set to accelerate an overdue transformation of the world’s largest ecosystem. We expect nine shifts... to radically change the construction value chain, and offer a blueprint for the next normal ahead.

Resetting capital spending in the wake of COVID-19

– Amid the pandemic, many CFOs are struggling to stabilize cash flows. A quick reset of capital spending—which can usually... be achieved in about four weeks—can help them reach their goals.

Preserving project continuity in the face of COVID-19

– Advancing infrastructure projects means owners must protect people, projects, and performance. This will require adopting an agile... posture, continually assessing risks, and adjusting operations.

A new paradigm for project planning

– Owners and contractors can protect both workers and project economics by embracing a more efficient approach to project execution.

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Meeting E&C needs in and after coronavirus: A Q&A with WSP’s Paul Dollin

– A global engineering consultancy is planning for recovery by rethinking how its people work, as it safeguards its engineering... and construction operations.

Restarting after COVID-19: A Q&A with Clifford Chance’s David Metzger

– Standby agreements for major capital projects can help preserve relationships as well as shore up suppliers’ and contractors’... solvency during construction standstills.
Interview - Voices on Infrastructure

Shifting the status quo in energy: An interview with Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich

– It’s more important than ever for leaders to overcome fears and embrace the new energy landscape. Empowering consumers to... make informed decisions can help.

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Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?

– Despite increased spending and pockets of progress, infrastructure investment gaps remain.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution

– To transform the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

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Using analytics to get European rail maintenance on track

– By harnessing data and analytics, European rail-infrastructure operators can deliver better performance at a lower cost.

Control capital project duration—and cost—with schedule optimization

– It is almost always possible to accelerate the completion of a capital project—even during construction. To do so, project... owners should follow three best practices.

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

– Do you remember your first flight? The first time you fell in love with a new city? We do.

Commercial real estate must do more than merely adapt to coronavirus

– COVID-19 is a humanitarian challenge that will have lasting effects on how people live, work, and play. By acting today, real... estate leaders can best serve end users and ensure their own viability.

Solving Africa’s infrastructure paradox

– There is need and available funding, together with a large pipeline of potential projects—but not enough money is being... spent.

Collaborative contracting: Moving from pilot to scale-up

– Despite the early successes of collaborative-contract adopters, the industry remains hesitant. Five steps can help project owners... better envision the transition toward more collaborative approaches.

Four ways governments can get the most out of their infrastructure projects

– Best practices can help governments invest in infrastructure that expands the economy and better serves the public.
Article - Voices on Infrastructure

Building Change: Opportunities in disruption

– Industry leaders convened to address environmental and technological disruptions, their impacts on the infrastructure industry,... and paths for moving forward.
Interview - Voices on Infrastructure

Developing the digital construction workforce A Q&A with Greg Bentley

– New skills and new entrants are needed in infrastructure-project delivery. Fortunately, the workforce of the future might be closer... to home than expected.
Article - Voices on Infrastructure

Empowering talent: Women in energy, resources, and infrastructure

– The energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors are low on a crucial source of talent: women. New data shed light on the size... of the problem—and point to potential solutions.
Interview - Voices on Infrastructure

More diversity, more complexity: Is your culture evolving fast enough?

– Infrastructure builds hard assets—but rising complexity and diversity mean that the soft skills will matter more for future... success, say infrastructure experts Greg Stanmore and Bruce Williamson.
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