Voices on Infrastructure: The project of the future
September 2020

Voices on Infrastructure: The project of the future

The infrastructure ecosystem is ready for change: the typical project carries unwanted surprises, profits for the construction sector as a whole have been lower than its average cost of capital, and neither problem can be fully addressed so long as the industry’s 0.5 percent  annual productivity growth persists as it has for decades.

Articles in this issue

Interview

CIB’s Michael Sabia on the future of investment in Canada infrastructure

– Attracting private capital to help finance infrastructure projects is more important than ever, according to Michael Sabia, chair of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Article

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.
Interview

Remodeling infrastructure financing: A Q&A with CDPQ Infra’s Macky Tall

– Montréal’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM), a new light-rail network currently under construction, serves as a model for how investors can help build crucial infrastructure quickly and sustainably.
Article

Agile delivery of capital projects

– Industry leaders are using the agile approach to reimagine how capital projects are delivered.
Article

Beyond taller walls: Meeting the resilience challenge of climate risk

– Climate change poses serious threats to infrastructure systems and the human lives that depend on them. It’s time for industry players to begin building resilience.
Article

Data to the rescue: Embodied carbon in buildings and the urgency of now

– Building companies seeking to make informed materials-procurement choices may confront data that are either lacking or too complex. A precompetitive consortium has responded with a free, open-source tool that anyone can use to help fill in the gaps.
Article

Walking the talk: Best practices for digital construction

– We are taking the advice we typically give our clients and applying it to our own construction project—and we’ll be sharing the challenges and lessons as we go.

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