Innovation Site Visits

Build knowledge and inspire action

To complement GII’s efforts to improve the delivery of new infrastructure and get more out of existing assets, we host a number of Innovation Site Visits each year.

Each Innovation Site Visit exposes leaders in the GII community to some of the most exciting developments in infrastructure from around the world. Led by a combination of the host site's executive team and McKinsey partners, the visits provide participants with an immersive experience of the innovation and a clear understanding of its potential impact at scale.

GII Innovation Site Visits – Overview

For details of past and forthcoming site visits, please read below.

Note: McKinsey & Company does not endorse the organizations hosting the innovation site visits and their inclusion does not contain legal or investment advice.

Upcoming Site Visits

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Completed Site Visits

Optimizing existing infrastructure to build the future

– With a budget of approximately US$ 4.7 billion, the REM, a 67-km integrated, public, electric light-rail transit network under... construction in the Greater Montreal, is the largest public transit project undertaken in Québec in the last fifty years. CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of global institutional investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is responsible for the planning, financing, construction and operating phases of the REM. Through an exclusive onsite experience, participants will witness firsthand how REM is incorporating and updating century-old infrastructure into the project and navigating the economic and social impacts of the project.

The rise of supertall towers

– In 2014, New York City had only four supertall towers, defined as 300-meters and above. Today, just four years later, this number... has increased by 500 percent to 24 supertall towers completed, under construction, or in development. Adaptive building laws and technological developments have converged in the ambitious Hudson Yards project. Through an exclusive onsite experience, participants witnessed firsthand how AECOM manages the complex construction of this megadevelopment.

Moscow major projects

– Since launching modern Russia’s largest construction program in 2011, Moscow has more than doubled its territory. To catalyze... the full potential of this rapidly-growing metropolitan area of 19.5 million people, the City of Moscow’s government pays significant attention to infrastructure as one of the key pillars of urban development—with a current focus on projects that create livable and comfortable urban spaces for both citizens and tourists.

Virgin Hyperloop One: Launching transformative technology

– Hyperloop could be the next great leap in transport, which hasn’t seen the emergence of a major new mode in more than 100... years. If the technology’s potential is fully realized, Hyperloop will transform the lives of billions of people by giving them back time and convenience; radically disrupt supply chain models by allowing same-day delivery of goods across continents; create a new wave of high-tech companies and skills; and change where we live and where we work.

King Abdullah Economic City and Jeddah Major Projects

– With a budget of US$100 billion in private financing, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is the largest single investment to date... in Saudi Arabia and far exceeds the other global budgets for master-planned cities. Participants will also get a sneak preview of some of Jeddah’s most exciting megaprojects under construction.

Electric Road Systems

– Sweden's Trafikverket has initiated two active electric road technology trials in hopes of combining the efficiency of rail with... the flexibility of trucks, thereby demonstrating how electrified roads might work in the future.

Crossrail, HS2 & Tideway

– The United Kingdom is in the midst of a major infrastructure expansion phase with a number of megaprojects in the planning, development... and delivery phases.

GE Digital

– GE’s Digital headquarters in San Ramon, California is where the Industrial Internet is brought to life.

Broad Group

– On June 30 and July 1, 2016, approximately thirty construction and real estate executives from around the world joined a GII Innovation... Site Visit to BROAD Group’s BROAD Sustainable Buildings in Changsha, China.

San Francisco Innovation Tour

– We visited Bay Area firms that are disrupting infrastructure delivery and toured post-quake improvements to the city's infrastructure.
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