Insights on Capital Projects & Infrastructure

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Seizing opportunity in today’s construction technology ecosystem

– A new analysis of the construction technology ecosystem finds emerging trends, constellations of solutions, and an ever-increasing universe of technology use cases that are disrupting the way we plan, design, and execute projects.
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Capital projects: Creating digital-first organizations

– A new organizational structure and talent strategy can accelerate digitization in capital projects.
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High stakes: How investors can manage risk in the new infrastructure environment

– Technology is disrupting construction on multiple fronts. What are the consequences for infrastructure-investment managers?
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Avoiding mistakes of the past: A CEO’s checklist in a commodity upswing

– Having recovered from a downturn, miners are ready to build again. These nine core actions can improve the industry’s poor... project-delivery track record.
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Improving the delivery of road infrastructure across the world

– Five best practices should inform efforts to boost countries’ road-infrastructure delivery systems.

Industrial projects and portfolios

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The art of project leadership: Delivering the world’s largest projects

– Four mind-sets and eight leadership practices distinguish successful leaders of ultralarge projects.
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Small doesn’t mean unprofitable: Unlocking new value from small-to-medium metal and mining projects

– Managing smaller projects with increased rigor and a through-cycle mentality can help companies to capture significant untapped... value.
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Capital project value improvement in the 21st century: Trillions of dollars in the offing

– A holistic and practical approach can increase project value by making capital spending more efficient.

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Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

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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Artificial intelligence: Construction technology’s next frontier

– Engineering and construction is behind the curve in implementing artificial intelligence solutions. Based on extensive research,... we survey applications and algorithms to help bridge the technology gap.
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How OEMs can seize the high-tech future in agriculture and construction

– Our research showed that OEMs in North America should focus on five core areas to take advantage of the changing landscape.
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The rail sector’s changing maintenance game

– How can rail operators and OEMs benefit from the disruption brought on by digitization?
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Smart city resilience: Digitally empowering cities to survive, adapt, and thrive

– In the age of the smart city, leaders must adapt their resilience strategy to match their evolving risk profile—otherwise... they risk building a smarter but more fragile city.
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Putting citizens first: How Latin American cities can be smart

– For Latin America’s cities to remain competitive, they must understand their citizens’ experiences and needs—and... design policies accordingly.
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Combating the challenges of urbanization in emerging markets: Lessons from India

– India’s smart-city program offers a road map for cities working to prepare for mass urbanization with limited funds.
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Dan Doctoroff on how we’ll realize the promise of urban innovation

– To prepare cities for the future, we need to develop and deploy the services that will power them. It will take political courage,... foresight, and coordination.
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Yangpu Waterfront: From rustbelt to brainbelt

– Plans are afoot to transform this Shanghai district into a world-class innovation hub. Here’s how leaders hope to overcome... challenges in an emerging city and bring their vision to life.
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Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems

– Investment in unmanned aerial systems is soaring, but challenges remain. Here’s what stakeholders need to know about the... evolving landscape.
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Fission accomplished: Getting nuclear power on grid faster and cheaper

– New nuclear power-plant projects are often in the news for delays and cost overruns. Yet there are also compelling success stories... from around the world. Here, we explore some of the ingredients necessary to build a nuclear power plant on time and on budget.
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A strategic approach to climate action in cities—focused acceleration

– Prioritizing efforts in four areas could help cities achieve 90 to 100 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030.
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Public–private collaborations for transforming urban mobility

– Partnerships that let cities take advantage of new mobility services should make urban transportation more accessible, affordable,... and efficient.
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What US consumers think of shared mobility

– As ride hailing and ride sharing grow more common, a new survey offers insights into shifting attitudes and behavior.
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Infrastructure for the evolution of urban mobility

– Self-driving vehicles, ride-hailing services, and other technologies are transforming urban mobility. To capture the benefits... of the shift, cities will need sound infrastructure plans and investments.
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Electric road systems: The future of freight transport

– How electrification is helping Sweden meet its environmental sustainability goals.
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‘A physical version of the Internet’: How Hyperloop could be the broadband of transportation

– Proponents of the high-speed technology envision an end-to-end revolution in transportation.
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