Insights on Capital Projects & Infrastructure

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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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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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Getting big mining projects right: Lessons from (and for) the industry

– Overruns and delays are common in big mining projects. Intelligent interventions can improve the odds of success—particularly... on distressed projects.
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Reimagining supply-chain collaboration in a low-oil-price environment

– A new approach to collaboration, within a company, between suppliers, and across the industry, could unlock savings that would... increase profitability and safety.

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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.
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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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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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Redesigning the public transportation experience: London’s contactless card system

– The journey to a ticket-free transit system—and the path ahead.
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Who’s at the wheel? Changing culture and leadership to support innovation in autonomous vehicles

– The new world of transport will demand different skills, capabilities, and culture.
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Disrupting transportation: We need to think bigger than cars

– Connectivity could dramatically change the commute of the future.
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The department of transportation of the future

– Transportation will be dramatically different in ten years. To adapt, public entities and stakeholders must act today.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

Housing affordability: A supply-side tool kit for cities

– Global housing stock has not expanded quickly enough to keep up with a surge in demand, but cities can focus on three supply-side... solutions to make progress.
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Navigating the digital future: The disruption of capital projects

– Digital technology is disrupting capital projects. Companies that want to emerge as leaders must transform their organizations... now.
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Tackling infrastructure’s digital frontier

– Once at the forefront of innovation, construction now lags behind in the adoption of new technologies. But the industry is at... a tipping point. We spoke with executives from Atkins, Siemens, and RIB Software at GII 2017 about how they’re embracing the disruptive potential of digitization.
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Navigating risks in project finance

– When it comes to infrastructure and capital projects, managing risks and incentives correctly can be a major enabler for opening... up new funding streams and creating bankable project pipelines. McKinsey senior partner Roberto Fantoni sat down with leaders from Macquarie, Arup, HSBC Singapore, and MTR Corporation at GII 2017 to discuss the challenges at stake and the opportunities to overcome them.
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Building smart and affordable real estate

– The global real estate market is changing. Standardization, prefabrication, and smart technology are gaining traction as rising... populations confront the need for affordable housing and livable, sustainable cities. Senior partner Subbu Narayanswamy discussed these evolutions and more at GII 2017 with leaders from Arup, Barcelona Housing Systems, and the Centre for Liveable Cities.
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Rewiring contracts for collaboration

– Too many construction projects are traditionally founded on risk, not collaboration—a root cause of the sector’s low... productivity. At the 2017 GII Summit, McKinsey partner Michael Della Rocca joined leaders from Atkins, Bentley Systems, and King Abdullah Economic City to discuss how relational contracting and shared incentives can create better outcomes for infrastructure and capital projects.
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The new age of engineering and construction technology

– New technologies are transforming all stages of the engineering and construction process. Here’s what companies need to... know about the evolving landscape.
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Optimizing performance in infrastructure project delivery

– To manage costs and schedules more effectively, a four-pronged strategy can identify and limit variability in process execution.
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Out with the old: Why embracing new ideas can transform construction’s poor delivery habits

– Construction lags behind other industries in its ability to manage complex projects, but two new approaches will help close the... gap.

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