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December 2017 Edition Smart cities: Turning opportunity into reality

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.

Paul Nicholas, Microsoft


India’s smart-city program offers a road map for cities working to prepare for mass urbanization with limited funds.

Suveer Sinha, McKinsey & Company


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.

Dan Doctoroff, Sidewalk Labs



Orlando, March 1, 2018

Airport Customer Experience Leadership Forum

Madrid, March 6, 2018

A Digital Revolution in Construction

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Digitizing construction and infrastructure

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Reinventing the construction sector in France

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The Future of Mobility

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Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution

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Reinventing Construction

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Rethinking Construction

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Reinventing Construction

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Videos & Podcasts


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 Barcelona Housing Systems, Arup, and the Centre for Liveable Cities.


How can airports incorporate design and customer experience strategies to craft positive end-user journeys? Executives from McKinsey, JFK International, Orlando International Airport, and CCR USA weigh in on how airports can center customer experience.


Shanghai-based WinSun is pioneering 3-D printing as a construction process. With as few as three employees overseeing the process, commercially viable houses are being built in under one week, using materials from construction and industrial waste. Chairman and CEO Ma Yihe explores how large-scale 3-D printing could transform the industry with respect to design, cost, and time.


McKinsey research explores the underlying reasons for the construction industry’s productivity challenges, identifying the root causes and seven actions that could create a step-change in construction productivity. With $1.6 trillion at stake, where do we start?


Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, funding pressures and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. McKinsey leaders joined executives from some of North America’s busiest and largest airports to discuss major issues facing the sector today.


GII has collaborated with McKinsey’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice to develop cutting-edge tools to help leaders enhance the value of economic and social infrastructure. The following are market-ready:

Infrastructure Spend and Stock Database (ISS)

The ISS database delivers vital insights about existing infrastructure assets, helping governments, companies and investors plan for the needs of any given country.

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Roads and Bridges Benchmarking

This powerful negotiating and risk-management tool analyzes over 17,000 projects to help owners understand what projects should cost and where their schedules typically go adrift.

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Infrastructure Projects Analytical Tool (IPAT)

IPAT helps companies prioritize their spending decisions and shape their growth strategies by tracking key characteristics of more than 120,000 projects worldwide.

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