Creative and proven management processes and innovative technology-enabled solutions—from drones to next gen BIM, digitization and advanced data analytics—can boost productivity from 20-25 percent and increase profitability. Contributions explore new approaches to advance productivity and leverage the digital wave.

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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.

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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?

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In the United States, governments are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) to implement public infrastructure works. Here's why the benefits of P3 project delivery, not just financing, will continue to shift the market in this direction.

Michael Della Rocca, McKinsey & Company

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To manage costs and schedules more effectively, a four-pronged strategy can identify and limit variability in process execution.

Leigh Jasper and Karthik Venkatasubramanian, Aconex

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Why understanding the client's view of value is critical for effective project outcomes.

Alan Krause, MWH Global (now part of Stantec)

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McKinsey research finds seven levers can fix construction's productivity problem, but they require a new approach from all players. We heard from industry leaders about which barriers to change are most likely to fall first.

Filipe Barbosa, Jan Mischke, and Matthew Parsons, McKinsey & Company

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

Bruce Grewcock, Kiewit Corporation

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Mired by under-digitization and fragmentation, construction must find a new way to build.

Michael Marks, Katerra

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Major capital projects are habitually beset by overruns and delays, but three solutions offer a path out of entrenched dysfunction and to increased profitability.

Jim Banaszak, Rob Palter, and Matthew Parsons, McKinsey & Company

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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America’s approach to planning, financing, building and maintaining public infrastructure is fragmented and inefficient. Here is how to improve it.

Michael Della Rocca, Tyler Duvall, and Rob Palter, McKinsey & Company

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Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) has convened industry leaders to identify ways to improve the delivery of new projects and get more out of existing assets. GII’s Innovation Site Visits expose a select group of global leaders to some of the most exciting advances in infrastructure from around the world. Here’s how it works.

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Real-estate developers should accept that business as they have known it is changing. By adopting new construction technologies, they can improve delivery and affordability.

Mukund Sridhar, McKinsey & Company

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Careful planning and an eye on the future can help the cities that host them.

Bill Hanway, AECOM

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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Palava shows a future that may work.

Abhishek Lodha, Lodha Group; Subbu Narayanswamy, McKinsey & Company

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How one Asian developer is using planning and technology to make cities work for people.

Lim Ming Yan, CapitaLand

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The industry needs to change; here’s how to manage it.

Rajat Agarwal, Shankar Chandrasekaran, and Mukund Sridhar, McKinsey & Company

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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Lessons from the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Authority

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Engineering and construction firms suffer from low margins and relatively low productivity. Here is how to do better.

Jose Luis Blanco, Mauricio Janauskas, and Maria Joao Ribeirinho, McKinsey & Company

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The best projects provide, connect, and produce sustainable outcomes.

Craig Albert and Tam Nguyen, Bechtel Corporation

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An interview with Jacqueline Hinman.

Tony Hansen, McKinsey & Company, and Jacqueline Hinman, CH2M Hill

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Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, talks about planning for future sustainability.

Michael Berkowitz, 100 Resilient Cities

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To build a city from scratch, create a solid economic foundation.

Fahd Al-Rasheed, King Abdullah Economic City

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Senior executives from Bechtel and AECOM discuss their companies' adoption of disruptive technologies.

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Most big infrastructure projects run late and over budget. Here’s how to do better.

Tim McManus, McKinsey & Company

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Bringing the consumer experience back into the infrastructure discussion.

Andrew Macmillan, Heathrow Airport

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The construction industry has historically been slow to pursue innovation, but Crossrail's Innovate 18 is setting out to change that.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail

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Diverse stakeholders, complex projects, and straitened budgets: a survey of global infrastructure leaders defines the challenges to the industry—and how to address them.

Jordan L. Brugg, Suzanne M. Burns, Arnaud Despierre, Hugh Thorneycroft, and York von Wangenheim, Spencer Stuart

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Building big infrastructure projects is always risky, but there are ways to improve the odds of a smooth landing.

Nicklas Garemo, Stefan Matzinger, and Robert Palter, McKinsey & Company

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How traffic, energy, water, and security issues will shape the future.

Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

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How small changes could make a big difference.

Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

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Megaprojects always face challenges, but looking only at cost and timing may not be the only way to judge their success.

Virginia A. Greiman, professor of megaprojects and planning, Boston University

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More sustainable financing, higher quality in urban projects, and new markets to soak up construction overcapacity will determine how the country writes the next chapter of its remarkable story.

Zuo Kun, executive vice president, China Development Bank Capital

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The secret to hitting a moving target is to aim slightly ahead of its trajectory. Stakeholders in infrastructure design, construction, and management face a similar challenge in working to develop cities capable of sustaining us tomorrow.

Uwe Krueger, CEO, Atkins

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative Beijing Roundtable, an engaging discussion on how to take China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) strategy forward.

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