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When major mining projects face trouble, leaders often find it hard to determine how or when to intervene. Six key strategies can help get projects back on track.

Mark Kuvshinikov, Piotr Pikul, and Robert Samek, McKinsey & Company

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There's a monster that eats projects: scope creep. To keep the creep at bay, organizations need discipline, collaboration, and a relentless focus on real user needs.

Steffen Fuchs and Rafat Shehadeh, McKinsey & Company

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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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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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The market for solar power is growing faster than ever, but profitability has been lagging. The keys to improvement are better capital and operational efficiency.

David Frankel and Dickon Pinner, 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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As the global real-estate market changes, developers need to focus more on the customer experience.

Ankit Gupta, Bruce Xia, and Haimeng Zhang, McKinsey & Company

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The traditional shopping mall is under threat. Here is how to meet the needs of digital customers.

Sangeeth Ram, 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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Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Parag Khanna, Hybrid Reality Institute

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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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Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate, talks about the influence of technology and infrastructure innovations for the cities of the future.

Jay Walder, Motivate

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Understanding an infrastructure asset’s unique characteristics can extend its life span—and save money.

Janna de Groot and Ashay Prabhu, Assetic

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How consumers and technology are redefining how people get around.

Interview with Jay Walder, Motivate

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An interview with Helle Søholt.

Interview with Helle Søholt, Gehl

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What can other cities learn from Hong Kong’s approach to transit?

Lincoln Leong, MTR Corporation

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative Philadelphia Roundtable, focusing on the airport passenger experience, airport and terminal privatization, and what US airports can do to accelerate redevelopment.

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Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe address how increasing infrastructure productivity can help save $1 trillion globally.

Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe, McKinsey & Company

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Carl-Stefan Neumann presents how big data and digitization can help improve a city’s infrastructure.

Carl-Stefan Neumann, McKinsey & Company

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The public appreciates the creation of great infrastructure—but the process is difficult.

Adrian Booth, McKinsey & Company

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Self-driving cars are not just about a hands-free driving experience. Their emergence points to an urban transformation that will change the way people navigate, access information, and interact with one another.

Matthew Claudel and Carlo Ratti, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

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Digitization in infrastructure networks could improve forecasting, promote reliability, and increase efficiency.

Carl-Stefan Neumann, McKinsey & Company

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Going after quick wins helped city leaders create momentum for continuing improvement.

Yakov Sergienko, McKinsey & Company

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Infrastructure productivity can and should be much better. Here’s how to start improving.

Nicklas Garemo, Martin Hjerpe, and Jan Mischke, McKinsey & Company

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Privatizing government assets is just one way to improve fiscal health or invest in new infrastructure. To create value for the public, all options should be considered.

Robert Palter and Stuart Shilson, McKinsey

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US infrastructure is aging, while the population is growing. To improve the transportation system, argues the secretary of transportation, the United States needs more funding and less red tape.

Anthony Foxx, US secretary of transportation

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Spending money, not raising it, is the biggest problem when it comes to financing infrastructure.

Tyler Duvall, Alastair Green, and Mike Kerlin, McKinsey & Company

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In some of the most promising markets, supply of and demand for reliable energy has outpaced infrastructure. For discerning investors, the opportunity to fund energy infrastructure is significant.

Arif Naqvi, group chief executive, The Abraaj Group

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Even the best planning can’t always stave off an infrastructure failure when a major disruption hits. But building in resilience can help infrastructure withstand shocks or fail safely.

Judith Rodin, president, The Rockefeller Foundation

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Matching up infrastructure projects and institutional investors is difficult. Better knowledge of how infrastructure assets will behave and new ways to monitor performance can help.

Frédéric Blanc-Brude, research director, EDHEC-Risk Institute

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