News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative

June 2016

This is the second edition of Voices on Infrastructure. Thank you for the positive feedback on our March edition, and please continue to let us know what you like and what you would like to see. The proposed theme for our September edition is engineering and construction; in December, we plan to focus on real estate.

We are also in full swing in lining up GII forums. The next summit will take place in Singapore from May 24 to 26, 2017, with the theme “Rethinking infrastructure: New solutions.” The agenda is a work in progress, but we expect to cover a wide range of topics, including master planning, building a marketplace for bankable projects, the future of construction, and using data analytics to improve asset performance. Please save the date. 

On June 6, we hosted a roundtable in London on transforming data use in infrastructure organizations. The next two followed in Washington, DC: optimizing US federal real estate and facilities, on June 9, and bridging global investment gaps to finance sustainable infrastructure, on June 15. The latter included the launch of a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, Bridging global infrastructure gaps. Click here for more on previous and future roundtables. 

In 2016, we will offer four GII innovation site visits. The first, on June 30, will be to the BROAD Group in Changsha, China. BROAD manufactures modular buildings that are reported to be five times more energy efficient than conventional ones and up to 30 percent cheaper to build.  Later this year, we will go to GE Digital in California, Crossrail and Tideway in London, and King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia. 

The goal of these visits is to expose GII participants to some of the most interesting innovations in global infrastructure. A CEO-led executive team hosts each visit. Let us know if you are interested in attending, and check back on this website for dates and information. 

We look forward to continuing the GII journey with you. If you would like to let us know what you think of Voices, sign up for GII events, or receive more information, please contact us at


As Katerra strives to digitally disrupt the construction industry and “productize” the way we build, CEO Michael Marks discusses lessons learned and aspirations.

Michael Marks, Katerra


A look at countries that have embraced modular construction reveals that two critical conditions—labor dynamics and housing demand—predict adoption, though other factors can also play a big role.

Nick Bertram, Jan Mischke, Maria João Ribeirinho, and Gernot Strube, McKinsey & Company


As modular construction gains traction, industry leaders weigh in to identify common patterns and obstacles to overcome.

Darren Bechtel and Kaustubh Pandya, Brick & Mortar, Roz Buick, Trimble, Joseph Schottland, Innovatus, and Kez Taylor, ALEC 

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