News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—December 2019

November 2019

We are excited to publish the December 2019 edition of Voices, exploring the workforce of the future. Industry-wide shifts in digitization, industrialization, consolidation, and rising technology investment are changing the industry and will require a different mix of skills across the value chain. In this edition, we discuss what new skills and capabilities will be essential in a modern-day workforce tasked with shaping and delivering the projects of the future.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, we hosted five roundtables on a variety of topics. Our San Francisco roundtable convened over 80 leaders in the energy, infrastructure, and mobility sectors to discuss managing the significant disruptions resulting from environment, technology, and workforce changes. The Johannesburg and Houston roundtables focused on the potential of collaborative contracting to improve performance and predictability in major projects. Future-proofing infrastructure was the topic for our Paris roundtable, while Milan focused on unleashing the potential for advanced analytics in infrastructure. Visit our roundtable and innovation site visits pages for details on past and future events.

Momentum continues to build for our sixth GII Summit, taking place in Montréal on June 10–12, 2020. The theme will be the project of the future, and our program pillars will tackle fundamental industry challenges, including digital and analytics transformation, collaborative project delivery, leadership and workforce development, and future-proofing infrastructure. We are already more than 75-percent subscribed with global leaders and expect to reach capacity early in 2020. For more details, please visit our Summit page.

Looking ahead, our April 2020 edition of Voices will focus on the project of the future, coinciding with the GII Summit theme. We hope you enjoy this edition of Voices, and we welcome your thoughts on any of our GII programs. If you have comments or would like to subscribe a colleague to Voices, please contact us at


The current labor shortage is just one reason why automation, if approached in the right way, could have a positive effect on the construction industry.

Michael Chui and Jan Mischke, McKinsey & Company


Improving the well-being of construction workers is a key component of successful major projects and an ethical imperative. Tideway’s chief technical officer, Roger Bailey, shares his perspective.

Roger Bailey, Tideway


As the construction industry evolves, industry leaders share their takes on how the workforce will respond.

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