News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—March 2019

March 2019

Welcome to our March 2019 edition of Voices, focusing on the art and science of achieving excellence in real-estate major projects. We hope these insights distill innovative strategies and solutions that can contribute to global real-estate projects of the future.

In January, the Global Infrastructure Initiative began another 18-month cycle of roundtables and site visits, which will culminate with our sixth GII Summit in Montréal in June. We are delighted to announce that Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has signed up as our Strategic Partner, and to confirm our five Pillar Partners: Bentley Systems, Clifford Chance, Spencer Stuart, Trimble, and WSP. Collectively, we look forward to propelling measurable industry change with our partners by creating engaging content at our forthcoming roundtables, site visits, and the 2020 Summit.  

The theme of our first roundtable of 2019, taking place in Madrid in April, will be “Unleashing the potential of advanced analytics in infrastructure.” Looking ahead, our June issue of Voices will focus on “Reshaping metropolitan mobility,” and we plan to cover the topic of “Beyond modular: From projects to products” in our September issue. Visit our roundtable page to see past and future roundtables. As always, please reach out to us with suggestions for roundtable topics and innovation site visit locations.

In case you missed it, our December issue of Voices was dedicated to the “Best Ideas” report from our fifth GII Summit, hosted in London in October 2018. You can expect to see our forthcoming events echoing the themes coming out of that summit—focusing on digital transformation and industry disruption, projects of the future, infrastructure financing and funding, collaborative contracting, and public sector transportation.

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 info@giiconnect.com.

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Transport authorities are navigating lower public-transit ridership, declining air quality, and growing financial pressures. Integrating bus networks into the broader urban infrastructure is key.

Emma Loxton, Denis O’Connor, and Naba Salman, McKinsey & Company

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McKinsey’s latest mobility start-up and investment tally shows the industry invested $120 billion in the last 24 months.

Daniel Holland-Letz, Benedikt Kloss, Matthias Kässer, and Thibaut Müller, McKinsey & Company

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Jakarta's flagship rapid-transit project has proven successful within its first year. MRT's director envisions a total of 230 kilometers of railway alleviating some of the world's worst congestion.

William Sabandar, MRT Jakarta, and Rajat Agarwal, McKinsey & Company

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