A T Kearney 2017 Views from the C-Suite

The 2017 annual survey of global business executives reveals that technology and political risk are the top concerns of executives as they shift their business strategies. The findings underline the complex and ambiguous environment in which business now operates. Thus successful innovation is a business opportunity for 33% of respondents but an equal number (34%)…

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How much understanding and appetite does the UK public have for infrastructure projects?

    Copper has begun research for its second major deep-dive report into the British public’s attitudes to infrastructure. It is the much-awaited follow-up to the ground-breaking Independent survey of attitudes to infrastructure in Britain, published in 2015, which was endorsed by Lord Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. The 2015 research showed that…

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PA Innovation Matters Report Offers Critical Questions for Leaders

The 2017 PA Innovation Matters Report offers some great data, a framework for innovation, insight on innovation design, culture and networks and the key beliefs of successful innovation leaders. The critical questions leaders should be asking themselves and their organization, according to the report, are: Have we identified and evaluated the best sources of innovation…

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MACE report makes real sense of social value

The 2017 MACE report: Social Value – Underpinning our Future Legacy offers a concise, excellent and well-illustrated picture of the what social value means in major projects and offers a series of five recommendations for action: Defining specifically what social value means for the construction sector; Developing social value measures that are relevant; Social value…

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Contracting for Success in Complex Projects

The 2017 ICCPM/IACCM report Contracting for Success in Complex Projects points to the fundamental changes that are required in the culture of contracting organizations and in the language of contracts to enable the kind of multi-level cooperation needed to navigate complexity.

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Size does matter for infrastructure projects

According to the Guardian newspaper (19th May 2017), the concensus at the evening conference by the Institute for Government suggests that there are definite benefits to size for infrastructure projects, even if smaller, more incremental infrastructure and transport projects are easier to track in terms of impact and benefits.

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Worldwide hack in May 2017 underlines the cyber-threat to major projects

Many major projects enjoy significant national or social status, which makes them potential targets for cyber-attack by hostile governments or organized criminal gangs. The worldwide hack that surfaced on 12th May 2017 is an alarming reminder or, in some cases, a wake up call to the vulnerability of systems. Major projects are part of the…

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Institute for Government look at a policy lifecycle that maps neatly with project management

The Institute for Government research report, Making Policy Stick, describes a lifecycle for long-term policy development which maps neatly with that of project management, thus: ‘a period of rising salience (significance) during which an issue becomes politicised, gaining the attention of minister’ which, in project terms is the equivalent of project initiation; ‘a building blocks…

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Over the next 10 years almost 20% of the construction workforce will retire!

Relatively simple changes in attitudes and working practices could see thousands of highly skilled and dedicated workers staying in construction. To make these changes would not just be an investment in the short term, but one for the long-term benefit of the industry. Retaining that experience and passing it on to the next generation could…

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World Bank social campaign to end poverty makes clever use of social media

The World Bank social campaign to end poverty makes clever use of social media to translate their message into a language that has specific appeal to difference groups. Thus discrete messages highlight specific strands in the campaign: investing in early years education, the significance of fragility and resilience, the value of early nutrition, and the…

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PA advocate building a network for innovation

The 2017 Innovation Matters report from PA Consulting offers four great insights as prerequisites for successful innovation: Focus on the future Createan innovative organization Design innovation into your organization Build a network for innovation

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US scores a D+ on the American Society of Civil Engineering’s 2017 Infrastructure Reportcard

The ASCE’s Infrastructure Reportcard, produced every four years, takes a comprehensive look at the state of the US infrastructure, with reports on: Aviation Bridges Dams Drinking Water Energy Hazardous Waste Inland Waterways Levees Ports Public Parks Rail Roads Schools Solid Waste Transit Waste Water Each sector report provides an overview of the current state, capacity…

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According to Northumbria University’s Paul Jones, transforming our cities for the future is a huge project and yet the solutions are inherently small

Professor Jones, with two colleagues has prototyped the concept of an Organicity. “In the Organicity, each development will have the necessary expertise for the community to flourish, including doctors, architects, solicitors, dentists, as well as skilled and unskilled labour. This new urban model transforms city blocks into productive environments. For example, the development of urban…

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HS2 kicks off its learning legacy

HS2 has appointed EY to develop its corporate Knowledge Management strategy including defining its learning legacy programme.  As part of the wider knowledge sharing strategy the learning legacy programme seeks to capture knowledge from Phase 1 for sharing with Phase 2 and, where applicable, the wider industry. HS2 is the first project planning to set up a…

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Crossrail releases new Learning Legacy content

Over 140 new knowledge sharing items have been added to the Crossrail Learning Legacy in September 2016. Crossrail’s Learning Legacy initiative was launched in February 2016 to share good practice, lessons learned and innovation from its construction programme and will continue to share its knowledge in 6 monthly tranches until its construction completion in 2018….

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Tideway Launches Innovation Programme

Tideway launched its Innovations programme on 28th September and is the first major project to launch using the industry-wide I3P innovations platform. The I3P platform builds on the success of Innovate 18, Crossrail’s innovation programme which was donated by Crossrail as a legacy for use by the wider industry.  Crossrail’s Innovate 18 programme led to…

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