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Engineering, Construction, and Infrastructure

The critical challenge for engineering, construction, and infrastructure companies is to increase productivity.

Projects are getting larger, riskier, and more complex, yet little progress on innovation and productivity has been made over the past 50 years. In addition, government's and other sponsor's budgets for capital projects are under pressure globally, which limits the resources available for large construction projects. In such a market environment, delivering projects on time, on budget, more efficiently, and more reliably are today’s top priorities.

Leading firms are relying on new ways of delivering projects, employing advanced building materials and construction methods, implementing better lean operations on-site, and adopting smart technologies. They will also play a leading role in driving consolidation via mergers and acquisitions to overcome the historic industry fragmentation.

Taking an Integrated Perspective to Win in Infrastructure

The infrastructure market’s nearly $1-trillion-a-year investment deficit is one of the world’s most challenging problems—or one of its largest opportunities. A few critical developments are resetting the rules of the game, according to BCG’s Jeffrey Chua. First, digital is changing the way assets are designed, planned, built, and delivered. Second, cities are becoming stand-out markets with ever increasing populations. Finally, governments are stepping up public-sector capabilities.

Yvonne Zhou on Using Technology to Tackle Challenges in Urbanization

Technology is fueling several major trends in urbanization and city development, explains Yvonne Zhou, a BCG partner and managing director. Notably, improvements in infrastructure are creating more connected and larger city clusters. At the same time, cities enabled by big data—through mobile, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things—are far more efficient and human-friendly.

Delivering More with LESS

Today’s projects are bigger, more costly, take longer, and deliver smaller capacity. But in most cases, the causes are human, not technical. BCG’s LESS framework is helping companies complete projects in less time with less capital.

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