Transportation and Infrastructure

As transport infrastructure contributes to the economic output of a region, it is an important measure of productivity. However, developing efficient and cost-effective transport infrastructure is challenging. When deciding what to build, infrastructure planners and policy makers often need to balance complex political, economic, social, and environmental tradeoffs. At the same time, transport infrastructure requires large capital investments, and public finances are increasingly strained. Stakeholders often face a difficult choice. Either they optimize an existing, flawed asset or they build something new; either they continue with a proven asset or they invest in sustainable technology. Transport projects that proceed often exceed timelines and budgets.

Drawing on our extensive experience serving transport authorities, government agencies, banks and funds, and other public and private entities, we work to ensure that stakeholders are aligned and project outcomes are mutually beneficial. In particular, we have strong experience advising clients on risk and regulatory management. We support clients on asset planning and prioritization, financial projections—including demand modeling, and business and operating models. We also work with clients to define contracting strategies—including public-private partnerships (PPPs)—and to manage risk.

Planning, Financing, and Strategic Management

Our global network of consultants advise clients on the following topics:

  • Stakeholder Management and Project Organization.Drawing on our extensive experience serving transport authorities, government agencies, banks and funds, and other public and private entities, we work to ensure that stakeholders are aligned and project outcomes are mutually beneficial. In particular, we have strong experience advising clients on risk and regulatory management.
  • Value Engineering. We help clients balance technical and commercial design considerations. At the same time, we support clients in building capabilities so that project leaders have the fact base and skill set to make the appropriate trade-offs going forward. We systematically apply design-to-cost and design-to-market principles. To maximize the value of transport infrastructure, we apply proprietary tools and methodologies, including engineering trade-off approaches, construction cost benchmarking, and clean sheet analysis.
  • Procurement Strategies. We have developed multiple purchasing and subcontractor management best practices, such as our Category Consolidation approach and our Supplier Negotiation Academy, to help clients optimize costs and align the incentives of downstream suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Schedule Development and Updates. To improve productivity and complete projects on time and on budget, we help clients implement construction schedule techniques such as Critical Path Method Compression, Parallel Processing, and Schedule Delay Analyses. At the same time, we consider potential organizational barriers to implementation and manage accordingly.
  • Operational Excellence. Our detailed understanding of individual asset classes and their unique maintenance and operations enables us to understand the full cost of ownership at the outset of a project. During the development phase of a project, we help clients balance short- and long-term considerations to minimize maintenance costs once an asset is in operation. 

To support the formation of strong joint ventures, consortiums, and special purpose entities, we advise client on structure, negotiations, and implementation. To ensure the long-term success of an investment, we assist clients in identifying, analyzing, and managing project risk. By applying design-to-value, strategic sourcing, general and administrative benchmarking, lean operations and maintenance practices, and capital project optimization, we help clients improve the operations and overall economics of their assets. We support clients in restructuring and righting delayed and costly capital projects. 

 

Related Practices

To improve productivity and complete projects on time and on budget, we help clients implement lean construction techniques such as Critical Path Compression, Parallel Processing, and Last Planner Construction System.

 Mr. David Solomon

Mr. David Solomon

Business Technology

We help clients improve performance by designing portfolios—supported by resource reallocation, integrated strategies, and planning processes—that position them for success.

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