To understand the implications of Australia's vast infrastructure program, start here

The CBD light rail project in Sydney is just a slice of the huge infrastructure upgrades underway in major cities. Photo: Steve Christo / Corbis via Getty Images.

  • Australia has a vast pipeline of infrastructure development that will re-shape cities, while technology will change how people live, work, shop, and travel.
  • The Smart Infrastructure Report from BI / Research is a guide to understanding the implications, challenges and opportunities.

The detours, construction sites, and road closures in and around Australia’s major cities are impossible to miss.

After years of under-investment, there are now huge infrastructure upgrades in roads, rail, and other infrastructure underway and more in the pipeline over the coming years.

Global best-practice infrastructure planning is now a sophisticated process. Research shows that end-users place value not on a piece of hard infrastructure but on the services it provides on a complex set of measures including community, lifestyle, and environmental impact.

At the same time, technology is reshaping how we think about development needs and land use in cities. Driverless cars, for example, have the potential to reduce the need for car parking spaces because they can spend more time on the road transporting people. Disruption in global supply chains and the rise of online shopping invites questions about the nature of warehousing, retail space, and distribution hubs. And how companies think about office space is changing as workforces become more empowered to work from anywhere.

The latest in-depth report from BI / Research is a comprehensive overview of the modern infrastructure landscape, looking specifically at the $100-billion-plus pipeline of spending for Australia and how the changes will re-shape cities, communities, and businesses.

The Smart Infrastructure Report will help executives, investors, and business leaders understand the opportunities and risks at play in infrastructure development.

“Our country is at a fascinating crossroads between needing to upgrade legacy infrastructure and needing to invest in the types of infrastructure that will support the technologies our future generations will be relying on,” writes Michael Thorpe, Managing Director for Infrastructure & Utilities at the Commonwealth Bank, in the foreword to the report.

“For all current and future infrastructure projects, it’s crucial that investors – whether they’re government, private enterprise or community – understand the nature of the project, the nature of the workforce that exists at the time and the outcomes they’re seeking throughout the life of the asset.”

The report covers:

  • New concepts of sustainability in infrastructure
  • Infrastructure requirements at a time of demographic and technological change
  • The management of climate risk
  • The impact of smarter, more connected buildings

You can find the complete report here.

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