This guide discusses how Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) addresses the immediate need for an updated infrastructure of airports, seaports, and rail sectors to strengthen America’s supply chain resiliency.
According to the 2021 ASCE Report Card, America’s ports supported more than 30 million jobs and approximately 26% of our nation’s GDP. But the report warns that without updating these ports and waterways, the country could face further supply chain and labor issues.
Decades of neglect of the country’s railways, seaports, and airports have left the country in a vulnerable position when it comes to the movement of goods and supply chain issues. According to several surveys, none of the top 25 airports are in the United States, and only four of the ports have made it to the global top 50 ports list. Furthermore, the waterways and ports have billions of dollars in backlogged repairs.
The IIJA will provide $973 billion over the next five years (the fiscal years 2022–2026) to fund a multitude of old and new programs to improve transportation, including railways, seaports, and airports across the country.
This guide discusses how IIJA is the first step in the path to future for providing clean air, drinking water, and environmental justice for enhancing health and security across America.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that while great strides have been made in reducing pollution, many areas in the United States exceed national air quality standards. And with six to ten million lead service lines still in use across the country, many Americans do not have access to safe drinking water.
The IIJA will provide $973 billion over the next five years (the fiscal years 2022–2026) to fund a multitude of old and new programs to improve water, transportation, energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband, and more.
Additionally, according to a recent EPA study, about “14% to 18% of total daily treated potable water in the United States is lost through leaks, with some water systems reporting water-loss rates exceeding 60%.” In what’s been called a ‘big win’ for the country’s aging power grid, the IIJA will invest in improving the nation’s power infrastructure and addressing legacy pollution issues.
In addition to the needed funding to address the existing problems, provisions outlined in the bill will also modernize the current regulatory system to help speed up projects to mitigate climate change and support a competitive global economy.
Clean air, clean drinking water, and environmental justice for communities that have been left behind are part of a more extensive initiative to improve health and security across America. This bill is the first step on the path to the future.
This guide discusses the causes and consequences of construction disputes, how they can be avoided, and how owners can get the information they need to make decisions for future projects.
Construction is a high-stakes, complex game, and when things go awry, everybody searches for a person to blame. Finding common themes in the causes of conflict in construction projects makes it possible to find workarounds that could mitigate or avoid many disputes. This is all the more possible now that artificial intelligence (AI) can offer better analysis through data to help you steer clear of many construction conflicts.
Preparation can help immensely in avoiding conflicts on construction sites. Project teams should be
trained on schedule management, documentation, cost tracking, and have complete knowledge of the scope of work as well as contract terms before the project begins. Construction teams should also know how to handle changes when they arise. Predictive analytics can help mine project information for clues into what to expect on similar projects in the future and play out scenarios that can detect conflicts before they can happen.
In the past, assessing the risks and rewards of new projects was a question of the construction leaders’ basic recall skills. However, data modeling can now do the heavy lifting, comparing similarities and differences between past and future project details. Predictive analytics is a natural outcrop of data analytics that can add great value to capital construction.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed into law in 2021 has created a perfect opportunity to leave behind some commonly believed myths about capital construction projects and programs.
While the world lived through another year enduring a global pandemic, many industries, including construction, forged forward by adopting and integrating new ways of conducting daily business. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law in 2021, creating a perfect opportunity to leave behind commonly believed myths held when it comes to capital construction projects.
Top ten commonly believed myths in the construction industry:
- Myth #1: The construction industry lives in the past
- Myth #2: Sustainability and construction don’t go together
- Myth #3: There is little inclusivity and diversity in the construction industry
- Myth #4: Collaboration across departments and amongst stakeholders is hard
- Myth #5: Only large agencies with big tech budgets can afford capital construction project management software
- Myth #6: Project data is always inconsistent
- Myth #7: Right of Way (ROW) and land acquisition is a tedious process
- Myth #8: Online public engagement is difficult to manage
- Myth #9: Construction projects are always delayed
- Myth #10: Cash flow is not transparent
Explore this guide to gain valuable insights about the public engagement process, how your agency can manage public feedback and the common challenges often encountered during the public engagement process.
Your constituents’ feedback will influence your project, so it is important to have a solid engagement process in place, beginning with the planning phase of a project.
Outlined below are common challenges often encountered during the public engagement process and how investing in a public engagement platform will help ease, for that matter, even eliminate these tedious problems.
- Quality (or the lack) of engagement
- Limited audience reach
- Slow dissemination of information to the public
- Slow and cumbersome review of feedback
Learn how a wholly modern, robust software solution designed specifically for small to midsize public agencies like you can help manage your capital program, from planning through construction to operations.
Different departments independently plan, track, and manage infrastructure and facility projects with various tools resulting in inconsistency across departments. This process creates difficulty in establishing data and audit trails, managing schedules, and project controls. All these factors will slow down every aspect of your capital program, making it extremely hard to get an accurate snapshot of your project’s or program’s health. Gain valuable insights about how having a modern and concise way to manage your planning and project execution will help you save time, increase your team’s productivity, aid your agency in eliminating costly errors, and save money in the long run.
Gain valuable insights about the ten actions that your public agency should take to digitize your capital program to gain more control over your projects and adapt to technological trends.
The world is rapidly changing, and if your public agency does not keep up with the technological advancements, your capital program may slow down or get hindered. According to McKinsey, on an average, large capital construction projects are 20 months behind schedule and 80% over budget. Today, just about everything is digital, and the pandemic has rapidly accelerated this fact of life. The more connected your public agency is, the more control you will have over your projects. Moving your agency online entirely and deploying an enterprise-level system to replace your point solutions can be a big undertaking. We have compiled ten actions that your public agency should take to digitize your capital program.
- Implement electronic signatures
- Bring public engagement online
- Integrate GIS capabilities with your current systems
- Automate your workflows (and boost collaboration)
- Ease the training and onboarding for current & new staff
- Extend your project network with controlled access for consultants and contractors
- Go mobile
- Integrate (all of) your systems
- Hire an expert
- Introduce an enterprise-level solution
Learn more about the different ways in which GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and PMIS (Project Management Information Systems) can work together in the construction industry for an enhanced operational performance.
Today, construction management software is widely used to organize projects and capital improvement programs (CIPs). Simultaneously, geotagged data has become an important part of capital project lifecycle management. Therefore, it makes sense that PMIS be able to incorporate accurate, geotagged data into most activities. This data should also be easy for your users to access.
Read the guide to learn about the ways in which GIS and PMIS can work together in the construction industry.
- Reports assigned to coordinates
- Automatic coordinate capture
- Useful reports
- Leverage existing investments
- ESRI integration
- Regulatory compliance stored in one place
Gain valuable insights from this webinar on the equity gap in public infrastructure. Learn how we can overcome the inequality in the delivery of infrastructure and services for our communities.
Aurigo has teamed up with industry leaders to discuss the possible solutions to the existing equity gap in infrastructure.
Our nation has had a history of inequality in the delivery of infrastructure and services for our communities. How do we include more women, minorities and other traditionally underserved groups in the process? Capital program leaders must recognize and work to readdress inequities in their policies and programs that may serve as barriers to equal opportunity.
Key Learning Objectives:
- How to ensure the projects being proposed are equitable
- How agencies can hire the right people to advance equity
- Equity trends over the last few years
- The benefits of narrowing equity gaps in your capital program
Modernize your risk-based project oversight and framework with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines. Download the Managing Capital Program Risk guide to align your CIP processes to the recommendations of the FHWA.