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Next steps: how do we improve the productivity of infrastructure delivery in Australia?

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11 December 2023
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Overview

Productivity is a longstanding issue facing the Australian construction industry. And despite many initiatives to address it, the situation hasn’t improved. According to the Productivity Commission, Australians are “running to stand still”. Countries worldwide are facing the challenges of rising costs and diminishing workforces.

With Australia experiencing these problems acutely, the ICE has convened this timely public debate to discuss how they could improve the quality of outcomes (effectiveness) and reduce waste (efficiency) in its infrastructure delivery – and what lessons this might teach policymakers world wide.

This is the third ICE Next Steps programme, a policy insight series that puts the ICE at the forefront of global discussions on the key issues affecting the civil engineering industry and society today.

This event is linked to the launch of a new ICE policy research programme on improving the productivity of infrastructure delivery in Australia. The newly published scoping paper can be found here: How can the productivity of infrastructure delivery in Australia be improved? ICE scoping paper.

Note: early in the new year, a Green Paper will be published for consultation.

Background reading

Speakers

Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

Alex Katsanos

Alex Katsanos

Aurecon

Managing Principal

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Alex Katsanos

Alex is a management consultant and advisor on policy, with 24 years of international experience, in the infrastructure space. His expertise focuses on public sector policy, operational improvement, capital planning, Smart City and data strategy, sustainability and procurement excellence.

Over the course of his career, Alex has worked across most infrastructure sub-sectors, both for government and private clients in East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. For the past decade, his focus has largely centred on Hong Kong and Greater China, where his intimate understanding of these markets will be instrumental in driving Aurecon’s growth.

Louise Santos

Louise Santos

Pinsent Masons

Partner

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Louise Santos

Louise specialises in the infrastructure sector and has experience advising developers and contractors on complex projects, including PPPs, in Australia and the UK. She advises clients on complex tenders for the design, construction and maintenance of projects procured through a wide variety of methodologies.

Kate West

Kate West

Arup

Co-Chair

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Kate West

Kate West is the co-chair of Arup in Australasia.

Kate began her career as an engineering graduate with Arup in Perth in 2000, experiencing many disciplines within the firm under the graduate development program. She decided to pursue structural engineering as her core skill and has continued to build a successful career spanning more than 20 years.

She is a member of the Australasia Region Board. Kate’s highlight projects include the Perth Airport T1 International Departures Expansion, Perth Airport Terminal 1 Domestic, and the new METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line in Perth.

Julie Wood

Julie Wood

ICE Trustee Board

Vice President, Membership

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Julie Wood

Julie is a major projects leader, a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

Julie is also a liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Engineers and is a ‘Freeman’ of the City of London.

Julie started her career as an apprentice and is passionate about social mobility and opportunity for all.

Julie is a member of the ICE Trustee Board. She is the co-chair of the Low Carbon Energy Board. She has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry much of this involved in the delivery of major complex projects.

Until the end of August she was an executive director of Arup where she led projects such as the Glaxo Group Research Campus, McLaren HQ, The Francis Crick Institute, HS2 Euston Station and the Transpennine Upgrade Project.

Julie has over 16 years of experience in non-executive director roles across a number of sectors.

Peter Colacino

Peter Colacino

Mott MacDonald

Infrastructure Strategy and Transformation Lead

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Peter Colacino

Peter is the project strategy and transformation lead for Mott MacDonald in NSW, and brings close to 20 years of experience in public policy, including as the Chief of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia. He oversaw the delivery of the key documents for the future of the Australian infrastructure sector, including the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan, the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and the Infrastructure Market Capacity Program.

Most recently he has been involved with supporting the implementation of transformational sector policy supporting agencies including Northern River Reconstruction Corporation, Infrastructure WA, Inland Rail and Unity Water.

Peter is also the NEC Contract Australia New Zealand Ambassador, an ICE Enabling Better Infrastructure working group member and works closey with the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership.