Project Preparation, Delivery and Operation

The following information has been collated in order to aid government decision-makers (and other key supply chain stakeholders) in effective project preparation, delivery, operation and decommissioning.

  • Project preparation – sectoral plans, pipelines, project appraisal and selection
  • Project delivery and operation
  • Project decommissioning

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Global: World Bank An Alternative Approach to Project Selection: The Infrastructure Prioritization Framework

Updated: 22 October 2019

This paper responds to a need for expanding the available set of tools for project selection by proposing an Infrastructure Prioritisation Framework (IPF).

An alternative approach.

The IPF utilises existing and accessible data via multi‐criteria decision analysis. The IPF is intended to help governments systematically compare projects, while promoting the building of analytical capacity and data for more extensive economic analysis.

In this way, it is an extension of the set of tools available to support project selection and is complementary to ongoing efforts to build project appraisal and selection capability.

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Global: UNOPS Financial Management

Updated: 22 October 2019

UNOPS services include managing grants and pooled funds, plus providing advice and oversight for project and programme budgets.

Better finance management

Building on their excellence in delivering quality, UNOPS tailors its management support services to provide efficient integrated solutions and offers specialised context-specific solutions in response to country needs.

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Global: UNOPS Procurement solutions

Updated: 22 October 2019

Procurement is an integral part of the work of UNOPS.

Procurement solutions

Through transparent and effective methods, UNOPS specialises in finding new ways to help governments make public procurement more efficient. UNOPS advise governments to ensure that public procurement reaps benefits for the whole of society.

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UK: HM Treasury The Green Book: appraisal and evaluation in central government

Updated: 22 October 2019

The Green Book is guidance issued by HM Treasury on how to appraise policies, programmes and projects.

HM Treasury. Picture Financial News

It also provides guidance on the design and use of monitoring and evaluation before, during and after implementation.

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Global: G20 Governmental Processes Facilitating Infrastructure Project Preparation

Updated: 22 October 2019

A resource for decision-makers to improve project preparation practices and their capacity for initiating infrastructure projects.

Improving project preparation.

This resource spans the initial stages of project preparation – including the enabling environment. It includes case studies from around the globe demonstrating how to formulate infrastructure plans, project pipelines, project reviews and approvals, plus marketing and communication strategies.

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UK: Infrastructure Client Group Project 13

Updated: 22 October 2019

Project 13 is an industry-led movement to improve the way infrastructure is delivered.

Project 13

It proposes a new operating model – based on an enterprise not on traditional transactional arrangements – that will boost certainty and productivity in delivery, improve whole-life outcomes and support a more sustainable, innovative, highly-skilled industry.

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Global: OECD Ex-Post Assessment of Transport Investments and Policy Interventions

Updated: 22 October 2019

This report assesses the role of ex-post evaluation in enhancing decision-making practices in future transport investment.

Helping manage transport investments.

The paper shares experience from 12 countries. Case studies include ex-post assessment and review practices in the UK, France, the US and Spain.

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Global: Global Infrastructure Hub PPP Contract Management: Reports

Updated: 23 October 2019

Crossrail track in London. Image Crossrail.

The PPP Contract Management Tool provides government officials responsible for managing public-private partnership contracts and concession contracts during construction and operations, based on extensive data and real-life case studies.

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Global: G20 and OECD Guidance Note on Diversification of Financial Instruments for Infrastructure and SMEs

Updated: 23 October 2019

Private sector finance.

This paper sets out steps to enable higher levels of private sector finance for infrastructure and for diversification of infrastructure and SMEs financing instruments.

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Global: UNOPS Infrastructure

Updated: 23 October 2019

Helping manage infrastructure.

Sets out the wide range of advisory services and technical assistance programmes that UNOPS offers to help partners improve their ability to plan, deliver and manage infrastructure.

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UK: Innovate UK and Infrastructure Projects Authority Creating a Digital Built Britain: what you need to know

Updated: 23 October 2019

Helping create a digital built Britain.

The UK government’s programme to create a digital, integrated approach to the built environment. This includes the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) level 2 on an all centrally-funded projects and programmes.

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Hong Kong: Construction 2.0 – Time to change

Updated: 05 November 2019

Construction 2.0 sets out the Hong Kong government’s ambition to strengthen and maintain Hong Kong as an established regional leader in construction.

Hong Kong construction 2.0

The document provides a vision for the future of the construction industry and seeks to promote discussion about the necessary changes and challenges facing the industry.

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UK: Automated construction: boosting on-site productivity using a platform-based approach

Updated: 05 November 2019

Uk leading automated construction.

This article explores the platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly (P-DfMA) which is the UK government’s current preferred approach to construction for government projects.

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Global: UNOPS Project Management

Updated: 22 October 2019

UNOPS works to develop achievable plans that increase their partners’ ability to deliver consistently effective and sustainable results.

Providing support throught the project.

This includes providing support in project assessment and implementation, which can include: risk, project, programme and portfolio management; planning a project for implementation; adjusting ongoing initiatives; building capacity; and improving stakeholder management.

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Australia: Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Asset Recycling

Updated: 27 November 2019

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Asset recycling is a federal government policy in Australia to allow infrastructure owners in local government to divest from existing projects in order to finance new projects. This document reviews the performance of the program announced in the 2014-15 budget. It finds that the policy provided AUS $2.3bn in funding which unlocked over AUS $15bn in additional economic infrastructure; increasing economic activity and employment demand.

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UK: Decommissioning Insight 2018

Updated: 27 November 2018

Offshore foundations.

This industry report provides insight into the UK’s decommissioning market for the offshore oil and gas industry. The report includes examples from decommissioning practitioners, case studies of recent projects, and the need for collaboration and cultural change to achieve a safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective outcome.

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UK: Improving Infrastructure Delivery: Project Initiation Routemap

Updated: 27 November 2016

Highway construction

This handbook demonstrates how the creation of an appropriate delivery environment can prevent poor performance of major infrastructure projects. It acts as an aid to strategic decision-making, to help support the alignment of the sponsor and client in meeting the challenges of initiation and delivery of a project.

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Australia: National Guidelines for Infrastructure Project Delivery

Updated: 27 November 2019

Highways support unit

This resource sets out the Australian government’s approach and guidelines for the delivery of infrastructure projects. They are designed to inform the development of policy by individual infrastructure project owners and managers.

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UK: Government Functional Standard - GovS 002: Project Delivery

Updated: 27 November 2018

GovS 002: Project Delivery

This document sets out the UK government’s standard for the direction and management of portfolios, programmes and projects. It is designed to ensure value for money and the successful, timely and cost-effective delivery of government policy and business objectives.

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Finland: RAKLI Procurement Clinic

Updated: 27 November 2019

RAKLI Procurement Clinic

The Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients has set up a procurement clinic to use open, interactive workshops to facilitate dialogue between client and contractor organisations. This process has led to new operating models and knowledge sharing to better inform procurement practices.

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Global: Infrastructure Finance in the Developing World

Updated: 27 November 2015

Infrastructure Finance in the Developing World

This working paper discusses the need for robust project preparation processes and infrastructure pipelines to meet projected needs in the developing world. The paper outlines how ‘project preparation facilities can translate demand for infrastructure into investable projects, transforming a concept to a contract’. The paper also sets out how a strong pipeline of works can attract capital, and discusses how to create one.

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UK: Off-site manufacture for construction: Building for change

Updated: 04 December 2019

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee published a report in 2018 examining if off-site manufacture for construction could improve productivity in the construction sector, including what government would need to do to facilitate it.

Building for change.

The Committee found that off-site manufacture for construction has a number of tangible benefits which could help improve delivery, including improvements in quality, faster delivery, more productivity through the use of less labourers, diversification of jobs away from production sites and in regional areas and improved safety for workers.

The report highlighted evidence from existing schemes, including proven time and productivity improvements on the Crossrail programme at Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street Stations. It also considered examples at waste treatment works, and viaducts.

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