Infrastructure strategy and planning for the future

Helping you achieve the full value of your infrastructure investments

The time is now for a forward-looking infrastructure investment strategy

This is a critical time for US infrastructure investments. The need is urgent: The American Society of Civil Engineers most recent report card gave the country’s infrastructure a D+. And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are hoping to reach consensus on how to fund the massive infrastructure renewal and construction program. But history has shown how easy it is to invest in the wrong projects (shovel-ready projects that did not in the end bridge the infrastructure gap comes to mind.) 

That is why a forward-looking strategy is important to ensure the government, companies, and other stakeholders achieve the full value of the investment – one that delivers the economic, social and environmental benefits as planned.

“With so much political and economic change powering US infrastructure growth, one thing is certain -- new and agile strategies will be needed to create the right balance of investor and government effort to build affordable, sustainable infrastructure.”

Daryl Walcroft, PwCUS Leader, Capital Projects & Infrastructure

A strategic framework for infrastructure investment

In our work with governments, investors, multi-lateral development banks, and architectural, engineering and construction firms – across more than 70 countries and $3 trillion in infrastructure investment – we have been able to identify five key steps to achieve the most economic, social and environmental benefits from infrastructure investment programs.

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Agile strategies for stakeholders in changing times

Even with the best-laid plans, unanticipated political and economic events can require organizations to change course. In our view, agile strategies are key to managing capital projects and infrastructure, but the specific strategies vary for different stakeholders 

In uncertain economic times:

  • Re-evaluate the viability of each project
  • Prioritize essential activities
  • Reduce costs where possible
  • Renegotiate supplier and contractor agreements

Engineering and construction (E&C) firms often are the hardest hit when economic conditions change.

  • Use technology to improve efficiencies
  • Renegotiate contracts with clients and suppliers
  • Well-capitalized E&C firms can use M&A to increase market share

Given the volatility in today's markets, investors need to continually assess potential exposures and risk mitigation options.

  • Re-evaluate and reposition portfolio
  • Acquire safe assets
  • Improve efficiencies
  • Work with multi-lateral banks, if possible

Unlike the private sector, governments often must continue to invest even when economic conditions deteriorate.

  • Prioritize investments
  • Free up capital through asset sales and leases
  • Renegotiate supplier contract where possible
  • Streamline the investment process
  • Leverage innovative approaches to financing

How PwC can help

We use a combination of sophisticated tools and rigorous analysis to assist our public and commercial clients in making strategic and planning decisions.

Together, they generate a granular view that offers many advantages: It clarifies how and why a particular capital project or portfolio aligns with your business strategy. It also helps create a more precise project definition and a well-defined execution strategy. 

In addition, our team of 1,000 engineering, business, finance, and government experts, can offer you full coverage support extending over the entire project lifecycle from strategy to financing to delivery, and even disposal of the asset.

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Daryl Walcroft

Principal, US Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader, PwC US

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