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There are at least four (4) durable reasons that responsible governments will continue to be pushed to reposition their infrastructure portfolios toward a higher proportion of Life Cycle Delivery Projects.

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The Barchan Foundation's first annual report, summarizing key characteristics of 345 projects posted in our proprietary web application, is now available to those registered on the Barchan Foundation site.

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Across the world, governments are struggling with how best to deliver and finance badly needed public infrastructure facilities. Experiments continue for procuring and delivering roads, transportation, water supply, wastewater treatment, schools, hospitals, and other public facilities. Lessons learned from these efforts – both good and bad – are not being properly collected and shared in practical or helpful ways.

One of the primary missions of the Barchan Foundation is to address this issue – to build a community in which project delivery and finance experience and strategies are collected and shared – with a view toward improving the long term performance of not only individual public projects, but entire collections of infrastructure networks.

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Point of View:

Editor's Note:  Public entities approach choice of project delivery system from different points of view.  One approach is to eliminate inappropriate methods for a given project from the list of Six Key Delivery Methods in the MIT Framework (see Barchan Foundation home page), followed by selection from those that remain of a workable project delivery system, with definition of scope of work and contract requirements.  Another approach involves systematic analysis of project delivery systems with the goal of choosing the BEST PDS for a given project. 

Major Brazilian projects registered in the Barchan Foundation database show that governments at all levels continue to rely on the full range of project delivery and finance alternatives in arranging for infrastructure renewal and expansion.  These projects include a mix of road, airport, rail, transit, energy, water, wastewater, and prison projects.  

More than thirty (30) projects registered on the Barchan Foundation site to date provide a sound indication of the success that Canada's provincial and local governments have had in flexibly delivering a variety of recent public infrastructure facilities. These projects include a broad mix of port, road, transit, airport, bridge, tunnel, energy, water, schools, and other public building projects.  All Six Key Delivery Methods in broad use across the world's public infrastructure portfolios are being selectively used in the development and renewal of Canadian infrastructure portfolios. 

Public entities are turning to Design Build Operate Maintain (DBOM) Alternate I as the competitive engine for reducing costs AND raising levels of service.  The DBOM Alt. 1 strategy is one of the Six Key Delivery Methods (see home page) in the MIT Framework and has been in use across the world for over two centuries.  Search the Barchan Foundation database for "DBOM" to view recent posted projects in Quadrant I.

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Chelsea, Mass (USA).  Five separate postings in the Barchan Foundation project database illustrate how an uncomplicated repair and maintenance strategy has produced significant administrative savings for the City of Chelsea (MA, USA), while improving service levels and lowering life cycle cost for the City's water/sewer/drain and street networks, parks, and city vehicles.

Search for "Chelsea" at the Projects page on to learn more about Chelsea's procurement and project delivery strategy for: water/sewer/drain O&M, street sweeping O&M, pavement marking O&M, public vehicles O&M, and grass cutting O&M.

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Barchan entered into a research agreement with the U. Colorado at Boulder in early September 2010. The Principal Investigator from UC Boulder is Professor Keith Molenaar, Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and K. Stanton Lewis Chair of Construction Management. Professor Molenaar, one of the world's experts on project delivery, and Desi Navarro, a master's degree candidate in Construction Management, are engaged in these efforts.

Infrastructure projects are mapped into a simple framework of quadrants developed within MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the 1990’s (the MIT Framework). The MIT Framework distinguishes between Direct and Indirect financing strategies, and Segmented and Combined delivery strategies.

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