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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.

Tagged in: GFC Life Cycle Methods

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.

Tagged in: 2010 Annual Report

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. 

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