Tuesday, May 1, 2012

10 Requirements for Infrastructure Mega-Project Success

This article was published in the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, SES News No. 179, Feb. 2012.

The article features analysis and a spectacular picture of Gefyra which is a 9,500 ft. long cable-stayed bridge connecting Rio and Antirio. (I was born and raised in the city of Patras which is just five miles from Rio.) The Rio-Antirio Bridge received the 2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Hawaii and Greece are half a globe apart, but they have several things in common:
  • Both are temperate places dominated by coastline and a marine lifestyle.
  • Both have been historically invaded and taken advantage of by various colonialists.
  • Both are relatively powerless in regional and world politics.
  • Both have agriculture and fisheries, but they are relatively poor in natural resources.
  • In both places tourism, education and military are a big part of the economy. And,
  • Both places have insider-dominated politics.
With these as background let’s look in brief at the lessons learned from large infrastructure proposals for highways, airports, rail systems, and large wind, solar or other renewable energy “farms.”