Infrastructure & Cities

The impact of ageing infrastructure

December 19, 2013


December 19, 2013

Our Editors

The Economist Intelligence Unit


Key findings

  • Ageing infrastructure is a headache for many industries. A substantial majority (87%) of executives report that ageing infrastructure has had an impact on their operations in recent years; one in ten say problems related to ageing infrastructure have caused severe problems in their operations that they are still trying to address successfully.
  • The current infrastructure upgrade spend will rise. Almost 33% of executives say they plan to increase spending on infrastructure in the coming years, while just 8% plan to decrease spending.
  • Poor project planning, regulatory interference and a lack of resources are the biggest obstacles to meeting schedule and budget. goals. Better project management tools and practices may be a solution. Better upfront planning is the top strategy for overcoming obstacles and delivering projects on time and on budget in the next five years.

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