• Service: Topics, Infrastructure
  • Industry: Financial Services, Real Estate & Construction, Infrastructure
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 1/02/2012

Global Construction Survey

KPMG's Global Construction Survey highlights the outlook for many engineering and construction companies, and key issues confronting the industry.

Global Construction Survey 2012: The great global infrastructure opportunity 

The last 3 years have been full of uncertainty for many in the engineering and construction industry. However, one constant is the insatiable demand for energy and infrastructure in all forms, which is causing a fundamental shift in focus for nearly all players in the sector. The ‘old’ imperatives of commercial, residential and industrial building projects have taken a second place in many geographies to energy, natural resources, transportation, communication and technology and other vital civil and social infrastructure projects.
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Key findings

  • Power and energy offer the best opportunities for revenue, and particularly so in the Americas
  • 53 percent feel government policies will fail to have a positive influence on infrastructure investment
  • 59 percent of respondents say procurement and supply chain offers the greatest opportunity to improve efficiency
  • Cost reduction remains on the agenda for most organisations
  • 50 percent say that IT transformation is too costly and takes too long
  • 46 percent of respondents say less than 25 percent of projects exceed their original bid margin
  • There is optimism over future prospects, despite economic uncertainty
  • 49 percent forecast an increase in backlog over the next 12 months
  • 75 percent believe margins on new bids will be equal to or more than existing backlog.


Economic and social infrastructure
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