Role of strategy in solving everyday transport challenges

Let us start with defining strategy. What is strategy? A strategy is a longer term direction to achieve a particular goal.  For example, the vision for road safety is ‘No person should be killed or seriously injured on Australia’s roads’ and the strategy to achieve that includes ‘adopting the safe system approach – safe roads, safe speeds, safe … Read more

Should Your Business Case Emphasise Qualitative Assessment?

Let’s start with quantitative analysis like benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – there is a lot of experience behind this quantitative approach and is supported, mandated even, by central funding agencies, particularly Treasury departments. So, let me start with BCA. This method is only as good as the data behind the analysis, which usually depends on demand … Read more

What will be the ‘new normal’ for transport?

Much of the work of transport professionals involves delivering projects. Setting up the foundation is key to success – whether a planning project or business case or a technical or infrastructure delivery project. I’ve been thinking about what transport will look like in the ‘new’ normal – whenever and whatever that looks like. Currently, the traffic … Read more

Use DICE to beat the odds in Project Management

Successful project management use DICE factors to beat the odds. Ask four different project managers what are the critical factors of successful delivered projects and you will probably get four different answers. This is because they each would have different lessons learned from their own experience. Extensive research by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found … Read more

What are the options for future transport between Brisbane and the Gold Coast?

The construction of a new north-south road parallel to the M1 Pacific Motorway, called the Coomera Connector, is currently being planned between Loganholme and Nerang.  The recent announcement by the Queensland Premier progressing the business case for the southern section of the Coomera Connector has created a lot of interest in the industry. Community consultation is currently … Read more

Seven success principles for transport business cases

Investment appraisal is about deciding the option that promises the best return, relative to the risk of failure involved. What are the success principles that help you in developing a robust business case? For a private investor considering an investment, the project option that returns the best profit, relative to the amount invested and the … Read more