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Federated Digital Platforms: Value Chain Integration for Sustainable Infrastructure Planning and Delivery

  • Twenty-first century infrastructure needs to respond to changing demographics, becoming climate neutral, resilient, and economically affordable, while remaining a driver for development and shared prosperity. However, the infrastructure sector remains one of the least innovative and digitalized, plagued by delays, cost overruns, and benefit shortfalls. The authors assessed trends and barriers in the planning and delivery of infrastructure based on secondary research, qualitative interviews with internationally leading experts, and expert workshops. The analysis concludes that the root-cause of the industry’s problems is the prevailing fragmentation of the infrastructure value chain and a lacking long-term vision for infrastructure. To help overcome these challenges, an integration of the value chain is needed. The authors propose that this could be achieved through a use-case-based, as well as vision and governance-driven creation of federated digital platforms applied to infrastructure projects and outline a concept. Digital platforms enable full-lifecycle participation and responsible governance guided by a shared infrastructure vision. This paper has contributed as policy recommendation to the Group of Twenty (G20) in 2021.

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Author:Konrad NübelORCiDGND, Michael Max BühlerORCiDGND, Thorsten JelinekORCiD
Parent Title (English):Sustainability
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2021
Release Date:2021/08/12
Tag:Design; Digatalization; Federated digital platform; Governance; Implementation; Protocols; Sustainable infrastructure; Value chain
Page Number:17
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Peer reviewed Publikation in Master Journal List
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International