Project development


Gas industry needs behavioural science

Gas industry needs another science to make progress

Australia’s energy prices are soaring, in part due to the limited domestic supply of gas. While most states ban coal seam gas development the federal government counters with regulatory and fiscal threats to reduce gas exports and lift the bans. While some limited short-term benefits might accrue, the gas companies are really in control. But do they know it, and can they exercise that control...

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Public infrastructure investment choices

Public infrastructure: who’s creating great investment options?

The focus on making better infrastructure investment choices begs the question: who’s offering great investment options? While customers and markets have a role to play in achieving better infrastructure performance, they’re not the whole solution. Governments must also be more specific about public infrastructure outcomes they want to buy. It’s time the infrastructure community collaborated to perform better in generating sustainable public value. Who’s providing...

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Tools that transform

Tools that Transform

A statement often attributed to Albert Einstein is “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” It’s a statement that many people will know to be true through their own life and professional experience, and now modern psychology and neuroscience is providing the evidence base to back it up. Whether in corporate life or public service, people need tools to...

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Investment Logic

Innergise gains insights to government investment decisions

Innergise Director, Nick Fleming, recently completed training in the Investment Management Standard applied by governments around Australia and New Zealand. “It’s an excellent method to bring sharp clarity to a problem and whether investment is warranted to resolve that problem,” says Nick. “Good results can be achieved in just a couple of hours if you have the right people in the room and skilled facilitation.”...

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Systems thinking is required

Delivery of productivity and infrastructure – who’s role is it?

Business and government both have important roles to play in driving productivity growth and enabling infrastructure. But are those roles consistent with the traditional policy and practice handbook? Do current conditions demand a distinctly different approach? Are our public finances at risk? “We’ve been leading urban stormwater management practices for years,” said Fred. “We’ve put a lot of public capital into wetlands, and aquifer storage...

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Productivity

Achieving a 700-fold ROI

“What a terrific result! We need to apply this approach to all our projects.” That was Don’s enthusiastic response. He was a mining executive who’d just recognised a 700-fold return on his investment. So what had Don invested in – advanced geological mapping, new high-technology driverless trucks, off-shoring of engineering design work? No. He’d invested in a workshop to review the company’s design of a...

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When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

Community opposition to new developments is incurring project delays, increased operational costs and substantial write-downs in the value of business assets, much of which might be avoidable. Why this is and continues to occur needs to be examined. A lack of emotional intelligence could be a root cause. As Australia slides off the back of the mining investment boom it needs new investment and engines...

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