Influencing infrastructure policy

Influencing infrastructure policy

Do engineers have a role to play in developing public infrastructure policy?

Why is infrastructure policy important?

Infrastructure supports growth and sustainable development by providing services (inputs) to other productive processes (outputs), and to consumption.

A good policy is essential to ensure effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure.


Working Example: Australia Government



The prime rationale for infrastructure policy is enhancing infrastructure’s net contribution to improvement in societal well-being over time, or conversely, reducing the expected severity of service failures.


Engage in the infrastructure policy making process

Supply input data

1) Help to price the infrastructure
Engineers can initiate and provide technical data to define the Asset Service Index (ASI) which is the foundation of the Asset Management System

ASI = ((Replacement Cost)*Remaining Service Life/Expected Life)actual - ((Replacement Cost)*Remaining Service Life/Expected Life)model
Working Example: New Zealand Government
Reference: International Infrastructure Management Manual

2) Impact assessment
The process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.
Reference: International Association for Impact Assessment 


Bring primary and secondary objectives into procurement

Incorporate the social, environmental, cultural, economic development objectives in procurement system.
Working Example: South Africa
Watermeyer, R (2006) Poverty Reduction Responses to the Millennium Development Goals, The Structural Engineer


Evaluate the result and give feedback

The planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure needs to be continuously evaluated so as to assess the performance of infrastructure assets and provide data for improvement
Working Example: South Africa
Reference: SAICE (2006) SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa: 2006