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Mother Nature’s “Surprise Package” – When the Ground Isn’t Quite What We Expected, and the Budget Blow Up 

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Ah, the thrill of the unexpected! In the world of infrastructure development, however, “unexpected” often translates to “budget-busting surprises”, courtesy of our dear friend, Mother Nature. [more…]

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Budgeting for the Apocalypse (or Just the Next Traffic Jam): Why Infrastructure Needs a Rainy Day Fund 

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Let’s be honest, folks. Life is full of surprises. And in infrastructure development, those surprises can sometimes significantly impact the budget. That’s why, as a [more…]

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From Shiny New Bridge to Rusting Relic: The High Cost of Ignoring Infrastructure Maintenance (and Why We Should All Be Friends with Civil Engineers) 

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Let’s face it, folks. Infrastructure sometimes gets a raw deal. We celebrate the grand opening of a sparkling new bridge, but who wants to think [more…]

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The “Excel Epiphany”: When You Spend All Night Wrestling With Spreadsheets and Suddenly Understand Why They Call It ‘Infrastructure Adventure’ 

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Ah, the spreadsheet. For some, it’s a productivity powerhouse. For a cost estimator like me? Let’s say it’s the battleground where epic clashes occur between [more…]

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Material Madness: When the Price of Steel Makes You Want to Take Up Knitting (But You Still Need to Build a Bridge) 

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Let’s face it: Infrastructure projects are ambitious undertakings requiring tonnes of materials. Lately, however, the price of those materials has been on a serious rollercoaster [more…]