Policies to Encourage Innovation in Infrastructure

by Walter G. Heintzleman, GAI Consultants Inc, Monroeville, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure for Urban Growth


The paper discusses public policies that encourage, promote, and finance infrastructure innovation, terming these essential if excellence and cost-effectiveness are to be realized. Among the policies discussed are management/procurement stressing trust and disciplined shared values; architect/engineer procurement, research and development/design services under Brooks Law provisions; acceptance of proprietary products for demonstration; proliferation of small innovative experiments; non-limitation to standard specifications; continuing education; innovation documentation.

Subject Headings: Project management | Public policy | Architect/Engineers | Procurement | Research and development | Standards and codes | Education | Local government

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