Improve Alternative Delivery Procurement with a Holistic Long-Term Strategy

HDR Program Management Expert Shares Insights on Preparing Complex Transportation Projects for Lasting Success

Doug Jackson
Doug Jackson

When infrastructure owners embark on major transportation projects, a successful procurement can be a difficult early milestone to reach, particularly when navigating an alternative delivery process. Preparing for success begins with a holistic view that looks beyond initial award value to consider the likely final tally. It also relies on developing the right understanding of delivery method options and their benefits for each specific project.

In the latest from HDR’s Experts Talk interview series, Doug Jackson, P.E., shares how to better measure the success of procurement, explains current challenges in alternative delivery and discusses how improved risk management is changing the project delivery landscape.

A principal program manager with more than 25 years of transportation industry experience, Jackson has led major, complex infrastructure projects for rail, highways and transit, from concept development through design and construction and into operation. Currently he is serving as the principal program manager for the CA$10.9 billion Ontario Line transit project in Toronto.

“As owners embark on more complex mega-programs that can involve many interconnected projects, procurement requires new thinking,” Jackson said, “including an openness to delivery methods that can better handle the complexity without leading to delays and overruns.”

Jackson explains how owners can improve their procurement strategy to better achieve long-term goals, discusses how progressive delivery models are “game changers for the industry” and shares why some owners are seeing declining interest in fixed-price contracting.

Read the whole interview, “Benchmarks for Success in Alternative Delivery Procurement.”

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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