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Infrastructure Foresight

Athena @ ST 10 July 2018

Rapidly increasing infrastructure investment has been one of the major trends over the last decade. Will it continue and where will the focus be going forward? Read to discover where tomorrow’s opportunities and risks are likely to be in this partial summary made by our robot, Athena. Contact us for the full report or to ask for a customized briefing on your specific question.
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Systems map
The systems map clearly shows that new energy infrastructure, smart cities, transport, communication including emerging technological networks and better resource use are the key areas of infrastructure investment


Sentiment analysis
Sentiment towards infrastructure investment has been generally neutral over the past few months with the positive benefits of development dragged down by fears of hacking and environmental concerns.


Pie charts
Athena thinks the tipping point for infrastructure development will peak around 2042 based on existing announced developments and emerging issues but major investments are likely for the rest of this century involving trillions of dollars.

Pie Chart

Infrastructure development is most pronounced in the science sector where new research centres are being announced at a rapid pace. Information technology development is also high due the many new data centers already under construction or on the drawing board.

Radar Chart

Heat Map
The heat map highlights the economic impacts between sectors and countries. Canada, India, New Zealand and the United States are highlighted as the major countries with significant infrastructure development in construction, IT and government.

Heat Map

Year over Year
Infrastructure development is very high in most sectors and has been so for the past two years. Water, Financial Services and Construction are consistently in the top five.

Year on Year

Geographically, the United States, China, Australia and the UK are leading infrastructure development.


Athena used the sources below as the top ones to create this report and determined which embedded forecasts are included in this Trend Alert. She found 8,697 forecasts in seconds on the 10th July 2018 to allow us to publish this summary in less than an hour. She can turn these into PowerPoint slides and Audio files in minutes too as you wish, or we can prepare a full customized and professionally written brief for you to order covering all 8,697 forecasts.



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Athena is apolitical. She will report forecasts from different viewpoints however distasteful that might be to our own values. Wearing rose-colored glasses is not her purpose; reporting potential futures is. So, we recommend you check her veracity before responding to her extracted forecasts.
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