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Urban Transportation Challenges and Strategies & Governance of Finnish Nuclear Projects
 
[2012-03-19]  
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM, Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
 
Location: Room 302, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
 
Speakers:
Gary GRIGGS, Consulting Professor, the Graduate Level Construction Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
 
Inkeri RUUSKA, Senior Researcher, Aalto University School of Science
 
Moderator: Lan XUE, Professor and Director, CIDEG; Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
 
Language: English
 
Organizer: Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University
 
Brief Introduction:
Topic 1: ¡°Urban Transportation Challenges and Strategies¡±
The world¡¯s urban transportation challenges are tremendous and require more creative and comprehensive solutions. Global population is increasing dramatically with greater concentration in urban areas. The ever increasing reliance on the automobile as a primary mode of transportation is resulting in congestion and mobility problems that have serious impacts on health, quality of life, the environment and energy consumption. The costs associated with urban congestion in terms of lost time and wasted fuel are significant for major metropolitan regions. Even more serious are the loss of life, injury and many health impacts. The impacts and costs of providing the necessary infrastructure for an automobile dependent urban transportation system are tremendous. In the case of the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Big Dig) over USD 14 billion was invested in the reconstruction and expansion of the Boston¡¯s urban highway system. High capacity public transportation systems will be the key to meeting the needs of the urban environment, such as the USD 1.6 billion Central Subway Project providing essential access to the San Francisco's Chinatown District. New and more sustainable strategies are required to better address urban transportation needs.
 
Topic 2: ¡°Governance of Finnish nuclear projects¡±
Dr. Inkeri Ruuska from Aalto University in Finland will give a presentation on the governance of nuclear power plant projects in Finland. Finland has four nuclear reactors in operation, one is currently under construction and licenses to two additional future reactors have been granted. Dr. Ruuska will present a governance framework for nuclear projects. The framework comprises seven project governance elements: contracts, procurement, risks, network management, monitoring, collaboration and development, and communication. She will describe alternative governance structures and how the elements are represented in these structures. In addition, contextual factors, such as the country context and the characteristics of the owner and the projects, are taken into consideration. The presentation is based on a recent study conducted by the Project Business Research Group at Aalto University School of Science. For the study, key actors from the nuclear power industry in Finland were interviewed, actors representing a power company, suppliers and service providers such as engineering consultants and inspectors as well as regulatory authorities.
 
Bios of Speakers:
Gary Griggs is a Consulting Professor in the graduate level Construction Program of Stanford University¡¯s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He teaches a series of Infrastructure Project Development and Delivery courses and is active in the University¡¯s Collaborative for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) that includes scholars from the schools of engineering, business and law focused on project delivery. He also teaches Project and Construction Management at the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam. He is currently a Director and Senior Vice President with Parsons Brinkerhoff, which is a subsidiary of the Balfour Beatty Group and has been responsible for managing many of the largest infrastructure projects in the world, including the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the Taipei Metropolitan Rapid Transit System, and the California High Speed Rail Project.
Dr. Inkeri Ruuska holds a degree of Doctor of Science (technology) from Helsinki University of Technology and a Master¡¯s degree in Law from the University of Helsinki. She works as a senior researcher at School of Science of Aalto University in Finland. Dr. Ruuska¡¯s research interests include areas such as governance of large networked projects, and capabilities and knowledge integration and learning within project networks. Dr. Ruuska has worked as a visiting scholar at Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and Stanford University in the USA. Dr. Ruuska has eighteen years of management and consulting experience at organizations such as Merita Bank (at present Nordea Bank) and Talent Partners in Finland.