Benchmarking infrastructure costs

Construction and infrastructure project costs are collected and analysed to provide benchmarks for use within an organisation or externally. Benchmark costs are used:

  • to validate current expenditure;
  • as guidance for future expenditure.

To compare costs, it is important that these are analysed in a consistent format. While individual infrastructure clients have developed standard data analysis systems, there no accepted standard data collection system within or between sectors. Further, the primary types of structures constructed in the different sectors (roads, pipelines, etc.) will require different rules of analysis but, other than buildings, there are no consistently adopted forms of analysis for these types of structures.

This isurv section looks at the various drivers for cost analysis and comparison, and the various initiatives underway to assess whether greater consistency of analysis is possible.

This section is maintained by Aaron Wright, RICS Data services