The Big Dig holds lessons for the GTA’s infrastructure projects

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2 April 2014

A senior executive of the Big Dig in Boston – one of America’s most ambitious and challenging urban infrastructure projects – will be in Toronto to share insights into why projects go wrong, and what can be done to address and mitigate risks.

Virginia Greiman, former Deputy Counsel and Risk Manager from the Big Dig, will deliver a keynote presentation at a seminar hosted by GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies.

Now a professor at Boston and Harvard universities, Virginia will draw on her personal experience, along with material from her recent book about the Big Dig that included interviews with project engineers, executive oversight commission officials, and core managers. Her presentation will cover interrelation of technical, legal, political, and social factors.

Rounding out the seminar discussion will be perspectives on implementing a risk culture for the PanAm Games next summer in Toronto, deploying risk-sharing concepts for the local Hanlan feedermain project in the Peel Region, and integrating risk assessment methods early in the design process to reduce injury risks at the Melbourne Main Sewer Project in Australia.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, 10 April at the BMO Institute for Learning, Toronto. For more information, please visit

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