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29 April, 2022

The state of construction projects in North America – March 2022

New figures from GlobalData shed light on the state of construction projects in North America and around the world.

By Data Journalism Team

New figures from GlobalData show that the construction sector in North America is healthier than in most other regions and is continuing to improve.

North America has received an overall score of 0.82 on GlobalData’s March 2022 Construction Project Momentum Index, which provides an assessment of the health of the construction project pipeline at all stages of development from announcement through to completion.

Every construction project in GlobalData's database is assigned a score of between 5 and -5 based on its current progress, a score which is continually updated over time. These are then weighted by the value of each project in order to come to overall scores for countries, regions and sectors.

That score puts North America in 1st place out of 11 regions, and is an increase on its score from January 2022 (0.64) when it ranked in 6th place.

One reason for North America's relatively good performance in the index is its infrastructure sector, which scores 1.31, putting it in 1st place out of 11 regions worldwide.

North America's residential sector, by contrast, has performed somewhat worse, with a score of 0.59 (putting it in 6th place globally).

Within North America, construction projects are proceeding with fewest obstacles in United States, which scores 0.86 in the index. The situation in Canada, however, is somewhat less positive with a score of 0.69.

The improving health of the construction pipeline in North America is partly due to the resolution of issues in the region's infrastructure sector, which has seen its score on GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index rise from 0.68 in January 2022 to 1.31 in March 2022.

The construction sector is also seeing fewer and fewer problems in Canada, which has seen its score on the index go from 0.37 in January 2022 to 0.69 in March 2022.

The Construction Project Momentum Index

GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index is based on analysis of thousands of individual construction projects around the world.

Each project is continually monitored for updates, with updates indicating progress increasing the project's score while updates indicating delays or cancellations reduce the score. The score always sits between 5, the best possible score, and -5, the worst.

The scores for individual projects are then weighted based on their significance in order to create combined indices for each region or sector.

Events that can reduce a project's score include the project being cancelled or put on hold, delays, the rejection of applications or tender bids or the reducing of the project's scope.

Events that can increase a project's score on the index, by contrast, include the completion or commencement of construction, the awarding of major contracts, or the approval of applications.

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