|  09.11.2012

It all depends on the start

As in many other areas, by the end, everything is related to the people’s involvement in each stage of the project, starting from setting the opportunity of the project up to the execution itself

We are talking here about the experience, the know-how and the way how the personnel involved understand to effectively assume the esponsibility.

Starting with the design phase, all documentation and specifications have to be detailed and the application of design criteria has to be correlated with the technology of execution and current conditions existing on site. Any aspect which is not detailed and/or correlated in a proper way from the beginning, automatically generates a further process of negotiation which is, sometimes, ending in a compromise solution, often taken under cost criteria pressure and possible affecting the quality.

On all these infrastructure projects, consultancy services are provided and the responsibility of a consultant is similar to that one of the performer. And here, in this phase, where construction materials are assessed according to quality criteria and the proper execution of the works is monitored, sometimes issues caused by misunderstandings of the documents are arising. The existence itself of many documents on quality of work, filled up to the smallest details, does not guarantee automatically the effective quality of the works executed.

Thus, providing well detailed projects and close tracking execution works by specialized personnel ensures that, in the contracts, specified elements are respected by all parties involved.

Subsequent, especially a consistent and proper application of the corrective measures will lead to achieve sustainable construction with fair execution and maintenance costs.  The performance bonus system applied in the project contracting concept, f.eg completing the works before the term, can also be a solution to motivate manufacturers and construction companies to deliver quality works and to respect delivery dates.  Anyhow, this has to be established from the beginning of the project, and in case of success, has to be proper communicated.

Human capital involved

Romanian economy is still an emerging economy and this brings a number of advantages. Romania has the advantage of valuable human capital, significant natural resources and also, proximity to several major EU markets. However those advantages alone are not enough to compete for foreign investments on a green infrastructure project, the legal and fiscal environment, as well as macroeconomic and political stability are equally important.

Lately, investors have been reluctant to invest in Romania because of the political turmoil, but also because the legal unpredictability, especially regarding taxation.  Sustainable architecture and design are the leading concepts in developing the set of European Directives and Regulations that addresses the construction industry.

Transposing this package nationally is a process that requires linked actions and involvement of all interested players. The results of applying these concepts and laws starts to be visible in the increasing number of buildings "green" certified under international recognized Green Building Rating systems.

The benefits are not only direct ones, for  the buildings beneficiaries, but do have impact also on macroeconomic level, by developing the technology and materials producing industries, opening the national markets and creating new jobs.

The notable progress in the Romanian renewable energy area, in the recent years, is  mainly triggered  by the Green Certificates  related legislation. To stay in the game and to attract the desired investments in these areas, Romania has to draw up coherent programs, making these investments attractive and, in the same time, to continue to support investments in new technologies and  services in this respect.

Searching the competiveness

Transportation infrastructure is a critical factor for the competitiveness of a region or a country due to its potential to accelerate economic growth and investment opportunities.

With all current budgetary constraints, Romania has to allocate substantial amounts for sustainable infrastructure development (transport and resources) to maximize the natural potential of the country and to become a logistic hub in Central and Eastern European region, potentially generated by two main factors: proximity to developed markets in Central Europe and opening at the Black Sea through Constanta port.

A multimodal transport network, providing interconnection of all transport modes in terms of minimizing costs, is a necessary condition to ensure adequate mobility of goods and resources.

Moreover, correlated with Europe 2020 strategy and related to National Development Plan proposed by Romania to the European Commission, it is necessary to accelerate the development of infrastructure projects (especially after 2013), with immediate and visible effect on the economy.

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