A motorway at the foot of the Lombardy mountains
The Pedemontana Lombarda motorway project in Italy is part of the regional traffic system and consists of a 65-kilometre stretch of motorway extending from Cassano Magnago (A8) to Osio Sotto (A4) and includes a bypass of Como and Varese.
|Total costs: approx. 4.3 billion euros|
|Estimated daily traffic: approx. 65.000 cars|
|Completion: planned for 2012|
Additionally, a 20-kilometre stretch of suburban main road, plus a series of road works totalling 70 kilometres, will link the new motorway with the local traffic network.
Over 20 companies were involved in the project; including the planning groups, conveyor, principal, validation groups and the general contractor.
Client decided to use think project!
The primary requirement of the client Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.a. was to have a flexible, yet efficient, mechanism to enable interaction between all involved parties and realtime sharing of the same information. At the same time, they needed to provide an official archive of all produced documentation – ensuring accessibility of all variants and subsequent documentation generated in the course of planning. So, Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.a. decided to use think project!.
Using the platform makes it possible for the client to resolve major problems, facilitate checking and approval processes, ensure monitoring of document revisions, streamline communications between parties – and ensure preservation of all information relating to the project and its development.
Sicily gets one of the largest solar power parks in Italy
Solarinvest, a Vienna-based developer of solar power stations, recently commenced construction of an 8.4 MW solar power station with an area of 25 hectares in the province of Ragusa, Sicily.
This first solar power station will be followed by a further 10 at nearby locations – becoming one of the largest solar power parks in Italy.
think project! connects international project participants
The distance of the project location was one of Solarinvest’s primary reasons for using the online project collaboration platform think project!, as it makes it possible to connect all project participants on one central platform, regardless of where they are.
All messages, work documents and plan approval procedures are managed using think project!. The project platform also offers ‘public filters’, allowing external project members such as investors to be given access to certain documents.
The dream of an ideal city
The largest contemporary development project in Europe is underway in Milan. The seeds of this exciting project were sown when extensive industrial plants closed south-east of Milan.
A new, improved use was needed for the two districts just a few kilometres from the city centre. Instead of developing these areas separately, Luigi Zunino, founder of real estate developer Risanamento S.p.A, had a vision of turning them into a large, homogenous urban development project. This led to the master plan for a modern and functional ‘city within a city’, which will eventually cover an area of 1,200,000 square metres.
Master plan for a huge project
The master plan for Milano Santa Giulia, as the urban development project is known, was developed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, responsible for a number of prestigious projects in cities around the world.
The aim of the project is to provide those who live and work there with ideal facilities. As a result, Milano Santa Giulia will include a church and schools, a large congress centre, hotel accommodation, restaurants and cafes, a community centre, doctors and chemists, numerous cultural and leisure opportunities plus offices and apartments. A 600 metre promenade with shops and other services is also planned.
The master plan includes a 316,000 square metre public park and intelligent traffic infrastructure. Overall, Milano Santa Giulia consists of more than 20 subprojects.
High demands placed on project management
The scale and complexity of this urban development project offer an insight into the challenges faced by the project management team. Add numerous international investors, architects, engineering companies, designer and other contractors to the mix, and the execution of the project and their requirements become even more complex, requiring a high degree of coordination. The project development company responsible, Milano Santa Giulia (MSG), decided to use the online project collaboration platform think project! to simplify these complex management tasks.
A joint solution for all processes and workflows
Right from the start, it was important for MSG to involve all decision-makers and project managers in the coordination process and connect them to the platform. A great deal of effort was invested into creating a shared solution for all communication processes and mapping workflows. These processes included plan and document management, as well as meeting minutes, information requests and decision templates. To ensure that all those involved like working with the solution and are satisfied with its capabilities, the jointly-developed concept for setting up the initial project platform has since become a standard that can be applied to each new subproject.