Vladimir Malakhov (NACEC Vice-President) and Oleg Yakovchenko (Head of the Committee for International Cooperation) represented National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) at the Annual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and at the International Infrastructure Conference. This year the above events took place in Marrakesh (Morocco) at the end of September.
NACEC representatives took part in some events that normally take place before the FIDIC General Assembly Meeting. Thus, at the International Infrastructure Conference our experts discussed various aspects of a complicated topic “Engineering for the Challenges of Climate Change”. In particular, at the plenary sessions they discussed issues of the use of innovative technologies and management systems, renewable energy solutions, and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). A special focus was given to the issues of developing infrastructure in Africa, to the water challenges, and to development of strategic approaches on mitigating the impact of climate change on the global economy. Besides, the Young Professionals Management Training Programme took place during the Young Professionals Open Forum, and the traditional FIDIC Best Business Practice Forum.
After the business-trip Vladimir Malakhov, NACEC Vice-President, noted that “this year National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants took part in the FIDIC General Assembly Meeting as a full member for the first time. In particular, we participated in the election of the Executive Committee, a chief executive body of FIDIC”. Besides, at the GAM the Russian delegation negotiated with associations of engineering consultants from Egypt, Iran, Tunis, Mali, and the Ukraine. NACEC representatives also met with Romanian Association of Consulting Engineers (ARIC) to discuss the issues of translating into the Russian language and localizing FIDIC standard forms of contracts in Russia, various aspects of training for trainers, settlement of disputes (in the coming years) (and specifically in the RF) as per the norms and rules of FIDIC.
The GAM agenda included the receipt of FIDIC Annual Report 2015/2016, approval of Accounts 2015, receipt of Auditor’s Report, election and approval of FIDIC new members, approval of the Minutes of GAM 2015 in Dubai. A special focus was given to the FIDIC Budget 2017 and to the FIDIC Master Plan 2016-2020.
The GAM chairperson announced the host countries for the FIDIC GAM in 2017 (Indonesia) and 2018 (Germany).
One year ago at the General Assembly Meeting (GAM) in Dubai NACEC officially became a Member Association of FIDIC. It is the largest international organization of construction consulting services, uniting over 100 national associations, representing over 4000 companies, and hundreds of thousands of individual practitioners – engineering consultants.
Vladimir Malakhov (NACEC Vice-President), Fedor Krutykh (NACEC Executive Director), Oleg Slaschilin (NIPI TI LLC General Director), Monesh Jain (“Choice Group” Cross Border Transaction Director), Arun Poddar (“Choice Group” Director) took part in the meeting.
“Choice Group”, an Indian consulting company, performs a wide range of services: financial consulting, management consulting, and technical consulting for private and public sector. The headquarters is in Mumbai with branch offices in all huge cities of India and Dubai. Currently our company employs over 700 employees.
The participants of the meeting discussed the issues of mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership relations in the sector of engineering consulting of the company in India. “Choice Group” executes large projects being a party of a consortium with engineering and engineering-consulting companies.
“Choice Group” management proposed some promising areas of mutually beneficial cooperation with NACEC members.
At the end of the meeting, the participants decided to develop partnership relations with NACEC.
Vladimir Malakhov (NACEC Vice-President) and Oleg Yakovchenko (Head of the Committee for International Cooperation) will represent National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) at the Annual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and at the International Infrastructure Conference. This year the above events take place in Marrakesh (Morocco) on September 25-27.
The International Infrastructure Conference, which traditionally takes place before the FIDIC General Assembly Meeting (GAM), will be dedicated to “Engineering for the Challenges of Climate Change” this year. In particular, the specialized plenary sessions will be devoted to using innovative technology and management systems, to renewable energy solutions, and to implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction. A special focus will be given to the issues of developing infrastructure in Africa, to the water challenges, and to development of strategic approaches on mitigating the impact of climate change on the global economy. Besides, the Young Professionals Management Training Programme will take place during the Young Professionals Open Forum, and the traditional FIDIC Best Business Practice Forum.
Please be advised that one year ago at the General Assembly Meeting (GAM) in Dubai NACEC officially became a Member Association of FIDIC. It is the largest international organization of construction consulting services, uniting over 100 national associations, representing over 4000 companies, and hundreds of thousands of individual practitioners – engineering consultants.
Use of Building Information Technologies (BIM) for the design of all facilities financed by the government may become a binding requirement in 2019. Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation, told the journalists after his meeting with the British delegation at the International Real Estate Investment Forum PROEstate on September 14.
Foreign colleagues told the Russian minister that in Great Britain all facilities under government contracts are now being designed in BIM, thus resulting in 30% reduction of the construction cost of facilities financed by the government.
“This figure is not an estimation by experts but the experience Great Britain gained when obliged to use Building Information Technologies for government contracts”, clarified the minister. “Our objective is to apply the same solutions as our British colleagues, and oblige to use BIM for all facilities to be constructed under government contracts in Russia”.
He emphasized that for the first time Russia almost goes hand in hand with the worldwide community in using this breakthrough technology. At the Forum our Government representatives is discussing the road map developed by the RF Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities and dedicated to implementation of Building Information Technologies. Starting from 2017 part of the facilities under the government contracts will be constructed using BIM, and in 2019 it may become a binding requirement.
On June 29, 2016, the Business Day of NACEC and FIDIC was held for the first time in Russia. It was organized by National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC). Please be reminded that the Branch Centre of the Capital Construction of Rosatom is one of the NACEC founders. The Association is headed by Gennady Sakharov, Director on Capital Investments of Rosatom State Corporation.
Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, in his welcome speech expressed his confidence that it is would become the starting point for active development of relations between NACEC and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), and for incorporation of FIDIC standard forms of contracts into the Russian practice of execution of investment projects, and for adaptation of those standard forms of contracts to the specifics of the national market. Gennady Sakharov also noted that one of NACEC key objectives is to build a community of highly competent well informed experts in investment and construction engineering and to develop a contemporary market of engineering services in industrial investment and construction engineering. One of the NACEC key middle-term objectives is to develop an up-to-date legal framework of investment and construction engineering, to develop professional and educational standards of the profession of a consulting engineer in construction, and many other objectives.
Participants of the Business Day were also welcomed by Sergey Mytenkov, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) Vice-President. He read out the message of Alexander N. Shokhin, RSPP President, which addressed a particular importance of work on implementing professional standards into the Russian practice, and work devoted to training and certification of consulting engineers. Grigory Veretelnikov, First Vice-President of Union of Builders of Russia (RSS), drew attention of the participants that today over 203 000 construction companies are operating in Russia. “However very few of them are using FIDIC standard forms of contracts in their daily work, therefore the perspectives of using FIDIC experience in Russia are enormous”, Grigory Veretelnikov emphasized.
Pavel Zhbanov, Advisor to Director General of Federal Autonomous Institution “Roskapstroy” welcomed the participants of the event on behalf of the RF Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities and added that 2016 became the year of big changes in the RF construction industry – both in the field of technical regulations and in the field of cost estimation, pricing standards. “That is why the efforts aimed at making the construction industry to use standard forms of contracts, taking into account FIDIC experience, perfectly fit with this trend”, Pavel Zhbanov summarized.
Enrico Vink, FIDIC Managing Director spoke at the plenary session of the Business Day. He reminded that the International Federation of Consulting Engineers was founded in 1913 and today counts more than 45 000 firms representing over 1,5 million professionals in more than 100 countries. Enrico Vink also noted that the consulting engineering sector is becoming more global but experiencing a shortage of engineers that is why one of the FIDIC strategic objectives is to promote FIDIC standard forms of contracts as the best practices of doing business and support to young professionals.
Alexander Tsvetkov, Director General of PMSOFT Group of Companies, spoke about place and role of a consulting engineer in Russia and perspectives of engineering services market growth. According to him, the Russian engineering services market will grow 8% annually in the forthcoming years. That is twice quicker than the world engineering services market growth, and by 2019 it will gain 272 billion roubles. He emphasized that the profession of a consulting engineer includes 10 competencies in various areas of expertise, that is why it is so difficult to grow those engineers. “We hope that in future NACEC will perform the training and certification of such specialists”, Alexander Tsvetkov summarized.
Vladimir Malakhov, NACEC Vice-President, reported on the priorities and main growth areas of investment and construction engineering in Russia. According to him, it is important to focus not only on the profession of a consulting engineer but to update the Russian law on procurement and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
At the Business Day, NACEC, Branch Centre of the Capital Construction of Rosatom, and all Russia public organization “Delovaya Rossiya” (“Business Russia”) signed a trilateral Agreement on Cooperation. The document was signed by Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, Director on Capital Investments of Rosatom State Corporation; Petr Stepaev, Director of Branch Centre of the Capital Construction of Rosatom; and Sergey Nedoroslev, Co-chairman of organization “Delovaya Rossiya”. All managers noted that the signed Agreement will become an impetus for joint projects which will promote the growth of engineering and engineering consulting in our country.
Besides, during the Section presentations of the Business Day the participants deeply discussed the adaptation of FIDIC forms of contracts for Russia and CIS countries, and addressed various issues such as the place and role of financial institutions and state bodies in using FIDIC forms of contracts for execution of investment projects.
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National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants of Russia (NACEC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Federation of Consultants from Islamic Countries (FCIC). The MoU was signed by Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, Director on Capital Investments of Rosatom State Corporation, and by Levent Gelgin, Federation of Consultants from Islamic Countries (FCIC) President.
The signing ceremony was held during the First Business Day of NACEC and FIDIC in Russia, devoted to thorough discussion of the following items on agenda: place and role of a consulting engineer in the construction and investment process; FIDIC international experience in execution of investment and construction projects; and specifics of adaptation of FIDIC standard forms of contracts for different countries.
Levent Gelgin, FCIC President, commenting the signed document, noted that the MoU opens wide prospects for cooperation between the two organizations, as FCIC unites professional consulting engineers from 42 countries and has strong relations with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) thus facilitating access to financing and ultimately the execution of investment and construction projects. “I hope that the MoU we have signed will help establish strong business relations between the members of our organizations”, FCIC President emphasized.
Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, in his turn also expressed confidence that in the age of globalization the expansion of cooperation with partners from other countries will contribute to the process of building an engineering market in Russia. He also noted that since the day NACEC was established, it was guided by the highest international standards, that is why it became a member of FIDIC in the first year of its work. Moreover, NACEC first steps in the field of developing international cooperation were actively supported by colleagues from other countries: in 2015 NACEC signed an Agreement on Cooperation with Finnish Association of Consulting Firms (SKOL) and Kazakhstan National Association of Professional Engineers and Consultants (KNAPEC). Besides, during the Business Day NACEC signed an Agreement on Cooperation with all Russia public organization “Delovaya Rossiya” (“Business Russia”). “Many of our colleagues from CIS countries are interested in the issues of cooperation with our association. Today we are drafting similar agreements with representatives of the engineering community from Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, and Belorussia”, Gennady Sakharov said.
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During Moscow Spring Workshop – 2016 experts from National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) headed by Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, negotiated with the management of International Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE Greater Russia Section).
During the business meeting the parties agreed that in the near future they would develop a “road map” on development of cooperation and sign an agreement. They decided that Russian NACEC will become a single point of contact to interface with AACE.
NACEC and AACE representatives agreed to cooperate on a broad spectrum of initiatives, including the analysis of improvement of cost engineering system efficiency, the development of cost estimation methodology, making arrangements and hosting joint conferences, seminars, meetings, and other events.
One of the key areas for cooperation is joint efforts on training and retraining personnel on cost engineering programmes, joint participation in developing personnel certification and appraisal systems.
“It is especially important to determine a proper ratio between functionality and cost of large investment and construction projects; AACE standards are the ones which allow achieving such results”, Gennady Sakharov summarized.
The Moscow Spring Workshop included presentations and software demos showcasing Project Planning and Cost Control. Besides, AACE leading practitioners shared their project execution experience during round tables and seminars. Thus NACEC experts had an opportunity to get acquainted with AACE Recommended Practices in project progress evaluation and specifics of Earned Value Management (EVM) applications.
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On May 25-27 experts from National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) participated in the workshop hosted by International Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International) for the first time in Russia.
The main objective of the workshop was to discuss not only contemporary tools of cost management but a series of case studies where the AACE cost management standard was used. The workshop was opened by Alexander Tsvetkov, Director General of PMSOFT Group of Companies. He noted that AACE Greater Russia Section is developing momentum and today it numbers about 150 professionals. “Initially we mastered the use of such tools as investment project execution schedules, and today we came to grips with implementing the Total Cost Management Framework in Russia”, emphasized Alexander Tsvetkov.
Julie Owen, AACE International President, delivered a report on key processes of global Total Cost Management Framework. Later she presented a detailed case study on establishing a Project Management Office in the process of restructuring the work of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Aldo Mattos, AACE Regional Director (South America) presented a report on cost control practices in executing the project to prepare for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Besides, the workshop was also devoted to discussing such topics as synergy between cost estimation, project control and benchmarking, and to discussing the experience of applying principles of cost engineering in executing megaprojects (Chevron experience). Not only representatives of foreign companies, but managers of big Russian industrial holding companies (RusHydro JSC, SIBUR JSC, GazpromNeft JSC, and some others) shared their experience on executing investment projects and implementing principles of cost engineering. A report on implementing Multi-D technology at all lifecycle stages of large-scale capital projects was presented by Vyacheslav Alenkov, Director for System Engineering at NIAEP-ASE JSC.
During the workshop, prizes were awarded for substantial contribution to the development of cost engineering and project management principles in Russia. National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) was one of the first to receive an award. Gennady Sakharov, NACEC President, Director on Capital Investments of Rosatom State Corporation, Director of Branch Centre of the Capital Construction of Rosatom, officially received an honorary prize – a laureate wreath and a book (Total Cost Management Framework) signed by the authors. Gennady Sakharov thanked the workshop participants for the award and noted that “no strong company can be successful today without project management in place”. He also mentioned that since NACEC is actively working in international markets, it means that personnel certification and appraisal systems based on the cost engineering framework are particularly essential today.
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Minister of the RF Ministry of Construction appointed a new Head of Federal Autonomous Institution “Federal Centre for Pricing in Construction and Construction Materials Industry”. In accordance with the Minster’s Order, dated May 16, Irina Lischenko, Deputy Head of the Centre, became the Head of the Centre.
The Ministry of Construction Press-Office said that the Centre headed by Irina Lischenko will conduct expert review of drafts of cost estimation standards in the urban construction industry, and will perform information awareness and analytical campaigns on cost estimation and pricing standards in the urban construction industry. The Federal Centre shall also build an information database (system) including the federal register of cost estimation standards and information on cost of main construction resources.
“Irina Lischenko possesses the professional experience and competences required for such work”, the Ministry of Construction website says. “Since the early days of her career she was busy with capital construction issues of oil processing enterprises in “LUKOIL – West Siberia”, JSC “Transneft”, and one of its subsidiary enterprises. She participated in the early execution stage of the largest infrastructure project of Russia – Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPOOP).
From 2007 to 2015 Irina Lischenko was employed by State Corporation “Olympstroy”. From 2010 to 2015, being the State Corporation Vice-President, she was responsible for “Olympstroy” cost estimation and capital investments planning. After a successful implementation of the Olympic project she headed the financial sector of a newly established non-for-profit institution Mono-Town Development Fund.
Irina Lischenko was born in 1969 in Dykanka Village, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. She graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, and in 2003 she took a refresher training course “New Cost Estimation Standards – Prices, Cost Estimates, and Contracts in Construction and Overhaul”. In 2007 she passed the course “Economy, Management, Finance, and Legal Framework of Joint-Stock Companies” in RANEPA (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).
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The RF Ministry of Construction promised that basic bodies of rules on building information modelling will be developed and approved by the end of 2016. They will include common principles of using BIM-technologies in the industry.
The Ministry of Construction Press-Office said that the developed norms will regulate the requirements and rules on data exchange (interoperability) in the process of design, construction, and operation of buildings and facilities, requirements on components of information models of facilities under construction, on scope and content of transmitted information, on levels of geometric and attribute-based elaboration of components of information models of buildings and facilities.
Currently, Federal Centre for Codification, Standardization, and Technical Compliance Review in Construction is now working on bodies of rules “Building Information Modelling. Rules on Data Exchange Between Facility Information Models and Software-Based Models”, “Building Information Modelling. Rules on Developing Facility Information Models at Different Lifecycle Stages”, “Information Modelling. Rules on Managing Work of Construction and Technical Units”.
“To define standardized parameters, experts conduct R&D work to study techniques of information modelling, and analyze frontline Russian and international scientific and standard-based developments on information modelling of buildings and facilities”, the Press-Office said and reminded that the plan of advanced developments in the field of using information technologies was drafted based on the design results analysis conducted by the Ministry of Construction and the professional community, and based on the review of design documents developed with the use of information technologies.