Network Meeting Munich
Monday 20 November 2017 - Tuesday 21 November 2017
The 23rd NETLIPSE Network Meeting took place in Munich on the 20th and 21st of November 2017. We would like to thank the Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern, für Bau und Verkehr for all their support during this Network Meeting and all Munich participants for their active and interesting contributions to discussions. We hope to see you all at the next Network Meeting in Bratislava on 9th/10th of April in 2018!
NETLIPSE Management Team
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Hans Ruijter, NETLIPSE Vice Chairman, opened the 23rd Network Meeting with a special thanks to the host of the event: Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern, für Bau und Verkehr. The programme looks promising and we look forward to all upcoming discussions and opportunities to meet new people.
Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern, für Bau und Verkehr – Thank you for hosting this NETLIPSE event!
Helmut Schütz (Germany) welcomes all participants as proud host for this first NETLIPSE Network Meeting in Germany. He introduces his organisation and its main activities, which include the complete package of urban development including all infrastructure.
The Bavarian Road Administration is facing a big reorganisation in parallel to realising their projects. Karl Wiebel, (Head of the Department “Roads and Bridges” within the Supreme Building Authority), describes the upcoming reorganisation plan and its facts and figures, including how the federal and state highways will be organised separately to the federal motorways. Challenges nowadays are concentrated on the planning procedure in order to organise all activities needed for future demands of the road network.
Kjell-Åke Averstad (Sweden), as Project Director of the Citybanan project, shared his lessons learnt from the project delivery phase. Discussions and communication between several contractors often were related to a difference in perspectives on their roles: where the client wants to have discussions with the contractor, the latter in some cases only asks for decisions instead of discussions.
Per-Olov Karlsson (Sweden) introduces the first panel discussion which focussed on: Early Stakeholder Involvement. Describing project managers of the past as cowboys, Per-Olov states that nowadays project managers need to be the creators of winning teams in collaboration with all stakeholders. In three short presentations we explore this hot topic in construction projects. Overall, Per-Olov concludes that stakeholder management is a hands on jobh requiring a face for stakeholders, as well as a voice.
After Per-Olov’s introduction, Alexandra Stassois-Söderblom (Sweden) presents the challenges and new approaches in the way Trafikverket implements early stakeholder involvement in their projects. One of the measures taken in her project is to implement two boards to involve both public and private stakeholders.
The second presentation in this panel discussions was done by Gilbert Peiker (Germany) who explained their innovative approach to involving stakeholders early in planning procedures including the dialogue phase. The goal of the planning dialogue was to increase the project acceptance and had been applied around the project A8 in the Bayern region.
Last presenter of this session, Frans Hendrikx (Netherlands) shared his experiences and difficulties in the tender phase of the A2 Maastricht project in The Netherlands in which early stakeholder involvement was applied successfully. Hendrikx suggests to define a mutual ambition in order to go evolve from stakeholder to shareholder. This includes the investment in communication instead of sending information with statement: a project is as good as the quality of the cooperation.
Henrik Vincentsen and Morten Weigand (Denmark) described the techniques as well as the financing used for the Roskilde Fjord Link project. This project is will be a toll bridge to cover the financial costs of constructing the bridge. This meant the initiation of a new Independent Public Company and a new relationship with the future road users: they will become customers.
Prof. Martina Huemann (Vienna) introduced a new programme item in the form of a Research Café, where multiple researchers lead simultaneous group discussions on their disciplines with the Network Meeting delegates. Delegates had the opportunity to participate in three discussions. The short in depth discussion about these topics brought energy in the group and the opportunity to continue these discussions during the coffee break.
The last presentation of the day focussed on the challenges of Munich’s second core S-Bahn route project as described by Markus Kretschmer (Germany).The project consists of a tunnel and railroad (railway) tunnel that was begun and which is to be completed in 2024.
Day 1 ended by a lovely visit to the Information Centre at Marienhof which was opened especially for the NETLIPSE group. The group was able to see the building site of the Munich’s second core S-Bahn route project and try some of the gadgets at the Information Centre, helping to understand the project. After the visit, a guided tour of Munich city centre was organised and the evening ended with a wonderful and lively dinner hosted by the Oberste Baubehörde.
The newly appointed NETLIPSE Ambassador Per-Olov Karlsson opened the second day of the NETLIPSE Network Meeting in Munich and looked back on a successful first day, with interesting presentation, a panel discussion on early stakeholder involvement and a site visit to Munich’s second core S-Bahn route project.
Hermann Blomeyer (Germany), Vice President Project Team Capacities and Environmental Affairs of Flughafen München, elaborated on the construction and challenges encountered in the third runway project at Munich Airport. The airport, which is the 9th largest of Europe and currently has two runways, is developing and growing quickly. Although the runway seems necessary to meet the required future capacity, Munich citizens of voted against the project in a local referendum in 2012. It is hard to say how the project will continue.
Arjan Bieshaar (Netherlands), Senior Manager Interfaces Multimodal Knot Schiphol, introduced the new Capital Programme. In order to meet the expected growth, this €1.2 billion euro programme has been established. The programme includes, among others, the realisation of a new pier, terminal and parking area and an upgrade of the existing gates, between 2019 and 2025. Arjan described the challenges for Schiphol to manage the interfaces between the projects and to operate these projects in parallel.
Another development is that Schiphol Airport aims to use regional airports to reduce the crowds at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Lex Pepping (Netherlands), Senior Project Manager Development of Lelystad Airport, presented the current projects focussing on enlargement of the runway and rebuilding of the terminal of Lelystad Airport with application of the innovative contract form Best Value Procurement. The project, which will be realised between 2018 and 2032, is currently facing some stakeholder issues.
During the panel discussion there was an interesting dialogue on the extensive growth of airports, innovative contract forms, interface management and the effects and (im-)possibilities of referenda.
Prof. Konrad Spang (Germany), Head of the Project Management Department of Kassel University, elaborated on his research into trust and partnerships. On the basis of pilot projects in Germany, some shortcomings in partnering were identified, e.g. regarding trust, behaviour and attitude of the client and contractor. Based on the presentation, there was an interesting discussion about the relationship between clients and contractors, contract forms and best practices.
Manfred Leger (Germany), Chairman of the Board of the Deutsche Bahn Projekt Stuttgart–Ulm GmbH, presented the Stuttgart-Ulm project. This project exists of 62 km new high speed line between Wendlingen and Ulm and a new station in the city of Stuttgart. The project faced serious stakeholder issues, such as demonstrations and a referendum. Due to frequent communication, the public discussion has calmed down. Apart from the stakeholder issues, the project coped with technical complexities in building a tunnel and with challenges regarding to nature and protected species.
Francesca Moraci (Italy), Member of the ANAS Board, introduced the Italian National Roads & Highways Manager ANAS. The in 1928 established organisation is now one of the main contracting authorities in Italy. Recently, the Italian government decided to merge the rail and road sector and ANAS will merge into the Railway Group in the future. Furthermore, ANAS is currently working on a €23 billion programme of new projects and maintenance of the network, and on several research and innovation projects, such as smart roads and green light.
Pau Lian Staal-Ong (Netherlands), NETLIPSE Network Director, elaborated on the NETLIPSE organisational structure and the IPAT© (Infrastructure Project Assessment Tool). The IPAT tool and process will be reviewed in early 2018. This year three IPAT’s have taken place. Project Director Lars Westermark shared his experiences with the IPAT on the E18 Hamina-Vaalima PPP-project in Finland, which was a valuable experience and contributed to new, useful insights. Project Director Alexandra Stassais-Soderblom shared her experiences with the IPAT on the Södertörn Crosslink project in Sweden. The IPAT was a learning process for her, it helped in making the organisation more mature and the outcome was very useful to the project and to the Trafikverket organisation. Anyone interested in submitting a project for an IPAT assessment and benefitting from this intense practical learning opportunity or participating in the next IPAT Assessor training, please contact Pau Lian Staal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reiner Scharrer (Germany), Head of Department Central Affairs for Traffic and Road Construction of the Autobahndirktion Südbayern, elaborated on the innovations in mobility that are currently being tested on the A9 Motorway in Bavaria. He provided insight into the new technologies, such as an intelligent bridge, a rest area of the future and a wrong-way driver warning system. Furthermore, Reiner Sharrer elaborated on the developments and challenges of autonomous driving.
Ineke Meijer (Netherlands), Talking Traffic Cluster Manager, presented the Dutch PPP-project about smart ITS solutions. The Talking Traffic ppp partnership is characterised by its innovative approach. Many public and private organisations are collaborating in a unique ‘Innovation partnership’, which required a transition in the behaviour of involved organisations. Within the partnership, new innovative in-car and on-bike functionalities are being developed, mainly through the use of mobile phones data.
In the panel discussion on innovative mobility, there was an interesting dialogue on the consequences of smart mobility for the future of physical infrastructures, on privacy and safety issues, and on autonomous driving.
At the end of the day Hans Ruijter (Netherlands), Vice-Chairman NETLIPSE Executive Board, looks back on two successful days and thanks the host Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern, für Bau und Verkehr for organising and hosting the Network Meeting.
And lastly, Hans Ruijter announced the date and location of the next Network Meeting. We hope to meet you on April 9th and 10th 2018 in Bratislava!