In cities experiencing rapid growth and development, effectively monitoring and controlling construction activities has become an increasingly challenging task for city officials. The sheer volume and complexity of construction projects make it difficult to ensure compliance with regulations, track progress, and address delays and violations promptly.
Consequently, this lack of control leads to economic inefficiencies, environmental and social risks. Unfinished projects result in delayed economic turnover and inefficient budget utilization. Environmental regulations may be overlooked, causing harm to ecosystems. Construction disturbances and safety risks negatively affect the quality of life for residents and businesses nearby.
Construction in Progress refer to projects of capital construction, whose construction has not yet been completed. These projects have obtained a «Building Permit,» but they have not received the necessary «Certificate of Occupancy», making them unfit for their intended purpose and their final value undetermined.
The Need for a Monitoring Module
With the increasing number of Construction in Progress projects, such as hospitals, educational institutions, roads, housing, and utilities projects, public funds are at risk of being wasted on incomplete structures.
There is a critical need for a construction project monitoring solution that empowers city officials to efficiently oversee and manage construction activities, thereby mitigating risks and fostering sustainable urban development.
To address this issue, many countries have undertaken systematic efforts to reduce the volume of Construction in Progress projects by implementing step-by-step plans and developing methodological frameworks. A crucial aspect of these efforts is the definition of general requirements for registering Construction in Progress projects and establishing criteria for maintaining registers. These registers should include comprehensive information about each Construction in Progress Facility, including its name, type, purpose, and the right holder.
Introducing the Geometa Module
The Geometa module is a solution designed to aid authorized bodies in maintaining registers of Construction in Progress projects, offering an efficient way to record crucial data and visualize project locations on thematic maps.
Key Features of the Geometa Module:
- Formation and Maintenance of Records: The module enables the creation and management of a city or regional-level register for unfinished construction objects. This includes capturing object characteristics, managing inclusion, changes, and removal from the register, and assigning a unique registry number. This streamlined process ensures accurate and up-to-date records for efficient tracking.
- Thematic Maps for Visualization: The module includes thematic maps displaying active construction lines, prolonged lines, ongoing projects, and overdue sites, facilitating visual understanding and informed decision-making.
- Monitoring: The module allows for monitoring of construction projects. City officials receive timely updates on project progress and compliance, enabling them to promptly identify delays or violations and take necessary action.
- Consolidated Cost Reporting: The module generates consolidated reports on the actual costs of maintaining construction projects in progress. This information supports efficient budgetary fund utilization, allowing city officials to optimize resource allocation.
Use Case: Implementation in the Komi Republic
In the Komi Republic, the Geometa module has been successfully deployed, allowing specialists from 20 municipalities and representatives of executive authorities to track Construction in Progress projects effectively. Users input data on these projects into the system, including details and supporting documents.
Feedback from Lyubov Kislyakova, a leading expert of the Ministry of Construction of the Komi Republic, highlights the benefits of the Geometa module. It has streamlined the regional register formation process, making data on capital expenditures readily available. The module allows for prompt generation of cards with the information on Construction in Progress projects, facilitates tracking of changes, and enables efficient data extraction and analysis.
- Efficient Resource Allocation: Optimize resource utilization, reducing waste and improving cost efficiency.
- Timely Project Completion: Identify and address delays promptly, avoiding costly setbacks.
- Improved Budget Management: Accurate cost insights aid in better budget planning and allocation.
- Enhanced Investment Attractiveness: Well-regulated construction environment attracts investors and stimulates economic growth.
- Minimized Disruptions: Timely monitoring reduces inconveniences for citizens, enhancing quality of life.