Highway construction to be without incidents

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The task of company INZA, that was recently employed on the project of construction of the first phase of the highway, is to establish a system for regulating preventative measures of protection defined in the planning documentation of the project, as well as establishing the emergency system for the first part of the highway Bar Boljare, Edin Garaplija, general manager of the company, said to Weekend Edition of Dnevne Novine daily.

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WEDN: You were recently hired on the project of construction of the first phase of the highway Bar Boljare. What is your task?

Garaplija: Chinese company CRBC, the main constructor, made an international call for positions in protection against fire and protection of health during work, during the construction of the first part of highway Smokovac Uvač Mateševo. Our company, INZA Institute for Managing Risks and Scientific Research ltd Podgorica (a member of regional group of companies gathered around brand “INZA-Protecting People!”) was chosen. Our task will be to establish a system for regulating preventative measures of protection defined in the planning documentation of the project, as well as establishing the emergency system for the first part of the highway Bar Boljare, in accordance with Montenegro’s legislation and international standards, especially FIDIC rules of construction. In order to establish the integrated system of protection we have already started a procedure of synchronizing our expert licenses from the region with Montenegro’s laws. Preventative measures entail risk mapping and assessment, as well as making other documentation defined by law, and constant monitoring of implementation of the measures on the highway. There are also workshops and trainings for the employes, in the fields of protection at work and protection against fires, machine and work tools check-ups, examination of electronic and energetic facilities, controlled conditions of work environment, regulation of dangerous and explosive gases in the tunnels, and many other activities, including daily reports made using GPRS communication. For the first time in the region, we will introduce geo-informational system GIS in the process of gathering, processing and analyzing all relevant data during the construction of this capital project for the state of Montenegro.

WEDN: Do you have similar experience in different projects when it comes to road infrastructure?

Garaplija: INZA group has worked successfully on many projects in the region, and I would like to point out three of them. First one entailed production of project and planning documentation in the field of fire and work protection for the Public Company Highways of BiH, on the road section Vlakovo Tarčin of 20 meters length. Special calculations and 3D simulations of fire loads in the tunnels was done. For instance, tunnel Suhodol is 3 km long. The other project entailed supervising implementation of measures of work, fire and environment protection during the construction of 40 km road in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that lasted for 4 years. At the beginning of the construction, there was one serious injury that happened due to negligence and unprofessional handling, but aside from that, we never had any serious injuries or death cases. During this project in BiH, we actively participated in the construction of 15 km of tunnel pipes and ten bridges, as well as many wiring loops and toll stations. The third project I would like to mention entailed the production of referential budgetary model and logical framework, as well as natural and other emergencies risk assessment algorithms, with special attention paid to critical infrastructure and Corridor 10 in Serbia. This framework is used for production of all risk assessment documentation in this extremely important intra regional road project that connects central and southern Europe. Our PhD experts that have been employed in these projects will also participate in the supervision of documentation for the road section in Montenegro, that was defined by the Law of Protection and Rescue and other legislations in Montenegro. Aside from these capital projects, INZA worked on a lot of other, smaller road infrastructure projects, including projects in rail infrastructure in BiH and project “Južni tok” in Serbia, that was unfortunately stopped due to political reasons.

WEDN: Are you satisfied with cooperation with our institutions?

Garaplija: We have only just begun our work, so we have not made contact with all necessary national institutions yet. However, I would like to point out our successful cooperation with the Directorate for Emergency Situations of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro. We cooperated in the project of cross-border fire protection in 15 local communities (5 from Montenegro and 10 from BiH). This project is funded by European Union in partnership with Ministry of Safety of BiH and Development Agency for the North of Montenegro FORS. I would also like to point out very professional relationship with supervising inspectorate for health and work protection that has helped us in solving some dilemmas on licences acquired in BiH and Serbia and their compliance with Montenegro’s legislation. I hope successful cooperation will continue in the future, with a mutual goal in mind, and that is the planned construction of the highway without any incidents, safe for people and environment.

WEDN: Do you plan to hire national experts in this project?

Garaplija: No significant infrastructural project in the region can not be implemented without active participation of national experts and we will aim to hire as many as we can in this project, with special attention paid to young engineers. We will give them our know-how, given to us by experts from France, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey…Basic criteria for the choice of national employees will be their professional background and knowledge, and developed logical framework for acquiring new skills, knowledge of English language and their dedication and professionalism.

WEDN: How many employees does INZA group have in the region?

Garaplija: INZA group has over 100 full time employees and a few tens of freelancers hired in engineering, laboratory examinations and technical services. 70% is made of employees with high professional references and experience in different technical fields. They make a multidisciplinary team that uses most advanced work tools such as 3D and simulation softwares, IT intranet support, GIS databases, unmanned aerial vehicle with special software for prevention and monitoring in the field, with special accent on landslides. Human resources of INZA group are especially strengthened by members of Science Committee for Development INZA, that is made of 7 members with PhDs in construction, safety, technology, risk assessment, fire prevention, environment protection. They work to develop strategies of development and they actively participate in implementation of national and international projects.

WEDN: Do you have any rules and standards that must be respected by all the employees hired in this project?

Garaplija: Our work method is based on procedures that are based on international standards, first of all integrated standards for management ISO 9001, environment protection ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 protection at work. Here I would underline standard ISO 22320 for managing risks of natural and other disasters. We use it to implement procedures of emergency readiness. This work method is defined by FIDIC rules of construction, and recognized by big international supervising houses WSP and EGIS, that we have cooperated with so far. I have no doubts that INGEROP-GEODATE will recognize them as well.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro