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Management of Rantatunneli recognised as best in world

Published : 06 Nov 2018, 01:51

  DF Report

The Rantatunneli project competed in the category of Mega-sized Projects. The other finalists in the category were from China, Russia and Kazakhstan. Press Release photo by Finnish Transport Agency.

The project management of Finnish Transport Agency´s project Rantatunneli has been recognized as the best project in the world, said an official press release.

Last summer, the International Project Management Association, IPMA, carried out an extensive and multiphase assessment of various mega-sized projects all over the world. The projects were assessed based on reports and interviews with several stakeholders.

The Rantatunneli tunnel project was carried out using the project alliancing model. The jury acknowledged the following success factors, among others: the project values were leadership, innovation and transparency; the project managers acted as role models, and stakeholders were present at every level; the personnel strategy included allowance for mistakes and an innovation-supportive culture; a successful Big Room concept; high customer satisfaction, delivery ahead of schedule and, consequently, cost savings; the challenging projects received significant local attention regarding both environmental and safety issues.

Project Manager Mauri Mäkiaho asserts that, from a learning point of view, it is important to examine and thoroughly analyse this successful project and its results, and the project has achieved extensive visibility both in Finland and abroad.

“In my opinion, the Finnish Transport Agency has succeeded in promoting the development of the field by utilising previous experience and by sharing this information. For example, the contract and operations model used in this project, and the well-proven practices have been implemented more often. The project alliance model is no longer seen as a mystery, but it has become a viable and effective method for carrying out challenging projects”, said Mäkiaho.