News | 06.07.2021


The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 held a meeting of the expert center at the Moscow Urban Forum 2021. Representatives of regional and federal government and international professional community analyzed the implementation of infrastructure projects on the territory of Russia and discussed trends of the world construction industry.  

Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vasily Desyatkov said that president Vladimir Putin in his annual State of the Nation address mentioned some large-scale infrastructure projects. The most major project is Western Europe – Western China International Transit Corridor. According to the Deputy Minister this project will become an alternative to existing sea and railway transport routes.

“This megaproject will provide great opportunities for Eurasian integration and at the same time will stimulate economic growth for the key growth points inside the country. After the project is completed, Westarn Europe – Western China will attract 70 million tons of national cargo traffic and will twice reduce travel time on the routes between big centers of Russia”, – said Vasily Desyatkov.

The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 is actively participating in the implementation of the section of the Western Europe – Western China International Transit Corridor project. The construction of the section on the territory of Nizhegorodskaya Oblast’ is conducted under difficult geological conditions. Anna Merkulova, The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 CEO, told about some design and construction aspects of this significant facility.

“Our team faced karst deformations challenge, and if we ignored those problems or treated them in unprofessional way, it would cause disastrous consequences. In the search for optimum design solutions, we have drawn lessons from the best world practices and applied the most advanced technologies. In particular, our specialists have developed a digital geological model, which is unique for Russian infrastructure projects.  It makes possible to make a detailed high-level analysis on future karst deformations and consider all optimum methods, which would be necessary for safe construction and further maintenance”– said Anna Merkulova, The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 CEO.

Top-manager also added that while working on the facility there were applied some remote sounding methods, including interferometric analysis of satellite images to detect areas of active geological processes and 3D terrain model made by using aerophotography method.

Federico Bontempi, Regional Director for Russian Federation and CIS, GEODATA, commented on the implementation of this megaproject. According to Federico Bontempi, karst deformations have the biggest impact on road designing process.

“Depressions and settlings on the highway, which is located in karst area, in the long term can lead to significant economic loss. Predesign investigation increases safety level of a construction. We are cooperating with The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 to investigate this phenomenon”, – said Federico Bontempi. 

The participants of expert session also discussed large-scale infrastructure projects in Russian megapolises. Alexey Teksler, the Governor of Chelyabinskaya Oblast’ told about future metrotram system.  

“For many residents of Chelyabinsk, metrotram is an ideological project. I am glad, that this decision was made at the federal level. We have already developed two metro lines and now we are actively working in this direction. We plan to increase passenger traffic, to create a new image of the city, to encourage people to use public transport by making it more comfortable”, – Alexey Teksler pointed out.

Sergey Morozov, Deputy Governor of Nizhegorodskaya Oblast’, represented new metro-based strategy of transport system transformation. According to Sergey Morozov, after all new station are opened, the city passenger traffic will increase in almost 3 times.

“For Nizhny Novgorod, there is an urgent need to develop inner-city transport. The city geography creates difficult transport service conditions, as the city is separated by a river and one bank is much higher then another. Furthermore, there are a lot historical areas, which when are taking into account considerably reduce above-ground routes traffic capacity. We consider metro system development as a foundation for a new comfortable route system”, – Sergey Morozov explained.

On the basis of her long-term experience in metro construction, Anna Merkulova, The Group of Companies Mosproekt-3 CEO, gave an expert assessment of these two regional projects:

“I am really glad to see that the government of the cities with more than million people apply modern approach. It is great that the high professional teams are engaged in the cities development and improvement. Metrotram is a unique combination of two means of public transport. It has big transport capacity, and at the same time, it is fast, modern and attractive from economic point of view. My team and me are aware of Nizhny Novgorod government plans to develop metro system. We believe it is a world level project, and it is possible to implement it in a shorter time than originally planned”, – said Anna Merkulova.

Alan Thomas, All2plan Consulting ApS representative, speaking about world trends of infrastructure construction, noted the growing popularity of digital technologies. He also added that each project demands individual approach.

“Digitalization has a lot of advantages, while clear requirements of State Customers can become a big help for industry”

Moscow Urban Forum 2021 took place from between 1and 4 July in Zaryadie Park. More than 450 speakers were participating, including authorities, professional community representatives and foreign experts.