Millau Viaduct Project Management Essay

2076 Words Apr 17th, 2013 9 Pages
The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed road bridge which spans the valley of the river Tarn situated alongside the Township of Millau in Southern France. The viaduct standing over 343 meters tall was the world’s tallest cable-stayed bridge and was proposed as the missing link in the A75 auto route that connects Paris in the north to Perpignan in the south. The Millau Viaduct was the product of 17 years of ideas, proposals, planning and designs that resulted in shaving 40 miles off the former route through the region, a boom in local economic development and the completion of the one of the world’s most well managed and constructed projects.

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Business Case:
The initial objectives of the project are to provide a link in the
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Tender:
Applications for tender were published December 1999. Candidates were to provide a proposal by the 24th of January covering specific technical and financial criteria.

Judging Proposals:
Analysis of proposals was divided into legal, financial, and technical areas. The judging committee interviewed bidders and announced EIFFAGE expected concessionaire.

Main features of concession contract: * Concession is at the own risk and own profits * Total period of concession is 78 years (3 years build, 75 years operation) * Respect in relation to original architectural design * Development of technical aspects i.e. steel or concrete * Toll rate to be approved by Minister of Transport * Durability of structure for 120 years

Local economic development:
The state required 1% of project budget to be allocated to the economic development of the region, these initiatives were materialised through: * Construction of two industrial development sites * Equal re-allocation of 80% of the professional taxes generated by the two developments among the communities in order to avoid inequalities.

Construction Plan: * March 2011: Preparatory phase – develop operating procedures, design task checklists, materials validation processes. * October 2001: EIFFAGE begins construction * 14th December 2001: the French Ministry of Transport puts down the first stone of the bridge * January 2002: beginning of piers and abutment

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