Project Methodology

Project management methodology consist of four to five process groups, and a control system: Initiation - Planning and Design - Execution Monitoring and Controlling - Closing. The initiation process group (PARTNERS) determines the nature and scope of the project. The key project controls needed, are an understanding of the business environment and making sure all necessary controls are incorporated into the project. Any deficiencies should be reported and a recommendation made to fix them.After initiation, the project is planned to an appropriate level of detail. The main purpose is to plan time, cost and resources adequately to estimate the work needed and to manage risk effectively during project execution.

Execution consists of the processes used to complete the work defined in the project management plan, to accomplish the project's objectives. The execution process involves co-ordinating people and resources, as well as integrating and performing the activities of the project. The deliverables are produced as outputs from the processes performed as defined in the project management plan.The monitoring and controlling process group involves managing and tracking the project, so potential problems can be identified quickly and corrective action taken. To do this the project management plan is used. Monitoring and controlling includes: Measuring the ongoing project activities (where are we, against where we should be?) Monitoring the project variables (cost, effort, scope) against the project management plan and the project baseline (where should we be?)

Identifying corrective actions to address risks and issues (how can we get back on track?) Managing changes using our change control process (what is the impact of this change?) The monitoring and controlling process group ends once the project has achieved its goals and objectives as detailed in the project contract. A project may be stopped before completion for various reasons, including changes in the business, lack of resources or higher priorities.At this point it is important to know how well the project has performed. This is done using the project closure report. It communicates how well the project has performed against its original business case, quality measures, cost, duration and tolerances.Projects should be assessed for the right level of control needed: too much control is time-consuming, too little control is risky. If project control is not carried out correctly, the cost to the business should be clarified in terms of errors, fixes and added costs.

Roles - Tasks of Partners

LP1 has the responsibility for conducting proper project management.All partners are active in submitting reports and conducting their meetings.LP1 will be responsible for developing the project website, designing the newsletters, printing related leaflets, staff training, organizing a conference and main meeting of the project (open and close out meetings). All Partnes will particiapate in Information and Publicity WP in order to provide dissemination of project results in their cover area. P2 and P3 will follow up supporting LP1 according to measures and guidelines reflected by the implementation of the project. PP3 will implement dissemination activities in Italy organising open conference and workshop in Brindisi. In order to study, develop and apply common activities and practises regarding Passengers accessibility issues in three Ports, Partners will cooperate in WP3 to Common Practises on Port Accessibility issues.

All Partners will also participate in WP4 and WP5 where Indoor and Outdoor Port Facilities and Services will be implemented by each Partner. In WP6 LP and P3 will design and develop the Information and Communication Tool that will be used to monitor common Accessibility Issues and Services that ACCSEL will initiate

Location of Activities

The project activities are located along a virtual continues line that covers the sea line from Brindisi in Italy, across to Corfu and ends in Patras covers an international cruise line and a commercial hub in the Mediterranean. The role, therefore, these ports are called to play to leverage the development of international trade, and the sustainability of the local and national economies in Italy and Greece, is a prominent one. Main project activities will be implemented on both sides, Italian and Greek sites, in order to provide wider application of project results. Longer term effects that will be achieved based on a strategically developed model for accessibility and sustainable network services in the geographical region of the Adriatic sea are identified as the following:

  1. Promote an overall and rational planning of the port facility system, which will be reflected to an improved and modern organization
  2. Improvement and creation of new port infrastructures and superstructures for the upgrading and modernization of port services
  3. Ensuring the sustainability of Mediterranean ports and enhance their competitiveness, by exploiting their comparative advantages, increase their specificity and create a favorable environment for attracting cruise ships and passengers
  4. Monitoring the development of technologies used internationally at port facilities for passenger services and land transportation
  5. Development of physical and communicational connectivity between Mediterranean port facilities which have the primary role in the overall transportation chain
  6. Creation of partnerships with the Port Authorities of Corfy - Patras -Brindisi for port development, Security as well as for knowledge transfer