We have all experienced it more than once. We cannot order people outside of our organization, but still something has to be done. Let’s find out what can we do to get electric, digital, and district heating partners cooperate with the municipality’s Infraconstruction.
How Bad Can the Cooperation Go.
How many of us have seen following things to happen:
- Municipality builds up a road with asphalt and next year district heating re-opens the street to install the pipes.
- Electric and digital cable owners never participate in project meetings and only appear directly in the construction zone to install their cables to the place they desire.
- Municipality builds up new housing development area, but are unable to asphalt the streets and finish it fully, because district heating puts their pipes underground only when they have to pay customers in that area.
- When asking for old infrastructure information (cables, pipes etc.), it takes a month for 3rd party participant to deliver the information, because in your area there is only one person who has a license to provide this information. AND information has only two weeks time until it expires and requires new paid request.
- 3rd party companies install their infrastructure in your city’s ground and later demand payment for information delivery for that area.
I could go on and on and on, but I think we all can agree that getting 3rd party’s cooperation is sometimes very difficult and it has resulted in very uncomfortable situations between municipality officials and the 3rd party personnel.
I have even met municipality who got so huge hatred toward these companies that they made permission applying so difficult and complicated, that 3rd party companies don’t want to operate in that area anymore.
Full revolt is not the solution, of course, we need their services in our area and they need our citizens as customers to pay for their services.
I could go on and on and on, but I think we all can agree that getting 3rd party’s cooperation is sometimes very difficult and it has resulted in very uncomfortable situations in Infraconstruction projects
How to Really Get Their Cooperation.
The best way to get a 3rd party to cooperate is to understand their needs and motivation. I know I like to always state the obvious things.
Expand their infrastructure network so they can deliver services to new customers.
Now tell me how we can direct their behavior?
Mm. Well, we own the ground, it’s our property where they build their infrastructure.
I think the best way to get 3rd party personnel cooperation is to set clear rules:
- We have a meeting twice a year to overview all projects. 3rd party personnel can affect the set times of construction during those meetings.
- When we build the area, we build it completely. After the area is built, that area will be untouched for next 5 years except for maintenance of course. If you want to install your infrastructures in that area, you need to install it during a municipality’s construction or wait 5 years.
- If you want to join the municipality’s construction project to install your infrastructure, you need to deliver graphs on where do you want to install the infrastructure during the design phase.
And it is as simple as that.