“Digital solutions, such as project management, asset management processes etc., have become a go-to option for the construction industry” – Mariana Garstea, General Manager SIXENSE GROUP Romania & SEE.
What type of adaptive measures the company / your project(s) needed? What were the lessons of this period?
Unlike many industries, where work-from-home and drive-thru services are feasible, the construction industry, and here we are too, needs jobs on sites to run. SIXENSE Romania trained all its employees on distancing rules that include no handshakes and set up an internal dedicated and empowered COVID-19 response team. All site coordinators are trained to closely monitor the employees’ behavior to make sure that the guidelines are properly followed. All employees have undertaken the “Covid Referent” internal training. Our employees were often leading the example on site by implementing protective measures being set beyond our Clients requirements. We are very grateful that we can send our teams outside every day and that we can fulfill / honor our contractual commitments even during this difficult time.
What is the status of your current project(s)?
Now, we have one site temporary on hold and I hope it will be the only one. All the other secured projects are running according to the established planning at the beginning of the contract.
What are the advantages of your business and products, going forward?
Digital solutions, such as project management, asset management processes etc., have become a go-to option for the construction industry, in need of a way to efficiently manage the daily tasks, the communication processes, but still to remain as safe as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. SIXENSE’s software solutions are dedicated to follow and manage infrastructures and worksites and our platform, besides other benefits, sustain our clients’ needs to reduce the operational and human risks and during this period this has been highly demonstrated and well appreciated. Given that the entire economy has been affected, expectations are high, but we must be aware that the state also has certain limits. I really would like, at least, the facilities for the construction sector to continue to be maintained by the state.
What transformations you expect in your sector, their effects for the economy?
Strictly referring to our activity, we noticed very clearly that the private projects were affected much more than the public ones. Private projects, that were supposed to start this Spring / Summer, have been postponed, suspended or are being readapted in the context of the actual crisis. We are all aware that there will be financial consequences, but we cannot, at this time, accurately estimate their impact. The dynamic of daily events makes us a little uncomfortable on defining long-term strategies, but by taking the most appropriate short or medium-term measures, we are trying to minimize the negative impact on the future company development.
What is your message to clients and partners?
We all need to make sure that the construction industry continues to work. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary, but I would better say… different and more flexible approaches. Be aware at how your decisions affect other businesses: try to find the best ways to collaborate. We all are in this together.
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