Croatian Waters is a state-owned company in charge of managing water resources in the Republic of Croatia. The company’s core activities are for water management, such as protecting the water supply from floods, pollution, contamination, and irrigation. As part of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), the European Commission (EU) accredited Croatian Waters in 2008 for implementing EU projects related to water management in the Republic of Croatia. Croatian Waters has successfully managed European funds during the pre-accession period and will continue work related to the management of European funds after Croatia joins EU.
Croatian Waters wanted to establish a scalable IT system for efficiently managing, preparing, and implementing IPA projects related to protecting water resources, improving water supply, and managing wastewater in the Republic of Croatia. By implementing Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Croatian Waters gained the ability to efficiently manage more than 40 water infrastructure management projects, valued in excess of US$1.57 billion. Croatian Waters also accelerated planning and reporting by 25%, which enabled project management to make more effective decisions based on the ability to provide real-time project information to all project stakeholders, helping the agency to meet demanding EU accreditation standards for IPA projects. Croatian Waters is currently working on three IPA infrastructural, water-sector projects in the towns of Slavonski Brod, Drniš, and Knin.
Primakon provided Croatian Waters with comprehensive implementation services for Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, to effectively manage IPA projects. Primakon was heavily involved in creating a special, multilevel planning model suitable for the incremental nature of IPA projects (for example, displaying different levels of planning details for various stages). After defining Croatian Waters’ specific needs, Primakon created a system prototype, tested it, and then moved forward with the implementation. Additionally, Primakon carried out application and project-management training for Croatian Waters’ users. Finally, Primakon implemented its own solution for entering costs and temporary monthly positions, a solution used to capture work execution through monthly reports that use a simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
The IPA department in Croatian Waters is a new organization that is growing. As it matures, so will the use of Primavera be more complex in future.
“We were very pleased with the high level of technical assistance and customer support Primakon provided during our Primavera implementation. The company understands our requirements and continues to respond quickly to our needs by providing us with proactive support and tools specific to our ongoing projects,” Said, Robert Kartelo, head, unit for preparation and implementation of European Union cofunded projects, Croatian Waters.