Within the XI International exhibition “Transport of Russia”, which took place from December 6 to December 8, 2017, in Moscow, the SKY WAY conference was held. Victor Baburin, Deputy Director General for the Development of the SkyWay project organization was among the speakers of the conference. In his speech he shared the latest news and plans for the strategic development of the SkyWay technology with the participants of the event.
In particular, Victor Baburin noted that despite the desire of many project partners to see the first string roads in Russia, the business approach in the implementation of SkyWay requires considering the most promising markets with the least amount of difficulties.
“We need to get used to the fact that the iron curtain is gone. We are the international company, we do not work where we were born. As a commercial organization, we were created in order to make a profit, and not to engage in patriotism. We must go where the market takes us, and where the officials say: “Why didn’t you come yesterday? You can start building today, because tomorrow it will be too late.”
Viktor Baburin also said that in countries such as India, which is now experiencing rapid economic and demographic growth, the SkyWay project should be implemented already today, which is also confirmed by the local industry leaders. According to him, the Indian side actively collects all innovative ideas, and the one which will demonstrate technical and commercial viability, will win.
“Now Europe is actively moving to industry 4.0. As far as I know, such technologies are used only at the military enterprises in Russia. Basically, Russia lags behind in this respect.”
To enhance the competitiveness of the project, the industry elements 4.0 are being introduced in the design bureaus and the production of CJSC “String Technologies”: for half a year the team of the company’s specialists have been working on the introduction of the system of virtual models of the rolling stock and track structure from Dassault Systemes. Such a system will allow to create the engineering projects in a coordinated and rapid manner and to prepare the technical documentation necessary for launching them into production. All changes made by the engineers in the layout, will be also in the final model and calculations of the technical characteristics and the cost of the final product.
The need to use the principles of the industry 4.0 is also due to the fact that information systems allow to transfer the tasks for projects on a contract basis to engineers from other countries. This is necessary, as at the first stages of the company’s entering the world market, the company will not be able physically to independently produce all works around the globe.
“We must understand that we live in the real physical world, where there are only 24 hours a day, and where people want not only to work, but also to live a normal full life with their families; so at first, we will not be able to take a large number of projects. We still have only 400 people. For such an arduous complex, you need not 400, but 4000 people, or even better 40 000. And we, of course, will come to this, but in the coming year we will be able to take 1-2 projects”.
Viktor Baburin also commented on the development of the foreign projects in India and Indonesia, which we already reported about earlier:
“We must be strategic abd accurate in choosing the site for the construction. We must choose the place that will allow us when saying “A”, to say “B” afterwards. We should approach this with a related contract or related financing. Relatively speaking, we must make sure when we are building 2 kilometers, but we already have a contract, stating that when passing the local certification and when the technology reaches the declared results, we automatically will get a contract for a more interesting piece: for example, 30 kilometres, financed by the state or a private person.”
In conclusion of his speech, Viktor Baburin highlighted that the most actual directions for the development of the project are India, Indonesia and the UAE.
At the moment, Victor Baburin within the working group, which also includes SkyWay General Designer Anatoliy Yunitskiy, is negotiating with potential customers for the project of introducing UST transport systems to port infrastructure facilities.
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