Brazilian Army Technology Could Be Used by the Ministry of Cities
By Dialogo July 06, 2015We often see on the Internet the progress of projects entrusted to the Army's engineering squad in contrast to the fiasco of projects of contractors who only want to add more and more amendments to contracts. The difference in costs, sometimes within the same project, e.g. the San Francisco River Transposition Project, is an insult to taxpayers. Every project done by the Brazilian Army of Engineering has always been and will always be careful work with affirmative and excellent results. Using the argument of physical evidence, all you have to do is look (even at the surface) of the masterful and HONEST construction of the amazing BECS. Congratulations to our Brazilian Army. I liked it. Very good. Now, let's move forward. The article doesn't provide much information about the process, but I've worked in the institution and trust what goes on there. I think it's great. All cities need it. Whatever benefits our country will always be welcome. It's a good idea that fits within the framework of principles governing the Disciplinary Regulations of the Army. The NATION is suffering and weary. It's time to make decisions with determination and raise the spirits of the population. The nation's defense is the defense of its citizens, who have the right to a roof over their heads. Congratulations to the Brazilian Army for the innovative technology. I was happy to read this article about our glorious Brazilian Army which I was a part of. It's so nice to read good news about love and hard work love, and not thievery. This country has to regain faith in their government institutions and punish the gangs of corrupt officials and thieves. Only the Army has the ability to bring peace to our hearts. Long live Brazil. I loved all the collages. All beautiful, wonderful, and vivid. I loved it so much. Thank you. I really liked this partnership of knowledge. The Army really needs to help Brazil. The main point is called HONESTY, but it is of utmost importance that no politicians be involved. When will our glorious Brazilian Army complete BR 319 which links Manaus in Amazonas to Porto Velho in Rondoni? It's only 877 km. Use the powerful tool called OPUS to resolve this problem. Congratulations on the report. The Army has the technology and skill for building at a more affordable cost. My father, a great warrior, fought in Italy. He participated in taking over Castle Hill where he saw many friends die. Now, I ask the question. Was this all done in vain? Now Brazil, this is our homeland. Those of you in command of this country need to take action immediately. I am ready to fight for my country. Force and honour. The Brazilian Army's participation in the country's work is commendable. I did like it. If we have this work, then why not use it? I was surprised and very happy to know that the Brazilian Army also provides support to the less fortunate. Congratulations. Congratulations to the Brazilian Army and its OPUS program. The program is working in the Army because certain parameters are observed such as commitment, discipline, professionalism, integrity and quality, while the works contracted by government administrations, whether municipal, state or federal, prioritize other parameters such as overcharging, poor quality service, deadline extensions for the main purpose of increasing funding, higher spending on food, transportation stipends, electricity, water, labor charges, overtime, etc. We need to always believe in the Armed Forces and the institution of MORAL RESERVE since we still have faith in Brazil.
Brazilian Minister of Cities Gilberto Kassab recently visited the Army Command in Brasília to learn about management technology used by the Army in its engineering and construction works.
In particular, Minister Kassab reviewed during his May 20 visit the Unified Works Process System, OPUS [Oracle Project Unified Solution], which the Army Engineering and Construction Department (DEC) uses in planning, decision-making, execution, control, and financing of works the agency performs. Its success with OPUS has led a working group consisting of the CDU in the House of Representatives, the Federal Savings Bank, the Ministry of Cities, and the Army to announce the use of the same method in all phases of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida
[My House, My Life] program -- a project planned by the Ministry of Cities.
The benefits of OPUS
OPUS is an information technology system that supports decision-making in planning, finance, project execution, and engineering services, both at the executive level and at the management and strategic level. OPUS allows the user to simultaneously see and track all of the Army’s work projects, from the decision to initiate to completion.
The optimization and cost-effectiveness gained by using OPUS yields benefits for all of Brazilian society, said the Chief of DEC, General Joaquim Maia Brandão.
“The important part is the management of all stages of a project, from strategic decisions through the final product. If we have planning, control, and finance oversight, it is possible to reach our project goals,” the General told Diálogo.
Another Military official, General Marcelo Eschiletti Caldas Rodrigues, director of the Military Works System (SOM) described to Diálogo
how OPUS works and its benefits. “It is a computerized system to support decisions regarding the functionality of planning, scheduling, supervising, monitoring and control, management and execution of work projects, and engineering services in all final macro process activities in the SOM, both at the executive level and at the management and strategic level,” he said. One of its benefits is that “it lets the user see and follow all of the Army’s projects and their schedule, from project initiation through closing.”
The Army DEC is using the technology to manage projects for the Ministry of Cities, including the Minha Casa, Minha Vida
program, the largest housing program being built in Brazil since its launch in 2009 by the federal government. Its goal is to reduce the housing gap in the country, both in the cities and in the countryside.
Through the program, families with a household income of between about $500 and $1,590 can receive a subsidy worth up to $8,000, taxes of 0-5% per year, and a term of 360 months to pay for the home. Since its launch, Minha Casa, Minha Vida
has delivered more than two million homes to needy families throughout the country.
The initiative is an example of the Army working with different ministries to benefit society, said Santiago Gallo, a territorial planning specialist at the University of São Paulo.
Finalizing an agreement
Government officials will meet in the near future to develop a plan to finalize the execution of an agreement among the Brazilian Army, the Ministry of Cities, the Federal House of Representatives, and the Federal Savings Bank in the process of transferring the Army DEC’s methodology to other institutions. This action will yield benefits for society, since it will mean improved management in monitoring and controlling the country’s public works.
General Villas Bôas, the commander of the Brazilian Army, has placed his forces at the disposal of agencies that are attempting to learn the management process used for military works.
“Currently, no one can think about defense as an isolated matter; we have something to contribute to the country in relation to technology, teaching, and other processes when we speak of engineering. We are willing to sit down and contribute to the country’s progress,” he emphasized.
The technology used in the Brazilian Army’s projects through OPUS is essential for Minha Casa, Minha Vida
“Some 7,000 projects are being executed at the Ministry and the Army has a methodology that could be used in managing the Minha Casa, Minha Vida
project, as well as others,” Minister Kassab said.