Facilities have been enabled to approve cadastral plans digitally without requiring the physical presence of surveyors and property owners at the offices of the National Registry.
The new initiative known as Approval of Topographic Plans (ATP) has made the process of approving cadastral plans in Costa Rica digital, as from now on the physical presence of surveyors and property owners on the premises of association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) or the Land Registry will no longer be required reported that union.
The government has decided to monitor and regulate the profit margin accrued by construction companies and real estate developers.
While the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) argues that "... the profit margin of construction companies in the country ranges between 5% and 40%" ... ", employers in the construction sector and developers assert that they are betting on margins of between 5% and 15%.
A group of engineers and experts from the construction sector have initiated studies to determine the feasibility of building a Metro in the capital.
The commission will examine the project which is being run by the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA), whose director, Olman Vargas, noted that "... the concept is initially evaluating the construction of a subway carrying passengers from west to east (Pavas-Curridabat) and north-south (Guadalupe-Desamparados). "
The web platform the College of Engineers and Architects wil present to the government will allow for all the procedures that are currently carried out in 14 different public institutions to be done in one place.
Olman Vargas, executive director of the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) told Ameliarueda.com that "... if the government accepts the proposal, the site will be ready in a period of 6 months. "Some of the procedures that must be carried out in the period prior to construction of a project are the presentation of land plans, land use, water availability, environmental impact and road permits, all at different institutions.
The new Minister of Public Works has acknowledged decades of delays in maintaining the country’s bridges, and has announced a tender for repairs and maintenance.
Minister Castro enlisted the help of the National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models of the University of Costa Rica (LANAMME), to ensure the technical validity of the tender to be convened for the repair of bridges on roads which are vital to the country.
In Costa Rica, $40 million was spent building a 160km road without surveying, design of ditches, drains or crossings over rivers.
The border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua over the mouth of the San Juan river was the cause of an emergency decree by the Costa Rican government, which ordered the construction of a road alongside the right side of the river for a stretch of 160 kilometers.
There are too many attorneys and too few engineers on the staff of the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Works.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT in Spanish) appears to have no solution to the obvious lagging behind of Costa Rica in terms of public infrastructure. The Ministry, which upon completion of the first year of the Chinchilla administration, exhibits very few projects in progress and too many initiatives still in the design and approval process.
The Costa Rican construction industry faces a shortage of skilled manpower. The shortage, which is particularly acute on the coasts, is being blamed for overruns on contracts.
The boom in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas took local labor markets by surprise.
Companies in many cases have been forced to take on workers without the requisite skills, leading to fears that quality might be compromised.
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