Acronym of "High Speed / High Capacity", the system in the new lines to significantly strengthen the Italian railway system.



Important railway line, one of the fundamental routes of the Italian railway network. For example, the Adriatic or Tyrrhenian backbone, which run almost the whole length of their respective coasts of the Italian Peninsula. 

BDU - Unitary Data Base

Data base that contains the IT and monitoring data of the works supplied by the Project Management System (SGP) and by the System of Project Collection and Transmission (SRTP).



General Contractor (GC)


Interministerial Committee for Economic Programming.


Institutional Contract for Development. An institutional agreement between the Ministries (of Infrastructure and Transport, Economics and Finance, Economic Development, etc.), and other competent administrations and nationally important public service concessionaires to carry out priority development works, especially in the disadvantaged areas of the South, which are aimed at ensuring the regional cohesion of the country.

Consultation Committee

A committee made up of public and private bodies which represent specific interests, with the aim of putting forward shared interventions to solve particular questions of a social and economic nature, through discussion and participating in political decisions and in contracting. 

Conference of Services

An institute of Italian legislation to simplify the work of the public administration, aimed at speeding up the conclusion of an administrative procedure, helping the acquisition of authorisations, documents and clearances by calling group meetings which are also aimed at issuing an administrative measure. This is a coordination tool which is aimed at assessing and putting together the plurality of interests involved in a procedure. 

Coordination Committee

Committee composed of signatory bodies to the contract and by the other ministers who have signed the agreement.

Conventional infrastructure

Railway lines, whether essential or secondary, but not high speed. 




Feasibility Study

In the planning context, a document drawn up prior to work according to the definition and assessment of a programme or project on the basis of a broad, preliminary idea. It includes technical and financial type work.


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

(Available) finance

Financial resources which are effectively available (cash) to build works, to be taken from state or European allocations, or obtained from other forms of financing.


Climatic mark left behind. Assessment of the work’s impact on the climate. “Carbon footprint” is the environmental impact in terms of C02 emissions.


see Fund for Development and Cohesion 

Full life project cost

Total financial cost of all the work involved in each CIS, from the start until the completion of the project.



General Contractor.


High Surveillance

See the “Work Supervision” entry 


Within the CIS monitoring site – where the stretches are located (using digital geographic information) which relate to the execution of works in the areas involved – the term refers to the objects that show individual works and that are shown on the map by an icon. By clicking on them, a form relating to the work in question opens. 



Dynamic Multipurpose System which includes buildings and structures for normal checking and maintenance of the wagons and locomotives of the high-speed fleet, and also rolling stock from regional transport. The one in Naples, which was inaugurated in 2010, is one of the most important systems, which is complex and strategic for the Italian railway service, especially high-speed trains.

Implementation and Surveillance Committee

Committee made up of all the Lead Managers for the Project (RUPs), by the regional managers of the unified programme (where these are not also RUPs), by the Sole Points of Contact for Contract (RUCs) to oversee the implementation of what is required by the CIS.


A group of work, supplies and services into which the public work which is being made by the CIS is subdivided. 

Infrastructure work

Work involving infrastructure of the railway or road network (see individual stretches and sections). For example, boosting or constructing new lines. 


Job detail sheet

A hard copy or electronic sheet listing the following information for each work: the awarding authority, the project manager, details of the name, starting date and nature of the work, the physical, financial and procedural progress of the work, and indicators of the result.



Laying a second line

Creation of a new set of rails with which a single-track line becomes a twin-track line, both on the north-south axis and on the east-west axis. 


Alignment plans and elevations of the permanent way; ideal line taken by a railway line.

Lead Manager for the Project (RUP)

The Lead Manager for the Project is a figure of significant importance in the planning and execution of architectural or civil engineering work. Law 241/90 obliges public administrations to appoint someone to manage the procedure for every work they are responsible for through an organisational unit of the same.


Main traffic route

Railway line that has especially important characteristics because of the amount of traffic and the transport links which it carries and which between them connect centres or main hubs of the railway system. 





Action Plan for Cohesion


Regional Operational Programme.


National Operative Programme. European Structural Funds.

Procedure manager

The individual – identified in accordance with article 5 of Law 241/1990, or article 10, paragraphs 1-8 of the code of contracts – who is tasked with carrying out the tasks laid down in the contract. 

Procurement Code

The expression “procurement code” refers to the Legislative Decree 163 of 12th April 2006, which includes the “Code for public contracts relating to employment, services and supplies in application of the directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC”, which was issued because of the legislative delegation contained in article 25 of law 62 of 18th April 2005 (EC law 2004). This is the first regulatory text which comprehensively lays out public administration contracts in a unified way for carrying out public works, undertaking services and sourcing supplies needed for the institutional goals of public entities; also it is largely applied to procedures on how private partners are chosen for public companies.

Project Manager

The Project Manager has a role of operational management. The project manager is in sole charge of the assessment, planning, execution and control of a project. The role can be taken by a representative of the client, or an employee or consultant of the company/organisation which is tasked with executing a project (in some cases one exists for each part, each one with project responsibilities for their own part). His or her mission is to achieve the aims of the project, ensuring that cost levels and time are respected, as well as the agreed quality and, above all, that the satisfaction of the client is achieved. Independently of the type of project that is being undertaken, a good project manager has to be skilful in interpreting the real aims of the project from the beginning right to the end, ensuring that the client’s vision is carried out in accordance with their expectations, as previously established.

Protocol of understanding

Agreement between parties – whether political, economic or institutional – which obliges the signatories to take on and respect priorities, commitments and responsibilities relating to the aims of the common project, so as to then formalise them. A strategic tool to develop collaboration between the state, regions and local bodies which are called on, according to their own areas of competence, to encourage a coordinated policy in all fields of action. 



Railway corridor

Group of the routes that collect two locations between which a sustained flow of trains takes place. More in general, the global connector through which the transport of goods, people, energy and telecoms systems passes.

Railway link

A section of line which links the new infrastructure with the existing, conventional line. 


Shunt, line

Link. The stretch of a railway line made as an alternative route, mainly in railway hubs, to avoid interferences or to specialise traffic.


Work supervision. It involves work aimed at “High Surveillance" on planning and construction, carried out by the General Contractor (GC) or General Contractors (CG). The SL is in charge of the control of the Executive Planning drawn up by the GC/CG, of the successful and punctual execution of the work, of checking that the materials used have been previously checked by the GC, of checking the times and progress of the work which is ongoing, of checking Work Progress (SAL). It also checks the application, in construction, of what has been established in the convention and/or declared by the GC/CG in the Quality Plan which has been approved. Surveillance on planning is carried out using dedicated individuals in the Project Group area as well as the support of the in-house Specialist Units. The SL also carries out the management of the environmental issues in accordance with the relevant regulations and contractual agreements. The role of High Surveillance is carried out, for example, by Italferr – the engineering company of the FS Italiane Group which is tasked with ensuring that infrastructure and technological investments are carried out in the railway sector - in relation to High Speed Line contracts carried out with a General Contractor.

Sole Point of Contact for Contract (RUC)

The person charged with coordinating and checking on contract execution.

Sole Point of Contact of the Party

Representative of each of the parties who is tasked with overseeing the execution of the tasks laid down in the contract.

State of spending

Percentage ratio between the amount spent thus far and the cost of the project.

State of spending % (of the work)

Percentage ratio between the amount spent thus far and the cost of the work. 


Technical Specification for Interoperability. See Directive 96/48/CEE, Interoperability.


Technical Report

Document describing each of the works, in which are contained: the expected results, the commitments taken on by each party, the timeline chart, indication of resources required and available, and any eventual critical paths. 

Technological work

Work involving changes of a technological nature to railway line or station equipment.


Trans-European Networks - Transport, which is legally based on the Treaty of Amsterdam of 2nd October 1997.


Timeline chart

Detailed document showing all the phases and related times, of the commitments and responsibilities of the contracting parties to perform each work that has been financed. 



An agreement signed by the Minister of Economy and Finance, by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, by the Minister for Cultural Goods and Activities and by the Minister of the Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea on the contract layout (in accordance with article 6, paragraph 1, of Legislative Decree 88 of 31st May 2011).



Modification applied to the original project.


Strategic Environmental Assessment, a process aimed at integrating issues of an environmental nature in development plans and programmes, to improve the overall quality of decision making. The main aim is to assess the environmental effects of the plans or programmes, before their approval (ex ante), during and at the end of their period of validity (in-itinere, ex post). Other aims of the VAS involve both the improvement of information given to citizens, and also the promotion of public participation in the planning-programming processes.


Environmental impact assessment. Administrative procedure to support the decision-making authority aimed at identifying, describing and assessing the environmental impacts produced by the implementation of a given project. 


Work Progress Meeting

The Work Progress Meeting, in a project management environment, is a periodic meeting which is set up to ensure that a project is advancing in line with its targets.