New fire station as part of safety services hub for Hasselt (Belgium)
Fire stations need to be compliant with many requirements and demands. think project! helped to create workflows and processes for the construction of the new fire station in Hasselt, Belgium, audit-proof, and therefore, waterproof.
For the construction of the new fire station in Hasselt, Belgium, stakeholders established a temporary organisation, consisting of construction companies Democo, Kumpen and STRABAG. The perfect example of a project with employees of several companies who need to be able to work together – not to mention stakeholders like the architect and client. The think project! platform was put in place to put this collaboration on the right track.
think project! was used as a means for document sharing and approval workflows – processes that used to be handled via paper, email, and online file sharing websites, including the insecurities about whether everyone effectively received said email. Using think project! as a document sharing platform provides unambiguity and uniformity, making sure that all stakeholders have the latest and correct document version.
The platform supports approval workflows as well. At the start, plans for cooling, ventilation and the electricity grid were not final. During construction, new plans were continuously being added through think project!, after which all stakeholders could approve them. This ensures everyone is working with the latest version of the latest approved plans.
Buildings such as fire stations need to meet many requirements. With think project!, it is easy to determine if these requirements are met. Should any legal problems arise after delivery, it is immediately traceable who did what, and when, so there is no room for discussion. This way, think project! helps make workflows completely waterproof and audit-proof.
Facts & Figures
- Fire station as part of safety services hub
- Contract volume: 25 million euros
- Opening / completion: June 2018
- Total floor area: 10,000 m2
- Uniformity in document sharing
- Unambiguous approval flow
- Transparency for being audit-proof
- Minimising the flood of emails
- Quick access to relevant documents, independent of time and location
- Updates of approval status
- Transparent audit-trail
- All documents can be found in one central place, so that new employees are incorporated quickly
- After delivery, think project! was used to deliver an as-built file
Applied modules & services
- Drawing management
- Document management
- Document planning
“think project! helped make project workflows completely waterproof AND audit-proof.” – Kris Delbaere, Head Project Leader at STRABAG
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Contract partner
The Toyota Way of continuous improvement
The Japanese philosophy ‘Kaizen’ represents ‘a process of continuous improvement in small steps’. Many companies rely on this methodology to evolve their working processes. World-famous for this practice is car manufacturer Toyota.
The Kaizen philosophy is reflected in Toyota’s Production System (TPS), a specific production process developed by Toyota to optimise its serial production of cars. The strategy of TPS is to eliminate waste in the production process. Toyota applies a number of methods such as the synchronisation and standardisation of processes, avoiding errors, steady improvement of its production sites and consistent training of its employees.
Test track enables testing of different driving surfaces
Toyota is using think project! for the expansion of its European Technical Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, where a new 1.3 kilometre-long three-lane test track is being constructed. The track will enable testing of driving characteristics across different driving surfaces and slopes which simulate European road conditions.
Mapping of processes within the project platform
All project communications run within think project!. In the Zaventem project this includes all messages, correspondence, files and data. However, think project! is more than a tool for Toyota to share data – the company has also implemented processes such as RFIs (Requests for Information) and minutes of meetings, as well as reporting functions.
Space for a new age
The hotly-discussed new NATO headquarters is being built on an area of around 40 hectares, directly opposite the old building in Evere, north-east of Brussels.
The new NATO headquarters provides the necessary space for NATO's main task, namely communication between the member states and the rest of the world.
After numerous analyses and feasibility studies, the structural, technical and security-specific requirements of the new building were defined, and an architectural competition was held in 2003. The winning design, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and ASSAR, was put through another in-depth analysis, and implementation planning was completed at the end of 2008.
The design for the new headquarters includes around 190,000 square metres of office space, conference rooms and private areas – and offers the delegates of the 26 (soon to be 28) member states their own areas which are fitted out to embassy standard plus joint areas for communication.
Project management at the highest level
Such a highly-complex project requires stringent and robust management structures. A number of internal committees and project teams, both international and from the host country Belgium, are coordinating the new building. They are supported by numerous external specialists, in particular an international planning team consisting of a consortium made up of SOM and the Belgian companies ASSAR and VK Engineering. A separate planning building was set up for the architects and engineers on land belonging to the Belgian Ministry of Defence.
NATO chooses think project!
After a tender process, think project! was selected as the platform to support coordinators and project partners in their tasks. Those responsible for the project decided to set up an internal solution requiring local hosting, so the IT infrastructure needed to run the software and store data is operated in a Belgian Ministry of Defence computer centre and is subject to the strictest security standards.