Impressive features of Petrom City include its modern architecture and an unusual glass facade
OMV subsidiary Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in south-east Europe, is building its future headquarters Petrom City near the Straulesti Lake in the north of Bucharest.
|General contractor: Alpine Romania S.A.|
|Architect: ajf & Partner|
|Start of construction: End of 2007|
Petrom City consists of five buildings: Two oval office buildings connected to each other, the main building – a classic, 11-storey high-rise – a computer centre and a small power station.
The site is approximately 100,000 square metres, and the office buildings have a total floor space of around 70,000 square metres. The Petrom City computer centre, known as the Data Center, is the ‘heart and mind’ of the complex. Together with the Data Center in Vienna, it supports the whole of OMV and its branches around the world.
The modern architecture of Petrom City stands out particularly with its unusual glass facades, which measure a total area of 13,000 square metres.
think project! automates project documentation
The online project collaboration platform is used for project management including repro orders and for all project communication. The project platform supports all project phases – from pre-planning and submission through to construction and handover to the client.
Boost to economy and tourism in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg airport, which handled around 5.1 million passengers in 2006, is being expanded and will gain importance as a Russian aviation hub, which the airport city will also benefit from.
|Investment volume: approx. 390 million euros|
|Floor space: approx. 62,000 m²|
|Hotel: Four-star Crowne Plaza hotel|
|Office building space: Between 40,000 m² and 60,000 m²|
St. Petersburg Airport City is conceived as a business park, which when completed will comprise several office buildings as well as a hotel. The site measures 62,300 square metres. In the initial construction phase, a four-star Crowne Plaza hotel with 300 rooms, and three office buildings with an area of around 40,000 square metres will be built, with an investment volume of approximately 120 million euros.
In the subsequent phase, further office buildings with around 50,000 to 60,000 square metres are planned. The total investment volume for this is around 390 million euros. The project location directly at the international airport of the city with 5 million inhabitants and on the main connection road to the capital, Moscow, is ideal.
The client PORR configured the project in think project! itself in accordance with its requirements. Processes such as document and design management including digital plan approval are used. think project! is available to users for project correspondence in German, English and Russian.
Connecting urban living with new rail development
With the development of a new main railway station, Vienna is set to become an important trans-European rail transportation hub, raising its profile in international and national rail travel.
The complex project raises an array of demanding requirements for information management, prompting the STRABAG/PORR ALPINE/Pittel+Brausewetter consortium to use think project!.
To start with, the correspondence delivery system was completely digitised and centralised. To maintain an overview of the enormous flood of emails, as well as the many conventional letters from external project partners, all correspondence is managed by a central inbox. There, incoming mail and fax correspondence, emails and plans are categorised – then forwarded to the relevant person via the platform and saved under the correct category.
Consortium selected think project! archiving solution
What will be done with data at the end of the project is a very important point. The consortium is planning to use the think project! archive to retain the collected information and emails, including all attachments, to ensure not to lose any information. The archive also uses the standard think project! interface, so the consortium can continue to use the same functions available in the live system.
How does an energy provider manage its construction projects?
Vattenfall Europe Generation AG is responsible for client-side management of all active Vattenfall power plant construction projects, with a current value of 5 billion euros.
In order to improve the communication between its employees and external project partners, the company decided to introduce an online project collaboration platform to its internal IT landscape.
The deregulation of northern European energy markets in the 1990s enabled Vattenfall to expand its operations beyond Sweden to become one of Europe’s leading energy providers. Vattenfall’s growth demanded an increase in the number of new power plants being built, requiring the participation of multiple external project partners. Vattenfall decided to implement a central database for both internal and external participants, and found that an online project collaboration platform was the most appropriate solution. Its additional ability to provide flexible representation and optimisation of the processes and workflows specific to power plant construction led Vattenfall to opt for think project!.
think project! was extensively tested during a threemonth pilot phase, and was used in the Moorburg power plant project, which was already underway. think project! now also supports communication and document management for the commissioning of the Boxberg power plant and is slated for use in the planned construction of a demonstration facility for carbon capture at the Jänschwalde power plant.
think project! is used by Vattenfall to manage plans and drawings, approval documents, technical documentation, contracts, meeting minutes, emails and faxes – with well over 20,000 files stored for the new Moorburg power plant alone. Over 600 Vattenfall employees and external project partners collaborate via the platform, with roles ranging from project, construction and departmental managers, surveyors and suppliers, foremen from construction companies and safety experts – through to coordinators and team assistants. Even security personnel at the Moorburg power plant are connected to think project!, as visitor registration is managed via the platform.
Construction site management at minus 35 degrees
German company Glatt Ingenieurtechnik was appointed as the general contractor for the construction and commissioning of a blood plasma fractionation facility in Kirov, Russia.
The project, with an investment in a three-digit million euro range, is financed by the Russian health ministry. Due to its impressive size, the project is capturing the attention of the public – and also politicians.
Construction at minus 35 degrees
Glatt Ingenieurtechnik is responsible for all planning and design, and construction and commissioning of the facility – plus the delivery of technical equipment. In addition to the production facility, other infrastructure including warehouses, offices and laboratories is to be built.
The main building for the blood plasma fractionation facility measures 100x100 metres at a height of 18 metres, and will be built as a monolithic reinforced concrete structure. Besides the logistical and technical obstacles, the erection of the building itself will take place at temperatures of minus 35°C – a challenge not to be underestimated.
The concept of an external communication platform convinced Glatt
In their responsibility as general contractor, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik realised early in the concept planning phase that they would quickly reach their limits with conventional means of communication like email and document storage on internal servers.
Sending large plans and drawings, together with an approval process involving several people – internal and external – and the associated documentation that has to meet necessary security standards posed a resource problem for the company. Therefore Glatt Ingenieurtechnik decided to use online collaboration platform think project!.
Risk evaluation is critical for success
Located to the east of Bratislava in Slovakia the new dual expressway R1 will link the cities of Nitra and Tekovské Nemce, plus the northern bypass of Banská Bystrica.
The massive infrastructure project is being undertaken by Granvia consortium as a private entity and Slovakia represented by the Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications.
The project is based on a 30-year contract covering financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 52-kilometre expressway, which is made up of four separate sections.
Total project investment amounts to over one billion euros. The construction phase, lasting four years, has a total value of 900 million euros and will be carried out by Granvia Construction – subsidiary of Stavby and wholly owned by Eurovia CS (part of the VINCI Group). Once completed, the infrastructure will be operated by VINCI Concessions.
Online project collaboration provides control of planning and construction process
Granvia Construction decided to implement online collaboration platform think project! to gain better control of the entire planning and construction process. Therefore, the entire construction phase – including design and approval processes – plus comprehensive project documentation are mapped within think project!.
Architecture symbolising the future
Planning and consulting company Spacial Solutions commenced work in Rwanda almost four years ago.
Two large projects are to be realised: the Kigali Convention Complex in the capital comprising a congress centre, a 5-star hotel, an office park and a museum – as well as a business and resort hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Spacial Solutions decided to use online collaboration platform think project! in both projects.
All project partners had access to the most current plans
In the Kigali Convention Complex, 55 project participants were already involved in the planning phase, including 13 subcontractors and 10 other partners involved in planning, such as the external construction manager who runs the project office in Kigali.
The greatest advantage of think project! is that it guarantees rapid, seamless exchange of project documents. Each of the 20 or so planning teams had access to the most current plans at all times.
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Motorway project supports regional development
The M6/M60 PPP motorway project is part of an EU corridor linking Budapest, Sarajevo and Ploce.
|Investment volume: approx. 1 billion euros|
|Route: Construction of 78 km of new motorway|
|Tunnel: 4 tunnels (3.1 km, double-tube)|
|Construction: 86 bridge structures, of which 9 are viaducts|
Strabag AG holds the concession for the motorway for 30 years, and is responsible for its design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance. As general contractor, the company is also responsible for delivering the construction works on time within a fixed price lumpsum.
STRABAG AG decided to use online project collaboration platform think project! to support its project control and management tasks.
Complete design and document management is organised via think project!
think project! manages around 12,000 construction drawings, as well as method statements, qualification documents, nonconformities and reporting. By using an online platform, information and related processes can be tracked transparently by all those involved – ensuring everyone has access to and is using the most up-to-date information.
Design and approval workflows implemented in the platform system track the contractually-defined processing times of each party, displaying missed deadlines at the touch of a button.
Multilingual mapping of all processes
The client, the independent engineer, designers, subdesigners, independent checkers, subcontractors and suppliers are integrated on the platform.
To simplify the communication between the project partners all processes are mapped in three languages: Hungarian, German and English.
A further landmark for Poland’s capital
One of the most modern stadiums in Europe, the new National Stadium in Warsaw is to be completed by 2011.
|Area: 100 acres|
|Building area: 19,500 m²|
|Construction period: 2009-2011|
The stadium will be one of the venues for the European Football Championship in Poland in 2012.
The construction consortium ALPINE - PBG SA - Hydrobudowa Polska SA decided for an online collaboration solution to support project management of the stadium construction and to increase transparency for all project partners.
All drawings, documents and correspondence, as well as approval workflows for financial documents, will be organised via think project!.