Investing in innovation
One of the largest construction sites managed by general contractor HRS Real Estate SA – Crissier in Switzerland is the ‘Quartier de l’Innovation’ at EPFL (Technical University) in Lausanne.
As part of a PPP project, the University is constructing five buildings with a total 27,000 square metres of office and laboratory space, to be used by national and international companies within close vicinity of the campus.
The EPFL will conduct a careful selection process for the companies seeking to lease space at various subject-based hubs (medtech/biotech, greentech, information and communication technologies) in the Quartier de l’Innovation. The basic prerequisite for successfully gaining a lease is a scientific partnership with EPFL.
The project dimensions are out of the ordinary; with a large number of technical subcontractors, the order volume to be processed, transferred and documented is huge. For the general contractor, which is playing a key role throughout the entire execution phase, communication and traceability are extremely important, and this is precisely where the online project collaboration platform think project! is proving to be a central and indispensable instrument for carrying out the work.
Building on trusted support
Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed ERBUD S.A. decided to use think project!, for the third time, in a Polish shopping centre project.
ERBUD was principally won over by the platform’s efficient handling of building management processes, as well as its flexible setup options.
think project! enables ERBUD to handle building management processes and the mapping of approval processes, such as the implementation documentation. As a result, every project team member was connected via the platform and could always access individual tasks and deadlines – from the time a plan was uploaded on the platform through to final approvals.
ERBUD mainly used think project! on the management of project documents, on the distribution of documents between the trades, and on approval processes. Contract documents and additional documents such as tender plans, building plans and building approvals were stored within the online platform.
Seamlessly tracking 70,000 components
Alstom is responsible for providing two state-of-theart boilers for the power station in Eemshaven as part of a 500 million euro contract with energy company RWE Power AG.
The two new 800-megawatt boilers will provide power for over three million households, reducing CO2 emissions by around 2.5 million tonnes per year compared to older systems.
Material tracking via think project!
One of the major challenges posed by this project was tracking the numerous components involved in steel construction. Alstom decided to organise its material tracking on think project! and uses it to map 3D status models.
As part of this tracking process, Alstom manages all documentation relating to a component on the project platform. This includes design plans and documents such as test reports and delivery notes. This gives the company an accurate picture of the history of every component, which means they know which phase it is currently in at any time – engineering, production or assembly.
The Province of Zeeland is working constructively towards its future by developing the region alongside the Ghent-Terneuzen canal.
Commissioned by the BV Kanaalkruising Sluiskil (BV KKS), the Combinatie BAM-TBI (CBT), a consortium comprising BAM Civiel, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, Croon Elektrotechniek and Mobilis, has been working on the construction of the Sluiskil Tunnel under the canal since early 2011.
The tunnel consists of a pair of tubes, each 1.3 kilometres long, to connect the eastern and western banks of the canal. Adjoining roads will also be upgraded to enlarge their existing capacity, with the construction of fly-overs and a fast link to the A58 motorway to the north and the Belgian road system to the south.
A significant benefit of the tunnel is that it will put an end to long waiting times to cross the existing bridge over the canal at Sluiskil. This bridge has to open for shipping around 23 times a day – for a total of over five hours – resulting in huge holdups for road traffic. A further reason the Province of Zeeland is building the tunnel is to support planned economic expansion of the region around Terneuzen.
A single platform for all project partners
The construction consortium Combinatie BAM-TBI (CBT) and its client, BV Kanaalkruising Sluiskil (BV KKS), decided to use online collaboration platform think project! for this complex and extensive project. think project! is used for the management of drawings, documents and communications within the consortium and with BV KKS. Plus, BV KKS uses think project! for managing its communications with external advisors.
Energy from the sun
Our sun produces 400 septillion – or 400 million billion billion – watts of energy every second, with the same production expected for another five billion years.
To profit from this virtually unlimited energy source, different forms of generating electricity from the sun have emerged in the last few centuries. One of these is solar thermal energy, which concentrates light from the sun to create heat to generate electricity.
In Spain, which is one of the global leaders in this field, FCC Energía is building a new solar thermal plant in Villena, Alicante. The 50 MW energy plant will produce 110,000 MWh per year, and will cost 240 million euros to build.
The main reason for using a collaboration platform like think project! is handling the massive number of documents that are generated for different purposes, including engineering documents (drawings, technical reports, etc), meeting minutes and permissions such as resolutions, authorities’ requirements and the like. It’s very important to keep all that information well structured and accessible from everywhere in the world.
- Power & Water
- Project type
- Plant construction
- Asset owner/ Client
- FCC Energía S.A.
- Contract partner
- FCC Energía S.A.
Creating offshore electrical grids
More and more European countries are discovering the extent that sea tides, waves and offshore wind can play in generating electricity.
The use of these renewable energy sources has become necessary to meet European climate and energy targets.
Transmission grid operator TenneT provides the necessary submarine electricity transmission lines in the North Sea. Development and construction of these powerful offshore transmission grids and converter platforms are unique throughout the world.
Since 2006, TenneT has been legally obliged to provide grid connections for offshore wind farms within its German transmission grid area. TenneT group subsidiary TenneT Offshore is responsible for taking on the design, planning, construction and operation of connection lines at sea – right through to the grid connection point on land. The grid connection procedure and subsequent grid operations of the offshore network will then become the responsibility of TenneT.
TenneT commissions general contractors to implement the grid connections. During the projects, several thousand documents are created and must be exchanged and managed in a structured way between TenneT and its contractors. To achieve this, TenneT decided to use online project collaboration platform think project!.
- Power & Water
- Project type
- Plant construction
- Asset owner/ Client
- TenneT TSO GmbH
- Contract partner
- TenneT TSO GmbH
Innovative water purification
The Regge and Dinkel water authority (WRD) is the most important administrator of ground and surface water in the drainage areas of the Regge and Dinkel rivers in the Dutch region of Twente.
One of the water authority's important projects at the moment is the renewal of its sewage plant in Vroomshoop, which processes waste water from the towns of Vroomshoop, Daarle, Daarlerveen and Geersdijk. The plant was built in 1972 and is now to undergo renovation and expansion.
In future, it will use Nerede technology, a new and innovative method of purifying waste water that can save energy and costs.
The water authority is working with a number of subcontractors in this project. To optimise communication between those involved, and to establish a central platform for plans and documents, WRD decided to use think project!.
New building for the most up-to-date medical care
The historic core of Austria’s Weinviertel regional hospital in Mistelbach is being renovated as part of a major construction project.
A new 13,000-square metre building is also being constructed to house a parents and children centre, additional wards and a multi-purpose room to meet today's healthcare requirements. What makes this project especially challenging is that the hospital must continue to operate during the building and renovation work.
Architekten Moser and Architekten Maurer created the designs as part of a joint venture, with construction scheduled for completion in 2017.
think project! managing variations and additional costs
At this early stage, think project! is principally supporting the management of variations and additional costs. It is used by the project managers in the early identification and checking of these submissions from subcontractors. All incoming requests are documented in a structured way on the project platform and assigned specific subfilters based on status and content.
This makes all requests and their processing transparent and traceable. Unjustified requests can be rejected objectively where required, and the effort involved in the checking process is significantly reduced.
think project! was configured specifically for the customer following detailed consulting – and use of other modules is planned, once the internal work structure has been defined for the project.
E.ON increases and diversifies power generation in The Netherlands
The Netherlands needs more and more electricity. Consumption has risen between one and two percent annually over the past few years – and this trend is expected to continue in the decades ahead.
|Fuel: Coal and biomass|
|Capacity: 1,100 MW gross|
|Yield: Approx. 46%|
|Investment: More than 1.2 billion euros|
The rate of new capacity construction since 2000 has been limited, so imported power now makes up almost a quarter of national requirements. This has made The Netherlands dependent on energy from its neighbours, including Belgium, France and Germany.
Increasing and diversifying Dutch power capacity
E.ON is expanding Dutch production capacity with the new 1,100 MW coal-fired Maasvlakte power plant, which will provide some seven percent of the country’s electricity requirements. Investment in the project will exceed 1.2 billion euros.
The new power station’s energy return will be 46 percent, which is twenty percent higher than current Dutch power stations. As a result, CO2 emissions per kilowatt-hour will be reduced by around twenty percent.
The Maasvlakte area offers several significant advantages for power stations. It is located adjacent to a deep waterway offering excellent potential for shipping bulk supplies of coal and biomass via the Port of Rotterdam. Additionally, it is well served logistically by links to both the electricity grid and highway network.
As the price of coal is less sensitive to world market price swings than gas, coal-fired power stations will also enable lower and more stable bills for commercial and home users. And, with gas-fired power stations currently generating seventy percent of The Netherlands’ electricity, it makes the country less dependent on a single energy source.
think project! as a standard solution for power plant projects
think project!, the chosen online collaboration platform for all new power plant construction projects of E.ON New Build & Technology, is also being used for the Maasvlakte power plant. This project is currently the project with the most users, highest data volume and the broadest range of functionalities of all E.ON projects managed via the platform.
think project! supports the Maasvlakte project to manage the major challenges with regard to communication between all project members as well as comprehensive management of drawings and documents. Additional processes mapped via the platform include daily site reporting; construction and assembly monitoring; and action tracking by lists of open points for commissioning and contract compliance.