Creating the conservation zoo experience
Chester Zoo’s 30 million pounds ‘Islands’ project is perhaps the largest infrastructure development in the history of UK zoos.
Chester Zoo’s ‘Islands’ project recreates a conservation expedition – bringing the islands of the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi to the heart of Cheshire in the UK.
The new Islands exhibit will showcase how conservationists work with some of the most endangered animals on the planet. Visitors will travel through the islands by boat and on foot, navigating mangroves, swamps, bamboo groves and tropical forests. Chester Zoo’s new Islands project is designed by German experience architects at dan pearlman.
dan pearlman selects think project! once again
Based on positive experiences during the ‘Yukon Bay’ project for the German Hanover Zoo, dan pearlman has again selected think project! to support its ‘Islands’ development for Chester Zoo.
The online project collaboration platform helps to effectively manage and archive the huge volume of plans, documents, tasks, data and emails involved in such a complex development. think project! enables the Berlin-based architects at dan pearlman to quickly exchange information with the client, Chester Zoo, as well as the other UK project partners.
Construction of an impressive bridge over the Waal River
The city of Nijmegen, located in the eastern province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, is looking forward to a second town bridge across the Waal River for road traffic.
Max Bögl Nederland b.v., in cooperation with the Dutch engineering company BAM Civiel b.v., a subsidiary of the BAM Group, is in charge of construction of the 140 million euro bridge spanning the Waal River and its northern bank.
The 1,825 metre-long bridge, which will connect the western part of Nijmegen with the new De Waalsprong quarter, is planned for completion by autumn 2013. This showcase for Dutch architecture was designed by the Flemish architects Ney Poulisson. The core of the bridge, and its architectural highlight, is its modern arch design.
Flexibility of think project! won over
The Max Bögl and BAM Civiel consortium decided to use online project collaboration platform think project! for this project.
The consortium was won over by the opportunities for configuration offered by the platform, which enable the mapping of individual processes without programming.
The consortium partners are using think project! for all their plan approval workflows and processes.
A central system for all project requirements
WOLFF & MÜLLER have now managed more than 50 projects on think project! since an intensive selection process in August 2007.
The online project collaboration platform supports typical processes such as defect, design, document and tender management, as well as maintenance management, which was individually configured for the company.
WOLFF & MÜLLER wanted to manage all project data in a single system to avoid redundancies. It was important for the company to manage all processes – design, document and defect management – in a single system. It was also important to integrate external engineering offices in their communication processes, without having to integrate them into their internal enterprise network.
A particular advantage of think project! was that it already shared interfaces with some of their other applications. For example, the platform could be extended on an individual project basis to transfer address data directly from SAP to think project!. Another factor that won WOLFF & MÜLLER over was the flexibility of its configuration options – which means customer-specific requirements can be implemented within the platform without any programming.
- Construction industry
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Asset owner/ Client
- Contract partner
- WOLFF & MÜLLER Holding GmbH & Co. KG
More room for education
As the winner of a multidisciplinary competition, baumag generalbau ag was commissioned with the conversion of a former furniture factory into a new building for the University of Lausanne, estimated at around 80 million euros.
Once completed, the building will accommodate the students, professors and researchers of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences from the winter semester of 2012.
As the result of a multidisciplinary invitation to tender, the Geopolis project – put forward jointly by Itten + Brechbühl AG, Lausanne, and the total contractor baumag generalbau ag, Lausanne – received first prize.
From the commencement of the 2012 winter semester the new building, with over 28,000 square metres of floor space, will be at the disposal of the faculties’ students, professors and researchers.
One of the greatest challenges is communication
The online project collaboration platform think project! enables the participants in this project to structure their entire communications – including the administration of all documents, drawings, plans and meeting minutes. All information is stored centrally and will remain accessible in years to come. Upon conclusion of the project, all material will be consolidated clearly and transparently to form complete documentation. This can then be provided for ongoing maintenance of the building.
Oman’s blue gold
Since the 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman has rapidly evolved to a modern state as it has benefited from its oil reserves – leading to the increased wealth of the Omani people and a rise in tourism.
For a dry country with little rainfall, this has created an enormous increase in demand for water – making desalination of seawater and increased collection and reuse of treated wastewater more important than ever.
Growing affluence has seen Oman’s people becoming accustomed to having water supplied to their private households. At the same time, Oman’s government has been building green areas in major towns and cities that require irrigation. The million inhabitants of Oman’s capital Muscat and its suburbs – plus a growing number of tourists visiting the country – have dramatically accelerated the sultanate’s demand for water. It is forecast that this demand will rise an additional 70 percent by 2017.
One initiative to meet this demand is the Muscat Wastewater Scheme Project. Through this scheme, Oman’s wastewater services company, Haya Water, is seeking to connect 90 percent of Muscat’s population to the sewerage system by 2017. The Muscat scheme encompasses the construction of new sewerage infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the expansion of existing treatement plants.
The largest of the wastewater treatment plants being built is a facility equipped to handle a maximum flow of 50,000 cubic metres water a day and is an upgrade of an existing installation in the Muscat district of Darsait.
think project! used for a further water project in the Middle East
Haya Water awarded the 70 million euro contract to a consortium consisting of Spain’s Cadagua and local company Galfar Engineering & Contracting. Both companies will be responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the plant. Consortium leader Cadagua selected the online project collaboration platform think project! for a project in the Middle East for the second time.
The Porsche experience
For a number of years, German sports car manufacturer Porsche has offered its customers an opportunity to experience the feeling of driving a Porsche ‘firsthand’.
In Driving Experience Centres, participants can complete driving programmes featuring varying road conditions with a wide range of technical vehicle equipment. The focus is on improving driving skills and offering the ultimate Porsche driving experience.
The Driving Experience Centres combine customer centres that comprise Porsche exhibition spaces, restaurants and panoramic terraces with a custom-made driving course, enabling visitors to personally experience special technical features of the vehicles. The driving experience takes place under optimum conditions with specially trained Porsche instructors, offering much more than a simple test drive with a car dealer.
The emphasis here is on factors such as driving dynamics, safety and driving enjoyment. Different vehicle equipment and extras like ceramic brakes, dual clutch transmission, stability systems or all-wheel drive can be directly compared and experienced. It’s possible to test a wide range of road conditions in the Driving Experience Centres – from bumpy country roads through to wet or icy roads. There is also an offroad area for the Porsche Cayenne.
In addition to a Driving Experience Centre in Leipzig, Porsche opened a second centre close to the world-famous Silverstone race track in the heart of the United Kingdom around three years ago. A further two centres are currently under construction in the United States and one in Shanghai.
think project! as a standard solution
For several years, Porsche has used the online project collaboration platform think project! for all its domestic and international building projects.
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Asset owner/ Client
- Porsche AG
- Contract partner
- Porsche AG
Building for science and research
The Robert Koch Institute is the German government’s central biomedical institution.
Its core activities include disease detection, prevention and combat, with a focus on infectious diseases, as well as overall analysis of the state of health in Germany. Currently undergoing further expansion, the Institute’s premises in Berlin will soon reflect its national and international importance. The complex construction project involves the development of high-quality buildings.
The construction area includes a primary floor space of around 42,000 square metres — 10,000 square metres of which are intended for security-classified laboratory space up to the highest security level.
The client is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. This ministry is in turn represented by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR); HENN Architekten is responsible for general planning and project controlling.
One of the principal challenges facing the Federal Government as client in this project is that design and construction must accommodate advances in both technology and scientific research. With specifications still under development which will probably be in force as the buildings become operational, it requires far-sightedness to ensure that future requirements are taken into consideration.
Standardising project communication
As in numerous other projects, BBR is supported by the online project collaboration platform think project! in the expansion of the Robert Koch Institute.
think project! supports motorway construction in Romania
Over the next two years, ALPINE Bau GmbH will be constructing a 16.6-kilometre stretch of the Nadlac – Arad motorway in western Romania.
The 91 million euro project also includes the construction of several bridges structures, flyovers and a motorway maintenance depot.
Since ALPINE has already successfully conducted several projects with the support of online project collaboration platform think project!, the company will also be using it for the motorway project.
Used for project communication and documentation by all those involved in the Romanian project – ALPINE, the client, general planners and external test engineers, think project! has been adapted to meet ALPINE's quality management standards and processes.
In addition, plan approvals are conducted digitally, and ALPINE also plans to integrate think project! with its cost flow checking processes.
LCT ONE as a model for sustainable building
A research project begun in 2009 by Cree by Rhomberg has now become reality.
After a massive research and development project lasting more than two years, the world’s first LifeCycle Tower (LCT) has been built in Dornbirn, Austria using a unique timber hybrid construction system.
Safety, longevity, economic efficiency and modern aesthetics are the hallmarks of the future-oriented construction methods of the LifeCycle Tower. With its eight stories, a height of 27 metres and 2,500 square metres of floor space, LCT ONE will serve as a model for sustainable building. After completion in the spring of 2012, the building will be available to its tenants as an office building.
think project! as a tried-and-tested project platform
Rhomberg Bau had already had positive experiences using think project! for a number of its previous projects, so once again chose to work with the collaboration platform.
A central inbox provides the Cree by Rhomberg project team with comprehensive and traceable project documentation and communication.