At Schillerplatz 4 in the heart of Vienna, project developer SEESTE Bau AG is building exclusive luxury apartments with a unique flair.
A particular challenge of this project is the renovation of an existing heritage-listed building, where the original character and unique feel need to be retained. At the same time, the high standards and individual ideas of prospective apartment owners must be taken into consideration in the building redesign.
An excellent location and elegant architecture make the building at Schillerplatz 4 unique and highly desirable. The splendid facade of the former Hotel Britannia is an impressive example of typical Viennese architecture. Designed in 1870 by renowned Viennese architect Carl Tietz, the building still exudes the sedate elegance of the fin de siècle style for which the Austrian capital is famous.
On the first and fourth floors of the historical building, 17 ‘Viennese Classic’ apartments are being built, some on the piano nobile with balconies and a wonderful view of the picturesque green of the Schillerpark. The roof superstructure, comprising up to three stories, offers room for a further 11 stylish premium apartments.
The particular challenges of the project are that regulations for listed buildings must be observed, and individual changes requested by individual apartment purchasers need to be taken into consideration.
Seeste decided for think project!
To help manage this project, developer SEESTE Bau decided to use the online project collaboration platform think project! for the first time. The platform is not only used to manage plans and documents; SEESTE is also using think project! to support the sales process for the apartments.
think project! supports design management in Züblin project
Together with clothing manufacturer BestsellerA/S and logistic partner TGW, Züblin is constructing a new logistic centre in Haderslev, Denmark as a partnering project.
|Total gross floor space: 48,570 m²|
|Construction sum: 36.56 million euros|
|Planned completion: March 2012|
The construction of a logistic centre, consisting of two high-rack warehouses, a sorting terminal, loading terminal, technology building and outdoor facilities, is planned.
Individual, prompt handling of drawing management
To handle the provision and sending of drawings and plans, as well as the creation of plan and distribution lists, promptly and on an individual basis, Züblin decided to use the online project collaboration platform think project!.
With the support of the project platform, large volumes of data can now be sent easily, and thanks to the digitalized sending of design documents, practically no more hard copies are required, saving time and costs. In addition, the encoding of design documents has led to a structured method of working that makes well-organised drawing management possible. Every drawing or plan received and sent is documented, and the process therefore remains traceable.
37 kilometres of new motorway in Dutch PPP project
A-Lanes A15, a consortium consisting of Strabag AG, Ballast Nedam, John Laing and Strukton, was appointed preferred supplier for the public-private partnership project A15 Maasvlakte-Vaanplein (MaVa).
|Total volume 1.5 billion euros|
|Total length: 37 kilometres of motorway|
|Start of construction: 2011|
|End of construction: Planned for 2015|
The order has a duration of 25 years and a total volume of approximately 1.5 billion euros. The project covers the capacity expansion and operation of around 37 kilometres of the A15 motorway between the outer harbour area of Maasvlakte and the Vaanplein motorway intersection, and includes construction of the road, a new movable bridge, and viaducts.
The A15 motorway is an important arterial road between the growing harbour and industrial area of Rotterdam and the European hinterland. The A15 MaVa project is the largest infrastructure project ever contracted out by Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch authority for traffic and hydraulic engineering.
After extensive evaluation, the consortium chooses think project!
Before the project team, consisting of project manager, planner, managing director and IT specialists, actually chose think project!, they put the platform through various stages of evaluation.
The suitability of an online project collaboration platform was measured using factors such as speed, security, automated processes (workflows), costs, user interface, flexibility and the competence of the provider.
think project! was able to win as the most suitable solution in all areas. The project team listed the following points as the particular strengths of think project!:
- High flexibility and sophistication in the area of workflows
- High level of competence thanks to many values based on experience
- Simple implementation of multilingual user interfaces
- Practice-oriented handling of high volumes of data and large numbers of documents
Tradition get a new edge
The construction of a multi-functional cultural centre in the centre of Tyumen, capital of Siberia, will create an important icon for the city and deliver benefits to the entire region.
As responsible project controller, Russian company LIDEK Engineering decided to use think project! – primarily for its ability to map typical Russian accounting processes.
Special processes in Russia
KS2 and KS3 are standard forms used in Russia to reflect work performed or materials ordered − and the corresponding costs accrued over a specific period between different project members. These forms are intended to ensure that only services that are specifically defined in the contract are billed for.
These forms must be created monthly between LIDEK Engineering and the client, as well as between LIDEK Engineering and its subcontractors. They combine several invoices per contract partner and must be submitted regularly to the Russian tax authorities. As services are rendered, several versions of each form are created, which must all be checked on an ongoing basis.
Approval and delivery of the forms is mapped within think project!
think project! can be used for the approval of different form versions, while enabling the delivery of the forms to the client and sub-contractors – also enabling us to check compliance with submission deadlines for the forms.
Port of the future
The deepwater container port, JadeWeserPort, is one of the largest infrastructure projects executed in northern Germany in 50 years.
|Total quay length: 1,725 metres|
|Container handling area: 650 metres|
|Container bridges: 16|
As an ideally located import and export nation with advanced industry capabilities, Germany needed a national deepwater port that would service the next generation of large container ships, while being accessible without tidal constraints. With the construction of the new port, the city of Wilhelmshaven will become a central hub for container shipping services, as well as national rail and road, and European sea transit traffic.
The JadeWeserPort terminal covers an area of 130 hectares. In the immediate vicinity, there will be a 160-hectare logistics area, essential for European trade.
Bidding consortium decided to use think project!
The largest contract for the project, with a value of 480 million euros, was awarded in September 2007 to the JadeWeserPort bidding consortium, consisting of Josef Möbius Bau-AG, Heinrich Hecker and Ludwig Voss under the leadership of the Papenburg-based company Bunte. This particular contract encompasses construction of the quay and adjacent port areas. The JadeWeserPort corporations use the online project collaboration platform, think project!, to manage all plans and documents.
Acceleration through digitalisation
Optimising tender processes offers mid-sized construction companies a range of operating efficiencies and contributes to cost savings.
The Request for Tender (RFT) process for subcontractor services had become a significant operational cost for Matthäus Schmid. Processing time, paper consumption and postage had all increased in recent years due to a rise in their RFT volumes.
The concept of digitalisation was being adopted by the building industry and today, many subcontractors request the contract specifications and tender documents in an electronic format after they have received the documentation by mail. To rationalise costs and processing time, Matthäus Schmid decided to digitalise their tender processes using the online project collaboration platform, think project!.
Automated emails enable information to be sent electronically to subcontractors and, because they have integrated reproduction service providers into their new processes, subcontractors still have the option of receiving hard copies of tender documents.
The complete tender process is mapped within think project!
Matthäus Schmid import a file from their address database containing the contact data of the subcontractors into think project!. After entering the project data once, a range of RFTs can be created in think project! − and related correspondence generated using predefined fields that can be edited to suit their needs.
think project! enables them to link the tender documents with the subcontractor list, so that the RFT is ready for dispatch to any number of subcontractors. Each subcontractor receives a separate email containing an embedded link so they can easily download the tender documents, which also minimises storage used in the email inbox.
- Construction industry
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Contract partner
- Matthäus Schmid GmbH & Co. KG
City invests in the development of a new Metro line
ALPINE was awarded the contract for two sections of the second expansion phase of the Downtown Line of the Singapore Metro.
|Planned completion: 2015|
|Construction volume of the two contracts: 332 million euros|
|Line length: 40 kilometres|
|New Metro stations: 33|
Singapore already has a well-developed city public transport system. The MRT (driverless Metro) is the fastest and cheapest method of transport in Singapore. To improve daily commuter traffic, the city is now investing in the development of a new Metro line. With a length of 40 kilometres and 33 stations, passengers will be able to travel directly from the north-west and east of the city to the centre, relieving the burden on the city's road network.
Alpine BeMo Tunnelling was awarded two contracts for the Metro as part of the expansion of the Downtown Line construction phase 2. Construction work on the 40-kilometre long, underground Downtown Line will be carried out in three stages. By 2020, the total length of the Metro will stretch to 278 kilometres.
For the development of the Downtown Line in Singapore, the project team decided to use the online project collaboration platform think project!. The platform supports collaboration between the international project participants over great distances and different time zones, and ensures structured project communication and documentation.
More efficient tender processes
Requests for tender (RFT) notoriously demand a diverse range of information and documents to be collected, assimilated and distributed to a large number of stakeholders.
Responses from bidders must also be evaluated and documented as quickly as possible. At each stage in the process, companies strive to achieve time and cost savings. So when HOCHTIEF Building GmbH embarked on its goal to significantly increase efficiencies in its tender processes and simplify communications with its suppliers, it decided to employ an online project collaboration platform.
Enhancements to HOCHTIEF Building GmbH’s overall purchasing processes highlighted the need to optimise its tender management through the use of an online project collaboration platform. It was important that the new platform could be easily integrated with existing internal company processes, and be broadly accepted by both internal staff and external project partners. The company decided to use think project!.
think project! Tender Management offers many advantages
One big advantage is that all tender and bidder information can be transferred from SAP to the platform via a think project! interface. As a result, data entry has not to been duplicated, and the information can centrally be maintained in the SAP database without processes having to be modified. The RFT packages that are distributed can consist of multiple documents in several file formats. There are significant efficiencies because now any number of bidders can be contacted simultaneously via a single dispatch operation.
Another advantage is that all documents and responses to an RFT are stored centrally, and can be viewed by all those responsible at any time, wherever they are.
Module used for all projects in Germany
HOCHTIEF Building GmbH is currently using think project! for all tender processes for both building and civil engineering projects within all branch offices in Germany. They are also planning to implement the module across their European businesses.
- Construction industry
- Project type
- Building Construction
- Contract partner
- HOCHTIEF Building GmbH
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.