Expansion of Polish Headquarters
The existing Bayer Headquarters in Al. Jerolimskie, Warsaw, is being expanded by nearly 2,000 square metres of additional floor space.
This means space for new, modern offices and conference rooms, as well as recreation rooms for employees and an underground parking for 75 vehicles.
With its 40-million PLN project, Bayer is not only expanding the capacity of the Polish location, but it is also creating 150 new jobs.
Project platform optimises design and document management
Bayer decided to use online project collaboration platform think project! to process design and document management in a more efficient and structured manner. In addition to designs and correspondence, Bayer also uses the platform to manage project documents. The project also uses a webcam and integrates it within think project! in order to document construction progress.
To enhance networking of internal project partners with the many external project partners on a single platform, as well as the multi-language product interface are the main factors behind Bayer’s decision to use think project!.
Quality cars for China
In Shenyang, about 700 kilometres east of Beijing, BMW is currently planning the construction of a new production plant.
To optimise communication and information across this international project, BMW opted to use online project collaboration platform think project!.
BMW has already used think project! in several of its national projects, collaborating with the think project! team to develop a standard platform for its construction management. During this project, only slight modifications were required, ensuring that participants with previous experience of the online project collaboration platform would find it easy to navigate their way through this very new project.
think project! is primarily used for design and document management. Moreover, variations and additional costs are managed via a workflow in think project!. All quotations received from contractors are saved within the platform in electronic form, and the corresponding approval processes and status specifications are defined and can be viewed at any stage.
An additional advantage for BMW is that the platform allows users to work in their own languages. In this project each participant is able to select German, English or Chinese as their interface language.
think project! makes ordering and invoicing processes more efficient
The new PGE Arena in Gdansk is one of three out of a total of four EURO-2012™-stadiums in Poland. It will be constructed on an almost 100-acres-site in close proximity to the city centre.
|Area: 393,000 m²|
|Building area: 15,891 m²|
The stadium was planned by the architects RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky Architektur + Städtebau using the traditional ship-construction-style of Danzig.
The main steel construction of the stadium – built in a consortium with ALPINE Bau Deutschland AG – is comprised of 82 elements, so called frames, each weighing approximately 66 tons. The total weight of the steel construction will reach 7.2 thousand tons.
Optimised processes in ordering and invoicing
ALPINE was looking for an option to map processes from ordering and invoicing that meet their specific requirements. They wanted to implement a system in which all orders, invoices and also payments could be documented transparently and well organised. Withinin a very short period of time it was possible to map the required processes just the way ALPINE needed them within the online project collaboration platform think project!.
The processes linked to ALPINE’s ordering and invoicing processes in the meantime extend across many different construction sites in Poland and several other countries. think project! can be used from anywhere and at any time to display the current value of all orders. Additionally, reports can be generated that can be analysed by various criteria – e.g. by supplier or material type.
A motorway at the foot of the Lombardy mountains
The Pedemontana Lombarda motorway project in Italy is part of the regional traffic system and consists of a 65-kilometre stretch of motorway extending from Cassano Magnago (A8) to Osio Sotto (A4) and includes a bypass of Como and Varese.
|Total costs: approx. 4.3 billion euros|
|Estimated daily traffic: approx. 65.000 cars|
|Completion: planned for 2012|
Additionally, a 20-kilometre stretch of suburban main road, plus a series of road works totalling 70 kilometres, will link the new motorway with the local traffic network.
Over 20 companies were involved in the project; including the planning groups, conveyor, principal, validation groups and the general contractor.
Client decided to use think project!
The primary requirement of the client Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.a. was to have a flexible, yet efficient, mechanism to enable interaction between all involved parties and realtime sharing of the same information. At the same time, they needed to provide an official archive of all produced documentation – ensuring accessibility of all variants and subsequent documentation generated in the course of planning. So, Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda S.p.a. decided to use think project!.
Using the platform makes it possible for the client to resolve major problems, facilitate checking and approval processes, ensure monitoring of document revisions, streamline communications between parties – and ensure preservation of all information relating to the project and its development.
Sicily gets one of the largest solar power parks in Italy
Solarinvest, a Vienna-based developer of solar power stations, recently commenced construction of an 8.4 MW solar power station with an area of 25 hectares in the province of Ragusa, Sicily.
This first solar power station will be followed by a further 10 at nearby locations – becoming one of the largest solar power parks in Italy.
think project! connects international project participants
The distance of the project location was one of Solarinvest’s primary reasons for using the online project collaboration platform think project!, as it makes it possible to connect all project participants on one central platform, regardless of where they are.
All messages, work documents and plan approval procedures are managed using think project!. The project platform also offers ‘public filters’, allowing external project members such as investors to be given access to certain documents.
More than 60 years of sports cars “made in Germany”
One of the largest and most spectacular building projects in the history of Porsche AG was constructed over a three-year period.
|Total costs: approx. 100 million euros|
|Total building area: 25,800 m²|
|Exhibition area: 5,600 m²|
Adjacent to the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart the new Porsche Museum offers international customers and visitors exciting insights into the long and varied history of the brand.
From historic vehicles to the ‘roling museum’
Around 80 historic vehicles – and more than 200 smaller exhibits – will be showcased in the 5,600 square metre exhibition area. In addition to the world-famous 356, 550, 911 and 917 models, items on show illustrate the technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche from the early 20th century. As part of a ‘rolling museum’, many of the exhibits still take part in international races, and are prepared for events in the glass-encased museum workshop. The entire historical and contemporary knowledge on the subject of Porsche is gathered in the museum archive.
A total of 170 architects from all over Europe competed for the project, which was won by the Viennese architecture office Delugan Meissl Associated Architects in 2005. The firm designed a futuristic museum building entirely in white, supported only by three V-shaped columns.
think project! supported project management
According to Porsche, deadlines, costs and quality are the three central aspects of building management. Stringent, validated documentation is the basis for the best possible interplay of these three aspects. Therefore, Porsche decided to use think project! in order to optimize the communication and documentation of the project data.
think project! is already used worldwide for numerous building projects at Porsche AG .
A new arena for football championships
As a specialist in the construction of large sporting facilities, the Max Bögl group operates in many countries – including Poland, which will co-host the Euro 2012 soccer championships with Ukraine.
Poland is investing more than 25 billion euros in upgrading its infrastructure for this prestigious event, covering the development of new football stadiums and the expansion of existing venues – notably the construction of a modern football arena for 43,000 spectators in Wrocław.
The Wrocław 2012 project company – founded by the City of Wrocław for construction of the stadium – awarded Max Bögl the contract for the 160 million euro project, which is based on designs by Düsseldorf architects JSK.
Designed as a classic two-tier stadium with an intermediate corporate box level, the structure is an unusual construction. In most stadiums, public areas are incorporated compactly below the stands and the tiers are connected via external stairways. The new Wrocław Euro stadium features open stands with public areas and walkways on the outside. The resultant large interior spaces incorporate open stairs for access and offer a view of the illuminated underside of the stand structure. Another architectural and structural highlight of the design is an oval roof and facade – giving the stadium a distinctive appearance and, by extension, creating an impressive landmark for the city of Wrocław.
Efficient design management
As general contractor, Max Bögl is responsible for turnkey delivery of the completed stadium. The greatest challenge posed by this project is the extremely short construction period – no major stadium in the world has ever been built in such a short space of time. To meet this tight deadline and manage the large number of plans involved, Max Bögl decided to use think project!.
Innovation creates new energy
Like every large company, E.ON has a multi-layered IT infrastructure to handle business processes more efficiently while supporting functional areas in their tasks. E.ON’s stringent IT requirements, however, limit the access of external and project partners to internal systems. So E.ON began a search for an optimised solution for communication processes.
After a comprehensive appraisal, E.ON Engineering and E.ON Kraftwerke decided to implement a tailored software solution rather than adapting an already existing standard solution. A short commissioning phase, high flexibility, scalability within short timeframes, moderate costs – and, above all – the simple integration of external project partners while observing E.ON -specific security guidelines influenced the decision to use a tailored solution from think project!.
One working environment for all project members
A common infrastructure for project work was needed, so that a large, changing number of external project partners could be integrated easily – and securely. The exchange of data and other information needed to be controlled and traceable between all internal and external partners. While providing an audit trail for clarification, release and inspection processes, the platform also had to enable seamless project documentation that was accessible from every location.
Consistently regulated communication
E.ON uses formal communication processes that are standard in international projects. Communication is structured using online forms, enabling the entire history of a communication chain to be documented – facilitating the generation, distribution and tracking of tasks. Every person involved can display his or her open topics as a to-do list, which can also be used for communication between E.ON and think project! consultants to discuss and evaluate further enhancements.
Documents can be found at any time
Project documents including specifications, certificates or drawings are managed with the help of think project!. There is an E.ON-specific key for these documents, which can be used to determine the subproject where a document belongs, who is responsible for it and what status it has.
Inspection processes organised efficiently
Distribution rules are used to organise which plan or which document should be sent to whom for inspection. Every person responsible is assigned a task, and the result of the inspection is attached to the document or plan. This step may be carried out several times, and the final status is only achieved when a document has been released for construction.
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Premium-class high-rise building
The Prime Tower, which is being built on the grounds of a former cogwheel factory – and which is to be Zurich West’s new landmark – is destined to become the highest building in Switzerland.
|Floor space: approx. 40,000 m²|
|Height: 126 metres|
|Investment: approx. 233 mio euros (for all four buildings)|
|Completion: planned for 2011|
As an irregular octagon with fine projections of varying sizes, the high-rise building appears different from every side and every distance.
An investment project like Prime Tower requires careful, accurate and high-quality conceptual work in architecture and design. Managing planning processes during construction is made more difficult due to the huge volume of data involved, so ARGE Prime Tower architects decided to use a central online project platform for the execution of a project of this scale – providing interlinked and economical planning.
Thanks to the online project platform, ARGE Prime Tower can ensure that all the latest information is available at all times. In addition, they can check who received which planning documents and when, for example. This helps to prevent omissions, and all processing steps for a document are recorded transparently.