2016

WTM lands new contract in Munich

More room for vocational school students to learn in

Dec.15, 2016 – Following a public tendering process, the Munich branch of WTM Engineers has landed the contract to extend, add additional stories to, and modernize the vocational schools on Orleansstrasse in Munich. WTM will conduct the planning of the structural engineering and excavation pit. The entire complex, including a sports hall and underground car park, embraces five vocational schools. The existing lack of space and the rising number of pupils forecast for the next few years necessitates the extension and refurbishment of the school center. The group of buildings, which as an ensemble has a preservation order on it, is in densely built-up downtown Munich. The complex construction project will be conducted with the schools fully operational. The plans are based on an existing feasibility study. The firm of architects karl + probst in Munich is responsible for the project planning.

WTM bestows awards at HCU

Best Master’s thesis honored

Dec. 5, 2016 – This was the sixth time the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize was awarded in cooperation with HafenCity University in Hamburg. Donated by WTM, the prize is worth EUR 2,000, and promotes. With it the company promotes young engineers by honoring the best Master’s thesis by an Architectural Engineering student. This year the prize went to Florian Wanner for his Master’s thesis on “Study of User Comfort as a Result of Reduced Wind Speeds for a High-Rise in HafenCity Hamburg”. The award was presented by Dr. Thomas Schadow, head of Structural ‘Engineering at WTM at an official ceremony for Architectural Engineering graduates at HafenCity University in Hamburg.

Our idea is making history

New protective wrap for the sarcophagus in Chernobyl

Nov. 29, 2016 – Together with Germanischer Lloyd, WTM came up with the idea for the world’s largest land-based moving structure, which was finished today. 30 years after the reactor meltdown there, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl now has a new protective cover. The arched roof will prevent radioactive radiation getting out or water getting in, and will enable the ruin to be dismantled in the future. The individual parts were put together at a safe distance from the plant before the entire structure was slid into place.

WTM presented the feasibility study for the structure at an international conference in 1997 in Moscow. Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper ran an article on it back in 2011, and also recent completion. You can read the articles at:

http://www.abendblatt.de/wirtschaft/article106530548/Eine-Huelle-aus-Hamburg-fuer-Tschernobyl.html 

https://www.abendblatt.de/vermischtes/article208789495/Neuer-Sarkophag-fuer-die-Atom-Ruine-von-Tschernobyl.html 

BIM is the future

WTM involved in Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure research project

Nov. 25, 2016 –The pioneering research project “Implementation of the phased BIM Plan” was launched on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), and WTM is involved. An interdisciplinary consortium of ten partners is advising the BMVI on the phased introduction of building information modeling, or BIM for short. As such, from 2020 on, all major federal trunk road and federal waterways projects will be planned using BIM. In particular, WTM will contribute its extensive expertise in the construction of waterways. The company will assist the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration with the successful realization of its pilot project. The team of expert comprises top-flight science and engineering representatives: first and foremost the company Planen-Bauen 4.0, of which WTM is a co-partner. It brings together major players in the construction industry and champions the advancement and standardization of BIM throughout Germany.

You can read all about the Planen-Bauen 4.0 initiative at: www.planen-bauen40.de

Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt opens tunnel

Important Bavarian infrastructure project completed

Oct. 27, 2016 – Planned by WTM, the new tunnel on federal highway B 85 eases traffic congestion in the Oberpfalz region of north-eastern Bavaria. Forming part of a four-lane road-widening project, the 180-meter-long tunnel is the key structure on the around 3.2-kilometer stretch. Whereas beforehand traffic passed directly through the town of Wetterfeld, with the new tunnel it instead passes beneath it. With the road still in use, the widening work took the form
of a trough structure of which 180 meters is covered. Noise protection walls, which will reduce noise emission levels for the surrounding buildings, are under construction and will be in place by the end of the year. WTM Engineers was responsible for the design of the tunnel and the tendering process.

WTM is a hit with the schoolkids

Successful cooperation between universities, companies, and schools

Oct. 10, 2016 – WTM has been supporting youngsters for years now, most recently as part of the “schoolkids’ bridge-building days”, when pupils studying physics spend time at our company learning about structural engineering as a career, and familiarizing themselves with the fundamentals of bridge building. They also get to design a bridge of their own based
on the Shanghai Bridge in Hamburg. On a walking tour the schoolkids then have a chance to marvel at the bridge itself, as well as others WTM designed in the HafenCity district. For the second half of the week the youngsters relocate to HafenCity University to build models of their bridges. With the project WTM supports Initiative Naturwissenschaft und Technik, NAT for short, a non-profit company which in cooperation with universities and companies tries to instill an  interest in scientific subjects among young people.

Ny Østergade Masterplan in Roskilde - Denmark

First prize in the competition

August 31, 2016 - The Team of EFFEKT, karres+brands, WTM Engineers, ARUP and Alectia convinced the jury with their design proposal of the new area of Roskilde station and was honored with the first prize. The competition comprises a master plan of the Roskilde station area including approximately 100.000 m² of living, offices, hotel and retail. To improve the local infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists a new crossing of the railway tracks in the area of the station and a barrier free access to all platforms was required. The connection was developed as railway bridges for 7 tracks, crossed under by a lowered pedestrian and cycle passage. The construction will take place under running railway traffic and under operation of the station. WTM Engineers worked out the concept and design of the railway bridges.

A Hamburg innovation

An article about the “Lighthouse” in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper

August 20, 2016 – The August 19, 2016 edition of Süddeutsche Zeitung features a detailed article about this residential building with a panoramic view. Lighthouse Zero, a prototype for the innovative residential concept, was recently completed at the tip of the Baakenhafen peninsular in the HafenCity district. At a height of 20 meters, a circular residential platform sits atop a pre-stressed concrete tube. The project was conducted together with the developer and instigator  Arne Weber, HC Hagemann, and the architects BiwerMau. WTM Engineers was responsible for the structural engineering and the fire prevention concept.

New quay wall for Helgoland

WTM concludes anorther project on the island

Aug. 9, 2016 – August 9 saw the official commissioning of modernization work and the official opening of the southern quay on Helgoland. Built by HC Hagemann, Colcrete-von Essen, and Eggers Kampfmittelbergung, the area in the southern harbor was adapted to meet the future requirements of the nearby offshore wind park and the developments plans of the Helgoland municipality. This marked the conclusion of a further important project for the municipality and the Helgoland harbor authority. The recent construction work optimizes access and connections to island and forms the basis for the future construction of commercial premises for the wind park operators.

IVH Special Evening on the Construction Industry 4.0 at WTM Engineers

Digital building is the future

July 14, 2016 – Last night, Industrieverband Hamburg e.V. (IVH), the Hamburg Association of Industry and more than 70 guests met at WTM for the IVH Special Evening on “In-Cost and On-Time Planning, Building and Operating”. The discussion focused on digitalization in construction. There were lectures by experts: Mr. Lang of Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Mr. Hoyer of Aug. PRIEN Bauunternehmung and Mr. Pfannenberg of Pfannenberg GmbH. Dr. Ehmann, Managing Director at WTM, introduced the topic and moderated the evening. The event clearly showed that the construction industry firmly intends to press the pedal as regards digitalization of workflow, as the benefits to the corporations are more than apparent. The move will lead to complete implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the industry. Those involved have already taken the first successful steps and countless others will follow.

WTM takes part in the B2RUN corporate run in Munich

Former professional biathlete Magdalena Neuner also ran

July 14, 2016 – One of Germany’s biggest corporate races took place for the 13th time in Munich. The approx. 6.2-kilometer course took participants all around the Olympic Park before they crossed the finish line in the Olympic Stadium. And taking part in the sporting event gave our colleagues an opportunity to prove their team spirit and physical fitness. World-famous former biathlete Magdalena Neuner, an ambassador for the event, also raced in support of the runners.

Topping-out ceremony at Reyher in Hamburg

Long-standing screw-producing company is building a 41-meter high-rack warehouse on two levels

June 29, 2016 –Wednesday June 29 saw the topping-out ceremony for the extension to Reyher’s facilities. The trading company has been based in Hamburg for over 125 years and supplies more than 11,000 customers worldwide from the main site in the Altona district of the city. An approx. 41-meter high, fully automated, double-decker high-rack warehouse for pallets and an adjoining office building are currently under construction there. The high-rack warehouse is the first in Germany to boast two levels. WTM has acted as gene Jahren begleitet WTM die Firma Reyher als Generalplaner bei zahlreichen Neu- und Umbauten ral planner for Reyher on numerous new builds and conversions for over 25 years now.

New noise protection hangar for the airport in Geneva goes into operation

Final tests completed on structure with specific requirements relating to noise and air

June 29, 2016 – The new noise protection hangar at Geneva Airport is commissioned. The special structure stands out for its unique shape, which was necessary for technical reasons: an exterior framework with vertically structured lamellas and movable steel deflection. During the night of June 29-29, 2016 extensive tests were conducted in the hangar to check that the air flows were functioning properly before the ´hangar went operational. Parallel to this acoustic acceptance measurements were taken in line with a comprehensive measurement agenda.

Over the past five years WTM Engineers, together with GAC, was commissioned with the design planning, structural engineering, acoustics, and studies of the flow mechanics. Furthermore WTM, together with Thomas Jundt ingénieurs civils, was in charge of the on-site building supervision.

Inauguration of the XFEL headquarters

Scientists move into research building on the Schenefeld campus

June 29, 2016 –European XFEL GmbH is celebrating the move to the new research building on the campus in Schenefeld. Construction work is for the most part complete on the European x-ray free electron laser XFEL, a major underground research facility which extends from the DESY site in Hamburg to Schenefeld in the neighboring federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Installation of the physical equipment is now going ahead at full speed. Research work is due to commence in 2017. Planned by the engineering consortium WTM / Amberg, the project was completed in budget and on time.

Germany can still handle major projects!

For further information please visit www.xfel.eu/de

2016 WTM Day in Hamburg

Large meeting of employees

June 10, 2016 – The day kicked off in the historical “Kaispeicher”, a former warehouse on the banks of the River Elbe in the Altona district. In an address Mr. Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, first informed his listeners about current and future trends in the port. All those attending spent the sunny afternoon on a wide range of specialist fact-finding tours before returning to the Kaispeicher in Altona. With a view of the busy traffic on the river and of the Köhlbrand Bridge, we looked back on the day’s events together.

Third place for the WTM relay team in the Vierlanden Triathlon in Hamburg

In total, five WTM teams gave everything they had in the relay races!

June 5, 2016 – With around 1,300 individual starters and 40 relay teams from over 10 countries, the Vierlanden Triathlon in Hamburg was held again on Sunday. This was the second time WTM had taken part in the event, and one of its relay teams made in onto the winners’ podium, no less. All our other colleagues also proved their sporting prowess in either the Olympic discipline (1.5 kilometers swimming, 40 kilometers cycling, and 5 kilometers running) or the everyman’s competition. The event was held in the area around Hohendeich Lake, in which competitors first swam before setting out on the cycling leg along the Norderelbe stretch of river towards Tatenberger Lock, and finally running along the banks of the lake.

WTM sponsors Germany Scholarship

Award to Master’s students at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU)

May 25, 2016. For the fifth time, on Wednesday, May 25 “Germany Scholarships” were awarded to top-performing and committed students at HCU. For the first time, WTM sponsored one such scholarship at HCU, which was awarded to Jörn Beckmann. HCU President Dr. Walter Pelka bestowed the award in the presence of the sponsors. These non-means-tested scholarships are funded jointly and in equal measure by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the sponsors. The objective of the Germany Scholarship is to promote an enduring contact between the scholarship holders and the sponsors.

WTM would like to wish Mr. Beckmann every continuing success with his studies in Structural Engineering.

Foundation stone ceremony for the building complex at Alter Wall in Hamburg

A site with a preservation order on it between “Fleet” and City Hall is brought back to life

April 28, 2016. The foundation stone ceremony for the building complex at Alter Wall in downtown Hamburg was held on Thursday, April 28. The city’s Mayor Olaf Scholz and 200 invited guests hailed this major project as a “masterpiece of building technology”. The downtown construction pit alone is 20 meters deep, 90 meters long and 30 meters wide. A total of 45,000 cubic meters of earth were excavated. The plans envisage five buildings for high-end retail, offices and the Bucerius Kunst Forum, that together cover a surface area of 12,000 m², and boast a four-storey underground car park with more than 200 spaces.

WTM Engineers has been commissioned with the structural inspection and construction of the building pit.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the EcoMaT Research and Development Center

A flagship project for the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Airbus and other partners

April 08, 2016. – With a view to concentrating business and scientific expertise in the field of lightweight construction technologies, the EcoMaT (Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies) is under construction at the “Airport City Bremen” development. The groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming construction project there was held on Friday, April 8. Along with Martin Günthner, Senator of Economic Affairs, Labor and Ports of the Free Hanseatic city of Bremen, and André Walter, Airbus site manager in Bremen, a large number of other guests celebrated this extension to the business center in the Hanseatic city. As well as the aerospace industry, the automotive and wind energy sectors, plant and mechanical engineering and shipbuilding are all set to benefit from the results of the research conducted here. Since 2013 WTM has been responsible for the building’s structural engineering, the structural engineering and design of the construction pit, and for the thermic building physics.

(Photo: WFB / Frank Pusch)

WTM establishes company sports group

Member of Hamburg's company sports association

April 07, 2016. - WTM continues to extend its commitment to sport and has now joined The “Betreibssportverband Hamburg” (BSV), the city’s company sports association. BSV represents the interests of 500 companies and authorities with around 60,000 athletes in metropolitan Hamburg. Our colleagues at WTM engage in cycling, running, triathlon, tennis, water sports and sailing together, and also take part in various sporting events and competitions. Measures aimed at preventative healthcare featuring courses such as yoga and back therapy training have been available in-house for some time now. With its commitment in this field WTM is promoting the health of its workforce, their sense of identity and their team spirit.

In 2016 we are looking forward to our teams taking part in sporting events such as the Hamburg Cyclassics and the Vierlanden Triathlon.

SBE 16 conference in Hamburg – WTM’s contribution to the topic of “sustainable building

The “Südkaje” (south quay) on the island of Helgoland –innovative and sustainable infrastructure engineering

March 11, 2016 – Taking as their motto “Strategies, Stakeholders, Success Factors”, some 400 experts from 14 nations are meeting from March 8 to 11 for the “International Conference on Sustainable Built Environments”, the SBE 16 in Hamburg. This year, the conference is focusing in particular on strategies and the basic conditions for sustainable building and urban development, sustainable methods and tools, as well as on innovative materials. WTM will deliver a lecture on how to evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure engineering, taking as its example the “Südkaje” (south quay) on the island of Helgoland. Among other things, since 2011 WTM has been commissioned to plan and monitor a new quay. In addition to the technical challenges relating to the planning and construction of the quay, this particular project involves transferring the approaches used for analyzing and evaluating civil engineering to this new waterfront structure. In future, analysis of this kind is intended to help better evaluate the impact on the environment of component mass, taking into consideration transport and onstruction site processes. The results presented by WTM make an important contribution to a holistic and transparent evaluation system for sustainable infrastructure works in general.

Bahnhof Poppenbüttel, one of the world’s most beautiful bus stations

British design website applauds WTM project

March 10, 2016 – Already having been voted “Structure of The Year” by the Association of Architects and Engineers (AIV) in Hamburg back in 2009, this bus station has now won another prize. DesignCurial, a British site, has now named the new central bus station in Poppenbüttel the third most beautiful in the world. Together with the architects from Blunck + Morgen, WTM Engineers built a wing-shaped roof measuring around 1,800 m², producing a light, floating structure that has now caught the eye of British judges as well. The canopy in question, consisting of a closed area clad with aluminum sheeting and an extremely transparent area, covers not only the platforms and elevators, but also hospitality, retail outlets and waiting areas. WTM was responsible for the structural planning and engineering of the project.

WTM wins major contract for the structural design of the "Überseequartier" district

HafenCity Hamburg development growing by a further 265,000 m²

March 4, 2016 – In December 2015 Unibail-Rodamco, the investor behind the southern section of the "Überseequartier" district, presented the architectural drafts for further construction work on the core area of the HafenCity development. Designed by renowned architects, the 11 buildings together have a gross surface area of around 265,000 m² and offer space for retail, a hotel, hospitality, offices, housing, culture and entertainment. There is also a terminal for cruise liners. The whole site boasts two underground parking levels. The location on the banks of the tidal River Elbe, requires a watertight trough excavation pit and additional flood prevention measures in the event of a storm surge.

WTM was awarded the contract for the structural design and the excavation pit design for the entire site.

Success in the "Areal Kronenrain" competition in Neuenburg am Rhein

First place for planning consortium WTM, MONO and Planorama

February 24, 2016 – Last year the town of Neuenburg am Rhein staged an open, two-stage pan-European planning competition. The design planning consortium consisting of WTM Engineers, MONO Architekten and Planorama Landschaftsarchitekten held its own against 31 competitors. The competition involved submitting preliminary drafts for the construction of a new parking deck and pedestrian and cycle bridge, as well as for the makeover of the open spaces "Am Kronenrain".

As part of the envisaged urban development scheme the town of Neuenburg am Rhein needs a new central parking deck at "Am Kronenrain". With the future location of the parking deck the design traces the line of the former historical town wall, thereby successfully forging the linkage of ancient and modern the town council so wished to see. The state horticultural show, which it is being hosted here in 2022, likewise forms part of the urban development process. With this in mind the planning consortium designed not only the parking deck but also a filigree bridge as well as a tower with stairs and an elevator, which also serves as a viewing platform. The bridge and tower are intended to act as the main link between the grounds where the future state horticultural show will be held and “Kronenrain” and the downtown area.

Quay wall workshop 2016

Manfred Gutsche presents the Brunsbüttel lock project

February 17, 2016 – The German Port Technology Association (HTG) and the Committee for Waterfront Structures (EAU) staged the quay wall workshop in Hamburg. With this and similar events HTG, on a non-profit basis, promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members. The focus this time is on four topics: key walls for sea ports, inland ports, and special structures, international projects, future developments and the law.

Manfred Gutsche reported on the planning and current status of the major project “Construction of the new 5th Lock Chamber in Brunsbüttel”. WTM was awarded the contract to handle the structural design and engineering back in 2008, has supported the planning approval procedure and is currently monitoring construction of this important and complex project.

With a ship passing through it every 12 minutes, the Kiel Canal is the world’s busiest artificial waterway. Every third container that is transshipped in Hamburg carries on to, or comes from the Baltic region, making the Kiel Canal an important lifeline for the docks in Hamburg.

"Wintergarten" site in Leipzig completed

New sustainable offices for the Leipzig Housing and Construction Association (LWB)

January 21, 2016 – A seven-storey office building with an underground car park has been built on the “Wintergarten” site
in downtown Leipzig and will serve as the headquarters of the Leipziger Wohnungs- und Baugesellschaft mbH (LWB). WTM was responsible for the thermal building physics and fire prevention in the building, which was designed by Schaltraum
Architekten. The structure was designed taking sustainable building aspects into consideration and in line with criteria for certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The result was readings that are 30 percent lower than those required by the 2009 German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV). WTM has been promoting energy-efficient and resource-saving building for several years now. You can read about these and other special services on our website and on the following link:
http://www.wtm-engineers.de/de/leistungen/expertenwissen.html

WTM "Diagnostics"

Prof. Christian Grosse joins the team at WTM Munich

WTM has strengthened its Non-Destructive Testing division in the form of Prof. Grosse (Munich Technical University).

In December 2015 Herr Prof. Christian Grosse, professor at Munich Technical University (TUM) and Chair of Non-Destructive Testing joined WTM and will establish a competence center for non-destructive testing methods at the Munich office.

This step is intended to advance the quality assurance conducted by WTM as well as the more detailed inspection of structures. The structural health monitoring of buildings in order to detect damage will be another field of activity.