2018

Lecture – Building for the Bundestag

Vision and Construction – structural planning symposium

October 12, 2018 – This year the German Association of Consulting Engineers (Verband Beratender Ingenieure) organized its third structural planning symposium entitled Vision and Construction. With 250 participants, this specialist forum is one of the most important industry meets. Several planning engineers gave talks and presented outstanding examples of their work in Germany and abroad. The internationally renowned speakers included Bill Baker from SOM, the studio responsible for the design of the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world.

Dr. Hans Scholz spoke about planning and building for the government, focusing in his talk on the current project for the German Bundestag “Rück- und Neubau der Liegenschaft Dorotheenstraße 85 / Schadowstraße 4-6” (Dismantling and reconstructing the properties Dorotheenstrasse 85 / Schadowstrasse 4-6). The WTM Engineers managing director explained the particularities involved in planning on government property, the dismantling of existing structures in the immediate vicinity of listed buildings, and the complex foundation situation. WTM Engineers has planned and inspected numerous projects relating to the relocation of the government and parliament to Berlin since 1995.

Visualization: Competition design Schadowstrasse 4, CODE UNIQUE Architekten, Dresden

Topping-out ceremony for residential and commercial ensemble at Humboldthafen

Europacity in Berlin continues to grow

September 28, 2018 – The shell of the ensemble at Humboldthafen has now been completed. On September 27 this first project milestone was celebrated in a ceremony attended by the Senate Building Director and State Secretary for Urban Development of Berlin, Regula Lüscher. On this sunny fall day the developers LIP Ludger Inholte Projektentwicklung and ABG Allgemeine Bauträgergesellschaft invited guests to the site in the immediate vicinity of Berlin’s central railway station. The buildings lining the river are likely to be ready for occupancy in the first half of 2019. Covering a total area of 43,000 square meters, the buildings will provide 188 rental apartments, office, retail and restaurant spaces. A single-story underground garage will accommodate 170 vehicles.

For this project WTM Engineers was responsible for planning the excavation pit, the structural planning of the buildings and the thermal building physics.

Speeding up large-scale construction projects

Dr. Morgen participates in panel discussion

September 24, 2018 – On September 19, 2018, Berlin hosted a Dialog to Accelerate Large-Scale Construction Projects. Roughly 170 high-ranking participants from the field of planning and construction took part in the event. The contributions and discussions focused on various topics related to the goal of realizing more construction projects in the field of waterway infrastructure.

As a representative of the planning & engineering office, Dr. Karl Morgen took part in the panel discussion in which members debated the current situation and possible solutions. Dr. Morgen put the emphasis on constructive cooperation and a decisive organizational culture on the part of the client. He also drew attention to how the construction process could be positively influenced by high-quality planning. Similarly, Gabriele Peschken from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) took up this idea in her talk “Erst Planen dann Bauen – BIM in der WSV” (Plan first, then build – BIM in the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, WSV). She illustrated the potential for change in WSV projects using “Building Information Modeling.” Finally, participants appraised the other ideas and specific solutions proposed in an interactive survey. Here the focus was in particular on efficient project management as well as simpler contracts and contract processing.

For more information visit https://izw.baw.de/wsv/e-medien/konferenzen/dialog-wasserstrassen

Sharing knowledge across different locations

BIM, protection and maintenance work

September 14, 2018 – Last Friday, a lively exchange took place at the Hamburg location on the topic of Building Information Modeling (BIM). After a short introduction, attendees divided up to form several workshops and discussed current issues in detail. The focus was on software products, IFC interfaces, tender procedures, communication, and cloud solutions. Participants also brought to bear their experiences from successfully completed BIM projects. Finally, the results were jointly pooled by management, project managers and BIM enthusiasts and approved as the WTM roadmap for 2019.

In the afternoon the focus was on the subject of protection and repair work across all locations. Lively discussions ensued on the talks by WTM experts about non-destructive testing, current handling of construction products, and forecasting service life. A hot topic was the guidelines for concrete structures, which are currently undergoing extensive revision. This discussion and swapping of experiences represented an important milestone for practical applications.

Such meetings to share knowledge on specialist fields across locations are typically held once or twice a year. They not only form part of in-house further training, but also reflect the strategic orientation of WTM Engineers.

Cyclassics 2018

A joint start and joint finish

August 20, 2018 – On August 19, 2018, eight cycling enthusiasts from Berlin and Hamburg with highly varying levels of preparation and equipment set out on the 108.9-km route of the Cyclassics event in Hamburg.

Led by Genia Schäferhoff, the WTM CyclING Team was able to “enjoy” the new route east of Hamburg through the Sachsenwald accompanied by an excellent atmosphere and weather. The team got off to a fast start but slowed down somewhat after reaching the refreshment stop. With the help of the cyclists in front creating a slipstream, the team crossed the finish line together on Mönckebergstrasse. As the finish line photo shows, all the team members were proud and happy with the race they had mastered together from beginning to end, and in a good time, too.

Athletic WTM Munich joins in the B2Run

6.1-km run on the Olympia Park complex

July 18, 2018 – Some 14 colleagues from WTM Engineers Munich successfully participated in the 15th German corporate event B2Run. This was down to not only their excellent level of fitness, but also an early start time, as entrants were additionally up against the weather. The first runners were lucky to start at 6.20 p.m., but from 7 p.m. no new starts were allowed due to a storm warning. So, congratulations to our runners not only on getting their medals, but also on crossing the finish line with dry feet.

Den Blå Kant, Svendborg

Urban space, harbor life, climate adaptation

June 29, 2018 - As in many other port cities, the port of Svendborg is subject to continuous change. The port industry is retreating and the city is again conquering the water's edge. In order to pay tribute to this development, an urban planning competition was held, which aimed at the city's development towards the port as well as the necessary protection measures regarding climate change. In addition to dealing with cloud burst events, the protection of port and city from storm surges was an integral part of the competition.

In the team with EFFEKT Arkitekter, SWECO Architects and Arcgency, WTM Engineers International prevailed in a two-stage competition with their design of the flood protection measures.

The proposed concept of the polder, which took into account the historical and urban planning concept, includes about 2 km of reinforcing and raising of the quay walls and banks, as well as 3 storm surge barriers.

Image: EFFEKT Arkitekter

Dr. Zehetmaier in interview

Bauingenieur24 series “Nachgefragt bei …” (We asked ...)

May 28, 2018 – What challenges are you currently facing in your job? What would you wish of politicians? How do you achieve a good work/life balance? Our Managing Director Gerhard Zehetmaier answered these and other questions in an interview he gave to the professional portal bauingenieur24. Once a month, successful engineers get to voice their ideas and provide insights into their working lives.

You can read the complete interview at: https://www.bauingenieur24.de/fachbeitraege/nachgefragt-bei/nachgefragt-bei-gerhard-zehetmaier/3037.htm

 

Topping-out ceremony for the EcoMaT research and development center

The flagship project takes shape

May 29, 2018 – The Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies or EcoMaT is currently being realized at Bremen’s Airport City and is destined to bundle expertise in business and science in the field of lightweight technologies. The topping-out ceremony for the new building, whose footprint is approximately 22,000 square meters, was held on Friday, May 25. This innovation hub, a project of the Hanseatic City of Bremen, Airbus and other partners, is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Some 500 experts are already looking forward to moving to the center, where the focus will be on interdisciplinary work under a single roof.

Since 2013 WTM Engineers has been responsible for the building planning and structural planning of the excavation pit, the structural planning of the building construction, and the thermal building physics.

Photo: WFB/Frank Pusch

100 km on two wheels

WTM cyclists at the 11th Velothon Berlin

May 13, 2018 – On Sunday, thousands of cyclists were on the road in Berlin for the Velothon sporting event. Our team of colleagues from Berlin and Hamburg set out in bright sunshine to compete in the middle distance, namely 100 km. The route took them south from the center of Berlin as far as Ludwigsfelde and back to the capital. Exhausted but happy, all the WTM racing cyclists passed the finishing line on Strasse des 17. Juni.

Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day 2018

The “engineers of tomorrow” at WTM Engineers

May 2, 2018 – On April 26, 2018, six fifth and sixth graders from various schools in Hamburg visited WTM Engineers as part of Girls’ and Boys’ Day. The pupils were able to gain an insight into the various aspects involved in being an engineer. The day-long program included a tour of the office, during which the kids had the opportunity to look over the shoulder of experienced engineers, the construction of a model bridge under expert supervision, and a visit to a large construction site, namely “Southern Überseequartier” in HafenCity. The schoolchildren came away with a richly facetted picture of the profession of a civil engineer. Everyone involved was delighted with this eventful day.

Young Engineers Colloquium 2018

Young engineers present their current projects

From April 13-14, 2018, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) held the Young Engineers Colloquium. We at WTM Engineers are delighted that two young colleagues from our Hamburg office were invited to introduce themselves and present their projects in this international setting. Federica Bottoli presented the recalculation and reinforcement of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge using FE modeling; Sören Quappen gave a lecture on the holistic FE calculation of a longitudinally and transversely displaceable formwork carriage. The annual event is geared to young engineers from all areas of civil engineering and makes a valued contribution to international exchange.

Changes in the management board

After over 30 years, Dr. Karl Morgen is handing over the responsibility he had for the company as managing partner to the next generation. With a view to strengthening the team, Dr. Thomas Schadow and Dr. Gerhard Zehetmaier have now joined the company as managing partners.
Dr. Schadow has for several years been working in a position of responsibility as an authorized representative and as Head of the Building Construction division at WTM Engineers.
Dr. Zehetmaier has gained years of experience working on national and international projects for a major German construction company and brings this knowledge in our Civil Engineering division.
Dr. Morgen is to continue offering WTM Engineers his services as a consultant engineer, structural check engineer, and Federal Railway Authority (EBA) check engineer. In the future he will continue to bring his experience and extensive specialist knowledge to bear, and will act in an advisory capacity for you.
Together with our fellow managing directors in Munich, Dr. Otto Wurzer and Mr. Helmut Heiserer, as well as all the staff at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Copenhagen, we would like to thank you for our excellent working relationship to date, and look forward to continuing it in the future. Your projects are in good hands!

WTM expertise in demand!

Close links between BIM theory and practice

January 22, 2018 – On Monday, students and research assistants from Leibniz University Hannover visited our Hamburg office together with two professors. The study trip centered on the topic of ‘BIM in the engineering office.’ WTM staff were able to talk to the guests about their own many years of practical experience with BIM and thus help complement the university education students receive.