Ongoing Loadtest on Lusail Marina Bridge No.8 in Katar - VCE Permanent Structural Health Monitoring system is working perfectly!
Project of the month . August 2018
The healthcare facility Josefhof, located on the outskirts of Graz, is the competence centre for in-patient health promotion and prevention of the VAEB (insurance institution for railways and mining). The facility is currently being extended from 70 to 120 beds. The new building consists of three elongated terrace-shaped structures comprising 120 barrier-free rooms as well as guest rooms offering a variety of functions including a outpatient clinic with examination and treatment area, seminar and fitness rooms, indoor swimming pool and sauna area, canteen with an open-view kitchen, dining hall as well as the required administrative and technical areas. The building has been partially constructed in a modular timber design.
Current works include a timber slatted façade, various floor coverings such as tiles, terrazzo tiles and wood flooring as well as a outdoor area with a pond.
Auftraggeber . VAEB Insurance institution for railways and mining
Leistung . Project management in Joint Venture with Ritter
Project of the month . July 2018
With a total output of 714 MW, the world's most efficient offshore windfarm will be built off the east coast of the UK. The windfarm consists of 102 7MW turbines and an offshore transformer station built on jackets at a water depth of 37 meters.
VCE was commissioned with the planning, installation and commissioning of a metrological condition monitoring system for nine turbines and the transformer station. This includes the installation of numerous sensors in the jackets (foundations), the towers of the turbines and the offshore station, including associated measurement technology, remote data transmission, automated data analysis and web user interface.
Client . East Anglia One Limited (IBERDROLA & Scottish Power Renewables)
Services . permanent Structural Health Monitoring
Project of the month . June 2018
On 2 June 2018 the Life Ball celebrated its 25th anniversary under the motto “Sound of Music”.
VCE supported the initiative with the free-of-charge service of design and building site coordination according to the building site coordination law for the “event site” Life Ball 2018 in the area of Rathausplatz and in the event rooms of the city hall.
Client: Life+ association for direct support of HIV-positive persons and persons down with AIDS
Service: Health and safety engineering
Halo I BIMS!
We kindly invite you to our annual BIM event under the slogan "Halo I BIMS!" on 13 June 2018 in Kuppelsaal of the Vienna University of Technology.
We would like to show you the latest developments and future trends of digital design in selected expert presentations.
Please register by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 June 2018.
VCE Innovation Prize 2017
On 9 May 2018 the VCE Innovation Prize was awarded for excellent research in civil engineering 2017 at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in the scope of an academic ceremony.
The prize winner 2017 are:
Dr. Regina della Pietra . Dissertation: "Integralisierung von Bestandsbrücken", (Integralization of existing bridges), Graz Technical University
Dr. Andreas Pürgstaller . Dissertation: "Seismic performance of post-installed fasteners in concrete with supplement damping device at Structure-Fastener-Non-structural-(SFN)-level", BOKU
IABSE Conference Kuala Lumpur 2018
Günther Achs (VCE) attended the IABSE Conference Kuala Lumpur 2018 with his paper on"Innovative Ballast-less Track System for Urban Areas".
LINK . IABSE KL 2018
Project of the month . May 2018
The former post office building was erected in the course of the last 2-3 centuries and was repeatedly reconstructed and extended. The building is situated between Postgasse and Dominikanerbastei, under which the former Viennese city wall was located.
Apart from the establishment of a hotel and flats in the existing structure the attic shall be converted. In this process the existing roof structure shall be maintained and an underground car park shall be built in Dominikanerhof. Furthermore respective installations are established in all courtyards. Due to the complex design the project is processed with BIM by VCE.
The demolition of non-load-bearing walls and superstructures is currently completed. The project is already approved and we are at the beginning of the detailed design phase.
more information . BIM and Postgasse
Construction Congress 2018
The Construction Congress 2018 is over and the FCP.VCE stand was a well visited meeting point of business partners and clients, students and pupils. A special highlight of our stand was the introduction of our project Future Art Lab by means of virtual reality glasses under the motto “Experience BIM with FCP.VCE”.
The expert presentation by Ernst Forstner “Quality Control Engineering (QCE) – Quality Assurance as Engineering Service in the Middle East“ within the session “Planen & Bauen – International“ (Design & construction – international) demonstrated our know-how once more and excellently completed the total performance at this year’s construction congress.
Project of the month . April 2018
There are 12 classes of an open secondary modern school in Carlbergergasse 72 in 1230 Vienna, which was built in 1999. An annex to the existing school building will be realized for the creation of additional rooms. The annex comprises the new construction of 9 elementary school classes with all-day care including side rooms and an underground gym hall as well as the extension of the existing secondary modern school by 4 classes including side rooms. The open areas of the school are appropriately designed for pupils and instruction.
The annex is situated on the available hard court so that it can be connected to the existing building on two sides.
The project is in the basic design stage at the moment. Construction start is planned on 15 October 2018. Operation of the newly erected school building shall start in August 2019.
Client: Vienna municipal authorities MA 56 represented by WIP Wiener Infrastruktur Projekt GmbH
Services as subcontractor for Klammer * Zeleny Architekten ZT GmbH: Design-build, static and structural design, tender / cost estimation, building physics, site supervision, health & safety engineering, check engineering
Project of the month . March 2018
Structural Health Monitoring System & Load Testing . Two suspension bridges with O-shaped pylon are erected in the scope of the “Lusail Development Project”. The lengths of the two bridges amount to 204 and 186 metres. Both structures have six lanes each.
Problems arose in the course of erection, construction was stopped and the structures were partly demolished again. After redesign by the designer VCE was ordered to design, install and operate a permanent monitoring system with numerous sensors on the structure for the construction phase of one of the bridges. The objective is measurement and monitoring of the structural behaviour during construction and the examination of the planning assumptions. The services also include the measurement and instrumentation of a terminal static load test.
In the scope of the BIM-Symposium on 15 March 2018 in Schönbrunn Castle top-class speakers will assemble on the topic Building Information Modeling already for the third time.
FCP.VCE, as one of the leading companies in the application of BIM technology in Austria, will hold three presentations at the symposium.
BIM.FCP.VCE – Praxisbeispiele und Entwicklungsstufen (BIM.FCP.VCE – Practical Examples and Stages of Development), Christian Nüssel
BIM im Altbau: Wir lieben die Herausforderung?! (BIM in Old Buildings: We Love Challenges?!), Markus Riel & Frank Mettendorff
BIM im Brückenbau / Infrastrukturbereich (BIM in Bridge Construction / Infrastructure), René Holzer
LINK . bimsymposium.at
wien.ORF.at: TU Vienna Develops Bridge without Expansion Joints
A maintenance-free roadway transition structure was developed at Vienna’s University of Technology (TU) for the pilot project A5.24 Satzengraben Bridge.
Despite a structural length of 120 m the road surface can be established over the integral structure without interruption.
The services of VCE comprised tender and detailed design, measurement and instrumentation as well as monitoring of the object.
LINK . Wien.orf.at
VIDEO . youtube TU Wien
Project of the Month . February 2018
The extension / rehabilitation of the Voest bridge in Linz started at the beginning of 2018.
Two bypass bridges were erected and a multitude of further objects were reconstructed or newly built (bridges, underpasses, abutments) in the first section in lot AST Hafenstrasse – Junction Urfahr.
Client . ASFINAG
Service . Check engineering
öbv Invitation for BIM Discussion Forum
The Austrian Society for Construction Technology (öbv) organized a discussion forum on Building Information Modelling in structural engineering and HVAC on 23 January 2018. Michael Pauser (öbv) asked representatives of clients, facility managers, designers, HVAC experts and contractors to answer questions from the audience. One of the experts who answered questions was René Holzer from VCE.
René Holzer (VCE),”There must be a 100% working interface between designers and constructors in order to be able to fully benefit from BIM.”
News in the Management Board
As of the 1st January 2018 we are pleased to welcome a new member to our management board. Wolf-Dietrich Denk is a very experienced structural engineer and has been appointed as a new managing director. We are looking forward to his expertise helping to develop and strengthen the future of our company.
Project EDISON I – UAV Inspection – Pilot Project Falkenstein Bridge
Civil engineering structures must be regularly subjected to complete visual and close condition tests regulated in guidelines, rules and standards. In particular in case of big bridges this is only possible in a limited manner and is connected with high efforts and expenses for access technology and operational constraints.
The objective of the EDISON project is the support of conventional bridge inspections and the (partial) replacement of the latter by use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). In the project various UAV based sensor systems (e.g. high-resolution cameras, multi-spectral cameras, stereo cameras, ground radar, thermography) were further developed and tested at the Falkenstein railway bridge.
- High-precision, complete 3D model of the bridge from photogrammetric pictures
- Damage detection and classification of UAV data (cracks, spalling, moisture penetration, …)
- Damage localization at the 3D model, list of defects and test report
- VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH (project management)
- ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
- Angst Group
- Palfinger Europe GmbH
Drink punch and do a good deed. On 15 December 2017 VCE.FCP.BCT invited its clients to come to the charity punch booth of Lionsclub at Schwedenplatz, Vienna.
VCE thanks for the pre-Christmas get-together and the great support of the activities of Lionsclub Wien Marc Aurel.
Launch of VDE 8
The launch of the approx. 500 km long traffic project Nürnberg-Berlin (VDE 8) is planned for 10 December 2017. This project shortens the travelling time from Munich to Berlin by railway to only four hours. The section Ebensfeld – Ilmenau (VDE 8.1) is a double-track electrified railway route for the high-ranking passenger and freight traffic with a length of approx. 66 kilometres and a maximum speed of 300 km/h.
VCE carried out the track system in form of a ballastless track of the sections VDE 8.2 (in operation since 12/2015), VDE 8.1 Lot Centre and Lot South on a length of approx. 160 km.
Services: Approval design, detailed structural design, as-completed drawings, participation in launching, bridge checks, noise protection design incl. foundation and noise assessment
Combi Coop II – Combined Freight Transportation Independent of Terminals
Rail instead of road transport – project for a faster and more effective transportation of container goods from the factory to the railway via freight vehicle without transaction at a terminal. The first test transport of the combined freight transportation independent of a terminal was carried out in southern Burgenland (Austria) with the well-established MOBILER-System of the Rail Cargo Group. Containers can be handled quickly and straightforwardly between freight vehicles and railway-cars almost everywhere by means of special container shifting systems – by one single person, without any assistance and without costly terminal equipment.
The project “Combi Coop II” was nominated as one the 5 top candidates of the 2017 VCÖ Mobility Award in the category “Energy-efficient freight traffic”.
Project partners are nine companies from the southern Burgenland region as well as a forwarding company.
Client: Project funded by AWS (Austria Economic Service)
Service: Traffic design
Shared Zone Waldegg
A shared zone was established in front of the new vocational training school in Waldegg in compliance with the citizens. The shared zone has a length of 315 m and an area of 5850 m².
For an improvement of recreational opportunities part of the existing park got a facelift by additional seating furniture and a small lake.
In due time for the opening of the shared zone on Sunday, 17 September 2017, the reconstruction of the provincial vocational school and the object for assisted living were completed.
Architect: Architect Weidinger
Launch of Extension of U1 South
On 2 September 2017 the new extension of the underground railway line U1 will start operation with 5 new stations. VCE had the tasks of check engineer, railway consultant (§31a und §34b) and construction coordinator for lot U1/10 (Troststrasse), check engineer and railway consultant for lot U1/8 (Alaudagasse) and designer for lot U1/13 (turnout facility Favoritenstrasse).
The construction methods comprised the whole spectrum of civil and underground engineering (earthwork, cut-and-cover method, bored piles, relocation of installations, underpinning and protective screen of buildings with jet grouting, tunnel construction with shallow excavated cross sections of up to 120 m² under existing buildings) as well as of interior fitting (steel construction, glass structures, masonry) and could be successfully implemented meeting the respective deadlines.
The scope of services of VCE also comprised track design in the area of the turnout shaft Volkspark (U1/8), noise and vibration protection design of the lots U1/8 and U1/13 – U1/15 as well as traffic design in the area of the lots U1/13 – U1/15.
Client: Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG
Services: Check engineering, Site supervision and safety on site, Structural design of superstructure, Structural design, Traffic design
Wind Park Meerwind South / East
The project Meerwind South / East consists of the two offshore wind parks Meerwind South and Meerwind East, which were planned and constructed 23 km north of Helgoland island in the North Sea and are maintained from Helgoland. The wind park comprises a total of 80 wind energy plants with a performance of 3.6 megawatt each. The network is supplied with a performance of up to 288 MW via a transformer platform.
The foundations (mono-piles and transition pieces) of all 80 wind turbines are equipped with a condition monitoring system by Airwerk GmbH for permanent condition monitoring and monitoring of the ageing behaviour (fatigue). All measurement data are transmitted to an onshore server, analysed by software routines and all results are made available to the client in a web-user interface.
Client: Airwerk GmbH
Services: Software for data transmission, software for data analysis, web-user interface, support in the preparation of the monitoring reports for the authorities
BIM und IHR Mehrwert (BIM and YOUR added value)
School for Pupils between 6 and 14, Spielmanngasse, Vienna
The project provides for the new construction of a school for children aged 6 to 14 as well as an annex to an already existing elementary school building.
The new school for 6 to 14-year-olds is designed as compact structure with five floors. Attached to the back side is a structure with two half-buried gym halls. A side wing consisting of a waste disposal room and a flying roof creates an atrium as well as a rest zone on the flat roof of the first floor. The open spaces of the school are suitably designed for pupils and instruction.
The three-storeyed structure of the annex to the elementary school is compactly connected to the existing building and complements the available space with the required educational and secondary rooms.
Both school buildings are currently in the detailed structural design phase. Construction will start on 17 July 2017.
Client:MA 56 (Vienna’s municipal authorities) represented by WIP Wiener Infrastruktur Projekt GmbH
Services in consortium with CPPA & Fellerer Vendl: static and structural design, design-build, coordination of construction works, site supervision, building physics, check engineer according to Vienna’s building code
ÖAMTC Headquarters Win the 6th Austrian Steel Construction Award
In the course of the Austrian Steel Construction Day in Graz the winners of the 6th Austrian Steel Construction Award were announced. The prize was awarded to the ÖAMTC headquarters in Vienna.
Mariahilfer Strasse wins “2017 Place Design Award”!
The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form of the built environment and human activity or experience.
The 2017 Place Design Award goes to Mariahilfer Strasse in Vienna—a previously traffic-heavy 19th century shopping boulevard that has been transformed into an inviting, pedestrian-friendly avenue.
Four underground railway lines are being constructed on a total length of 172 km in Doha, Qatar, in the scope of phase 1 of the Doha Metro project. At the end of May track slab design was approved by the Design Verification Engineer DVE. Furthermore the noise and vibration assessment was completed and the effectivity of the mass-spring systems was verified in a 1:1 in-situ test.
The track system is currently under construction. It is designed as ballastless Porr slab track system including light and heavy mass-spring systems as required. All in all approx. 80% of the precast track slabs have been already produced and are being installed continuously. The section comprises tunnel, at-grade and bridge sections. In addition turnout areas and the associated transition areas on ballastless track were developed and planned. The track design was revised and adapted for the installation of the slab track system.
VCE carried out noise and vibration assessment determining emission reduction measures (e.g. mass-spring systems) for providing the protection targets regarding vibrations, ground-borne noise and airborne noise. In order to verify the effectivity of the proposed mass-spring systems, true size mock-ups were installed, tested and their performance was verified.
The section of Phase 1 is to be put into operation in 2020, in due time before the start of the Football World Cup in 2022.
Service: Project development and system configuration, concept and detailed design total track system, alignment, noise and vibration protection design, measurements on site
Client: Porr Qatar Construction WLL
BIM and YOUR added Value
VCE Prize Winners 2016
On Thursday, 11 May 2017, the VCE INNOVATION PRIZE for Excellent Research in Civil Engineering 2016 was awarded to Dr. Roman WENDNER and Dr. Johannes PISTROL at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna.
Life Ball 2017
This year the charitable association LIFE+ organizes the AIDS charity event “Life Ball“, which is recognized worldwide, again. National and international non-profit organizations, which support persons affected by HIV, are funded with the net profit of the Life Ball. This year’s topic #Recognize the Danger runs like a creative thread through the weekend of events and welcomes the visitors as oversize figure at the entrance of Vienna’s city hall.
VCE supports the initiative with the service of design and building site coordination according to the building site coordination law for the “event site” Life Ball 2017 in the area of Rathausplatz and in the event rooms of the city hall.
Client: Life+ association for direct support of HIV-positive persons and persons down with AIDS
Service: Health and safety engineering
New Appearance for Stephansplatz
Stephansplatz is one of Austria‘s most prominent places due to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Therefore this important central square shall be completely refurbished and its surface redesigned. For this purpose 36,400 granite slabs and stones are laid. In addition 1,500 t of asphalt concrete and 5,500 t of drain concrete are installed. Apart from surface assembly a second drainage level for the protection of the subterranean structures (catacombs and Virgil Chapel) is established. Furthermore, essential parts of the installations are relocated or renewed.
The construction works started in March 2017 and shall be concluded by November 2017.
Client: MA 28 – Vienna’s municipal authorities for road administration and construction, in cooperation with Kirsch ZT GmbH
Services: Traffic design, project control, tender
Refurbishment of Volkstheater
Volkstheater will be completely refurbished in three construction phases in the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The main objectives are an improvement of operation and increased comfort for the audience.
Currently the project is in the phase of basic design with advanced submission of architectural design. Furthermore there is continuous coordination with the authorities and the Antiquities and Monuments Office.
Services:Project management, static and structural design, tender / cost estimation, building physics, fire protection design
Remedial Actions at the Bank of the Danube Canal – Abutment
At the left bank of the Danube Canal, at river kilometre 7.355, serious settlements as well as material erosion due to scouring was determined for one abutment. Therefore a renovation of the side wall on a total length of approx. 130 metres was required. The remedial actions were implemented by an additional sheet pile wall.
The new sheet pile wall shall be completed in March 2017.
Services: Tender, structural design, site supervision, construction coordination
On 5 December 2016 the new ÖAMTC headquarters in Erdberg was put into operation.
ÖAMTC concentrated the former eight administrative sites in Vienna in one new building with a size of 25,000 square metres and established new headquarters with an office area, support functions, member service and a heliport. The new centre shall take care of approx. 75,000 members and clients.
The project was handled by Pichler & Traupmann architects as general design managers in cooperation with VCE. The building was continuously planned from preliminary design up to detailed design with a joint three-dimensional BIM model.
Services: Preliminary design, design, submission design, tender design, foundation concept, detailed project, detailed design, check engineering and notification of completion according to Vienna’s building regulations, project control
City Tower Vienna – Refurbishment of the Glass and Stone Facade
The project City Tower Vienna was successfully concluded in November.
In the course of the maintenance of the building the exterior toughened safety glass panels of the facade were exchanged with laminated safety glass. All in all approx. 7,250 m² or approx. 2,850 glass panes were substituted.
In parallel the total natural stone facade was inspected and refurbished. Furthermore safety measures regarding accessibility and guardrails were planned and implemented.
Client: City Tower Vienna Errichtungs- und Vermietungs-GmbH
Services: Design, tender, contracting and site supervision
Moving to the Centre
WE ARE MOVING. We would like to inform you that we are moving to a new address.
We are moving to the centre of Vienna! From 12 December 2016 our new address is:
VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH
Untere Viaduktgasse 2, 1030 Wien
We kindly ask you to update your database and are looking forward to welcoming you!
Please note that our office cannot be reached by phone or e-mail between 7 Dec. 2016, 2 p.m. and 11 Dec. 2016 12 p.m.
European Steel Bridge Award 2016
We would like to inform you that the Austrian Steel Construction Association published the following announcement on the "European Steel Bridge Awards".
You can find the announcement under the following link:
European Steel Bridge Award 2016
VCE received the Special Engineering Award of the ECCS for outstanding consultancy and design services for the Botlekbridge in the Netherlands.
The European Steel Bridge Awards are given by ECCS every two years to encourage the creative and outstanding use of steel in construction of bridges.
Environmental Noise Directive 2017 – Noise Maps Agglomeration Vienna
Within the scope of the EU-wide Enviromental Noise Directive (END) enacted in 2002 strategic noise maps and noise action planning are published every five years (laerminfo.at).
In Vienna’s city region the noise of all roads, tracks and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) sites is visually represented on two-dimensional coloured maps. Furthermore the noise levels at principal residences are determined and summarized in tables, separated according to the sound source. The calculation comprises the total urban area of Vienna with 414 km² and contains more than 80 million calculation points.
Rail sources in Vienna’s urban area include ÖBB rail tracks, underground railway and tram lines of Vienna’s public transport services and tracks of local railway lines. Motorways and express highways as well as general public traffic routes in the city area are considered as road sources. In the city area of Vienna there are 28 IPPC sites (as of 2012), which are also displayed in the strategic noise maps.
Services: noise mapping, acoustic calculations of railway, road and site noise.
U5 Berlin – Completion of the Structural Works at Station Rotes Rathaus
On 7 September a topping-out ceremony and an open building site day took place on the occasion of the completion of the preliminary structural works of the underground railway station Rotes Rathaus.
The project “Lückenschluss U5” extends the previous U5 Line from Alexanderplatz to Brandenburger Tor and merges it with U55 there. Apart from 2.2 kilometres of tunnel routes, three new railway stations “Unter den Linden“, “Museumsinsel“ as well as “Rotes Rathaus” are constructed in the centre of Berlin.
Seven centrally arranged supports carry a major part of the floor load in the station “Rotes Rathaus“. The column heads look like mushrooms due to their funnel shape and shall remind of the old vault of the medieval town hall.
Construction works and surface restoration shall take place after the completion of the structural works. The opening of the total route of the U5 is expected in 2020.
Client: BVG Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Design of Station Rotes Rathaus: Collignon Architektur
Services: Services in consortium with artus Architekten and Schüsslerplan: Project control, site management, site supervision of structural works, finishing works, cable routeing
Bearing Replacement Reichsbrücke
In the course of the structural survey of the Reichsbrücke it was detected that certain pot bearings had no sufficient sliding gap anymore. Therefore the existing pot bearings are dismounted and replaced with new cup and ball bearings in autumn 2016. The bearing exchange is carried out without any interruption of the traffic.
Services of VCE: Bridge inspection, tender design, structural design
Opening of the New Hoerbiger Site
The new building of the administrative and production site of the company HOERBIGER in Seestadt Vienna-Aspern was inaugurated after two years of construction.
A modern building was erected with the objective to bring together workers from production and employees from administration. Due to the utilization and the ecological objectives requested by the city of Vienna (Total Quality Building [TQB]) high demands regarding planning were given. The building stands out due to its three cantilevers in the entrance area as well as the green atrium and the open architecture.
Client: querkraft architekten zt gmbH
Services: internal design coordination, site supervision, traffic design, acoustic measurements, design and building site coordination as well as project management, basis for cost estimation
Libelle - Vibration Monitoring Leopold Museum
A pavilion named “Libelle” for future utilization for events is built on the roof of Leopold Museum.
Extensive measurements and analyses were carried out in May 2016 in order to be able to assess the impacts of the vibration intensive construction activities in the course of the erection of the level on the roof structure of the Leopold Museum on the exhibition rooms and art objects in the interior of the building,
In this process the vibrations occurring were determined during test drillings at the facade of the Leopold Museum at the positions with paintings deserving particular protection (Schiele, Klimt).
In coordination with the representatives of the client recommendations for safe assembly during the construction works were elaborated based on the results (relocation of especially critical objects, elastic storage of all wall paintings).
Services: Design management, tender processing, site supervision, construction coordination (construction site coordinator), check engineering, structural dynamics and vibration protection
Steibrua – Network Arch Bridge in Norway
The existing, approx. 95 m long, network arch bridge consists of a timber arch and a prestressed concrete bridge deck, which is suspended by means of 68 prestressed steel rods (MacAlloy system).
The aim of the current investigation was the measurement-based determination of the effective forces of all 68 rods of the network arch bridge during the individual construction phases and 12 months after completion with BRIMOS® Structural Health Monitoring.
The basis for investigation was geometrical information on all tie rods and the corresponding product specifications. According to the bending beam theory of mechanical engineering an analysis tool for the determination of the tension forces was established on the basis of the measured eigenfrequencies and applied in the course of the attendant dynamic construction element measurements.
Services: Methodology for the determination of the tension forces in the existing construction element series, dynamic measurement of all bridge anchoring devices, periodic determination of the tensioin forces in all hangers
LIS-03 - Modernization of the Sewage System in Doha
Ashghal (Public Works Authority), the Qatari authority responsible for all infrastructure projects, realizes the so-called IDRIS Programme (Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy) for comprehensive extension and fundamental modernization of the sewage system in Doha in order to cope with the requirements of the considerably growing population.
In this project four micro-tunnel boring machines are used for the construction of the deep gravity sewer with an internal diameter of 1.6 m and a total length of approx. 21 km. All in 47 shafts with depths up to 45 m have to be established for the operation of the micro-tunnel boring machines and installation of the jacking pipes.
The services as Quality Control Engineer comprise the review and the approval of the design as well as the quality control in construction.
On 27 April 2016 the ground-breaking ceremony for the first shaft took place in Al Wakrah.
Picture above: Manoj Bajaj (HBK), Luis Fagundes (Ashgal), Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad Al Thani (HBK), Georgios Ntigkmpasanis (HBK), Bill VanWagenen (ch2m), Bassam Halabi (GHD)
Picture below - VCE Team v.l.n.r.: Roberto Bontoyan, Charlou Velasco, Ariel Papica, Ramil Macalalad, Cristian Giurgea, Houman Foroutan, Ernst Forstner
After numerous adjustment processes the road surface project Herrengasse was released for implementation. The privately financed road project represents an important axis between Freyung and Michaelerplatz. In this section several palaces, hotels, ministries, Vienna’s first high-rise building and the Loos house are located. Apart from Herrengasse, Fahnengasse and parts of Wallnerstrasse are reconstructed as well.
With the implementation of the project this area receives an adequate surface for underlining historically important buildings. Apart from the new high-quality pavement (Austrian granite), lighting is also brought to the state of the art. The existing traffic organization is modified to a shared zone, which creates more areas for pedestrians and pavement cafés.
The preliminary works – installation of fixtures – will start at the beginning of April 2016, the actual surface works will start at the end of May 2016. The conclusion of the works is expected by mid-November 2016.
Client: HG+ Interessentengemeinschaft Herrengasse
Services: detailed design, tender design, project control, traffic design
Doha Metro Trackwork
In the scope of Phase 1 of the Doha Metro project four underground railway lines shall be constructed on a total length of 172 km. The track system is designed as ballastless track with Porr slab track system and some sections as mass-spring systems. The design comprises tunnel sections, at grade sections, tracks on viaducts as well as turnout areas and the associated transition areas. As basis of the layout of the ballastless track the available alignment is revised and adjusted by VCE.
VCE carries out analyses on the requirement of emission reduction measures (e.g. mass-spring systems) for providing the protection targets regarding vibrations, ground-borne noise and airborne noise. Extensive measurements were performed on site as a basis for these calculations.
The production of the track supporting layers manufactured as prefabricated parts on site has already started, whereas the installation of the tracks is expected to begin in autumn 2016. The route of Phase 1 shall be put into operation in 2019, in due time for the start of the Football World Cup in 2022.
Client: Porr Qatar Construction WLL
Services of VCE: Project development and system configuration, concept and detailed design total track system, alignment, noise and vibration protection design, measurements on site.
St. Josef Hospital lays the Foundation Stone for a New Building
On 21 January 2016 the foundation stone ceremony for the new building took place with the participation of politicians, staff members of the hospital and neighbours.
Obstetrics and oncology have already been among the focuses of the St. Josef Hospital for some time. This specialization shall be even intensified in future. Core piece is an annex which shall be opened in 2018. The extension shall result in an increase of capacities from 2000 to 3000 births as well as in the realization of the development to a specialized clinic for oncology. Up to 2020 the existing building shall be also comprehensively rehabilitated. The reconstruction is carried out without any interruption of hospital operation.
Completion phase 1: 2018
Completion phase 2: 2020
Services: site supervision
FRESH VIEW on Smart Cities
VCE will be presented on a full page in the issue of FRESH VIEW on Smart Cities.
The magazine in German and English will be distributed to more than 110 branches of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber world-wide.
The web version can be found on www.advantageaustria.org
Gratitude and Delight at the Topping-out Ceremony of the New ÖAMTC Headquarters
The topping-out ceremony of the new ÖAMTC headquarters took place on 14 December 2015. After an intensive planning period and a record-breaking construction time the shell construction was completed shortly before the ceremony. Ernst Klobucnik (ÖAMTC - Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club), Franz Lederhas (Granit) and Architect Christoph Pichler (see photo) thank all the persons involved in the project for the excellent and close cooperation. In less than 8 months approx. 20,000 m³ and almost 4,000 t of reinforcement were used in the highly complex structure.
Services: Basic design / general design, construction design, detailed design, foundation concept, preliminary design, quantity survey, structural design, submission design, tender design
Winner – Austrian Consulting Award 2015
On 20 November 2015 the Ministry of Economics granted the Austrian Award for International Consulting andthereby recognized outstanding engineering consulting services.
The prize winner is VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH as design manager with the project "Botlekbrücke - die größte Hubbrücke der Welt" (Botlek Bridge – World’s Largest Lifting Bridge).
The jury justified its decision with the unique realization of the project by skilful combination of geotechnical, hydraulic, construction as well as traffic and transport engineering, which shortened the lifting time of the bridge to only 110 seconds.
"The realization of such a big and fast lifting bridge represents a major innovation on the highest international level. Furthermore the project excels due to a considerable increase in capacity of the traffic carriers and a high service life of 100 years even from an economic point of view”, commented the jury.
The new Botlekbrug over the Oude Maas is now officially opened for the traffic. On Sunday, July 12, 2015, the first cars crossed the bridge in the direction Rotterdam at 10 clock.
The Botlekbrug is the largest lifting bridge of the world and should solve the traffic problems between Rotterdam and the port area Maasvlakte 2.
Services of VCE: Preliminary project, detailed project, assistance with the assembly
World Port Development / April 2015
Article of Peter Furtner (VCE) and Nigel Nixon (NNP Inc) in the journal "World Port Development", issue April 2015, about dynamic structural monitoring and Life-Cycle Management of port facility structures.
... The application and the benefits for the port industry are - like for all other industries that use dynamic monitoring - to be able to know how safe the structure is and to have decision support as to how long the asset can be operated safely. ...
Brückenbau – Construction & Engineering
Challenging Project for VCE
Contribution on the Botlek Bridge in Rotterdam by VCE in the bridge construction journal "Brückenbau", issue 6 - 2014 by the publishing group Wiederspahn.
architekturjournal wettbewerbe 6/2014
A report on the realization competition for the new Danube Bridge Linz was published in the December issue of the architectural journal “Wettbewerbe”.
VCE in consortium with FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH and Quist Wintermans Architekten reached the 3rd place in the Linz bridge competition.
Nomination for the 4th Vienna Engineering Prize
The Vienna Engineering Prize is awarded by the city of Vienna in collaboration with the Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland every two years. The Engineering Prize recognizes extraordinary engineering services and aims to contribute to a higher perception of the technical professions in the public. This year 31 applications were submitted.
Five engineering teams were nominated for this year’s 4th Engineering Prize. VCE was nominated for the planning and construction of the world’s biggest cable crane.
The new web page of Valor Engineering is online. Thus Valor can present itself even better on the Norwegian market.
Recently Valor succeeded in concluding a framework contract for infrastructure projects with Statens Vegvesen.
Botlekbrug – Floating Assembly of First Bridge Part
On 13 September the first superstructure of the new Botlek Bridge was successfully assembled and deposited on the temporary bearings.
On Friday, 12 September transport on the pontoon started from the pre-assembly site at the Mammoet-Harbour in direction of the building site.
At approx. 5:00 p.m. the bridge passed the old Botlekbrug observed by many onlookers and was positioned in front of span 40-50.
On Saturday, 13 September at .5:00 a.m. lateral adjustment was started.
At 6:45 p.m. the final position was reached and lowering was begun by means of the low tide.
At approx. 10:30 p.m. the first contact with the bearings took place and at approx. 11:30 p.m. the bridge was removed from the pontoon and successfully put down.
Services of VCE: Preliminary project, detailed project, assistance with the assembly
NERA (2010-2014) is an EC infrastructure project that integrates key research infrastructures in Europe for monitoring earthquakes and assessing their hazard and risk.
SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Complex Urban, Utility, Lifeline Systems and Critical Facilities
Pitilakis, K., Franchin, P., Khazai, B., Wenzel, H. (Eds.)
SYNER-G is a research project with a focus on systemic seismic hazards and risk analyses of buildings, lifelines and infrastructures.
A book on the results of the SYNER-G research project was published in 2014 and represents a significant step forward in the seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of complex interacting urban and regional systems and infrastructures.
ISBN 978-94-017-8835-9 (eBook)
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
The BIM event on 24 June 2014 organized by VCE under the motto "BIM in Theory and Practice" met with great interest also this year.
The advantages and various applications of BIM were demonstrated to the participants during the symposium lasting for three hours. The programme was presented by Robert Schedler.
Presentations were given by Christian Artaker and Andreas Stocker / Artaker CAD-Systems, Alexander Barnaš / Maba, Gernot Wagner / Porr, Konstantinos Kessoudis / Strabag, Christoph Degendorfer/ PXT as well as DieterDenk / FCP.
Valor Engineering in TU Bygg
Article about Valor Engineering at TU Bygg.no
AF creates new engineering company
together with Austrian VCE.
Since last summer, the cooperate management of the AF Group worked to create an independent company that will engage in engineering and project management.
You will find the whole article under:
Lifted Connection – Austrian Engineering
The Botlekbrug – the biggest and most complex lifting bridge ever built – is currently being constructed in Rotterdam.
... Vienna Consulting Engineers are responsible for the design management for all site progress related trades, detailed design, site supervision and project management. The specialists from VCE have successfully handled thousands of building projects world-wide but this project is even unique for them.
A15 Maasvlakte–Vaanplein, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gap Closure Ceremony VDE 8.2
The tracks for the most modern rail track in Central Germany have been completed.
On 25 November 2013 Ms. Christine Lieberknecht, prime minister of the Free State of Thuringia, and Dr. Reiner Haseloff, prime minister of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, passed the first continuous and cross-national ride with a test train of the German Railways.
All structures and tracks have been completed to a large extent. Now the newly built route will be equipped with further technical components until 2015.
Celebrating SHM Award
Congratulation to ISHMII Council member Dr. Helmut Wenzel, Vienna Consulting Engineers, who was honored at the 9th Annual International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring at Stanford University, California, in September 2013.
Opening of Kammerspiele Theatre in Josefstadt
In only five and a half months the 100-year-old theatre was completely refurbished. In this extremely short construction period the core of the existing structure was fully removed, the stage portal and the balcony were newly covered with concrete, the stage machinery and the technical building equipment were modernized and the total extension was completed.
At the opening of the refurbished Kammerspiele theatre on 23 October the Broadway musical hit “Catch Me If You Can” was performed as European premiere.
fib Model Code 2010 Seminar
On 24 and 25 October 2013 a seminar on the fib Model Code 2010 takes place in Vienna with a focus on fibre-reinforced concrete, shear force and punching, durability, properties of composite concrete, numeric analyses as well as several other applications.
The seminar addresses practical engineers, surveyors and architects, representatives of authorities and testing laboratories, cement and concrete manufacturers as well as graduates and students of the respective fields. All presentations are held in English.
VCE acts as a sponsor of the seminar.
SHM Hans-Juergen Schmidt Award 2013
Dr. Helmut Wenzel received this unique award which was created to honour and recognize persons especially from industry or government organizations for their continuing efforts and successful contributions to the field of Structural Health Monitoring and for his outstanding leadership in advancing SHM technologies in industry and government.
VEESD 2013 & 13. D-A-CH Conference
From 28 to 30 August the VEESD2013 (Vienna Congress on Recent Advances in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics) took place at the Vienna University of Technology. The 13th D-A-CH Conference, which was held in German, was integrated in the congress. All in all 330 persons from 36 nations particpated.
The congress was co-organized by VCE.
International IABSE Conference 2013
From 6 to 8 May the International IABSE Conference 2013 took place in Rotterdam focussing on the topic "Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishment of Infrastructures".
VCE was represented with two papers including presentations at the conference:
Replacement of Botlek Lifting Bridge, Motorway A15, Netherlands
Robert Schedler, Ulrich Eder, Erik Jille
> Paper | pdf
Integrated Asset Management Tool for Highway Infrastructure
Robert Veit-Egerer, Monika Widmann, Peter Furtner, Rui Lima
> Paper | pdf
A-Lanes A15 Maasvlakte–Vaanplein
On Friday, 5 April 2013, the transversal girder 304 was successfully installed.
This was the heaviest concrete element of the whole project with a length of 16.80 m, a width of 4.40 m and a height of 2.61 m as well as a total weight of 224 tons.
The eMagazine "austria-architects" nominates the new institute building of the University of Vienna in Währinger Strasse in Vienna's 9th district building of the month.
Award VCE Romania
On Saturday, 01 December 2012, an art gala organized by the district management of the 3rd district took place in Bucharest on the occasion of the national holiday.
In the scope of this gala several persons from the fields of art and music were decorated.
VCE Romania had designed the music and art school in the 3rd district where the gala took place and was awarded a diploma for extraordinary merits in architecture.
Building Project Wien-Mitte Opened
On Tuesday, 6 November, the pre-opening of the complex, which is a superstructure over the railway station Wien-Mitte, took place in the presence of the Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Vienna’s Mayor Michael Häupl (SPÖ).
The building will be open to the public from 8 November. Then part of the 30,000 m² shopping centre “The Mall” will also be put into operation. In a first step the local supply for the core area around the railway station shall be restored. Only in April 2013 shall “The Mall” be fully launched with approx. 50 shops.
Foundation Stone Ceremony Hospital North
On 18 September 2012 the foundation stone for the shell construction works at the Hospital North was laid in presence of City Councillor for Health Sonja Wehsely, Mayor Michael Häupl and Wilhelm Marold (Managing director of KAV, the Vienna Hospital Association).
By 2015 the most modern hospital in Austria with 785 beds is to be completed. A special feature of the new hospital is the complex design of the exterior area with a park landscape (healing gardens) and therapeutic function.
German Unity Transport Project
On 19 June 2012 the new info-box of the German Railways (DB) for the project VDE 8.2 was inaugurated at the Osterberg Tunnel. Many VIPs were present, including the district administrator of Sachsen-Anhalt, Minister Webel, the coordinator of the overall project VDE 8, Mr. Drescher, the project manager of the section VDE 8.2 new line, Dr.-Ing. Schenkel, as well as Mr. Hagen as person responsible for our trade ballast-less track.
Extension of the Underground Railway Line 5 in Berlin
The biggest inner-city traffic project in Berlin has started ...
A15 Maasvlakte – Vaanplein
The works on the building site of the A15 Maasvlakte – Vaanplein are running at full speed! Apart from the setting up of the pile foundations on site, there is assiduous work at the prefabricated parts of the individual sections. In the video the manufacturing of the prefabricated parts for the foundation of the object 5563 in the Vaanplein junction is visible. The weight of the prefabricated component shown amounts to approx. 160 tons.
After two years of construction the Kiplev-Sonderborg Motorway in South Denmark was solemnly inaugurated by the Danish Minister for Traffic and Infrastructure on 31 March 2012. The project was carried out in the scope of a PPP model by the Strabag consortium "KMG" (Kliplev Motorway Group) within the contractually agreed deadline. The total construction costs amounted to approx. 130 million Euro. VCE in joint venture with Drees & Sommer Infra Consult fulfilled the tasks of LTA (Lenders' Technical Adviser) for the financing banks and was responsible for schedule review and quality inspection as well as check of the construction progress and the approval of invoices compliant with the services. Due to delays in construction additional services for project control and mediation were taken over on the consortium's request.
A15 Maasvlakte – Vaanplein, PPP Project, Netherland
The Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and Environment) today announced the official start of work. "With the approach of the A15, we make the region stronger and more accessible. This is more than a highway project. We will build our infrastructure, both road and rail and water, to better utilise," she said.
5 Years VCE Romania
On Thursday, 24 November 2011 the jubilee celebration on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the company VCE – Vienna Consulting Engineers S.R.L. took place in Bucharest. Among others MMag. Edith Predorf, a representative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, as well as Ambassador Dr. Michael Schwarzinger from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the celebration.
Opening of Gazela Bridge
After 18 months of construction the rehabilitation measures at the Gazela Bridge in Belgrade over the Sava were concluded so that the bridge could be completely and officially opened to traffic, attended by numerous representatives of the Serbian Parliament, of the city of Belgrade and the Serbian motorway association PE Roads of Serbia as well as of the media. The bridge was opened to traffic earlier than planned due to the efforts of all parties involved, which can be seen as a result of the excellent cooperation.
Austrian Award for Telematics 2006 Nomination
The objective of the research activity is the registration of vehicle speed and weight in real time by means of the measurement of the dynamic characteristic of bridges.
Opening week new building 'College Wels'
The new building is the new academic home of six college courses, which were housed in up to ten different buildings in Wels until June 2005.
Opening Handling Center West
On the 6th of July 2005 the Handling Center West was inaugurated. The newly constructed Handling Center West is adjacent to the Air Cargo Center.