Implenia Award
In 2016 Implenia presented the Implenia Award for outstanding undergraduate work in Germany for the very first time. Sebastian Weller of RWTH Aachen University was recognised in the BIM category for his work on augmented reality in the construction sector.

 

 

Technical Center

The Technical Center brings together and develops Implenia’s technical capabilities, optimises processes and continually drives sustainability and innovation within the Company. It is imperative that the Technical Center, just like the Corporate Center, works closely with the operational Business Units.

Implenia Award
In 2016 Implenia presented the Implenia Award for outstanding undergraduate work in Germany for the very first time. Sebastian Weller of RWTH Aachen University was recognised in the BIM category for his work on augmented reality in the construction sector.

 

The Technical Center works with operational units on the ongoing optimisation of processes, and creates added value for the whole Group by virtue of its innovative power and continual improvements to Implenia’s technical capabilities. Competences are developed across all areas. At the same time, the Technical Center is the engine room for the key strategic issue of sustainability, as well as setting the pace for improvements in the area of Health, Safety & Environment. Employees, applied technologies and processes are at the heart of its work. You will find detailed information about Health & Safety and Sustainability in the relevant chapters.

Technical Risk Management

The Technical Risk Management team ensures early identification of technical risks and works with the operating units to reduce these risks. Following the revision of this process in 2015, Implenia successfully introduced a uniform, transparent methodology in 2016, and integrated it into the Implenia Management System (IMS 2.0). The aim is to increase the quality of the service and thus of the hit rate. Implenia will continue to improve the efficiency of the process in 2017, partly through the methodical evaluation of customer feedback, and by using a self-developed benchmarking system to identify best practice.

Technical Center organisation

Equipment & Technology Services

The Equipment & Technology Services (ETS) department brings together the Group’s Machinery & Electrical, Formwork and Materials Engineering specialists. The services they offer include planning construction site installations, optimising, developing and testing construction materials, and maintaining and supplying complex formwork, machinery and equipment systems. One of the most important successes in 2016 was the systematic introduction of Lean principles to the way workshops are organised. In 2017, ETS is concentrating on the further development of services and on cross-business unit management of Group investments and planning. ETS is also harmonising processes between its Swiss and international units, starting to introduce Baustellenlogistik 2.0 (construction site logistics), and further developing smart steel construction.

Operational excellence

Another of the Technical Center’s core tasks is to increase the Group’s operational excellence. It does this by integrating systems, processes, expertise and personnel within each construction project across all phases – from initial bidding to the moment when the keys are handed over. This integrated project management depends on the use of such strategies and tools as IMS 2.0, Lean Management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Implenia’s innovation process, quality management and the Group’s digitalisation strategy. The most important tools are as follows:

Lean Management

The principles of Lean Construction, developed in 2015, were applied in building construction, infrastructure construction and project development in 2016. In projects where the principles were applied, clear results were seen in the form of shorter, more stable construction times and a significant reduction in defects. These improvements are also having a positive effect on occupational health and safety. Further expertise was developed during the year under review through close collaboration with key customers in Switzerland and Germany and with important subcontractors.

IMS 2.0

The Group uses Implenia Management System 2.0, IMS 2.0 for short, to ensure professional project management. The system was introduced to the buildings and modernisation business in 2015, and in 2016 it was also used for the first time for new infrastructure and project development jobs. IMS 2.0 has strengthened cooperation in the project teams, and helps solve problems more efficiently. Implenia will continue to develop the platform in 2017 and the roll-out to all areas of the Group will continue.

Building Information Modeling

Implenia’s digitalisation strategy includes the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), a method that uses 3D models to support decision-making, quality assurance and communications in construction projects. By adding information on additional dimensions – time (4D) and costs (5D) – BIM can cover every aspect of a project. In 2016 the Technical Center standardised 3D-modelling and 4D simulation, and started using the 5D process in individual pilot projects. The Group has used internal training to build up a BIM community of approximately 100 people, which will help Implenia embed the process even more strongly in the operational organisation in 2017. The aim is to introduce a consistent and comprehensive construction process management system, including digital management of execution processes.