2017

WTM bestows prize at HCU

Best Master’s thesis honored

December 1, 2017 – In cooperation with HafenCity University, the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize was awarded for the seventh time. Bestowed by WTM, the prize is worth EUR 2,000. In honoring the best Master’s thesis on the Architectural Engineering course, WTM promotes talented young engineers. This year’s prize went to Jon Lindenberg for his Master’s thesis “An Analysis of the Interaction between Linear Beam Elements and Structurally Effective Membranes, taking the Noda Pavilion as an Example.” Dr. Alexander Steffens bestowed the award at an official ceremony for graduates of the Department of Structural Engineering at HafenCity University in Hamburg.

WTM hosts BIM workshop

Start of a series of training sessions

November 2, 2017 – The first workshop as part of a BIM research project was held on our premises yesterday. The participants were the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the road construction authorities of the federal states, and waterways and shipping authorities. WTM is a member of the “BIM4INFRA2020” consortium, which the BMVI has commissioned to put in place important conditions for implementation of the BIM road map. The consortium is organizing a series of events across Germany intended to prepare for the nationwide introduction of BIM from 2020 onwards in line with the “Digital Design and Construction” road map.

You can read more about the project on its website: www.bim4infra.de

Footbridge 2017 Berlin

Engineers and architects enjoy creative exchange

September 12, 2017 – Every three years, engineers and architects meet for the Footbridge Conference, the most important of its kind in the world, which this year was organized by Technische Universität Berlin. It was held from September 6-8 and marked the sixth time that bridge experts from all over the world had met up for an intensive transfer of ideas and knowledge. WTM Engineers delivered a lecture on the bridge over the Schleusengraben canal in Hamburg’s Bergedorf district. Designed jointly with the landscape architects Junker und Kollegen (JKL), the bridge emerged as the winner of a competition in 2014. Planning is currently under way. The agenda also included the presentation of designs and concepts for an ideas competition for six prominent locations in Berlin. The entry by WTM and JKL for the “Gleisdreieck” as well as the other 75 designs were featured in the book “The World’s Footbridges for Berlin”, which is published by Jovis Verlag.

BIM Expo Hannover

Dr. Ehmann discusses BIM in industrial building

September 8, 2017 – “BIM – The next step into the future!” was the title of a high-level BIM symposium held on September 6 and 7 at Leibnitz University in Hanover. Under the new label BIM Expo Hannover, international experts spent two days discussing topics such as standardization, technology, methodology, and sustainability. The speakers included State Secretary Rainer Bomba, representing the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). In his lecture on “BIM in Industrial Building” Dr. Ehmann addressed an audience of some 200 about the consistent, strategic application of the BIM method in industrial building at WTM. Using selected examples, he illustrated the vast improvement in cost estimation for building projects in the early planning stages.

X-ray laser will set new records

World’s only major research facility goes operational

September 1, 2017 – September 1 saw the official opening of the European XFEL, the world’s fastest, most efficient X-ray laser. Our planning team celebrated the superlative project together with high-level representatives from politics, technology, and science. The reliability with which planning and construction were conducted and the pioneering research opportunities the facility offers received special mention in the addresses. The planning and construction of the XFEL were an extraordinary assignment for our planners. Our engineers worked very closely with the scientists in order to transfer the physical requirements into built structures.

Having been involved from the initial idea, we are delighted to have brought the project to a successful conclusion.

If you would like to find out more about the European XFEL, please visit its website: www.xfel.eu

On your bikes, get set, go!

WTM cyclists enjoy Europe’s biggest cycling race

August 20, 2017 – There was a fantastic atmosphere at the Cyclassics in Hamburg on Sunday. Together with 20,000 cyclists from all over Europe, our team, made up of colleagues from Berlin and Hamburg, completed the 60 and 120-kilometer courses. Having motivated one another along the way our cyclists reached the finishing line with aching legs, but very satisfied. They then enjoyed the unique atmosphere celebrating the team success together.

No stopping our team

WTM colleagues run in record-breaking event

June 21, 2017 – Together with over 17,500 participants from around 1,100 companies and organizations, our runners competed in the 16th IKKBB Berlin Corporate Run. Thanks to the enormous sporting effort they put in, our colleagues successfully completed the entire 5.5-kilometer course. The start was at the Brandenburg Gate, and the sites the runners passed along the way included the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, and the Victory Column. The last 1.5 kilometers took them along Straße des 17. Juni to the finish at the Soviet War Memorial. With great weather and in a jovial mood the running teams spent the evening celebrating their success.

Day of Architecture and Engineering in Hamburg

WTM offers guided tours of one of its own projects

June 20, 2017 – On the last weekend in June, anyone interested is invited to take in part in free viewings of architectural sites throughout Germany. On Saturday, June 24, WTM and its client Hamburger Hochbahn are showcasing the conversion of the Langenhorn-Nord subway station to make it accessible for the physically challenged. The three guided tours begin at the entrance at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The project, which is also a BIM pilot project, is currently under construction. As such, participants will gain a rare insight into construction details and innovative design and engineering solutions.

Detailed information about the Day of Architecture and Engineering as well as the complete agenda are available at www.tda-hamburg.de or on the free Day of Architecture app.

Rendering: © Blunck & Morgen Architekten

Underground car park to be kept

WTM Engineers working on new assignment for Munich Airport

June 6, 2017 – The WTM office in Munich has been commissioned with the general planning of the refurbishment of a parking deck at Munich Airport. Built entirely below street level in 1992, it can house up to 1,200 vehicles. As a result of intensive use, the building is in need of refurbishment and needs to be brought up to present-day standards. The contract includes overall coordination, design and structural planning, technical equipment, as well as a survey of the technical building fabric and construction supervision. For the project, specifically the team of experts from WTM Diagnostics will be active; among other things it specializes in non-destructive testing.

WTM International

New assignment and visit from Norway

May 31, 2017 - WTM continues to operate successfully in the international arena and has landed a new assignment in New York. The company is devising a flood protection concept for an existing building in south Manhattan that is earmarked for conversion. WTM previously devised the flood protection for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District.

The Hamburg office received a Norwegian delegation of construction experts from both state authorities and engineering firms. After lectures about BIM and discussions there was a tour of our various projects in the HafenCity district. The meeting was organized by the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.

New VBI initiative

Talented young engineers drum up interest in their profession

May 22, 2017 – The German Association of Consulting Engineers’ (VBI) “Constructive Civil Engineering” committee, of which WTM is also a member, has launched a new website at www.ingenieur-talente.de. It provides graphic information about the profession, training, and contacts for engineering as a career. Among other features, the homepage has three short video clips, in which young engineers offer insights into their working world. This way WTM and all the other engineering firms active on the VBI committee aim to get young people interested in civil engineering as a profession.

Federal Association of Check Engineers (VPI) – Hamburg branch

Dr. Jäppelt reelected as Chairman

April 5, 2017 – The Annual General Meeting of "VPI Landesvereinigung der Prüfingenieure für Bautechnik in Hamburg e.V." was held on April 20. Having been elected its Chairman five years ago, WTM’s Managing Director Dr. Jäppelt was confirmed in office for a further five years ago.

VPI Hamburg is one of 16 state associations under the umbrella of the federal association "Bundesvereinigung der Prüfingenieure für Bautechnik e.V.".

For further information please visit www.bvpi.de

Start of Construction Work for Southern “Überseequartier” in Hamburg

Civil engineering work begins

April 5, 2017 – April 4 saw the first groundbreaking ceremony for the Southern “Überseequartier” (Overseas Quarter) in the HafenCity district. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Christophe Cuvillier, and Olivier Nougarou, both the Co-CEO of Unibail-Rodamco, attended the official ceremony, at which together with several invited guests they celebrated the start of construction work. Across a gross surface area of approx. 265,000 m² a complex featuring a mix of retail, housing, entertainment, cruise liner terminal, hotel .and offices, is due for completion by around 2021. All the buildings will boast the Gold HafenCity ecolabel.

WTM is responsible for planning the structural engineering and the excavation pit for the entire Southern “Überseequartier”. The complex will have two underground parking decks. 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 triggering a tidal bore.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Geomar Building

Europe’s biggest marine research center is under construction in Kiel

March 30, 2017 – Monday saw the official start of one of the biggest construction projects in the field of science and research in Germany. For around EUR 90 million the Geomar-Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research is building a new campus on the banks of the River Schwentine in Kiel. Due to be completed in 2020, the research building will feature almost 250 offices and 70 laboratories. Guests at the first groundbreaking ceremony included Torsten Albig, the Prime Minister of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Mayor of Kiel Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, and Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher, Section Head at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The praised the new build as an important flagship project for the city and marine research. The center will address “important future-related questions of paramount significance for society”.

As part of a consortium with Prof. Feix Ingenieure, WTM Engineers is planning the excavation pit, handling structural engineering for the high-rise, and the rerouting of the rain water drain.

Read more about the project at: www.geomar.de/zentrum/neubau/

Visualization source: EVE Images / Staab Architekten

Follow-Up Contract for Fehmarnbelt Tunnel

WTM still closely involved in one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects

March 28, 2017 – As part of the joint venture consortium comprising Rambøll, ARUP, and TEC, WTM Engineers was successful in the tendering procedure for the follow-up contract to act as consultant to the developer Femern A/S. Alongside providing the developer with advice on all ongoing processes, the contract includes inspection of the plans drawn up by the construction companies, and on-site construction supervision.

The project involves the construction of a planned 18-kilometer tunnel between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland; it will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel for a four-lane autobahn with hard shoulder and a two-track railroad. The maximum construction budget, which has been approved by Denmark, totals approx. EUR 7.4 billion, with completion scheduled for 2028.

Read more about the project at: femern.com

Dr. Karl Morgen turns 65

Birthday

March 23, 2017 – On March 22, staff at the Hamburg branch of WTM celebrated the senior partner’s 65th birthday. Dr. Karl Morgen has been a managing partner since 1988, and over the last 30 years has to a large extent defined the branch. He can look back on numerous successful projects in all essential structural engineering disciplines both inside and outside Germany. His services to the sector have been honored among other things, with Emil Mörsch Medal, which he was awarded in 2015.

We offer our congratulations to Dr. Morgen, wish him continued success, and look forward to what the future has in store.

WTM involved in the “Future Building” research initiative

Advancing BIM methods in practice

Jan. 3, 2017 - WTM Engineers is supporting applied building research in the project “Standardized Example Data Base for the Software-aided Calculation of Load-bearing Structures “. The project is being conducted by the Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Load-Bearing Structures at Bergische University in Wuppertal. Other renowned engineering firms from Germany, as well as software and construction companies are also taking part. The objectives of the project, which will run until May 2018, include closing gaps in quality assurance in the development and application of software for structural planning. The project is funded by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Plannin (BBSR). You can read all about it here:

http://www.biminstitut.de/forschung/aktuelle-projekte-bim/beispieldatenbank-tragwerksberechnung