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ILF at the Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) 2018

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ILF Consulting Engineers announces its parti­ci­pation in the annualA�Pipeline Technology Confe­rence (PTC) held in Berlin from March 12 to March 14, 2018 as a Gold Sponsor.

During this years PTC, our experts will present our technical expertise in emergency response concepts (Dr. Michael Kasch).

You are most welcome to visit us at stand 42 in exhibition hall 1 (Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany) to learn about our compe­tences and experience in the field of pipeline engineering. Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (info.muc@ilf.com)! We are looking forward to your visit.

For further infor­mation, please visit the website at http://www.pipeline-conference.com

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Tunnelling works for northern tube of Koralmtunnel KAT2 completed

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Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers has been involved in the site super­vision of the Koralm tunnel KAT2 contract section on behalf of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) since 2010. After the start of the construction works in 2011 and the start of the TBM drive in 2013 the completion of the excavation works was celebrated on 18 Feb 2018. This means that over a period of 59 months of tunnelling some 17,145 m of tunnel were excavated for this contract section.

Forming part of the Baltic-Adriatic Axis, the Koralm tunnel shall, after its completion, contribute to signi­fi­cantly reducing travel times in passenger traffic and to improving the condi­tions for environ­mentally friendly railway freight traffic. The 32.9 km long single track railway tunnel was divided into three contract sections, with the 19 km KAT2 section being the longest one.

ILF is both in charge of the site super­vision and of the technical management of the joint venture for the site supervision.

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ILF and Adolf Feizlmayr Foundation promote Deutschlandstipendium

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In January this year the official ceremony for the Deutsch­land­sti­pendium 2018 was hosted by the Technical University of Munich. More than 150 donors and 650 schol­arship holders of the Deutsch­land­sti­pendium took part in the festive event. The schol­arship program launched by the Federal Government in 2011 promotes students who are expected to achieve high both at University and in their profes­sional lives.

Together with the Adolf Feizlmayr Foundation ILF parti­ci­pates in the program by funding a total of twelve schol­ar­ships that cover a broad spectrum of different engineering disci­plines. These range from electrical and infor­mation technology engineering to mecha­nical, civil and environ­mental engineering. Besides Germany and Austria, the schol­arship holders come from Canada, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, Hungary and Italy.

Through the ILF-internal ai???Club of Young Engineersai??? the schol­arship holders get in direct contact with ILF employees and are given the chance to parti­cipate in various ILF events. Individual assign­ments as working students, interns or prospective graduates are meant to provide the schol­arship holders an oppor­tunity to get to know each other in a direct working environment at ILF.

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Light at the end of the tunnel – breakthrough of Eppenberg Tunnel

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After an advance period of appro­xi­mately one year, the Eppenberg Tunnel was broken through on February 2, 2018.

The Eppenberg Tunnel is part of the Swiss Federal Railway Line between Aarau and Olten which is being widened to four tracks. The tunnel was advanced with a mixed shield tunnel boring machine over a length of 2.6 km and will have a total length of 3.2 km long upon completion of the construction works. The Eppenberg Tunnel is scheduled to be put into operation by the end of 2020. It will provide a signi­ficant increase in capacity of the main artery from Zurich to Bern.

Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded a contract for the project works (basic design to construction design) and the site super­vision works as part of an overall planning mandate for the 4‑tracking of the Aarau–Olten railway line. In addition, the mandate comprises the railway technology works after completion of the civil works.

Pictures about the breakthrough: http://baudoku.1000eyes.de/cam/sbbeppenberg/tunnel4/

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ILF did it again: Follow-up contract for Brenner Base Tunnel

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In late 2017 BBT SE commis­sioned a bidding consortium led by ILF Consulting Engineers to perform the monitoring of the ground and surface water resources of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

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The monitoring of ground and surface water resources of the longest under­ground railway connection in the world is performed across borders both in Austria and in Italy along the entire 64 km long route. In total, at 1,200 measuring points measu­re­ments and samples are taken every four weeks, with maintenance and management of 100 partly very complex data logger instal­la­tions in ground­water, springs, creeks and rivers.

ILF has been assisting BBT SE with the monitoring of ground and surface water resources for many years. For the Brenner Base Tunnel project ILF has carried out many different design services since 1977.

Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2018

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In the year 2017 that is drawing to a close, ILF celebrated its 50th anniversary. Besides diverse challenges that we faced, the year 2017 also brought us many encou­raging developments.
All in all, a sense of great satis­faction and gratitude prevails regarding what we have achieved together. Our sincere thanks go to our esteemed clients and business partners for their constructive cooperation.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2018!

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And there was light in the Oberau Tunnel in Germany

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After a two-year construction period, the breakthrough of the western and east tubes of the Oberau Tunnel (Germany) was celebrated.

The 3 km long western section is part of the Garmisch-Parten­kirchen bypass. After completing the construction works, scheduled for 2021, the Oberau Tunnel will be the longest twin-tube road tunnel in Bavaria.
The EUR 230 million bypass shall divert traffic going to the holiday desti­nation of Garmisch-Parten­kirchen around the village of Oberau.

ILF Consulting Engineers has been supporting the motorway authority of Southern Bavaria in the design of several project phases for many years. Currently, ILF is respon­sible for reviewing the construction design and for providing site super­vision as well as site management services.

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ILF embarks on new technologies to combat climate change

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On November 30, 2017, Jens Kottsieper and Michel Kneller will be presenting a white paper on decen­tra­lized hydrogen production from renewable energy for the transport sector at the ÖGEW/DGMK Autumn Confe­rence in Vienna, Austria.

In order to meet the climate objec­tives of the 2015 Paris Agreement to further reduce CO2 emissions, it will be necessary to increase the renewable energy share in the global energy mix. One potential solution would be to convert surplus renewable energy to hydrogen through a process of electro­lysis, store it and make it available to the transport sector. Mr. Kottsieper and Mr. Kneller will also present key findings and lessons learned from the Demo4Grid project that is currently being imple­mented in Innsbruck, Austria.

You can have a look on the white paper here: https://www.ilf.com/news/publications/

Brenner Railway Axis Extension: ILF continuing on track

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The Schaftenau–Radfeld Junction in the Lower Inn Valley (Austria) forms part of the northern feeder line to the Brenner Base Tunnel. The upgrade of this section is part of four-tracking the line in the Lower Inn Valley.

With this project, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) intend to increase the line capacity and eliminate bottlenecks for the Brenner Base Tunnel to achieve full efficiency. In addition, the project will bring traffic relief for the Lower Inn Valley and reduce travel time, as design speeds of 230 km/h will be possible.

The line will have a total length of approx. 20.5 km including 11.7 km in mined and cut-and cover tunnels and 5.6 km in open-track sections. Furthermore, the project will include the construction of four trough struc­tures with a length of 3.2 km.

ILF Consulting Engineers will be respon­sible for preparing the design documents for the preli­minary autho­riz­ation of the environ­mental impact assessment (EIA) pending legal permission for the mined tunnel near Angath. Together with partners, ILF will also be in charge of the cut-and-cover tunnels and trough structures.

ILF at the Hydro 2017 in Seville

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ILF Consulting Engineers will be present at the HYDRO 2017 in Seville, Spain, from 9 to 11 October 2017.

Reinhard Fritzer and Eva Manninger will be giving a lecture about the “Atdorf pumped-storage plant: Three weeks of public discussion and a milestone in the permit appli­cation procedure” at session 12d “Pumped storage: Potential, plans and case studies”.

Furthermore, Serafino Weissenbach will report on “Hydraulic design: Alto Maipo hydro­power project” at session 4 “Civil engineering: Design”.

The speakers will be happy to receive questions or get feedback. Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (reinhard.fritzer@ilf.com, eva.manninger@ilf.com or serafino.weissenbach@ilf.com)!

For further infor­mation please go to the website http://www.hydropower-dams.com/hydro-2017.php?c_id=88

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Arlberg Tunnel Reopened to Traffic

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After a construction period of three years the Arlberg Tunnel on the S16 Arlberg Road (Austria) was officially reopened to traffic.

Having a length of approx. 15.5 km, the longest road tunnel in Austria was equipped with 37 additional escape routes and another eight emergency lay-bys. In total ASFINAG invested EUR 154 million in the safety upgrade of the tunnel, and has applied state-of-the-art techno­logies (high-pressure water mist system, thermal scanner at both portals, AKUT system, etc.) in the tunnel.

ILF Consulting Engineers was entrusted with the project management and the super­vision of the electro­me­cha­nical instal­la­tions and control systems.

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ILF to provide design services for Nordbahn Wien

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In July 2017 ÖBB-Infra­struktur AG commis­sioned ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, to provide permit appli­cation and EIA design services for the railway project Nordbahn Wien Süßenbrunn–Bernhardsthal in Austria.

With a length of approx. 66 km and two tracks the project forms part of the “Pontebbana Axis” that is classified as an “inter­ope­rable high-speed railway line” in the ÖBB network.
By incre­asing train speeds to 160 km/h it shall become possible to travel from Vienna to Prague in three hours and 45 minutes. Furthermore, non-stop travel time of trains between Vienna and Břeclav shall be reduced to 60 minutes.

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ILF awarded contract for Großinzersdorf Wind Park

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ILF Consulting Engineers was commis­sioned by WindLand­Kraft GmbH to carry out the project management and design services for the Großin­zersdorf Wind Park in Lower Austria (Austria).

The required services encompass the project and construction management up to the completion of the overall wind farm (incl. construction management of plant assembly), construction design and prepa­ration of tender documents/award of works for access roads to wind farm, construction site and wind farm cabling.

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ILF at the International Conference SUS in Irsee

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ILF Consulting Engineers parti­ci­pated actively in this yearai??i??s inter­na­tional confe­rence ai???ai???Shotcrete for Under­ground Support XIIIai??i??ai??? in Irsee, Germany, from September 3rd to 6th 2017. The confe­rence is an excellent forum for new develo­p­ments in rock engineering, tunneling, under­ground space and deep excavation.

ILFai??i??s Dr. Matthias Beisler, co-chair of this event, talked about ai???Multi layered shotcrete design for tunnel construc­tionai???, which attracted a lot of interest from the attending inter­na­tional experts.

In the course of this event the location for the next confe­rence in this series was announced. SUS XIV in 2019 will be organized in Bangkok (Thailand) under the auspices of ILF and chaired by Dr. Matthias Beisler.

Legend f.l.t.r.: Prof. H. Klapperich (TU Freiberg), A. Spiegl (ILF), Dr. M. Beisler (ILF-Thailand), Prof. D. MAi??hner (FH MA?nster), P.Ngamsantikul (Thailand Under­ground & Tunneling Group), Dr. Guojun Li (Singapore Metro Consultant), Dr. J. Fu (Central South University, China)

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Breakthrough of Stein and Lind Tunnels on the Koralm Railway Line

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On 28.07.2017 the top heading breakthrough of the 2.1‑km-long Stein Tunnel was celebrated after 12 months of construction. The Stein railway tunnel forms part of the St. Kanzian string of tunnels on the Carin­thian side of the new Koralm railway line, which connects the cities of Graz and Klagenfurt (Austria). The breakthrough of the bench is scheduled to take place by the end of August.
The 0.5‑km-long Lind Tunnel of the St. Kanzian string of tunnels had already been completed on 21.02.2017 after 8 months of excavation. The water­proof permanent linings, consisting of reinforced concrete, will be installed in the near future. Track construction will not go underway before the struc­tural works for the St. Kanzian string of tunnels will be completed at the end of 2019. The section between Althofen on the Drava River and St. Kanzian is due to go into operation by 2022.

After completing the conceptual design, permit appli­cation design, and tender design services, ILF Consulting Engineers have been awarded a contract by the Austrian Federal Railway ÖBB in mid 2015, entrusting them with the construction design and on-site geotech­nical monitoring services.

A video of the breakthrough can be found here: https://kaernten.tv/shows/122

Image source: Land Kärnten, Fotographer: LPD/Just

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ILF at the Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2017

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ILF Consulting Engineers parti­ci­pated actively in this year’s “Green Energy Summit” in Yangon (Myanmar) from 14th to 15th August 2017.  The summit is excel­lently designed to provide a platform for inter­na­tional energy industry players and potential investors for updates on the market potential and develo­pment plan of green energy sector in Myanmar.

ILF’s experts presented our expertise in Renewables, including Photo­vol­taics, Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Hydro­power, Thermal Energy and Oil&Gas. Moreover, Frank Zimmermann had a talk about “Optimized Hybri­di­z­ation and Storage of Mini-Grids using Renewable Energy Sources”.

For further infor­mation about the Green Energy Summit, please visit the website: http://www.myanmargreenenergysummit.com/

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ILF acts as jury member for the start-up contest “DBS”

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Together with nine other corporate partners, ILF Consulting Engineers and IGLZ (IF Lebens­zyklus Bau) have joined forces to develop and implement the start-up contest “Digital Building Solutions” (DBS) and an event for the construction and real estate industry.

DSB is a “scouted” contest where relevant startups from the German speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switz­erland present their innovation ideas on design, construction, operation and financing. The corporate partners have now assessed all ideas and cast their votes. The top-ranked startups selected for the final pitch will be meeting up at the award ceremony on 12 Sept 2017. The best startups from each subject area will be awarded a prize. ILF is a corporate partner and jury member.

More detailed infor­mation is available at: http://www.ig-lebenszyklus.at/digital-building-solutions/#corporate-partners

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ILF at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan

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This year Astana hosts the inter­na­tional exposition – EXPO 2017. The theme of the EXPO is Future Energy. The objective is to spark a global debate between countries, non-govern­mental organi­sa­tions, companies and the general public on the crucial question: ”how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all, while reducing CO2 emissions?”

Earlier this month ILF Consulting Engineers actively parti­ci­pated in two events, one of which was the “Kazakh­stani-Austrian Sustainable Technology Day” and the other was the “50 Years of ILF” celebration held in the Austrian pavilion of the EXPO. During the Technology Day, ILF’s experts on Hydro­power Engineering (John Thene, ILF Austria) and Smart Cities (Enrico Casaretti, ILF Abu Dhabi) presented their thoughts on the current situation in the renewable energy sector and shared insights on future develo­p­ments. During the sessions government repre­sen­ta­tives, investors, engineers, and equipment suppliers from Kazakhstan and Austria had the oppor­tunity to share knowledge and experience, make new connec­tions, and meet new colleagues in a B2B format.

Legend: Speaker J. Thene (ILF)

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Construction of Mestiachala 1 & 2 hydropower plants

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Since June 2017 construction is under way for the 20 MW Mesti­achala 1 and the 30 MW Mesti­achala 2 hydro­power plants in Georgia. Both plants are planned to be located on Mesti­achala River in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. The investment costs will be some USD 65 million.

The hydro­power plants are being developed by the joint venture “Georgian Renewable Power” (GRPC).

ILF Consulting Engineers is in charge of construction super­vision for both hydro­power plants.

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ILF engaged in highway project from Tbilisi to Lagodekhi, Georgia

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The Roads Department of the Ministry of Regional Develo­pment and Infra­st­ructure of Georgia awarded the contract for the Prepa­ration of Feasi­bility Study for Upgrading of Tbilisi–Bakurtsikhe, Tsnori–Lagodekhi Road and Detailed Design for the Upgrading of Tbilisi–Sagarejo and Sagarejo–Bakurtsikhe Road to a Joint Venture with ILF Consulting Engineers.

The relevant road sections from Tbilisi–Bakurtsikhe (approx. length 80 km) and Tsnori–Lagodekhi (approx. length 40 km) start in the eastern part of Tbilisi and end near Lagodekhi district at the border to Azerbaijan.

The service includes topographic, hydro­lo­gical and geotech­nical surveying, prepa­ration of an DEM, traffic survey and traffic forecast for the entire project area, deter­mi­nation of economic costs, road design for the alignment to a detailed degree, and economic evaluation of the alignment. The detailed design of the road will be executed in the second phase.

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