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ILF BIM model for Drammen Railway Tunnel (NOR)

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As part of the ongoing Vestfold­banen railway upgrade scheme, the state-owned Norwegian railway infra­st­ructure company Bane NOR is constructing 10 km of new double-track railway between Drammen and Kobbervikdalen.

In 2018, ILF was hired by the Norwegian contractor Veidekke Entre­prenør AS as the designer of the most techni­cally challenging section of this project: a 290 m long tunnel mined in difficult geology below the ground­water table – the Soil Tunnel. ILF prepared the tender design, supported Veidekke during the Compe­titive Dialogue compe­tition, and developed the conceptual design as well as the detailed design of the soil tunnel. This includes a BIM model that is integrated into a combined model of all of the works within the contract.
ILF staff from our offices in Austria and Norway attended the breakthrough ceremony for the Soil tunnel top heading together with more than 200 other guests.

ILF is proud to be part of such a remar­kable and presti­gious project.

Circular Economy: ILF provides EPCM services

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ILF is respon­sible for providing EPCM services for Synthos’ project to expand the production capacity for InVento products. The EPCM services which ILF is providing include the design, bidding and procu­rement processes and construction management for the project. ILF’s tasks also include the creation of a 3D model of the project for all phases and disciplines.

Rafał Blankiewicz, Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Polska, on EPCM projects: “Our company has experience in managing invest­ments in the EPCM model. We success­fully completed our first project using this formula in Poland between 2007 and 2010, at a time when the model was still quite unknown.”

ILF has completed the building permit design for the construction of the second production line at Synthos and has obtained the building permit. In the near future, ILF will recommend the contractors for the individual purchase packages and will begin the process of taking over the construction site. The new production line is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2023.

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InVento is an ecolo­gical product used in thermal insulation, manufac­tured using an ecolo­gical geopo­lymer additive which acts as a factor reducing the heat transfer coeffi­cient and thus improving the thermal insulation properties of final building products. InVento products are charac­te­rized by full recyc­la­bility and contain 30% recycled content coming from post-consumer waste in their formula.

Circular Economy: ILF provides EPCM services

ILF among the Top 10 Technical Transaction Advisors (SparkSpread)

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SparkS­pread (formerly Inframation), a global platform providing business intel­li­gence on transac­tions worldwide, has ranked ILF among the Top 10 Technical Transaction Advisors in the energy, environment, power and transport sectors (September 2022). In the overall compa­rison of Technical Transaction Advisors, ILF is also ranked 12th.

We would like to thank our numerous clients for the confi­dence they place in us!
We look forward to conti­nuing to support you in the realiz­ation of your various projects in the future. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our more than 2,500 ILF-ers.
Thanks to your commitment, relia­bility, creativity and great dedication, we have achieved this top-10 position together.

Thank you very much!

ILF among the Top 10 Technical Transaction Advisors on SparkSpread

Design works for Northern Feeder Line of Brenner Base Tunnel

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Together with one of ÖBB Infra­struktur AG’s and DB Netz AG’s partners, ILF has been commis­sioned with a new project as part of the four-track upgrade of the Northern Feeder Line of the Brenner Base Tunnel. This project comprises the route design and project planning works needed for the submission of the environ­mental impact statement (in Austria) and the conceptual design (in Germany) for the Kirnstein–Schaftenau cross-border section. The approx. 13 km long cross-border Laiming Tunnel is the core element of this upgraded section.

In addition to the Laiming Tunnel, the respective adjacent open-track sections and the associated traffic facilities are also being designed. All of the design services will be carried out using the BIM method and the scope of these design services can also be extended to include the detailed design phase (in Austria) and the basic design phase (in Germany).

Having already been involved in the previous design phases for this section, in parti­cular in the route selection procedure, ILF is pleased to be able to continue working on this complex project in the further design phases.

The section being upgraded forms part of the Northern Feeder Line of the Brenner Base Tunnel, which will be the longest railway tunnel in the world when it is completed. Thus it consti­tutes an indis­pensable part of the Scandinavian–Mediterranean Corridor (Scan–Med Corridor) from Stockholm to Naples – the most important North–South railway link in Europe.

 

Railways: Design works for the longest railway tunnel in the world

GIPL: Commercial operation begins

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ILF has prepared the feasi­bility study for the Gas Inter­con­nection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL) and is pleased to announce that commercial operation of the pipeline has now begun.
The gas inter­con­nection, which is appro­xi­mately 508 km long, enables gas to be trans­ported both from Poland to Lithuania and from Lithuania to Poland. Full-scale commis­sioning of the GIPL project is scheduled to take place in autumn of this year.

ILF is extremely proud that its work has contri­buted to streng­t­hening Poland’s energy security.

Click here to learn more about this project in detail… 

ILF supports Engineers Without Borders in Tshumbe (DR Congo)

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ILF has been supporting and providing technical advice for Engineers Without Borders Austria (IOG), a non-profit association for technical develo­pment coope­ration, since 2017.

From 2021 until 2024, the IOG project team, together with the Tyrolean partner association “Zukunft für Tshumbe” (Future for Tshumbe), are planning to implement a water project for a primary school and kinder­garten in Tshumbe (DR Congo).
This TSHUWA project shall comprise facilities for waste­water treatment, rainwater drainage, sustainable drinking water abstraction and state-of the-art rainwater storage.

The IOG team, which includes committed ILF staff, have been helping with the technical design for this project. They have planned and designed the constructed wetland waste­water treatment plant and the rainwater storage and drainage facilities.

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ILF among the Top 50 in the ENR Ranking

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We are delighted to have made it into the Top 50 in the ENR Ranking of the Top 225 Inter­na­tional Design Firms.

The list of the Inter­na­tional Design Firms is based on the revenue achieved by companies outside of their domestic markets. In 2022, ILF is ranked 47th.
Among the top 150 global design firms, ILF has achieved 124th place, with the ranking in this category being based on the overall revenue of the companies.

We would like to thank our numerous clients for the confi­dence they place in us! We will be happy to continue supporting you in the realiz­ation of your various projects in the future. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our more than 2,500 ILF-ers.
Thanks to your commitment, your relia­bility, your creativity and your great dedication we have achieved this together.

Thank you very much!

ILF among the Top 50 in the ENR Ranking

Microtunneling: ILF completes design of stormwater drainage

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ILF was commis­sioned by the political munici­pality of Nieder­glatt (Switz­erland) to perform the civil engineering works for a storm­water drainage system.

This paperless project was success­fully executed in a consortium with B+B using the BIM2Field method. The micro­tun­nelling works (DN 1400) over two reaches with a total length of 350 m were completed in July 2021. The civil engineering works have also been completed and included various shaft struc­tures, an intake structure below the river water level and various adjus­t­ments to the existing sewer system.

Despite delays of around three months due to lowering of the ground­water level in the difficult subsoil condi­tions, ILF was able to complete the works within the origi­nally planned time frame.

How sustainable is ILF? The Sustainability Report informs

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ILF joins the global movement of companies measuring and disclosing their impacts on the environment, society, economy and gover­nance in accordance with inter­na­tional reporting standards.
The Sustaina­bility Report 2021, which is now available, helps ILF to identify its strengths and weaknesses and to define mid- and long-term goals to reduce our environ­mental footprint and promote corporate sustainability.
We are proud to have taken this first step in making ILF more sustainable.

Read the complete ILF Sustaina­bility Report here …

 

The two authors of the ILF Sustainability Report Hannah Göttgens and Stefanie Garnitschnig with CEO Klaus Lässer.

Geotechnics and Tunneling: ILF’s part in the Woodsmith Project

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ILF is proud to be part of the Woodsmith Project – as a design consultant, working for Strabag’s UK branch to deliver the project for their client Anglo American.

The project in the Woodsmith Mine (ENG) comprises a 37-km-long Material Transport System (MTS) tunnel with a diameter of 4.7 m as well as associated caverns and venti­lation shafts. Mined polyhalite will be trans­ported through this tunnel, in an environ­mentally friendly manner, via conveyor belts under­neath the North York Moors National Park, directly to the materials handling facility in Wilton for further processing. The polyhalite obtained will be used as fertilizer.

ILF has been providing detailed design services for the “Ladycross” steel lining shaft and the associated secant pile shaft in the same location.
In addition, ILF has carried out a CAT III check of the “Lockwood Beck” steel lining shaft design, parts of the MTS tunnel as well as the primary and secondary lining of the sprayed concrete lining tunnels.

ILF to deliver services for the longest offshore gas pipeline in

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NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corpo­ration), Nigeria and ONHYM (Office National Des Hydro­car­bures et Des Mines), Morrocco, are progressing with the plans for their mega-project Nigeria–Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP). The NMGP, an onshore and offshore gas pipeline crossing the land and waters of 16 countries along the Atlantic coast, shall bring Nigerian gas to North Africa and further to Spain for the European market. The pipeline will not only supply the local markets with reliable energy, it will also support indus­trial and economic develo­pment, create a compe­titive regional power market and benefit all West African countries and their economies.

ILF and DORIS Engineering are delighted to carry out the Project Management Consul­tancy services for the FEED Phase II of this project. ILF and DORIS can make use of their combined expertise and provide funda­mental support to the clients in the delivery of this strate­gi­cally important project.

The PMC services cover the Onshore and Offshore Pipeline and Compressor Station Engineering, the Engineering Surveys, the Environ­mental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Land Acqui­sition Studies (LAS) and the Project Imple­men­tation Framework. The project explores the potential for using renewable energy resources to power the pipeline and reduce the project’s carbon footprint.

“With ILF having already been part of the Feasi­bility Phase and FEED Phase I of this world-scale project, the award of Phase II to us demons­trates the confi­dence that our long-term clients ONHYM and NNPC have in our Project Management Excel­lence and Relia­bility in delivering world class projects,” said Carles Giro, Area Manager Indus­trial Plants of ILF.

When completed, the over 6,000 km long gas pipeline will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline ever. It has a planned diameter of 48″ offshore and 56″ onshore, with a planned throughput of 30BCMa.
The project coinci­deswith the “Decade of Gas Master Plan” that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari launched in 2020. On the Moroccan side, this landmark project is part of the South–South coope­ration upheld by King Mohammed VI.

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Road tunnels: Completion of the Belchen rehabilitation tunnel

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On behalf of the Swiss Federal Roads Office, FEDRO, ILF took the lead in the local site super­vision in an engineering consortium for completing the works at the Belchen rehabi­li­tation tunnel.

The project includes the connection of 11 cross passages to the existing central tube, two service tunnels between the existing and new portal control stations, two crossing passages for the emergency services at the tunnel entrance, a smoke partition wall and an access ramp to the isolated construction site.
The excavation works with a 13.97 diameter TBM taking place at the same time as the struc­tural construction works for the 3.2 km long tunnel were very complex with regard to logistics, design, planning and construction.

 

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Update for one of the most spectacular airports

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed ILF to carry out a feasi­bility study for the develo­pment and upgradation of Agatti Airport.

This airport is the gateway to the Lakshadweep islands and is the only airport off the West Coast of India. The runway is to undergo a change in design and is to be extended to enable Airbus A320 operation. The terminal building, the apron, the runway end safety area (RESA) system and the taxiway are also to be upgraded for passenger flights. The upgradation of this airport is a challenge due to its special location, the required recla­mation of land and the non-availa­bility of local construction materials and labor.

Along with the feasi­bility study, ILF is also performing the surveying works and environ­mental studies for this project in which environment protection – e.g. marine and wildlife activities such as coral reef rehabi­li­tation – will play a key role.

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H2: Green Energy for Supermarket Chain

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The Austrian super­market chain and food producer MPREIS appointed ILF as the Owner’s Engineer for the largest single-stack electro­lysis plant in Europe.

The now realized hydrogen plant, with its 3.2 MW pressu­rized alkaline electro­lyzer, produces heat for the client’s bakery and fuel for a new fleet of hydrogen trucks.
Three 100 m³ hydrogen storage tanks (33 barg), a hydrogen refuelling station (350 barg) and a hydrogen trailer filling station have been constructed. A dual-fuel gas burner (H2/natural gas) heats the thermal oil system in the production facility.
ILF managed the technical inter­faces of this project and was respon­sible for preparing and submitting the challenging permitting documen­tation to the approval autho­rities. Furthermore, ILF prepared the tender documents and supported MPREIS during the bid evalua­tions. All involved parties broke new ground with this project, and thanks to the pro-active coope­ration at eye level, this innovative project has been imple­mented successfully.
ILF is proud to have worked on and success­fully taken such a light­house project from the early conceptual design phase up to the construction super­vision and commis­sioning support phases.

 

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Multi-Utility PPP project for a luxury tourism resort

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ILF has been chosen to be part of a 4,155 km² luxurious tourist desti­nation project, focused on wellness, sports, lifestyle and culture. Located on the Red Sea coast, the AMAALA project consists of ultra-luxurious hotels and residential complexes, which will be built on land and offshore. ILF will take on the role of PPP Technical Advisor for the tender prepa­ration and the bid evaluation and will provide advisory services for the commercial and financial close for the entire project, which involves the following utilities:

» Off-grid energy (generation, network and storage systems, including system stability simulation and energy modeling)

» Water (reverse osmosis plants, water networks and irrigation systems)

» Waste­water (sewage treatment plants)

ILF is proud to be part of such a remar­kable and presti­gious project. AMAALA, together with the other tourism desti­na­tions located on the North Western coast of Saudi Arabia, will be a turning point in the luxury tourism industry in the region.

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ILF is proud to be part of world record holder Rabigh 3 IWP (KSA)

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ILF is proud to have been the Owner’s Engineer for the world’s largest reverse osmosis desali­nation plant, Rabigh 3. The Rabigh 3 plant is located in Saudi Arabia and produces 600,000 cubic meters of water per day.

After completing the project, ILF’s client, ACWA Power, and Saudi Brothers Commercial Company received the Guinness World RecordsTM title for creating the world’s largest plant of this kind. The ceremony was attended by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture – His Excel­lency Abdul­rahman Abdul­mohsen Al Fadhli, the Chairman of ACWA Power – Mohammad A. Abunayyan, and the CEO of the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) – Khaled Alqureshi.

 

ILF is proud to be part of world record holder Rabigh 3 IWP (KSA)©acwa-power

LNG: ILF to take part in the Eagle Mountain Project (CAN)

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ILF is pleased to join the tunnel engineering design team for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre LNG Pipeline project, led by Aldea Services Inc.

The project, located North of Vancouver (CAN), will expand the existing natural gas trans­mission system to transport gas to the proposed Woodfibre LNG terminal. The pipeline tunnel will be 9 km long and will comprise an enlarged rock chamber at the interface of rock and soil tunnels.
The ILF team is respon­sible for pipeline engineering and design and will execute the work from ILF’s Canadian office in Calgary, Alberta.

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Water: ILF PMC services for Desalination Plant (KAZ)

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AkSu KMG LLP has awarded ILF a PMC contract for a Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant in Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan.

In light of the lack of water resources in the Western region of Kazakhstan, it was decided to build a modern water desali­nation plant with a capacity of 50,000 m³/day on the shore of the Caspian Sea. The current water deficit amounts to more than 20,000 m³/day. The project investment is estimated at appro­xi­mately USD 150 to 180 million. It is planned to construct a SWRO plant with a capacity of 50,000 m³/day, including pumping stations, a water pipeline (100 km), a water supply network, power supply and civil struc­tures. The new plant will supply the city of Zhanaozen (with appro­xi­mately 150,000 inhabi­tants) with potable water.

ILF will carry out an independent technical and commercial review of the feasi­bility study, including recom­men­da­tions on how to set up the project.

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ILF to support synthetic graphite production facility

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Vianode, an Elkem company, has awarded ILF a contract for the provision of engineering services for the Vianode Fast Track Project.

This project is part of the company’s effort to establish a large-scale production facility for synthetic graphite for lithium-ion batteries. The Fast Track Project comprises a production facility that will produce up to 4,200 tons of high-quality synthetic graphite per year. The facility will provide the framework and the expertise for a large-scale production facility with an annual capacity of 50,000 tons that will be built at the same location. The project is a brown­field develo­pment offering the possi­bility to utilize the existing building and utility systems. It is located at the Herøya Indus­trial Park in the southern part of Norway.

ILF’s main task will be to provide a cost estimate for both the Fast Track Project and the large-scale production facilities, as well as to deliver multi-disci­plinary engineering services for the plant’s utilities.

ILF to support high-quality synthetic graphite production facility

H2: SVEVIND contracts ILF for Concept Design Study

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SVEVIND Energy GmbH signed a contract with ILF to procure together with a partner the concept design study for its 20 GW green hydrogen facility in the Mangystau region in Western Kazakhstan.

In the Mangystau region, SVEVIND plans the realiz­ation of a 30 GW wind and solar PV farm powering a 20 GW water electro­lysis indus­trial complex to produce about 2 million tons of green hydrogen per year from 2030to supply the Eurasian and the Kazakh’s domestic market. The develo­pment of the concept design is a further important step in the project develo­pment. The Mangystau region is most favorable consi­dering the investment environment, an abundance of renewable energy resources and the proximity to water resources required for the electro­lysis process.

Wolfgang Kropp, CEO of SVEVIND group said, “This Concept Design Study will be the first milestone in engineering the Mangystau green hydrogen project, a project unpre­ce­dented in scope, size and complexity aiming to deliver large amounts of green hydrogen and ammonia to Eurasian markets at compe­titive costs. We are glad to cooperate with ILF Consulting Engineers and ROLAND BERGER for this Concept Design, well reputable, very experi­enced consul­tants with broad knowledge in energy, hydrogen projects and about the region.

Dr. Michel Kneller, Director of Hydrogen at ILF, highlighted, “ILF is excited to be part of such a ground-breaking project. We truly believe that hydrogen and its green deriva­tives are an important component of a sustainable energy policy and SVEVIND´s green hydrogen projects are an important milestone towards the scaling up of green hydrogen projects.

The concept design study is aimed to advance SVEVIND’s planning across the whole value chain. Using the existing pre-feasi­bility studies results, a solid cost evaluation will be developed. Different technology routes will be explored to identify and pre-design the most promising options for the local condi­tions and project-specific demands. Finally, special attention is given to the transport options towards the desti­nation markets in Kazakhstan, Europe, and China.

SVEVIND contracts ILF for Concept Design Study for a 20 GW green hydrogen facility in Kazakhstan_©Svevind

Support for the Ukrainian population

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ILF concurs with the U.N. General Assembly’s vote from 3 March 2022 demanding an immediate end to the offensive in Ukraine.

As an act of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, ILF has donated 100,000 EUR to a humani­tarian aid organiz­ation „Nachbar in Not” (Neighbor in Need), which like many others is providing immediate humani­tarian support to the Ukrainian population within the country and abroad.

 

Support for the Ukrainian population

Gas: Reduction of emissions at compressor stations

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Gas Connect Austria GmbH contracted ILF to carry out a feasi­bility study for the reduction of emissions at one of their compressor stations.

In the consi­dered station, three gas compressor units, each with a mecha­nical shaft power of approx. 11 MW, are installed. Each compressor unit is driven by a gas turbine. For the feasi­bility study, two approaches were inves­ti­gated and compared from both an economic and technical point of view. Furthermore, the time required for the imple­men­tation of each approach as well as the potential of each approach for reducing emissions were evaluated.

The scope of the recon­struction work and the amount of investment required for each of the two approaches differs.

One approach would entail repla­cement of one of the gas turbine driven compressor units with a larger electri­cally driven gas compressor unit, capable of covering the entire basic supply of the station. The remaining two gas compressor units would conse­quently only be used when needed, enabling CO2 emissions to be reduced by 95% and methane emissions to be reduced by 88%.

The other approach would not entail any major recon­struction works, but would still reduce emissions from the existing plant. Great potential for savings was disco­vered related to process vent gas. On the basis of these findings, ILF elabo­rated a solution for the reduction of emissions. When the gas compressor units are switched off, the natural gas remaining in the compressor lines is blown out into the atmos­phere; therefore by re-compressing and re-feeding this process vent gas into the gas grid, methane emissions could be reduced by 80%.

Gas: ILF finds a way to reduce emissions at compressor stations   ©Gas-Connect-Austria-GmbH

2nd Gotthard Road Tunnel – ILF awarded design services contract

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As part of IG Nuovo Gottardo, ILF has won a contract for further design works for the 2nd Gotthard road tunnel, the construction of which is scheduled to be completed in 2032. ASTRA, the Federal Roads Office, has extended the existing design services contract until the 2nd tube of the Gotthard road tunnel is opened to traffic.

The new main tube will be excavated using one TBM starting at each portal. The tunnel will be constructed using two shield machines as well as segmental lining. The excavation diameter will be 12.26 m. The northern section of the 2nd Gotthard road tunnel will have an excavated length of a little less than 8 km, and the southern section will have a length of a little more than 8 km. The inner lining of the main tube will be installed in the rear section simul­ta­ne­ously to the excavation works taking place in the front section. While the TBMs will excavate the last few kilometers towards the breakthrough, the struc­tural works for the tube will be completed in the area of the portals. In the course of the design works, the experience gained during projects such as the Belchen Rehabi­li­tation Tunnel could be used to the advantage of the client.

The scope of work rendered by ILF, as part of the IG, comprises the design services for two large under­ground control centers and a total of 67 cross-connec­tions, some with sub-stations and some with expanded tunnel roof sections accom­mo­dating stations for longi­tu­dinal ventilation.

Within the IG, ILF takes on the role of partial project manager for under­ground struc­tures as well as for the TBM northern section and the mined cross connec­tions and for the main works for the under­ground control centers. In addition, ILF is currently in the process of completing the design works for the northern external facilities – the realiz­ation of which is scheduled for mid 2022.

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Upstream: ILF enters service contract with WJO (KUW)

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ILF has signed an exclusive engineering and project management consul­tancy services contract with Wafra Joint Opera­tions (WJO).

As agreed within the contract, ILF shall deliver the entire range of engineering, consul­tancy and project management services required in upstream facility projects – from early concepts to FEED, all the way to Owner’s Engineering services, super­vision and PMC services. ILF’s compe­tence will be required for field redeve­lo­pment activities as well as for the upgrade, revamp and moder­niz­ation of oilfield infra­st­ructure by applying state-of-the-art engineering techno­logies and consi­dering environ­mental and climate protection targets.

ILF looks forward to supporting WJO in achieving its ambitious objec­tives in a challenging market environment.

Perfect timing – Numair Ahmed (ILF-UAE) visits the Vienna office and supports the set of intergraded project team of ILF-AUT and ILF-UAE.

Railway: Upgrade of the High-Capacity Northern Line (AUT)

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In 2017, ILF was commis­sioned by ÖBB Infra­struktur AG as part of the consortium “Northern Railway Line Team” (Austria) to prepare planning documents for the environ­mental impact assessment (EIA) submission.
Works related to the Southern section of the line were commis­sioned in autumn 2021. With the contract, an option for further tendering and detailed planning was also awarded.

The project “Upgrade of the Northern Railway Line on the Wien Süßenbrunn–Bernhardsthal Section” comprises the section from Wien Süßen­brunn (at km 11.900) to the state border next to Bernhardsthal (at km 77.993). The Northern Railway Line, which shall be upgraded over a length of around 66 km, connects 17 stations is being Austria’s oldest railway line (opened in 1838). The upgrade of the line will increase the speed at which trains can travel, from 120 or 140 km/h to 160 or 200 km/h, and will enable the struc­tural facilities to meet state-of-the-art standards.

From a railway engineering and permit appli­cation point of view, the line has been divided into two sections (the Northern and the Southern section).
Permission for the Southern section was received in autumn 2021; and permission for the Northern section is expected to be applied for in spring 2022.

The entirety of the line (both the Northern and the Southern section) forms part of the “European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Corridor E: Dresden–Prague–Vienna/Budapest–Constanţa” as well as the priority projects “PP 22: Athens–Sofia–Budapest–Vienna–Prague–Dresden/Nuremberg” and “PP 23: Gdansk–Warsaw–Brno/Bratislava–Vienna”. Furthermore, the line is part of the Rail Freight Corridors 5 and 7 and the TEN‑T Core Network.

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Water: ILF as PMC for „The Green Riyadh Project” (KSA)

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The Royal Commission for Riyadh City in Saudi Arabia (RCRC) selected ILF as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for the 1,700,000 m3/day TSE trans­mission network.
This network will provide irrigation water for one of the most ambitious urban greening projects in the world. Green Riyadh is one of Riyadh’s four mega projects launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HM King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, at the beginning of 2019.

7.5 million trees will be planted in all city features, facilities, and provinces, multi­plying green spaces per capita share. All these plants will be irrigated by a network using only recycled waste­water, which is currently wasted. 83 native tree species that can survive Riyadh’s environment were selected for this project. The greening initiative will improve air quality and reduce tempe­ra­tures (up to 8–15 °C in the shade) in one of the hottest capital cities on the planet. Conse­quently, the initiative will encourage Riyadh’s citizens to follow a healthy lifestyle and ultimately transform Riyadh into one of the world’s leading cities, following the strategic goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The objective is to support the Green Riyadh initiative by estab­li­shing a complex and strategic recycled water network with a daily capacity of 1,700,000 m3 (approx. 400 Olympic pools). ILF will perform design review, procu­rement super­vision, construction super­vision and overall project management for three different lots in order to bring treated water from the city’s major waste water treatment plants to its final destinations.

By supporting the Green Riyadh initiative, ILF will not only contribute to the Kingdom’s long-term vision, but our teams will also work at the core of ILF’s very own mission statement, “improving quality of life.”

 

The Royal Commission for Riyadh City in Saudi Arabia (RCRC) selected ILF as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for the 1,700,000 m3/day TSE transmission network.

High-speed railway: ILF won contract for the Dresden–Prague line

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ILF and engineering partners won a contract for cross-border design services for the Dresden (GER) – Prague (CZE) high-speed railway line.

The key element of ILF’s contract is the preli­minary design of the Erzge­birge base tunnel, with a minimum length of approx. 25 km, involving two alter­na­tives, a “partial tunnel” and a “full tunnel”, including surveying services.
The contract also involves design services for the following construction activities:
• Design for engineering struc­tures, such as the Seide­witztal bridge or trough structures
• Transport planning for railway lines, roads and rescue areas
• Design for an overtaking station

The planning and design works, all of which shall be carried out using the BIM method, comprise the German HOAI service phases “basic evaluation” and “preli­minary planning” (SPHs 1 and 2 for project planning and struc­tural planning). The design works are well underway and will be completed by the end of 2024. ILF looks forward to delivering another successful project.

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Gas: ILF signs IIFC contract

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The Infra­st­ructure Investment Facili­tation Company (IIFC) of Bangladesh has contracted ILF to carry out a large-scale feasi­bility study and to develop the conceptual and tender design for the repla­cement, moder­niz­ation and automation of the gas trans­mission and distri­bution network of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and the city of Narayanganj.

The existing gas network has organi­cally grown over several decades, without any overall concept, and is no longer able to satisfy the demands of the millions of indus­trial and domestic users in the area. The objective of this interesting project is to have a modern and reliable gas network that enables remote monitoring and control at junctions and end points, with the possi­bility of trans­forming the existing network into a “smart” grid. The moder­niz­ation of the network makes a key contri­bution to the achie­vement of the Sustainable Develo­pment Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh.

ILF is looking forward to developing this demanding project and is pleased about being able to improve the quality of life for the population in Bangladesh.

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Hydropower: ILF partner in Hydro4U

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Hydro4U is an EU project funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. In this project, ILF and 12 other partners from eight countries are working together under the coordi­nation of the Technical University of Munich to develop solutions which boost sustainable small-scale hydro­power in Central Asia. Two pioneering hydro­power types shall be imple­mented in demons­tration plants in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

To this day, small-scale hydro­power remains largely unharnessed in Central Asia. Yet there is great potential to transfer European small-scale hydro­power schemes to Central Asian regions. So far there are only few European reference projects in this region as they tend to be consi­derably more expensive than those of Asian competitors.

The Hydro4U project will now adjust two innovative techno­logies developed in Europe to the requi­re­ments in Central Asia. The aim of this project is keeping the costs as low as possible through concept simpli­fi­cation, modula­riz­ation and standar­di­z­ation without compro­mising efficiency. At the same time, the project also focuses on key aspects such as sustaina­bility, environ­mental compa­ti­bility and social acceptance.
In the course of the Hydro4U project two eco-friendly demo hydro­power plants will be installed and assessed: one low-head plant with a capacity of up to 500 kW in Kazakhstan and one medium-head plant with a capacity of approx. 2 MW in Uzbekistan.

Project duration: 06/2021–05/2026

Countries involved: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switz­erland, Uzbekistan

Learn more here: Hydro4U

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ILF designs tunnel and open-track section for railway line

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As part of the new railway line between Köstendorf and Salzburg, an efficient connection will be built as an addition to the 150-year-old existing line. The 21.3 km long railway line is being planned by ILF within the framework of two joint ventures (open-track section and tunnel), with the 16.5 km long Flachgau tunnel comprising the key element.

The open-track section before and after the tunnel has a total length of 4.3 km and crosses the Fischach tubular bridge which has a span of approx. 42 m.
The planned Flachgau tunnel will have two single-track tunnel tubes. The design services will be carried out using the BIM method and shall, in addition to the early service phases, also include the option for the tender and construction design together with the geotech­nical engineering on site as well as the maintenance planning. This tunnel, which will be constructed and advanced under­neath the existing line using the New Austrian tunneling method (NATM), a tunnel boring machine (TBM), the cut-and-cover method and box jacking, is a very challenging assignment with complex planning and design works.

ILF looks forward to developing this demanding project.

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ILF becomes involved in North Caspian Offshore Project

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As part of a joint venture with two partners, ILF was awarded a 5‑year framework contract by the North Caspian Operating Company B.V. (NCOC) for the North Caspian Offshore Project – the first major offshore oil and gas develo­pment in Kazakhstan.

The project comprises five fields: Kashagan, Kalamkas Sea, Kairan, Aktoty and Kashagan South West. The giant Kashagan field is one of the largest oil disco­veries of the past four decades, containing appro­xi­mately 9–13 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The combined safety, engineering and logistical challenges in this harsh offshore environment make Kashagan one of the world’s largest and most complex indus­trial projects currently being developed.

The scope of ILF work includes conceptual studies, pre-FEED and FEED develo­pment and other services.

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Expansion of wastewater treatment plant Frankfurt/Main (GER)

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The Stadt­ent­wäs­serung Frankfurt am Main (SEF, https://www.stadtentwaesserung-frankfurt.de/) entrusted ILF Consulting Engineers together with a German partner to plan, execute and implement the expansion of the Niederrad Waste­water Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The Niederrad WWTP is currently reaching its maximum design capacity of 1.35 million PE. The expansion is therefore urgently required in order to be prepared for future develo­p­ments in the constantly growing Frankfurt area. For this reason, the number of secondary aeration tanks (with a volumetric capacity of 7,200 m³ each) will be increased from 8 to 10, and the number of secondary sedimen­tation tanks (with a volumetric capacity of 1,875 m³ each) will be increased from 32 to 40. The project comprises the smooth integration of these new tanks, as well as the associated mecha­nical, electrical and SCADA equipment, into the existing plant while maintaining conti­nuous plant operation and compliance with effluent requirements.

Additio­nally part of the assignment are the re-routing of existing pipework and the construction of an access road.

ILF will be involved in all eight service phases of this project, which are in accordance with the German Official Scale of Fees for Services by Archi­tects and Engineers (HOAI), including the building permission appli­cation as well as construction super­vision and commis­sioning. The completion is scheduled for February 2027.

Site map of the Niederrad WWTP with the areas of secondary treatment expansion highlighted in color. (Source: SEF Tender Documents)

ILF and GEV sign MOU for hydrogen project

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ILF Consulting Engineers and Global Energy Ventures (GEV) have signed a Memorandum of Under­standing (MOU) to identify and develop green hydrogen projects in Europe and Australia that include a compressed hydrogen (C‑H2) generation and trans­por­tation solution, offering a valuable addition of marine trans­por­tation to the H2 value chain.

ILF will design the upstream infra­st­ructure from the producer to the export or loading facility and the downstream infra­st­ructure from the import or unloading facility to the consumer, while GEV will cover the port-to-port trans­por­tation of hydrogen using compressed gaseous hydrogen ships. For projects that involve importing hydrogen from regional markets in close proximity to Europe, such as the Middle East and North Africa region, GEV has identified an oppor­tunity to leverage offshore loading capacity and develop a compressed gaseous hydrogen solution for the offshore wind industry. Thus, a fleet of vessels could provide an offshore loading and transport solution for areas where an subsea cable or pipeline on seabed is not suitable.

Jens Kottsieper, ILF Business Develo­pment Manager, commented, „The trans­por­tation of large volumes of gas is an issue that ILF has been involved with for over 50 years. We are pleased to be able to complement our pipeline expertise with GEV’s expertise in the cost-effective transport of hydrogen by ship. Working with GEV will allow us to provide our customers with even more compre­hensive advice on their trans­por­tation issues in order to develop a solution that meets their specific needs.”

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ILF to support Surhan Gas Chemical Complex

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The Surhan Gas Chemical Operating Company performs its activities in the oil and gas sector under the Production Sharing Agreement for the Uzbekiston Musta­qilligi investment block, with the explo­ration and develo­pment of the “Musta­qil­li­kning 25 Yilligi” (25 Years of Indepen­dence) field and construction of a gas chemical complex, with an area of 3,980 km² in the Surhandarya region of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

ILF has been awarded and will provide all PMC services, including engineering support during the detailed design, procu­rement and quality management, construction super­vision on site, support of commis­sioning and start-up activities for the above mentioned facility. ILF’s scope of work also includes scheduling, risk analysis, and HSE.
All these activities will ensure full support of the Client in the delivery of this strate­gi­cally important project.

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ILF wins tunnel design contract for Schaftenau-Radfeld section

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Within the framework of the upgrade to four-track operation of the Northern feeder line to the Brenner Base Tunnel, ILF Consulting Engineers and a partner were commis­sioned by ÖBB INFRA to carry out the tender and construction design as well as the geotech­nical engineering on site for the primary lining of the approx. 2.5 km long Angath tunnel. Once completed, the Angath tunnel shall serve as the rescue tunnel for the 11.5 km long Angerberg tunnel.

The Schaftenau–Radfeld section is part of the northern feeder line of the Brenner Base Tunnel and therefore consti­tutes an essential part of the most important North-South railway link in Europe. The Angerberg tunnel situated near Wörgl is the key element of this upgrade.

The entire design services shall be carried out using the BIM method and shall also include the option for the tender and construction design together with the geotech­nical engineering on site for the 2.9 km long section of the twin-track Angerberg tunnel. A sequential excavation method (NATM) is planned for the tunnel structures.

ILF has already been involved in the previous design phases and now continues to work on this challenging project in the next design phases.

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ILF at the Pipeline Technology Conference 2021

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ILF Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce its parti­ci­pation, as a Golden Sponsor, in the 16th Pipeline Technology Confe­rence (PTC), to be held virtually, from March 15th to March 18th 2021.

Also during this year’s PTC, our experts will demons­trate their technical expertise. Dr. York Schorling, Director for large-scale projects, will present on the topic of hydrogen, and Dr. Robert Ofner, Head of Struc­tural Engineering, and Dr. Klaus Robl, Geologist, will present on the topic of planning & construction.

You are most welcome to visit us at our digital booth to find out more about our compe­tences and experience in the field of pipeline engineering.

Let us know how we can help you tackle your challenges (info.ger@ilf.com)! We look forward to your visit. For further infor­mation, please visit the official PTC website at http://www.pipeline-conference.com

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World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development

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March 4th is a great day for all engineers worldwide. It has been declared as the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Develo­pment by UNESCO. This date not only recognizes the contri­bution of our profession to climate change and sustaina­bility, but also reminds us to continue to increase this contribution.

Climate change and sustaina­bility have a very high priority at ILF. With the provision of engineering and consulting services, ILF makes a signi­ficant contri­bution to improving the quality of life worldwide.

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Register now for
„Scaling up Green Hydrogen in Europe”

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Date and time:
February 26, 2021
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM (CET) / 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT)

Green hydrogen is incre­a­singly seen as an indis­pensable part of the Energy Transition. Ambitious targets for producing it have been set for the mid-2020s and 2030.

Many projects and use cases are proposed, but how is an industry that currently only operates at the level of tens of MW going to reach GW-scale quickly – and effici­ently – enough? Will access to cheap energy at the boundaries of and/or outside Europe help to make green hydrogen compe­titive in the mid to long term, even taking the need to transport hydrogen into account?

ILF, Dentons  and Operis have produced a white paper on Scaling up Green Hydrogen in Europe. In it, we look across the hydrogen value chain and consider both the physical and contractual/regulatory infra­st­ructure that will be needed to make the vision of a hydrogen economy a reality. We consider how to match supply and demand for hydrogen; suggest possible models for financing hydrogen projects and trading their output; and review the role of public financial support and other policy inter­ven­tions. We are optimistic about the prospects, but also realistic about some of the challenges facing this new industry.

We will be launching the white paper at the online seminar.

After a brief presen­tation of our conclu­sions, a panel of industry experts who are engaged in commercial hydrogen projects will debate the issues and share insights from their own experience.

Speakers from ILF, Dentons and Operis will be joined by:

  • Julia Prescot, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder at Meridiam Infra­st­ructure, Member of the UK National Infra­st­ructure Commission
  • Roland Schulze, Managerial Adviser on Low Carbon Techno­logies, European Investment Bank
  • Marinus Tabak, Plant Manager, RWE

Please click the „Register now” button below if you would like to attend the cost-free online seminar, or to receive a copy of the white paper when it is released.

We look forward to meeting you virtually and to an interesting discussion. Please do not hesitate to contact ILF if you have any questions.

Register now

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Solving Iraq’s increasing water scarcity

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The Ministry of Construction, Housing Munici­pa­lities and Public Works of Iraq has awarded ILF Consulting Engineers a contract to provide consulting services for a project that should make desali­nated seawater available for 13 munici­pa­lities in the Al Basrah governorate (Iraq). During the next 30 to 40 years, it is expected that the project will supply more than seven million people with potable water.

The project comprises a 1,000,000 m³/d capacity desali­nation plant, which will desalinate seawater taken from the Arabian Gulf in the area of the Al Fao Grand Port Develo­pment, and a 240 km long water trans­mission system, which will transport the potable water to nine offtake stations, thus connecting this new system with the existing water supply systems of 13 munici­pa­lities. A captive power plant with a capacity of 300 MW will produce the required energy to desalinate and transport the water.

ILF’s services are divided into two phases: Phase 1 includes the feasi­bility study, environ­mental scoping, conceptual design, prepa­ration of tender documents and support of contract negotia­tions until award of the imple­men­tation contract. Phase 2 services comprise site super­vision and PMC services, from the start of construction to the start of operation.

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ILF signs contract for Tha-Htay Hydropower Project in Myanmar

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On December 9th, 2020, ILF Consulting Engineers signed an engineering services contract with the Myanmar Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), Department of Hydro­power Imple­men­tation (DHPI) for the 110 MW Tha-Htay Hydro­power Project.

The project uses the water flows of the Tha-Htay River, about 19 km northeast of Thandwe, Rakhine State. The project includes the construction of a 90 m high, zoned rockfill dam, with a crest length of 618 m. Two diversion tunnels with a diameter of 10 m each will divert the water during construction.

After an inter­na­tional compe­titive bidding process, ILF was awarded the engineering services, which cover the review of existing studies, prepa­ration of tender documents and detailed design, as well as super­vision support to the DHPI during the construction. The contract will cover a period of 57 months.

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ILF still active at Vestfoldbanen railway tunnel project

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As part of the ongoing Vestfold­banen railway upgrade scheme, state-owned Norwegian railway infra­st­ructure company Bane NOR is building 10 km of new double-track railway between Drammen and Kobbervikdalen.
In 2018, ILF Consulting Engineers was hired by the Norwegian contractor Veidekke Entre­prenør AS as the designer of the most techni­cally challenging section of the project, a 290 m‑long tunnel mined in difficult geology below the ground­water table. The excavation commences in low cohesion glacio­fluvial deposits and progres­sively transi­tions into full face rock excavation. Extensive ground impro­vement works in the form of jet-grouting will be executed from the surface in advance of the tunnelling works.

Norway has a long tradition of rock tunnelling, however large span soil tunnels are not common in the country. ILF is able to bring expertise and success on similar tunnel designs to this project.

Initially, ILF prepared the Tender Design and supported Veidekke during the Compe­titive Dialogue compe­tition. After the EPC Contract was awarded to Veidekke in October 2019, ILF developed the Concept Design to later carry on with the Detailed Design, which is currently underway and includes a BIM model which is then integrated into a combined model of all the works within the contract.

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Operation & safety eqpt.for Germany’s longest bi-direction tunnel

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The 3.6 km long Kramer Tunnel will be the longest two-way tunnel in Germany. It is primarily meant to relieve through traffic in downtown Garmisch-Parten­kirchen and towards Grainau/Eibsee and the federal border at Griesen. In 2020, the Staat­liche Bauamt Weilheim contracted ILF Consulting Engineers to carry out the following design phases: 5 to 9 (among others, prepa­ration of tender documents, contract awarding and site super­vision) for the instal­lation of the operation and safety equipment.

The Kramer tunnel will predo­mi­nantly be constructed as a mined tunnel. Furthermore, the tunnel will have two opera­tions buildings outside and a cavern inside the tunnel with a 26 m high exhaust air chimney. The tunnel is planned with cross passages acces­sible to pedestrians and vehicles as escape routes. More than 1,300 LED lights will ensure that necessary lighting is provided in the Kramer Tunnel. 16 jet fans (55 kW each), and 2 exhaust air fans (420 kW each) ensure that the required venti­lation concept is implemented.

Since 2017 ILF has been success­fully involved in the Kramer tunnel project, carrying out tunnelling and road design services, prepa­ration of tender documents and risk analysis as well as the first three design phases for the operation and safety equipment.

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Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2021!

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Besides diverse challenges that we faced, the year 2020 that is drawing to a close 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 above all else, health and happiness in the New Year 2021!

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A revolution in reporting

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On account of the growing complexity of day-to-day project work, the demands on reporting are incre­asing signi­fi­cantly. Due to the lack of automated processes, classic reporting is prone to errors, only partially up to date and time consuming as well.

By imple­menting analy­tical software solutions such as MS Power BI, the great potential of infor­mation management can also be used for reporting. The aim is to visualize project-specific data both quanti­ta­tively and quali­ta­tively, and in a struc­tured and descriptive manner. These project cockpits are used for quality assurance and also for project coordi­nation and control.
For the project, 2. S‑Bahn-Stamm­strecke München (2nd Munich S‑Bahn Main Line), the Client, Deutsche Bahn, requested quality assurance for BIM in the design phase for various disci­plines. In the course of the general BIM coordi­nation, ILF Consulting Engineers developed the quality assurance process by means of MS Power BI. In a multi-stage procedure, the quality of the individual technical models was evaluated and presented in a report. After the client’s approval, a uniform workflow, an inter­di­sci­plinary template and a project-specific user guide were developed.

For the project, this consti­tutes a new standard of quality assurance, which has been imple­mented for the first time with such profes­sio­nalism and which will be a yardstick for future projects.

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Grafing–Großkarolinenfeld section of Northern Feeder Line to BBT

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The Northern Feeder Line forms part of the Trans-European Scandi­navian-Mediter­ranean Corridor, which stretches from the South of Finland to the island of Malta. The current project is located along the Munich–Verona axis and is a component of the Northern Feeder Line to the Brenner Base Tunnel.

DB Netz AG has recently commis­sioned ILF Consulting Engineers, as part of a joint venture, to provide design services for the route selection process involving public parti­ci­pation for the planned Grafing–Großkarolinenfeld project area. The Grafing–Großkarolinenfeld section will consist of a new twin-track high-speed line running from Grafing station to an area south of Tunten­hausen. As part of this joint venture, ILF has also been involved in the Großkarolinenfeld–Schaftenau section in Austria since 2016. This section is located next to the Grafing–Großkarolinenfeld section.

The electrified twin-track high-speed line shall provide greater capacities for rail traffic and contribute to relieving traffic on the existing Munich–Innsbruck railway line. Facili­tating train speeds of up to 230 km/h, the new line is furthermore advan­ta­geous for passengers traveling long distances. The Grafing–Großkarolinenfeld section has a length of approx. 23 km and a maximum longi­tu­dinal gradient of 12.5 ‰. The entire processing of the project has been done using BIM, starting from the early design stages.

Core elements of the design contract include develo­pment of feasible route alter­na­tives, environ­mental inves­ti­ga­tions and inter­di­sci­plinary route selection, as well as perfor­mance of a compre­hensive baseline survey and a project area analysis. The design works will be accom­panied by extensive citizen participation.

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BIM method is also used at the Wank Tunnel

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ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, was awarded the contract for the design services for the new eastern bypass of Garmisch-Parten­kirchen (Germany) by Staat­liches Bauamt Weilheim. This project will provide traffic relief on the existing B2 federal road Munich–Mittenwald with a predicted traffic volume of more than 30,000 vehicles/day.

An essential component of the approx. 5 km long city bypass is the construction of the approx. 3.5 km long Wank tunnel with a parallel escape tunnel at the south-western slope of the Wank mountain range.

The design services include all HOAI service phases, from the preli­minary design to the construction design, and are to be carried out using the BIM method.

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TuRisMo reduces the risk in road tunnels

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With the imple­men­tation of EU Directive 2004/54/EC, tunnel safety became a central aspect in the design and operation of road tunnels. By doing so, Austria intro­duced a perfor­mance-based approach to tunnel safety. The Austrian tunnel risk analysis model (TuRisMo) is defined in the Austrian guideline RVS 09.03.11, which describes one of the first methods for analyzing and assessing road tunnel safety in a quanti­tative manner.

TuRisMo combines different metho­dical elements for analyzing a tunnel system in its entirety and follows a holistic approach. The use of TuRisMo offers the possi­bility of quanti­ta­tively recording and assessing almost all decisive factors influ­encing tunnel safety. This contri­butes to ensuring that invest­ments for tunnel safety are used as cost effici­ently as possible.

For more infor­mation or answers to your questions please contact www.tunnelriskmodel.at.

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Combining infrastructures: H2 pipelines in cable routes

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For the large-scale distri­bution of hydrogen in Germany, the Fachverband der Netzbe­treiber (FNB) – the German Association of Network Operators – proposes to make modifi­ca­tions to the existing natural gas network as well as to a number of new construction projects.

A compa­rison of FNB’s proposed hydrogen network with under­ground cable projects in Germany shows that the routes for the direct current trans­mission lines, which are already in the planning stage, could be meaning­fully used to complete the planned H2 pipeline network. In addition, this could increase the H2 transport capacities in a North–South direction to appro­xi­mately 10 GWh/h.

In an initial study conducted by ILF Consulting Engineers, it became apparent that pipe laying is techni­cally feasible within a large part of the route for the power trans­mission lines, with only a few sections leading to increased planning and construction costs. For the smallest part of the routes, a small-scale re-routing of the H2 pipeline is likely to be advisable for economic reasons. The next steps shall be the exami­nation of the general condi­tions, especially with regard to the project’s chances of receiving authority approval and a detailed consi­de­ration of the technical feasibility.

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Railway route for commuters to Cologne is being expanded

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Like many urban agglo­me­ra­tions, Cologne is also experi­encing incre­asing numbers of commuters. In addition, the highly frequented Cologne railway loop is a central connection point for regional, national and inter­na­tional rail traffic.

In order to increase the capacity of the line and the frequency of the trains on the line, invest­ments are to be made into the expansion of Cologne’s local public transport system. ILF Consulting Engineers has been commis­sioned with the overall design for the expansion of the S11/S‑Bahn Main Line, package 1 “VP1” (Köln-Dellbrück to Bergisch Gladbach) (https://sbahnkoeln.de/).

The scope of services includes, among other things, the planning and design of the trans­por­tation facilities and engineering struc­tures, environ­mental planning, subsoil inves­ti­ga­tions, the necessary noise and vibration inves­ti­ga­tions, the planning and design of the control and signaling technology as well as overhead trans­mission systems, and site super­vision during the planning and design.

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Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

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Hydro power is commonly consi­dered as a mature technology. Does this mean that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks?

The increase in calcu­lation power allows us employing Compu­ta­tional Fluid Dynamics simula­tions to tailor standard struc­tures to your needs and to design and test truly innovative hydraulics structures.

See in the below video how we used cutting-edge CFD models to re-design the Nam Emoun project in Lao PDR. The key for the trans­for­mation of the project was the imple­men­tation of fully pressu­rized waterways. To guarantee opera­tional flexi­bility and hydraulic stability, an innovative baffled dropshaft structure was developed and tested. Thus, the cost of the project could be reduced by USD20 million compared to the prior contractor offer, the energy output was increased by almost 10% and the construction time was reduced by 8 months. CFD was key to turn a barely feasible project into a high-perfor­mance investment. So, Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Contact us to learn more about Engineering Excel­lence by ILF Consulting Engineers and how ILF can help you develop and built truly sustainable energy projects. Our Engineering, Your Success!

The video can also be found here.

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A Sustainable Upgrade for the Schmittenhöhe Snow-Making System

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After years of searching in vain for an ecolo­gi­cally and econo­mi­cally justi­fiable location for a new storage reservoir, which is needed to increase the capacity of the snow-making system in the northern part of the Schmit­tenhöhe ski area, an alter­native solution, which involves taking water directly from Lake Zell, has been developed together with Schmit­ten­hö­hebahn AG, one of ILF’s long-standing clients. ILF was commis­sioned to develop a techni­cally feasible solution that could be approved by the autho­rities and to support the imple­men­tation of this solution during the permit appli­cation design, detailed design and site super­vision, all the way through to commissioning.

A first construction phase in 2019 included the construction of a pumping station at Lake Zell, which involved the instal­lation of pipes via pipe jacking under the federal road, the ÖBB railway line and the lakeside promenade, with the pipes leading directly into Lake Zell. Water is taken from Lake Zell and pumped through several pump units, at a total of 150 l/s, via an appro­xi­mately 3‑km-long supply line to the existing Sonnalm I pumping station.

In 2020, the Sonnalm II pumping station was constructed during the second construction phase. By means of an additional pumping station, the entire additional flow capacity can now be used to transport water to the snow makers via the new powerful cooling system with a total of 6 large cooling towers. After completion and commis­sioning of the system in autumn 2020, the Schmit­tenhöhe AG will now be able to provide guaranteed snow in the northern part of the ski area, thanks to the powerful snow-making system.

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When rain becomes a flood

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Cooling off in a sudden rain shower on a hot summer day often feels good. But a thunder­storm with torrential rain can quickly lead to flooding and cause serious damages in cities and settlements.
Extreme rainfall events are difficult to predict as they occur suddenly and on a small spatial scale. Due to climate change, the occur­rence of such events will very likely increase and it is advisable to be well prepared before they happen.

With a competent and inter­di­sci­plinary team and with specia­lized modeling tools, ILF Consulting Engineers supports its clients in preparing and developing protective measures. A key element is the hazard analysis carried out using a hydro­dy­namic model that simulates the runoff of storm­water in the drainage system and on the surface, i.e. on streets, squares, or along ditches and rivers, thus making it possible to assess the associated risks. Based on the analysis results, various protective measures can be developed.

For more infor­mation or answers to your questions please contact Marc.Ischen@ilf.com.

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Computational Design for Infrastructure projects

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Through the appli­cation of Compu­ta­tional Design (CD) on infra­st­ructure projects, ILF Consulting Engineers breaks new ground. The approach was based on combining the CD skills with engineering and software expertise. Together, this combi­nation was able to recognize the possi­bi­lities and streamline design processes with increased quality and time savings.

ILF tunneling experts used CD to create optimized tunnel profile designs for the creation of building infor­mation modeling (BIM) models of tunnels based on real-world tunnel projects. Using generative design solutions which allow the user to set variables and desired goals such as minimum excavation area and/or required venti­lation area, an optimized tunnel cross section is produced and used in turn for the creation of the BIM models.

A further example involved the design of tunnel branches based on inputs such as typical cross section data, align­ments, gradients, chainages and cross slope infor­mation. A parametric 3D model of the tunnel branch geometry and 2D sections of the tunnel profiles are produced. By reducing the time for production of design alter­na­tives to 20 %, various alter­na­tives can be consi­dered and the quality of the final design can be optimized.

For further infor­mation or answers to your questions, please contact fearghal.timlin@ilf.com.

 

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Stuttgart 21 – a 10-year success story

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ILF Consulting Engineers has been working on the large-scale project Stuttgart 21 (S21) since being awarded a contract by the Deutsche Bahn, at the end of 2009, to carry out the construction super­vision for various sections of the project. With the planned construction works, the entire floor plan of the Stuttgart Central Station will be rotated by approx. 90 degrees and laid under­ground. This requires the construction of numerous new inter­con­nec­tions and many modifi­ca­tions on existing lines in the inner-city area, as well as the construction of new tunnel sections as feeder lines to the future Stuttgart station.

ILF’s scope of services comprises the design sections 1.2 and 1.6a of the S21 project (see overview below), which are inter­con­nected to the new central station by tunnels ending in the future high-speed track of the new Stuttgart–Ulm line, which is currently being constructed in the South of Stuttgart. In addition there are under­ground connec­tions to the existing railway lines towards Unter­türkeim and Obertürkheim in the East.

ILF’s experts have now been success­fully involved in this large-scale project for more than 10 years and will continue to work on this project for some years to come. The commis­sioned services mainly comprise technical and construction contract-related services as the construction super­visor, railway opera­tional services in the vicinity of the facilities in operation, as well as services for project completion including handover of the entire concrete and struc­tural works prior to the commen­cement of works on the track bed struc­tures being carried out by other contractors.

So far, a total of appro­xi­mately 28 km of single-track tunnel tubes have been driven using mining methods (NATM) and tunnel boring machines (TBMs). The tunnel cross sections are appro­xi­mately 8 to 9 m in diameter, with under­ground bifur­ca­tions as well as appro­xi­mately 30 emergency connection struc­tures. In addition, 3 large portal struc­tures are being constructed using the cut-and-cover method, each appro­xi­mately 300–500 m long with trough and rectan­gular cross-sections in partly confined condi­tions next to railway lines that are already in operation.

Currently, the last tunnel sections are being driven towards Obertürkheim. Parallel to this, the inner linings in all sections of the tunnels and the cut-and-cover works in the portal areas are nearing completion. The next major milestone is expected to be reached by mid-2021, which will comprise the initiation of the subse­quent track works on several tunnel sections around Stuttgart.

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New Ammonia Tanks in Aqaba

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KEMAPCO Arab Ferti­lizers & Chemicals Indus­tries Company in Jordan has commis­sioned ILF Consulting Engineers to provide Project Management Consul­tancy (PMC) services for new ammonia tanks.

KEMAPCO’s production facilities currently have a production capacity of 175 Kt of potassium nitrate (NOP) ferti­lizer and nitric acid per year, which covers appro­xi­mately 8% of total global NOP demand. At present, KEMAPCO receives its supply of ammonia from a third party company via pumps and pipelines. In order to increase indepen­dence from suppliers, the construction of a new ammonia storage tank with a capacity of 20,000 Mt is planned in the economic zone of Aqaba. The project consists of a double-walled, cooled ammonia storage tank with loading and unloading facilities and all other related equipment.

ILF has been commis­sioned with the project management, conceptual/tender design for the EPC contract as well as construction and commis­sioning supervision.

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Go-ahead for the StadtRegioTram Line Extension to Kremsdorf

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The Stadt­Re­gioTram (SRT) is an essential component of the overall traffic and transport management concept and of the public transport network for the greater Linz area, and currently runs from the city center of Linz to the city of Traun. In the future, a third extension to the line is planned, with the new section leading to Kremsdorf, in the munici­pality of Ansfelden. The first two exten­sions of the line have already achieved a signi­ficant increase in passenger numbers compared to the forecasts. In 2018, the annual number of passengers on lines 3 and 4 was 6.8 million. On the planned third extension to the SRT, appro­xi­mately 12,000 passengers are expected on working days.

In August 2020, ILF, as part of a partnership and as best bidder, was awarded the contract, by Schiene OÖ GmbH, for the conceptual design of the approx. 4.4 km long extension of the line. The objective of the conceptual design is to make important decisions and stipu­la­tions relating to the technical content and/or spatial extent of the project, and to assess their impact on both the environment and costs. This should provide a stable basis for the political decision regarding the realiz­ation of the project.

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Ski World Championships 2025 in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

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For the second time, the Alpine Ski World Championships 2025 will be held in Saalbach-Hinter­glemm (Austria). The Saalbach ski resort, a long-standing client of ILF Consulting Engineers, beat its compe­titors, the renowned ski resorts Crans Montana (Switz­erland) and Garmisch-Parten­kirchen (Germany) in the runoff for the 2025 Ski World Championships.

All races of the Word Championships will take place at Zwölfer­kogel and therefore on snow provided by snow-making systems designed by ILF. Congra­tu­la­tions to our client! We look forward to exciting compe­ti­tions in Saalbach.

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Freestyle bike event in a class of its own – Crankworx Innsbruck

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For the fourth time in a row, the world’s largest gravity mountain bike festival took place in Tirol last weekend. The host, Bikepark Innsbruck at the Mutte­reralm, created perfect condi­tions for the bike pros despite the inclement weather conditions.

The victory of two Austrian mountain bike riders in the downhill race on the trails and courses designed by ILF made for an exciting finish to Crankworx on Sunday. We look forward to seeing the athletes again on the Mutte­reralm at Crankworx 2021.

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More Snow for the Reiterkogel Snow-Making System in Hinterglemm

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In summer 2020, Bergbahnen Saalbach-Hinter­glemm GmbH (BBSH) made the decision to further expand the Reiter­kogel snow-making system. The aim of the expansion is to consi­derably increase the system’s snow-making capacity in order to substan­tially improve snow cover and be prepared for future challenges.

The key component of the two-year construction project is the Rosswald storage reservoir, with a total capacity of approx. 230,000 m³, and the associated new pumping station. The dam of the storage reservoir, with a maximum height of 42 m, will be constructed in its entirety using processed material from the reservoir excavation.

The existing system together with the new storage reservoir and the adjacent pumping stations will contribute to highly efficient water management and system perfor­mance at the Reiterkogel.

Upon completion of the renatu­ra­liz­ation works, the Rosswald storage reservoir will become a popular desti­nation for summer excur­sions blending perfectly into the picturesque surroun­dings. The reservoir’s easy acces­si­bility makes it an ideal spot for summer tourism.

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Green electricity storage facility in Gaildorf

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The water battery is an innovative combi­nation of a wind power plant and a small and flexible pumped storage plant for the storage and controlled feed of volatile renewable energy into the grid. The first pilot project is currently underway in Gaildorf (Germany). For this purpose, ILF Consulting Engineers was commis­sioned by Max Bögl Wind AG to provide different consulting and design services for the pumped storage plant.

Innovative solutions and various other unique features charac­terize the initial imple­men­tation in Gaildorf and make this project a light­house project. The storage plant has a head of 200 m. With regard to machinery, the innovate character is empha­sized by the 3x6 MW variable speed rever­sible pump turbines with asynchronous generator and full converter, all of which is meant to achieve maximum flexi­bility for demand based storage and feed-in of the generated energy.

The forward-looking project is supported with EUR 7.15 million funded through the environ­mental innovation program of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conser­vation, Construction and Nuclear Safety.*

 

*Source: https://www.naturspeicher.de/de/pilotprojekt/pilotprojekt.php

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Take the train, collect Green Points, protect the environment

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Once again, ILF Consulting Engineers’ employees in Austria are among the most frequent train passengers in Austria. By taking the train for business trips, last year ILF employees collected lots of “Green Points”, a program initiated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), and reduced CO2 emissions by 86.8 tons. ILF is proud that this figure again represents a signi­ficant increase from the previous year (63.1 tons).

ILF greatly appre­ciates this ÖBB initiative, as the sustainable protection of the environment is extremely important both with regard to the struc­tures and facilities planned by ILF and the daily project work. We continue to strive to contribute to sustaina­bility in Austria by taking ÖBB trains for business trips and thereby supporting this great initiative.

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Resilient infrastructure – how does that work?

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Extreme heat or snowfall, storms, floods and forest fires can have multiple impacts on our daily lives. These phenomena are not new but they are incre­asing in intensity and frequency, and are therefore a great challenge for the resilience of transport infra­st­ructure. The conse­quences that we all notice are extensive traffic jams, lengthy closures, material damage, major detours and long delays.

ILF Consulting Engineers is currently working inten­sively on two research projects in Germany, to be able to counteract the effects of ongoing climate change. The resilience of transport infra­st­ructure has to do with the availa­bility of the transport network in the event of effects resulting from extreme events of any kind.

The great complexity of the topic and the inter­con­nection of different aspects require a high level of technical compe­tence. Just as important is the ability to recognize functional relati­onships and to structure them appropriately.

The compe­tence and experience of ILF’s experts makes it possible to implement challenging projects at home and abroad in the best possible way.

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Electro-mechanical challenge at the Engelberg Base Tunnel

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ILF Consulting Engineers has recently won several very interesting projects in the field of electro-mecha­nical equipment for road tunnels. One project, which deserves special mention, is a construction super­vision contract at the Engelberg Base Tunnel near Leonberg, which was awarded to ILF and a partner by the regional government authority serving the German city of Stuttgart (Regie­rungs­prä­sidium Stuttgart).

Due to its central location, linking the A8 and the A81 motorway, the twin-tube tunnel with a length of appro­xi­mately 2,530 m plays a key role as a north-south and east-west traffic hub in southern Germany.

In addition to highly complex struc­tural rehabi­li­tation works being required due to defor­ma­tions and damage of the permanent lining in parts of the tunnel, the electro-mecha­nical equipment will have to be upgraded to meet the latest safety requirements.

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Modeling of water resources

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Water is life and a resilient infra­st­ructure is a key element for sustainable develo­pment and political stability. For the planning, design and imple­men­tation of many infra­st­ructure projects and for a compre­hensive river basin management, knowledge about the availa­bility of water over space and time is an important pre-requisite for decision-making and design processes.

Water balance analyses depend strongly on suitable software and, above all, on reliable data on tempe­rature, preci­pi­tation and discharge, etc. In many regions of the world, the quality and quantity of this data from the past is not suffi­cient – a dilemma when it comes to making informed investment and planning decisions.

This is why, a modeling tool called SUPRA tool (Simulation of Water Resources Under Present and Future Climate) is currently being developed and tested in close coope­ration with the long-term research and develo­pment partners alpS GmbH and alpS Research of the University of Innsbruck. In the future, this tool will make it possible to calculate the current water balance situation and future scenarios more accurately, especially in mountainous regions with limited data availa­bility but also in all other areas around the world.

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ILF is member of the Bavarian Hydrogen Alliance

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Hydrogen is regarded as one of the key elements for global energy system trans­for­mation and climate protection, as it can be produced and used flexibly and without emissions, and at the same time is easy to transport and store.

To strengthen and further develop Bavaria’s techno­lo­gical compe­tence in the field of innovative hydrogen techno­logies, the State of Bavaria founded the Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B) in 2019 and initiated the Hydrogen Alliance Bavaria. The aim is to bring together key players in industry, science, and politics in order, among other things, to advance the topic of “hydrogen economy” in Bavaria as quickly as possible and to achieve the use of hydrogen in broad practical appli­cation. The focus here is, above all, on demons­tration and light­house projects.

ILF has many years of practical experience in consulting, planning, and project management in the energy and transport sector. We are currently supporting several pilot projects on hydrogen production, transport, and accep­tance. Also, ILF advises companies on the use of hydrogen along the entire value chain, thus contri­buting to the estab­lishment of a hydrogen infrastructure.

We are therefore delighted to be able to contribute to the progress of hydrogen techno­logies as an official member of the Bavarian Hydrogen Alliance since June 2020.

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It’s all new – the Obervellach II hydropower plant

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Together with partners, ILF Consulting Engineers was in charge of the site super­vision and contract management for the new construction of the Obervellach II hydro­power plant as commis­sioned by ÖBB Infra­struktur AG. This hydro­power plant replaces the two existing power plants – Lassach (built in 1905) and Obervellach I (built in 1929) in Carinthia/Austria – they will be decom­mis­sioned and partly dismantled.

The planned new hydro­power plant will provide traction power (16.7 Hz) and will have a capacity of 38 MW and consist of three water intake struc­tures, an approx. 3.9 km long headrace tunnel and an approx. 0.6 km long storage tunnel with a storage volume of some 60,000 m³. Furthermore, the overall project includes an approx. 1.5 km long pressure pipeline (d = 1.8m) and a power house with two machine units and an approx. 2 km long pressure pipeline (d=0.7 m) including a small hydro­power plant (50 Hz) as well as further facilities.

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Kick-off for further design services for the Belchen Road Tunnel

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The Belchen road tunnel was opened in 1970 and consists of two separate twin-lane tubes with unidi­rec­tional traffic, each having a length of 3.2 km. In early 2021, with the so-called rehabi­li­tation tunnel going into operation, the Belchen tunnel system will comprise three twin-lane tunnels. ILF Consulting Engineers is also involved in the design and construction of the rehabi­li­tation tunnel.

Extensive rehabi­li­tation works were already carried out on the existing road tunnel from 2001 to 2003. However, the swelling rock (anhydrite) is incre­a­singly leaving visible traces. In order to ensure the safety and capacity of one of Switzerland’s busiest roads, the two existing tunnels at Belchen will be refur­bished one after the other as part of the second rehabilitation.

The intended measures include the repla­cement of parts of the in-situ lining, backfilling of cavities that were detected in the crown, design of utility lines and fire-fighting system, and expansion/new construction of cross passages. Water ingress in connection with swelling anhydrite are the great challenges in these complex ground conditions.

Being part of the design consortium, ILF was tasked with developing and imple­menting the project up to commis­sioning by the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO). The project was launched in June 2020 and is expected to be concluded by mid-2032.

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Ferngas receives the building permit for its gas pipeline

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According to the Federal Ministry of Economics, natural gas, having a market share of around 44%, is the most important source of heat and energy for private house­holds in Germany. To continue to meet the associated high demand for natural gas, the network operator Ferngas, which operates a trans­mission and distri­bution network in Bavaria, Thuringia and parts of Hesse, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, is renewing one of its existing natural gas pipelines in Saxony and Thuringia.

The 125 km long pipeline, which runs through Saxony and Eastern Thuringia, was built in the 1950s and 60s and is to be completely renewed by 2023. The moder­niz­ation is planned to take place in several sections, without any disruption being caused to the supply of gas along the existing pipeline route. In addition to the main lines and connecting lines, numerous ancillary facilities and route-related infra­st­ructure are being renewed. The new pipeline will largely remain in the existing pipeline route, which will minimize the impact on both the environment and local residents.

The aim is to increase the opera­tional flexi­bility of the network, as well as the capacity and the security of supply for the coming decades. Furthermore, the renewal of the pipeline will help impro­ve­ments to be made to pipeline monitoring and control.

ILF Consulting Engineers has been commis­sioned by Ferngas to provide project control and project management services in accordance with the scope of services listed in the AHO (Committee of the Associa­tions and Chambers of Engineers and Archi­tects for the Fee Structure) booklet no. 9.

Having nearly completed the renewal of the pipeline in Saxony, the statutory authority approval and thus the building permit has now been received for the Thuringian section of the pipeline, enabling Ferngas to reach another decisive milestone in the renewal of its gas pipeline in Thuringia.

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8‑Lane Upgrade of the A 99 Munich Motorway Ring

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The A 99 is one of the busiest motorways in Germany – up to 160,000 vehicles use the eastern bypass near Munich every day and traffic jams are a daily occur­rence. To improve the situation, an 8‑lane upgrade of the motorway is being designed and has been under construction for several years. In March 2020, ILF Consulting Engineers was commis­sioned by the Autobahn­di­rektion Südbayern to provide design services for the upgrade of the A 99 between the Kirchheim and Haar junctions.

The approx. 8 km long 8‑lane upgrade of the A 99 and approx. 4 km long upgrade of the A 94 also include the conversion of the München-Ost motorway junction into a modified windmill with two semi-direct ramps. Additio­nally, the Feldkirchen-Ost, Parsdorf and Haar junctions are to be adapted. The complex conversion and upgrade is being carried out without inter­rupting traffic.

ILF Consulting Engineers is respon­sible for the following areas: road design, struc­tural design of civil engineering struc­tures (noise barriers and supporting struc­tures) and project management, as well as various supple­mentary design services such as compre­hensive construction phase and traffic management planning and coordinate trans­for­ma­tions of basic data.

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ILF awarded with further planning services for SuedLink

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As one of eight companies nationwide, ILF Consulting Engineers has qualified for a framework contract for various planning services for the SuedLink project in Germany. The focus of this framework contract with TenneT & Transnet is on the regional planning offices. The framework agree­ments are divided into the sections North, Central, and South with corre­sponding sub-sections. With a total length of appro­xi­mately 680 km, SuedLink thus consists of a total of 9 planning sections.

Through the framework agreement, ILF Consulting Engineers has now been appointed as „Regional Planning Bureau (RPB)” for the northernmost section (PA1). With connec­tions to the grid connection points Wilster and Bruns­büttel, it consists of one of the most techni­cally challenging sections with a total length of approx. 71 km. The sub-section for project 3 extends from the Bruns­büttel to Stade grid connection point, and the sub-section for project 4 extends from the Wilster to Stade grid connection point.

ILF was initially commis­sioned with the detailed design, including project management and control, the mobili­sation phase, the route inves­ti­gation, the soil inves­ti­gation, the coordi­nation of the crossings as well as the planning approval of the Elbe crossing. Commis­sioning is planned for 2026.

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Construction of new teaching & office building for Uni Innsbruck

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Despite the current excep­tional situation, it was possible to start construction of the new teaching and office building I52A at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in compliance with strict safety and health requi­re­ments. The new building will be adjacent to the histo­rical main building of the university and will be charac­te­rized by its future-oriented design. By optimizing the project with regard to the limited urban space available, a valuable urban recreation space will additio­nally be created.

The design of the nine-story building with a floor space of approx. 12,800 m² and a gross building volume of approx. 110,000 m³ follows the principles of sustaina­bility. This is consist­ently reflected in the design of the building services, whereby the Client’s low-tech concept is fully accom­mo­dated for and is expressed in results optimized from a climate and economy perspective.

On behalf of the BUNDESIMMOBILIENGESELLSCHAFT M.B.H., ILF Consulting Engineers together with a partner has accom­panied the develo­pment of this extra­or­dinary project in the capacity of project controller from the conceptual design phase and will manage the construction together with the client to meet the quality, time and cost criteria.

This milestone has not just been reached due to the work and efforts of all parties involved in the project, but is also the result of the optimal combi­nation of engineering excel­lence and project management!

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White paper “Digitalization in Industry – An Austrian Perspective

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The coope­rative doctoral school SIC! (Smart Indus­trial Concept), which ILF is a coope­ration partner of, has produced a white paper titled “Digita­liz­ation in Industry – An Austrian Perspective“ on behalf of the Klima- und Energie­fonds (Austrian Climate and Energy Funds) as part of the national project Annex XVIII. The aim of this paper is to examine the effects of digita­liz­ation on the reduction of green­house gas emissions in energy intensive industries.

The eight parti­ci­pating PhD students, one of whom is ILF employee Leopold Prendl, are inves­ti­gating 15 relevant techniques, techno­logies and appli­ca­tions, as well as the current situation in Austria. They also show that digita­liz­ation measures are both econo­mical and sustainable.

The white paper can be found here.

Feasibility Study for Multi-Sectoral Investment Program in Gaza

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ILF to assess and study the The German Develo­pment Bank (KfW) recently appointed ILF Consulting Engineers to perform a feasi­bility study / project screening for their Multi-Sectoral Investment Program (MIP) in Gaza.

The objective of this program is to evaluate several approaches for promoting the use of renewable energy sources and energy-saving techno­logies in Gaza, and to determine strategies that can achieve the greatest possible impacts. Hence, this program is primarily directed towards the population of Gaza, who shall benefit from having an improved energy supply.

For further infor­mation on the project, or if you want to know more about how we can help you tackle your challenges, please contact us at info.muc@ilf.com.

Machbarkeitsstudie für multisektorales Investitionsprogramm Gaza

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Die deutsche Kredit­an­stalt für Wieder­aufbau (KfW) hat kürzlich ILF Consulting Engineers beauf­tragt, eine Machbar­keits­studie / Projekt-Screening für ihr multi­sek­to­rales Inves­ti­ti­ons­pro­gramm Gaza durchzuführen.

Ziel dieses Programms ist die Beurteilung von verschie­denen Ansätzen zur Förderung der Nutzung erneu­er­barer Energie­quellen und energie­spa­render Techno­logien in Gaza sowie die Festlegung von Strategien, die die größt­mög­lichen Wirkung erzielen können. Daher ist dieses Programm haupt­sächlich auf die Bevöl­kerung in Gaza ausge­richtet, die von einer verbes­serten Energie­ver­sorgung profi­tieren soll.

Für weitere Infor­ma­tionen zum Projekt oder wenn Sie mehr darüber erfahren wollen, wie wir Ihnen helfen können, die Heraus­for­de­rungen zu meistern, kontak­tieren Sie uns bitte unter info.muc@ilf.com.

A message about the Corona virus (COVID-19)

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Dear Clients and Business Partners,

We are all currently facing unpre­ce­dented moments in history with the worldwide spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19).

At ILF Consulting Engineers, we are taking utmost care of our people and at the same time are conti­nuing to focus on how to best support our clients and business partners.

We are following the guidance of the World Health Organiz­ation (WHO) and of local governments, and are closely monitoring the changing circum­s­tances across our office locations. In line with the ever-changing situation, we are taking the necessary decisions, such as restricting travel and face-to-face business meetings, and adapting our working practices accordingly.

Our clients’ projects and opera­tions are extremely important to us. Based on our highly flexible approach, combined with our colla­bo­rative business culture and our ability to work remotely, we remain fully committed and able to continue rendering services for our valued clients and business partners.

Although these times are extremely demanding, we are well prepared, and highly confident that together with our clients and business partners we will success­fully overcome the upcoming challenges and even strengthen our resilience capabilities.

Stay healthy and best regards

Klaus Lässer
CEO

Commencement of the Uzbekistan Gas Master Plan

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ILF Business Consult, in coope­ration with the national gas trans­mission operator Uztransgas, has success­fully launched the Gas Master Plan project, funded by the Asian Develo­pment Bank.

The initial project objective is to develop mid and long-term strategies for the develo­pment of the gas trans­por­tation infra­st­ructure in Uzbekistan; while the ultimate target is to achieve sustainable develo­pment of the gas sector and energy security within Uzbekistan and Central Asia. At project completion, Uzbekistan will be positioned to become a prospective Gas Hub of Central Asia.

In the photo: ILF Business Consult Managing Director, Dr. Andreas Linke and Senior Project Manager, Yeszhan Khamitov. Picture dated February 2020.

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TBM breakthrough in Georgia

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With the support of ILF Consulting Engineers, assuming the role of Owner’s Engineer, the Mtkvari Hydro Power Project in Georgia, which is managed by Mtkvari Hesi LLC and financed by the Georgian Co-Investment Fund, has reached one of the most important project milestones.

On February 6th, 2020, the breakthrough of the longest and widest tunnel in Georgia to date has been completed. Excavation of the 9.6‑km-long and 6‑m-wide tunnel was achieved using a Hard Rock Double Shield TBM.

The total design capacity of the Mtkvari HPP is 53.0 MW and its expected annual energy generation is 251.5 GWh, which equates 1.9 % of Georgia’s total electricity consumption. The tunnel excavation consti­tutes a major achie­vement within the construction process and its completion will allow the final stage of the HPP construction to commence.

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Lighthouse Solar Program in Senegal now in operation

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In 2015 ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded an Owner’s Engineer contract by Senelec and KfW for the imple­men­tation of eight photo­voltaic and hybrid power plants in Senegal. Now, only four years after the start of the project, these first of its kind projects in Senegal and West Africa are in operation; the last power plants will be commis­sioned early 2020.

These PV and hybrid power plants are some of the largest in West Africa and are light­house projects for the distri­bution of these techno­logies in Africa. The aim was to reduce Senegal’s depen­dency on light fuel/heavy fuel oil imports, reduce the cost of electricity as well as to improve the quality and the relia­bility of the electricity supply in Senegal.
Furthermore, the electri­fi­cation of rural areas and the social & economic develo­pment of these regions should be promoted. With eight power plants being located all over the country, seven remote cities with a population of up to 50,000 inhabi­tants each can now be supplied with greener energy 24/7. The project consists of one grid-connected 23MWp PV power plant (supplying among others the inter­na­tional airport of Senegal), four PV/Li-ion battery/diesel hybrid systems and three PV/diesel hybrid systems.

As part of ILF’s role as OE, ILF was respon­sible for the conceptual design, tendering, construction super­vision and commis­sioning as well as for super­vising the plants’ perfor­mance and the O&M Contractor during the first year. For further infor­mation, please contact us at info.muc@ilf.com.

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Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2020!

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Besides diverse challenges that we faced, the year 2018 that is drawing to a close 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 2019!

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