End-to-end Process Integration

Case Study

Some of the projects handled are extremely large with an average value from 100,000 to 50 million euros.
Over 20 specialised engineers at all four branches work with RIB software. The B.A.C. engineers currently see 5D BIM planning as a potential chance for the future.
construction projects of this scale always require exact coordination of the project teams at all four Group locations - Berlin, Bielefeld, Dresden and Leipzig

The engineers of the B.A.C. Bau- und Anlagenconsult Engineering Group are convinced: “RIB iTWO will establish itself as a new standard in the public sector.”

Located in Berlin, Bielefeld, Dresden and Leipzig, the companies of the B.A.C. Bau- und Anlagenconsult Engineering Group realise projects for public and private customers all over Germany. Construction project management as a process – this is the Group’s strategy, which integrates all project tasks from inspection through coordination, planning and construction to supervision, into one coherent concept. Whether building services, thermal construction physics, engineering structures or transport infrastructure: B.A.C. acts as lead planner or consultant with the aim of guaranteeing the highest standard of quality however complex the construction tasks. Founded in Leipzig in 1990, the Group now has more than 50 employees on the payroll and meanwhile operates over all over Europe. The B.A.C. principle: all project managers work efficiently as a team to ensure constant compliance with deadlines and budgets. To suit this process-oriented model, the medium-sized company introduced a new IT system in 2011: RIB’s iTWO is now used at all sites of the B.A.C. Engineering Group. According to its manufacturer, the software is specifically designed to encourage this process concept and end-to-end integration. The Group has tested the software in practice and recognised the value added.
 

Easy switchover

The Group started switching from the predecessor product ARRIBA to the new RIB software generation iTWO last December. B.A.C. has already successfully realised the first projects with the new software solution. One of them was the renovation of Leipzig City Hall, for which qualified engineer Falk Niederstrasser and his team of experts from the MEP department planned the renewal of pressure booster systems. “The software is extremely easy to use, which meant that it didn't take long to train our staff," says the specialist, who is responsible for the entire corporate IT landscape in addition to his job as one of the Group’s engineers. In fact, it is partly due to iTWO that he is able to do this double job at all, as the system features extremely easy administratability and stability as well as intuitive operation, as the engineer reports. The migration to RIB iTWO tied in with a changeover to a central Citrix server solution, which means that Falk Niederstrasser now only has one central server to look after instead of the previous four. “This saves me considerable time and effort," the engineer says. 

Technological lead

90 per cent of all projects managed by the engineering group headquartered in Leipzig are public sector construction projects. B.A.C. management is convinced that iTWO will assert itself in the public sector. “iTWO is one of the most modern software systems for integrated project management from preliminary planning all the way to invoicing. It offers all the features of the predecessor ARRIBA and more besides," Niederstrasser says. The company therefore expects iTWO to become a new standard in public administration. The switchover will proceed step by step. But the Leipzig company is certain that public sector clients will embrace the new iTWO solution within the next few years. “We expect the technological lead we have already gained by implementing this innovative software system to give us long-term investment certainty,” Falk Niederstrasser continues. 

Process-oriented planning

The process concept that is the guiding principle of the Engineering Group is optimally supported by the new software system. Some of the projects handled are extremely large with an average value from 100,000 to 50 million euros. Recently, the German government chose B.A.C. as general integrator for the construction of four gigantic hangars. The Group also has large hotels in its portfolio. Obviously, construction projects of this scale always require exact coordination of the project teams at all four Group locations. Over 20 specialised engineers at all four branches work with RIB software. The tasks are steered by one project manager at each office. These managers receive cross-locational support by experts in the areas of HVAC-services. Each member of the team documents project tasks within the software. Using iTWO’s project history feature, all the other teams involved in the project at all the Group’s locations are immediately informed about the latest activities.

The branches of the B.A.C. Engineering Group are currently working with iTWO software in the classic alphanumerical version. Interest in using the highly innovative 5D functionalities is keen. Executives in the company are interested in particularly transparent project cost management. Many engineering companies that use iTWO for component-oriented planning in 5D have significantly improved the economic efficiency of their project management. As the HVAC-engineering sector is only just beginning to embrace 3D planning on a wider scale, the B.A.C. engineers currently see 5D BIM planning as a potential chance for the future.

 



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