Building Information Modelling - a foundation for better carbon performance
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative tool that enables all stakeholders to comprehend a building through a digital model. The method allows for informed decision-making within a realistic project timeframe, helps stakeholders to optimise their respective roles and increases the whole life value of a building. Used as a key briefing and data management tool, BIM can achieve significant cost and carbon performance improvements.
Deep concerns - the impact of groundwater exploitation in Brazil
In times of drought or water shortage, organisations and individuals will resort to various methods of obtaining water. Uncontrolled exploitation of groundwater is an issue that can cause contamination and pollution, as well as the lowering of water table, decreased flow of rivers and even the drying of lakes. The water crisis in the southeast of Brazil, which has led to increased demand for groundwater wells, highlights the dangers of this issue.
Guiding safety in an open sky - unit verification of an open air lift on an incinerator chimney
With its 120-meter high chimney, the waste-to-energy plant in Turin has become an iconic feature of the Italian city’s skyline. A striking open-air lift runs up 112 meters into the sky along the incinerator chimney, leading to a roof terrace which is open to the public. The lift, which is manufactured by KONE, travels at a speed of 2.5m/s and is able to bear a load of up to 1,250 kg. In 2014, TÜV SÜD was tasked to conduct a verification of the unit.
High stakes - unprecedented Helicopter Training Simulator system testing and inspection
Mountain rescue services, coast guards, police and military organisations, and offshore industries rely on helicopters for rescues and other operations that use integrated hoist equipment under the most difficult conditions. To prepare for these challenging missions, helicopter crews and rescue teams must train under conditions as close to reality as possible. For this reason, the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Service initiated a helicopter training simulator project in 2008. TÜV SÜD was tasked with the responsibility of testing and inspecting this unique system.
International Property Measurement Standards - new global standard for consistent property measurement and valuation
Property measurement serves as a basis for valuation, occupation or building use, investment and financial reporting, affecting decisions as well as public confidence. Unfortunately, while real estate transactions have crossed international boundaries, measurement standards remain local. To have a globally consistent method for measuring property and infrastructural assets, the first in a series of IPMS (for Office Buildings) was launched in 2014, and is now available for download.
New processes for a new campus - process reengineering and Computer-Aided Facility Management for one of Europe's largest new university buildings
In the field of process and facility management, the construction and relocation of an entire university campus in Europe proved to be one of the most interesting and challenging projects for TÜV SÜD. The relocation occurred in parallel with the restructuring of the university’s Facility Management (FM) department and involved the introduction of Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM).
Underground excavations of tunnels are inherently risky, as they are carried out in a medium that is variable and uncertain by nature. It is important for construction owners to assess the probability of failure in any excavation, allowing them to understand the risk that they bear.
Verifiably green - the Singapore Green Building Product labelling scheme
The groundswell of companies claiming to have eco-friendly building products has made it difficult for building developers and owners to distinguish genuinely green items from mere ‘greenwash.’ This is why green product certification or ecolabelling from an independent, third-party organisation can be an important tool for suppliers and manufacturers to promote and differentiate their building products. Among the various green product certification programmes in the market, the SGBP labelling scheme is one of TÜV SÜD’s latest offering.