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National BIM Competence Center

WTM Engineers is a partner in the digitalization of building

July 03, 2019 – WTM Engineers is a member of the planning team responsible for realizing and operating the National BIM Competence Center – the main public point of contact for questions relating to digitalization in construction. The Competence Center was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) together with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and the Community (BMI).

WTM Engineers is part of a highly-qualified consortium led by planen-bauen 4.0 GmbH. The Competence Center is intended to coordinate and support the accelerated use of BIM and digital business processes in the value- chain building in Germany. Missions of the Competence Center include developing and implementing a uniform standardization and open BIM strategy but also developing a strategy for the next steps after 2020 to follow on from the “Road Map for Digital Design and Construction”.

In implementing the BIM Road Map WTM Engineers will draw on the experiences gained from being part of the consortium BIM4Infra2020 and from its own BIM projects.

Press release of BMVI: https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Pressemitteilungen/2019/051-scheuer-bim-kompetenzzentrum.html

Press release of planen-bauen 4.0: https://planen-bauen40.de/planen-bauen-4-0-federfuehrend-beim-nationalen-bim-kompetenzzentrum/

Image: f.l.to.r.: MD Frank Krüger (BMVI), MR Rudolf Boll (BMVI), Dr. Jan Tulke (pb40), RD Heiko Roeder (BMI), Source: planen-bauen 4.0

CBTR Civil Engineering Law Prize 2019

Prize for Dr. Karl Morgen

July 01, 2019 – The 11th Interdisciplinary CBTR Conference took place in the attractive city of Regensburg on June 28. This conference forms the setting for the presentation of the Civil Engineering Law Prize that is awarded every two years by Centrum für deutsches und internationales Baugrund- und Tiefbaurecht (Center for German and International Building Ground and Civil Engineering Law) to outstanding personalities. In his laudatio Prof. Dr. Axel Wirth, President of the CBTR praised Dr. Karl Morgen for his long-standing and extensive contributions to science, teaching and building practice.

One of the speakers in the morning lecture sessions Dr. Karl Morgen also talked about a milestone project of WTM Engineers. In his speech entitled “Europe’s Largest Camera – a Project at the Interface of Nanophysics and Special Civil Engineering” he elaborated on the planning challenges facing the European XFEL research facility in Hamburg.

For further information visit: www.cbtr.de

Day of Architecture and Engineering

Visit the CCH building site together with WTM Engineers

June 11, 2019 – CCH – Congress Center Hamburg is being revitalized and modernized. The multi-purpose center is to meet the future needs of national and international event organizers and become one of the largest convention centers in Europe. A new building will feature a spacious foyer, the reconstructed listed Großer Saal or Large Hall plus additional smaller halls that can be adapted flexibly. In future there will be additional access to the CCH via a new approach known as he “Belvedere”.

Working in collaboration with Wetzel & von Seht, WTM Engineers is responsible for the structural planning of the building construction and excavation pit, screening structures and the modernization of the underground garage.

We look forward to presenting the progress made on the CCH site on June 29/30, the Day of Architecture and Engineering. To find out more about this weekend about various aspects of architecture, visit www.tda-hamburg.de.

Visualization: © Planung Arbeitsgemeinschaft agn Leusmann with TIM HUPE Architekten, Hamburg. Visualization created by bloomimages, Hamburg.

Topping-Out Ceremony of the Springer Quarter

New Construction of a Building Complex and Refurbishment of the Listed High-Rise

June 06, 2019 – Roughly one year after the laying of the foundation stone on May 23, 2019 the topping-out wreath was raised on the Springer Quarter building site. Client the MOMENI Group and planner celebrated this milestone together with the Chief Planning Director of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg along with 800 invited guests.

The project on the former site occupied by the publisher Axel Springer includes the refurbishment and modernization of the listed 14-storey high-rise and a construction of a new modern complex. Offices, apartments, retail stores and restaurants will be realized on some 60,000 m² of gross ground area. A three-level underground garage will be housed beneath the new building. A particular challenge was presented by the complex waterproof trough that is up to 9 meters deep and is located in the immediate vicinity of the 50-meter-tall Springer high-rise.

WTM Engineers were responsible for the structural planning for the conversion and the new building and also for the building and structural planning of the excavation pit.

Visualization: © MOMENI Gruppe

Laying of the Foundation Stone for the Westfield Hamburg Überseequartier

Up, up and away

May 23, 2019 – Invitations were extended to attend the official laying of the foundation stone for this coastal site. And on May 22 under the motto “Building the Future” numerous guests celebrated the official start of construction at an event attended by Christophe Cuvillier, Group CEO of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development and Environment, and Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. In the last two years extensive work has been conducted in the depths of the roughly 60,000 m² plot. Now even from a distance it is evident that Hamburg’s largest construction project is making visible progress. A total of 14 buildings is being realized at the heart of HafenCity – a mix of retail stores, culinary offers, apartments, cruise terminal, hotel and offices.

Since 2016 WTM Engineers have been responsible for the building and structural planning of the excavation pit, the structural planning of the building constructions, andt also the building and structural planning of numerous engineering structures in the Überseequartier.

Image: moka-studio

Byen til Vandet

Pre-qualified for waterfront development in Randers, Denmark

21.03.2019 – WTM Engineers is proud to be part of one of the prequalified teams for the development plan for the “Byen til Vandet” – the “City to the Water” in Randers, Denmark. The recently-launchedcompetition addresses several challenges regarding the city’s further development. General as well as local effects of rising water levels due to global warming require solutions for low-lying areas of the city. In addition, roads and infrastructure form obstacles in the cityscape and need to be overcome. Randers municipality aims at turning those challenges into advantages to the benefit of the city's present and future residents. Developing urban areas by integrating recreational functions into the waterside location will surely form an asset to the city’s image.

A total of 18 teams with both national and international experts have applied to become part of the parallel competition. Three expert teams have passed the prequalification. WTM Engineers is part of the successful team EFFEKT with Effekt Arkitekter ApS, Cassøe Frost Borchmann ApS, Trafik Plan ApS, Konsulent "Fru Andersen", ISC Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S, and Nordicals Erhvervsmæglere Randers.

We are looking forward to developing innovative flood protection, climate adaption, and water front structures for another Danish municipality.

Image: Randers Kommune

Talk at the 27th Symposium of LIB NRW

The importance of assessment for the repair of concrete buildings

February 05, 2019 – On February 5 Ms. Illguth and Dr. Ehmann from WTM Engineers gave a talk to an audience of 340 attending the LIB NRW symposium “Concrete Maintenance Today for the Future” e.V. in Dortmund. Entitled “The importance of building assessment for successful repair planning – practical examples” the speech highlighted the special role of appropriate inspections and went on to provide specific examples that illustrated the point. Aside from the speakers from WTM Engineers five other renowned experts from the field of planning held talks at the symposium, which is held at regular intervals to provide information on current topics relating to concrete repair.

Photo: LIB NRW

Cooperation Lab for BIM Project Work Equipped

WTM Engineers starts up operations at "BIM site"

January 21, 2019 – 2019 is off to a good start: WTM Engineers has a new, fully-equipped laboratory for its collaborative work with in-house and external planners on BIM projects. With immediate effect it has up to four workplaces offering diverse options for swapping data at project level. An interactive whiteboard makes for easier communication and documentation. Thanks to the new lab WTM Engineers can expand its services in all planning areas of civil and hydraulic engineering, industrial and building construction for better interfaces at BIM projects. Moreover, everyone involved can “look inside the model” while communicating directing with one another.

Photo: WTM Engineers

WTM Architectural Engineering Prize 2018

Prize awarded at HafenCity University

December 11, 2018 – The WTM Architectural Engineering Prize bestowed in cooperation with HafenCity University was awarded for the eighth time on December 7, 2018. The prize sponsored by WTM Engineers includes prize money of EUR 2,000 and aims to promote talented young engineers by rewarding the student with the best Master thesis from the “Bauingenieurwesen - Architectural Engineering” course. This year the prize went to M.Sc. Lucas Lüning for his Master thesis entitled “Numerische Simulation geschraubter Scherlochleibungs-Verbindungen für GFK-Profile mit der Finite-Elemente-Methode” (Numeric Simulation of Bolted Shear-Bearing Connections for Fiberglass Profiles using the Finite Element Method). It was presented by Dr. Alexander Steffens during the official farewell ceremony for Architectural Engineering graduates of HafenCity University Hamburg.

WTM Engineers also strongly supports aspiring engineers through the Germany Scholarship or Deutschlandstipendium, which is awarded to high-achieving, committed students.

Outstanding Training Company 2018

WTM Engineers congratulates trainee on excellent result

November 16, 2018 – The outstanding achievements of Ms. Bente Jensen were honored at a special ceremony in the Exchange Hall of Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The trainee draughtswoman was the student to gain the best grade in her final vocational exam. Ms. Jensen was accompanied to the Hamburg Performance Award ceremony 2018 by her tutors.

WTM Engineers has offered an in-house dual professional training for many years and could not be more happy with this distinction.

Photo: Handelskammer Hamburg/Nicolas Maack

Chair of Specialist Group “Industry”

WTM Engineers strengthens its involvement in the VBI

November 14, 2018 – At the November meeting of specialist group “Industry” of the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI) in Dresden Dr. Stefan Ehmann was appointed Chairman. WTM Engineers has been active in this body for many years. Though generally speaking the meetings of the specialist group are related to industrial policy matters, organizational, legal, specialist and technical topics are also addressed. Dr. Stefan Ehmann will replace long-standing Chairman of the specialist group Stephan Weber, who wants to become more strongly involved at a national level.

Lecture – Building for the Bundestag

Vision and Construction – structural planning symposium

October 12, 2018 – This year the German Association of Consulting Engineers (Verband Beratender Ingenieure) organized its third structural planning symposium entitled Vision and Construction. With 250 participants, this specialist forum is one of the most important industry meets. Several planning engineers gave talks and presented outstanding examples of their work in Germany and abroad. The internationally renowned speakers included Bill Baker from SOM, the studio responsible for the design of the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world.

Dr. Hans Scholz spoke about planning and building for the government, focusing in his talk on the current project for the German Bundestag “Rück- und Neubau der Liegenschaft Dorotheenstraße 85 / Schadowstraße 4-6” (Dismantling and reconstructing the properties Dorotheenstrasse 85 / Schadowstrasse 4-6). The WTM Engineers managing director explained the particularities involved in planning on government property, the dismantling of existing structures in the immediate vicinity of listed buildings, and the complex foundation situation. WTM Engineers has planned and inspected numerous projects relating to the relocation of the government and parliament to Berlin since 1995.

Visualization: Competition design Schadowstrasse 4, CODE UNIQUE Architekten, Dresden

Topping-out ceremony for residential and commercial ensemble at Humboldthafen

Europacity in Berlin continues to grow

September 28, 2018 – The shell of the ensemble at Humboldthafen has now been completed. On September 27 this first project milestone was celebrated in a ceremony attended by the Senate Building Director and State Secretary for Urban Development of Berlin, Regula Lüscher. On this sunny fall day the developers LIP Ludger Inholte Projektentwicklung and ABG Allgemeine Bauträgergesellschaft invited guests to the site in the immediate vicinity of Berlin’s central railway station. The buildings lining the river are likely to be ready for occupancy in the first half of 2019. Covering a total area of 43,000 square meters, the buildings will provide 188 rental apartments, office, retail and restaurant spaces. A single-story underground garage will accommodate 170 vehicles.

For this project WTM Engineers was responsible for planning the excavation pit, the structural planning of the buildings and the thermal building physics.

Speeding up large-scale construction projects

Dr. Morgen participates in panel discussion

September 24, 2018 – On September 19, 2018, Berlin hosted a Dialog to Accelerate Large-Scale Construction Projects. Roughly 170 high-ranking participants from the field of planning and construction took part in the event. The contributions and discussions focused on various topics related to the goal of realizing more construction projects in the field of waterway infrastructure.

As a representative of the planning & engineering office, Dr. Karl Morgen took part in the panel discussion in which members debated the current situation and possible solutions. Dr. Morgen put the emphasis on constructive cooperation and a decisive organizational culture on the part of the client. He also drew attention to how the construction process could be positively influenced by high-quality planning. Similarly, Gabriele Peschken from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) took up this idea in her talk “Erst Planen dann Bauen – BIM in der WSV” (Plan first, then build – BIM in the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, WSV). She illustrated the potential for change in WSV projects using “Building Information Modeling.” Finally, participants appraised the other ideas and specific solutions proposed in an interactive survey. Here the focus was in particular on efficient project management as well as simpler contracts and contract processing.

For more information visit https://izw.baw.de/wsv/e-medien/konferenzen/dialog-wasserstrassen

Sharing knowledge across different locations

BIM, protection and maintenance work

September 14, 2018 – Last Friday, a lively exchange took place at the Hamburg location on the topic of Building Information Modeling (BIM). After a short introduction, attendees divided up to form several workshops and discussed current issues in detail. The focus was on software products, IFC interfaces, tender procedures, communication, and cloud solutions. Participants also brought to bear their experiences from successfully completed BIM projects. Finally, the results were jointly pooled by management, project managers and BIM enthusiasts and approved as the WTM roadmap for 2019.

In the afternoon the focus was on the subject of protection and repair work across all locations. Lively discussions ensued on the talks by WTM experts about non-destructive testing, current handling of construction products, and forecasting service life. A hot topic was the guidelines for concrete structures, which are currently undergoing extensive revision. This discussion and swapping of experiences represented an important milestone for practical applications.

Such meetings to share knowledge on specialist fields across locations are typically held once or twice a year. They not only form part of in-house further training, but also reflect the strategic orientation of WTM Engineers.

Cyclassics 2018

A joint start and joint finish

August 20, 2018 – On August 19, 2018, eight cycling enthusiasts from Berlin and Hamburg with highly varying levels of preparation and equipment set out on the 108.9-km route of the Cyclassics event in Hamburg.

Led by Genia Schäferhoff, the WTM CyclING Team was able to “enjoy” the new route east of Hamburg through the Sachsenwald accompanied by an excellent atmosphere and weather. The team got off to a fast start but slowed down somewhat after reaching the refreshment stop. With the help of the cyclists in front creating a slipstream, the team crossed the finish line together on Mönckebergstrasse. As the finish line photo shows, all the team members were proud and happy with the race they had mastered together from beginning to end, and in a good time, too.

Athletic WTM Munich joins in the B2Run

6.1-km run on the Olympia Park complex

July 18, 2018 – Some 14 colleagues from WTM Engineers Munich successfully participated in the 15th German corporate event B2Run. This was down to not only their excellent level of fitness, but also an early start time, as entrants were additionally up against the weather. The first runners were lucky to start at 6.20 p.m., but from 7 p.m. no new starts were allowed due to a storm warning. So, congratulations to our runners not only on getting their medals, but also on crossing the finish line with dry feet.

Den Blå Kant, Svendborg

Urban space, harbor life, climate adaptation

June 29, 2018 - As in many other port cities, the port of Svendborg is subject to continuous change. The port industry is retreating and the city is again conquering the water's edge. In order to pay tribute to this development, an urban planning competition was held, which aimed at the city's development towards the port as well as the necessary protection measures regarding climate change. In addition to dealing with cloud burst events, the protection of port and city from storm surges was an integral part of the competition.

In the team with EFFEKT Arkitekter, SWECO Architects and Arcgency, WTM Engineers International prevailed in a two-stage competition with their design of the flood protection measures.

The proposed concept of the polder, which took into account the historical and urban planning concept, includes about 2 km of reinforcing and raising of the quay walls and banks, as well as 3 storm surge barriers.

Image: EFFEKT Arkitekter

Dr. Zehetmaier in interview

Bauingenieur24 series “Nachgefragt bei …” (We asked ...)

May 28, 2018 – What challenges are you currently facing in your job? What would you wish of politicians? How do you achieve a good work/life balance? Our Managing Director Gerhard Zehetmaier answered these and other questions in an interview he gave to the professional portal bauingenieur24. Once a month, successful engineers get to voice their ideas and provide insights into their working lives.

You can read the complete interview at: https://www.bauingenieur24.de/fachbeitraege/nachgefragt-bei/nachgefragt-bei-gerhard-zehetmaier/3037.htm


Topping-out ceremony for the EcoMaT research and development center

The flagship project takes shape

May 29, 2018 – The Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies or EcoMaT is currently being realized at Bremen’s Airport City and is destined to bundle expertise in business and science in the field of lightweight technologies. The topping-out ceremony for the new building, whose footprint is approximately 22,000 square meters, was held on Friday, May 25. This innovation hub, a project of the Hanseatic City of Bremen, Airbus and other partners, is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Some 500 experts are already looking forward to moving to the center, where the focus will be on interdisciplinary work under a single roof.

Since 2013 WTM Engineers has been responsible for the building planning and structural planning of the excavation pit, the structural planning of the building construction, and the thermal building physics.

Photo: WFB/Frank Pusch

100 km on two wheels

WTM cyclists at the 11th Velothon Berlin

May 13, 2018 – On Sunday, thousands of cyclists were on the road in Berlin for the Velothon sporting event. Our team of colleagues from Berlin and Hamburg set out in bright sunshine to compete in the middle distance, namely 100 km. The route took them south from the center of Berlin as far as Ludwigsfelde and back to the capital. Exhausted but happy, all the WTM racing cyclists passed the finishing line on Strasse des 17. Juni.

Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day 2018

The “engineers of tomorrow” at WTM Engineers

May 2, 2018 – On April 26, 2018, six fifth and sixth graders from various schools in Hamburg visited WTM Engineers as part of Girls’ and Boys’ Day. The pupils were able to gain an insight into the various aspects involved in being an engineer. The day-long program included a tour of the office, during which the kids had the opportunity to look over the shoulder of experienced engineers, the construction of a model bridge under expert supervision, and a visit to a large construction site, namely “Southern Überseequartier” in HafenCity. The schoolchildren came away with a richly facetted picture of the profession of a civil engineer. Everyone involved was delighted with this eventful day.

Young Engineers Colloquium 2018

Young engineers present their current projects

From April 13-14, 2018, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) held the Young Engineers Colloquium. We at WTM Engineers are delighted that two young colleagues from our Hamburg office were invited to introduce themselves and present their projects in this international setting. Federica Bottoli presented the recalculation and reinforcement of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge using FE modeling; Sören Quappen gave a lecture on the holistic FE calculation of a longitudinally and transversely displaceable formwork carriage. The annual event is geared to young engineers from all areas of civil engineering and makes a valued contribution to international exchange.

Changes in the management board

After over 30 years, Dr. Karl Morgen is handing over the responsibility he had for the company as managing partner to the next generation. With a view to strengthening the team, Dr. Thomas Schadow and Dr. Gerhard Zehetmaier have now joined the company as managing partners.
Dr. Schadow has for several years been working in a position of responsibility as an authorized representative and as Head of the Building Construction division at WTM Engineers.
Dr. Zehetmaier has gained years of experience working on national and international projects for a major German construction company and brings this knowledge in our Civil Engineering division.
Dr. Morgen is to continue offering WTM Engineers his services as a consultant engineer, structural check engineer, and Federal Railway Authority (EBA) check engineer. In the future he will continue to bring his experience and extensive specialist knowledge to bear, and will act in an advisory capacity for you.
Together with our fellow managing directors in Munich, Dr. Otto Wurzer and Mr. Helmut Heiserer, as well as all the staff at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Copenhagen, we would like to thank you for our excellent working relationship to date, and look forward to continuing it in the future. Your projects are in good hands!

WTM expertise in demand!

Close links between BIM theory and practice

January 22, 2018 – On Monday, students and research assistants from Leibniz University Hannover visited our Hamburg office together with two professors. The study trip centered on the topic of ‘BIM in the engineering office.’ WTM staff were able to talk to the guests about their own many years of practical experience with BIM and thus help complement the university education students receive.

WTM bestows prize at HCU

Best Master’s thesis honored

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

WTM hosts BIM workshop

Start of a series of training sessions

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

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

Footbridge 2017 Berlin

Engineers and architects enjoy creative exchange

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

BIM Expo Hannover

Dr. Ehmann discusses BIM in industrial building

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

X-ray laser will set new records

World’s only major research facility goes operational

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

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

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

On your bikes, get set, go!

WTM cyclists enjoy Europe’s biggest cycling race

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

No stopping our team

WTM colleagues run in record-breaking event

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

Day of Architecture and Engineering in Hamburg

WTM offers guided tours of one of its own projects

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

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

Rendering: © Blunck & Morgen Architekten

Underground car park to be kept

WTM Engineers working on new assignment for Munich Airport

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

WTM International

New assignment and visit from Norway

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

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

New VBI initiative

Talented young engineers drum up interest in their profession

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

Federal Association of Check Engineers (VPI) – Hamburg branch

Dr. Jäppelt reelected as Chairman

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

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

For further information please visit www.bvpi.de

Start of Construction Work for Southern “Überseequartier” in Hamburg

Civil engineering work begins

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

WTM is responsible for planning the structural engineering and the excavation pit for the entire Southern “Überseequartier”. The complex will have two underground parking decks. The location on the banks of the tidal river Elbe requires a watertight trough excavation pit and additional flood prevention measures in the event of a storm triggering a tidal bore.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Geomar Building

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

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

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

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

Visualization source: EVE Images / Staab Architekten

Follow-Up Contract for Fehmarnbelt Tunnel

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

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

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

Read more about the project at: femern.com

Dr. Karl Morgen turns 65


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

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

WTM involved in the “Future Building” research initiative

Advancing BIM methods in practice

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


WTM lands new contract in Munich

More room for vocational school students to learn in

Dec.15, 2016 – Following a public tendering process, the Munich branch of WTM Engineers has landed the contract to extend, add additional stories to, and modernize the vocational schools on Orleansstrasse in Munich. WTM will conduct the planning of the structural engineering and excavation pit. The entire complex, including a sports hall and underground car park, embraces five vocational schools. The existing lack of space and the rising number of pupils forecast for the next few years necessitates the extension and refurbishment of the school center. The group of buildings, which as an ensemble has a preservation order on it, is in densely built-up downtown Munich. The complex construction project will be conducted with the schools fully operational. The plans are based on an existing feasibility study. The firm of architects karl + probst in Munich is responsible for the project planning.

WTM bestows awards at HCU

Best Master’s thesis honored

Dec. 5, 2016 – This was the sixth time the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize was awarded in cooperation with HafenCity University in Hamburg. Donated by WTM, the prize is worth EUR 2,000, and promotes. With it the company promotes young engineers by honoring the best Master’s thesis by an Architectural Engineering student. This year the prize went to Florian Wanner for his Master’s thesis on “Study of User Comfort as a Result of Reduced Wind Speeds for a High-Rise in HafenCity Hamburg”. The award was presented by Dr. Thomas Schadow, head of Structural ‘Engineering at WTM at an official ceremony for Architectural Engineering graduates at HafenCity University in Hamburg.

Our idea is making history

New protective wrap for the sarcophagus in Chernobyl

Nov. 29, 2016 – Together with Germanischer Lloyd, WTM came up with the idea for the world’s largest land-based moving structure, which was finished today. 30 years after the reactor meltdown there, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl now has a new protective cover. The arched roof will prevent radioactive radiation getting out or water getting in, and will enable the ruin to be dismantled in the future. The individual parts were put together at a safe distance from the plant before the entire structure was slid into place.

WTM presented the feasibility study for the structure at an international conference in 1997 in Moscow. Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper ran an article on it back in 2011, and also recent completion. You can read the articles at:



BIM is the future

WTM involved in Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure research project

Nov. 25, 2016 –The pioneering research project “Implementation of the phased BIM Plan” was launched on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), and WTM is involved. An interdisciplinary consortium of ten partners is advising the BMVI on the phased introduction of building information modeling, or BIM for short. As such, from 2020 on, all major federal trunk road and federal waterways projects will be planned using BIM. In particular, WTM will contribute its extensive expertise in the construction of waterways. The company will assist the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration with the successful realization of its pilot project. The team of expert comprises top-flight science and engineering representatives: first and foremost the company Planen-Bauen 4.0, of which WTM is a co-partner. It brings together major players in the construction industry and champions the advancement and standardization of BIM throughout Germany.

You can read all about the Planen-Bauen 4.0 initiative at: www.planen-bauen40.de

Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt opens tunnel

Important Bavarian infrastructure project completed

Oct. 27, 2016 – Planned by WTM, the new tunnel on federal highway B 85 eases traffic congestion in the Oberpfalz region of north-eastern Bavaria. Forming part of a four-lane road-widening project, the 180-meter-long tunnel is the key structure on the around 3.2-kilometer stretch. Whereas beforehand traffic passed directly through the town of Wetterfeld, with the new tunnel it instead passes beneath it. With the road still in use, the widening work took the form
of a trough structure of which 180 meters is covered. Noise protection walls, which will reduce noise emission levels for the surrounding buildings, are under construction and will be in place by the end of the year. WTM Engineers was responsible for the design of the tunnel and the tendering process.

WTM is a hit with the schoolkids

Successful cooperation between universities, companies, and schools

Oct. 10, 2016 – WTM has been supporting youngsters for years now, most recently as part of the “schoolkids’ bridge-building days”, when pupils studying physics spend time at our company learning about structural engineering as a career, and familiarizing themselves with the fundamentals of bridge building. They also get to design a bridge of their own based
on the Shanghai Bridge in Hamburg. On a walking tour the schoolkids then have a chance to marvel at the bridge itself, as well as others WTM designed in the HafenCity district. For the second half of the week the youngsters relocate to HafenCity University to build models of their bridges. With the project WTM supports Initiative Naturwissenschaft und Technik, NAT for short, a non-profit company which in cooperation with universities and companies tries to instill an  interest in scientific subjects among young people.

Ny Østergade Masterplan in Roskilde - Denmark

First prize in the competition

August 31, 2016 - The Team of EFFEKT, karres+brands, WTM Engineers, ARUP and Alectia convinced the jury with their design proposal of the new area of Roskilde station and was honored with the first prize. The competition comprises a master plan of the Roskilde station area including approximately 100.000 m² of living, offices, hotel and retail. To improve the local infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists a new crossing of the railway tracks in the area of the station and a barrier free access to all platforms was required. The connection was developed as railway bridges for 7 tracks, crossed under by a lowered pedestrian and cycle passage. The construction will take place under running railway traffic and under operation of the station. WTM Engineers worked out the concept and design of the railway bridges.

A Hamburg innovation

An article about the “Lighthouse” in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper

August 20, 2016 – The August 19, 2016 edition of Süddeutsche Zeitung features a detailed article about this residential building with a panoramic view. Lighthouse Zero, a prototype for the innovative residential concept, was recently completed at the tip of the Baakenhafen peninsular in the HafenCity district. At a height of 20 meters, a circular residential platform sits atop a pre-stressed concrete tube. The project was conducted together with the developer and instigator  Arne Weber, HC Hagemann, and the architects BiwerMau. WTM Engineers was responsible for the structural engineering and the fire prevention concept.

New quay wall for Helgoland

WTM concludes anorther project on the island

Aug. 9, 2016 – August 9 saw the official commissioning of modernization work and the official opening of the southern quay on Helgoland. Built by HC Hagemann, Colcrete-von Essen, and Eggers Kampfmittelbergung, the area in the southern harbor was adapted to meet the future requirements of the nearby offshore wind park and the developments plans of the Helgoland municipality. This marked the conclusion of a further important project for the municipality and the Helgoland harbor authority. The recent construction work optimizes access and connections to island and forms the basis for the future construction of commercial premises for the wind park operators.

IVH Special Evening on the Construction Industry 4.0 at WTM Engineers

Digital building is the future

July 14, 2016 – Last night, Industrieverband Hamburg e.V. (IVH), the Hamburg Association of Industry and more than 70 guests met at WTM for the IVH Special Evening on “In-Cost and On-Time Planning, Building and Operating”. The discussion focused on digitalization in construction. There were lectures by experts: Mr. Lang of Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Mr. Hoyer of Aug. PRIEN Bauunternehmung and Mr. Pfannenberg of Pfannenberg GmbH. Dr. Ehmann, Managing Director at WTM, introduced the topic and moderated the evening. The event clearly showed that the construction industry firmly intends to press the pedal as regards digitalization of workflow, as the benefits to the corporations are more than apparent. The move will lead to complete implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the industry. Those involved have already taken the first successful steps and countless others will follow.

WTM takes part in the B2RUN corporate run in Munich

Former professional biathlete Magdalena Neuner also ran

July 14, 2016 – One of Germany’s biggest corporate races took place for the 13th time in Munich. The approx. 6.2-kilometer course took participants all around the Olympic Park before they crossed the finish line in the Olympic Stadium. And taking part in the sporting event gave our colleagues an opportunity to prove their team spirit and physical fitness. World-famous former biathlete Magdalena Neuner, an ambassador for the event, also raced in support of the runners.

Topping-out ceremony at Reyher in Hamburg

Long-standing screw-producing company is building a 41-meter high-rack warehouse on two levels

June 29, 2016 –Wednesday June 29 saw the topping-out ceremony for the extension to Reyher’s facilities. The trading company has been based in Hamburg for over 125 years and supplies more than 11,000 customers worldwide from the main site in the Altona district of the city. An approx. 41-meter high, fully automated, double-decker high-rack warehouse for pallets and an adjoining office building are currently under construction there. The high-rack warehouse is the first in Germany to boast two levels. WTM has acted as gene Jahren begleitet WTM die Firma Reyher als Generalplaner bei zahlreichen Neu- und Umbauten ral planner for Reyher on numerous new builds and conversions for over 25 years now.

New noise protection hangar for the airport in Geneva goes into operation

Final tests completed on structure with specific requirements relating to noise and air

June 29, 2016 – The new noise protection hangar at Geneva Airport is commissioned. The special structure stands out for its unique shape, which was necessary for technical reasons: an exterior framework with vertically structured lamellas and movable steel deflection. During the night of June 29-29, 2016 extensive tests were conducted in the hangar to check that the air flows were functioning properly before the ´hangar went operational. Parallel to this acoustic acceptance measurements were taken in line with a comprehensive measurement agenda.

Over the past five years WTM Engineers, together with GAC, was commissioned with the design planning, structural engineering, acoustics, and studies of the flow mechanics. Furthermore WTM, together with Thomas Jundt ingénieurs civils, was in charge of the on-site building supervision.

Inauguration of the XFEL headquarters

Scientists move into research building on the Schenefeld campus

June 29, 2016 –European XFEL GmbH is celebrating the move to the new research building on the campus in Schenefeld. Construction work is for the most part complete on the European x-ray free electron laser XFEL, a major underground research facility which extends from the DESY site in Hamburg to Schenefeld in the neighboring federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Installation of the physical equipment is now going ahead at full speed. Research work is due to commence in 2017. Planned by the engineering consortium WTM / Amberg, the project was completed in budget and on time.

Germany can still handle major projects!

For further information please visit www.xfel.eu/de

2016 WTM Day in Hamburg

Large meeting of employees

June 10, 2016 – The day kicked off in the historical “Kaispeicher”, a former warehouse on the banks of the River Elbe in the Altona district. In an address Mr. Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, first informed his listeners about current and future trends in the port. All those attending spent the sunny afternoon on a wide range of specialist fact-finding tours before returning to the Kaispeicher in Altona. With a view of the busy traffic on the river and of the Köhlbrand Bridge, we looked back on the day’s events together.

Third place for the WTM relay team in the Vierlanden Triathlon in Hamburg

In total, five WTM teams gave everything they had in the relay races!

June 5, 2016 – With around 1,300 individual starters and 40 relay teams from over 10 countries, the Vierlanden Triathlon in Hamburg was held again on Sunday. This was the second time WTM had taken part in the event, and one of its relay teams made in onto the winners’ podium, no less. All our other colleagues also proved their sporting prowess in either the Olympic discipline (1.5 kilometers swimming, 40 kilometers cycling, and 5 kilometers running) or the everyman’s competition. The event was held in the area around Hohendeich Lake, in which competitors first swam before setting out on the cycling leg along the Norderelbe stretch of river towards Tatenberger Lock, and finally running along the banks of the lake.

WTM sponsors Germany Scholarship

Award to Master’s students at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU)

May 25, 2016. For the fifth time, on Wednesday, May 25 “Germany Scholarships” were awarded to top-performing and committed students at HCU. For the first time, WTM sponsored one such scholarship at HCU, which was awarded to Jörn Beckmann. HCU President Dr. Walter Pelka bestowed the award in the presence of the sponsors. These non-means-tested scholarships are funded jointly and in equal measure by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the sponsors. The objective of the Germany Scholarship is to promote an enduring contact between the scholarship holders and the sponsors.

WTM would like to wish Mr. Beckmann every continuing success with his studies in Structural Engineering.

Foundation stone ceremony for the building complex at Alter Wall in Hamburg

A site with a preservation order on it between “Fleet” and City Hall is brought back to life

April 28, 2016. The foundation stone ceremony for the building complex at Alter Wall in downtown Hamburg was held on Thursday, April 28. The city’s Mayor Olaf Scholz and 200 invited guests hailed this major project as a “masterpiece of building technology”. The downtown construction pit alone is 20 meters deep, 90 meters long and 30 meters wide. A total of 45,000 cubic meters of earth were excavated. The plans envisage five buildings for high-end retail, offices and the Bucerius Kunst Forum, that together cover a surface area of 12,000 m², and boast a four-storey underground car park with more than 200 spaces.

WTM Engineers has been commissioned with the structural inspection and construction of the building pit.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the EcoMaT Research and Development Center

A flagship project for the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Airbus and other partners

April 08, 2016. – With a view to concentrating business and scientific expertise in the field of lightweight construction technologies, the EcoMaT (Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies) is under construction at the “Airport City Bremen” development. The groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming construction project there was held on Friday, April 8. Along with Martin Günthner, Senator of Economic Affairs, Labor and Ports of the Free Hanseatic city of Bremen, and André Walter, Airbus site manager in Bremen, a large number of other guests celebrated this extension to the business center in the Hanseatic city. As well as the aerospace industry, the automotive and wind energy sectors, plant and mechanical engineering and shipbuilding are all set to benefit from the results of the research conducted here. Since 2013 WTM has been responsible for the building’s structural engineering, the structural engineering and design of the construction pit, and for the thermic building physics.

(Photo: WFB / Frank Pusch)

WTM establishes company sports group

Member of Hamburg's company sports association

April 07, 2016. - WTM continues to extend its commitment to sport and has now joined The “Betreibssportverband Hamburg” (BSV), the city’s company sports association. BSV represents the interests of 500 companies and authorities with around 60,000 athletes in metropolitan Hamburg. Our colleagues at WTM engage in cycling, running, triathlon, tennis, water sports and sailing together, and also take part in various sporting events and competitions. Measures aimed at preventative healthcare featuring courses such as yoga and back therapy training have been available in-house for some time now. With its commitment in this field WTM is promoting the health of its workforce, their sense of identity and their team spirit.

In 2016 we are looking forward to our teams taking part in sporting events such as the Hamburg Cyclassics and the Vierlanden Triathlon.

SBE 16 conference in Hamburg – WTM’s contribution to the topic of “sustainable building

The “Südkaje” (south quay) on the island of Helgoland –innovative and sustainable infrastructure engineering

March 11, 2016 – Taking as their motto “Strategies, Stakeholders, Success Factors”, some 400 experts from 14 nations are meeting from March 8 to 11 for the “International Conference on Sustainable Built Environments”, the SBE 16 in Hamburg. This year, the conference is focusing in particular on strategies and the basic conditions for sustainable building and urban development, sustainable methods and tools, as well as on innovative materials. WTM will deliver a lecture on how to evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure engineering, taking as its example the “Südkaje” (south quay) on the island of Helgoland. Among other things, since 2011 WTM has been commissioned to plan and monitor a new quay. In addition to the technical challenges relating to the planning and construction of the quay, this particular project involves transferring the approaches used for analyzing and evaluating civil engineering to this new waterfront structure. In future, analysis of this kind is intended to help better evaluate the impact on the environment of component mass, taking into consideration transport and onstruction site processes. The results presented by WTM make an important contribution to a holistic and transparent evaluation system for sustainable infrastructure works in general.

Bahnhof Poppenbüttel, one of the world’s most beautiful bus stations

British design website applauds WTM project

March 10, 2016 – Already having been voted “Structure of The Year” by the Association of Architects and Engineers (AIV) in Hamburg back in 2009, this bus station has now won another prize. DesignCurial, a British site, has now named the new central bus station in Poppenbüttel the third most beautiful in the world. Together with the architects from Blunck + Morgen, WTM Engineers built a wing-shaped roof measuring around 1,800 m², producing a light, floating structure that has now caught the eye of British judges as well. The canopy in question, consisting of a closed area clad with aluminum sheeting and an extremely transparent area, covers not only the platforms and elevators, but also hospitality, retail outlets and waiting areas. WTM was responsible for the structural planning and engineering of the project.

WTM wins major contract for the structural design of the "Überseequartier" district

HafenCity Hamburg development growing by a further 265,000 m²

March 4, 2016 – In December 2015 Unibail-Rodamco, the investor behind the southern section of the "Überseequartier" district, presented the architectural drafts for further construction work on the core area of the HafenCity development. Designed by renowned architects, the 11 buildings together have a gross surface area of around 265,000 m² and offer space for retail, a hotel, hospitality, offices, housing, culture and entertainment. There is also a terminal for cruise liners. The whole site boasts two underground parking levels. The location on the banks of the tidal River Elbe, requires a watertight trough excavation pit and additional flood prevention measures in the event of a storm surge.

WTM was awarded the contract for the structural design and the excavation pit design for the entire site.

Success in the "Areal Kronenrain" competition in Neuenburg am Rhein

First place for planning consortium WTM, MONO and Planorama

February 24, 2016 – Last year the town of Neuenburg am Rhein staged an open, two-stage pan-European planning competition. The design planning consortium consisting of WTM Engineers, MONO Architekten and Planorama Landschaftsarchitekten held its own against 31 competitors. The competition involved submitting preliminary drafts for the construction of a new parking deck and pedestrian and cycle bridge, as well as for the makeover of the open spaces "Am Kronenrain".

As part of the envisaged urban development scheme the town of Neuenburg am Rhein needs a new central parking deck at "Am Kronenrain". With the future location of the parking deck the design traces the line of the former historical town wall, thereby successfully forging the linkage of ancient and modern the town council so wished to see. The state horticultural show, which it is being hosted here in 2022, likewise forms part of the urban development process. With this in mind the planning consortium designed not only the parking deck but also a filigree bridge as well as a tower with stairs and an elevator, which also serves as a viewing platform. The bridge and tower are intended to act as the main link between the grounds where the future state horticultural show will be held and “Kronenrain” and the downtown area.

Quay wall workshop 2016

Manfred Gutsche presents the Brunsbüttel lock project

February 17, 2016 – The German Port Technology Association (HTG) and the Committee for Waterfront Structures (EAU) staged the quay wall workshop in Hamburg. With this and similar events HTG, on a non-profit basis, promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members. The focus this time is on four topics: key walls for sea ports, inland ports, and special structures, international projects, future developments and the law.

Manfred Gutsche reported on the planning and current status of the major project “Construction of the new 5th Lock Chamber in Brunsbüttel”. WTM was awarded the contract to handle the structural design and engineering back in 2008, has supported the planning approval procedure and is currently monitoring construction of this important and complex project.

With a ship passing through it every 12 minutes, the Kiel Canal is the world’s busiest artificial waterway. Every third container that is transshipped in Hamburg carries on to, or comes from the Baltic region, making the Kiel Canal an important lifeline for the docks in Hamburg.

"Wintergarten" site in Leipzig completed

New sustainable offices for the Leipzig Housing and Construction Association (LWB)

January 21, 2016 – A seven-storey office building with an underground car park has been built on the “Wintergarten” site
in downtown Leipzig and will serve as the headquarters of the Leipziger Wohnungs- und Baugesellschaft mbH (LWB). WTM was responsible for the thermal building physics and fire prevention in the building, which was designed by Schaltraum
Architekten. The structure was designed taking sustainable building aspects into consideration and in line with criteria for certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The result was readings that are 30 percent lower than those required by the 2009 German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV). WTM has been promoting energy-efficient and resource-saving building for several years now. You can read about these and other special services on our website and on the following link:

WTM "Diagnostics"

Prof. Christian Grosse joins the team at WTM Munich

WTM has strengthened its Non-Destructive Testing division in the form of Prof. Grosse (Munich Technical University).

In December 2015 Herr Prof. Christian Grosse, professor at Munich Technical University (TUM) and Chair of Non-Destructive Testing joined WTM and will establish a competence center for non-destructive testing methods at the Munich office.

This step is intended to advance the quality assurance conducted by WTM as well as the more detailed inspection of structures. The structural health monitoring of buildings in order to detect damage will be another field of activity.

WTM Architectural Engineering Prize 2015

Award bestowed at HafenCity University (HCU)

December 11, 2015 – In cooperation with HafenCity University the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize was awarded for the fifth time on December 11, 2015. Endowed by WTM, the prize is worth € 3,000 and aims to promote talented young engineers by honoring the best Master’s thesis submitted for the “Bauingenieurwesen - Architectural Engineering” degree. This year the prize went to M.Sc. student Kai Schramme for his thesis “The Development of Convertible Folded Plates on the Basis of Parametric Principles” and was awarded to him by Dr. Alexander Steffens at the graduation ceremony for Architectural Engineering students at HafenCity University in Hamburg.

Underpass at Sternschanze station in Hamburg opened

WTM creates optimum link for pedestrians, trade fair visitors, cyclists and train passengers

November 30, 2015 – The 137-meter long underpass at the Sternschanze subway and LRT station in Hamburg makes a considerable improvement to the infrastructure of the districts in the immediate vicinity. The barrier-free facility serves as access to the trade fair grounds and to Sternschanze station, and as a thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists. On the project WTM was responsible for architectural and structural design, primarily of auxiliary bridges across inter-city and LRT tracks in the section operated by German Railways (Deutsche Bahn, as well of the tunnel and ramps. Maintaining inter-city and LRT services and use of the station during the construction was a particular challenge. This was only possible by drawing in beneath the tracks a large section of the tunnel that had been pre-fabricated on the side.

Silos in the 2016 Concrete Calendar

WTM-Engineers provide a detailed account of the status quo in this specialist field

November 11, 2015 – The book "Beton-Kalender 2016" is out. In volume 2 “Silos and Containers”, authors Dr. Morgen (WTM), Dr. Ehmann (WTM), and Dr. Ruckenbrod (SMP) examine the design, the load assumptions, the calculation, the structural design, and the construction of these engineering structures in detail. They also provide important information about boosting the efficiency of and repairing silos.

VBI Roadshow on BIM

Dr. Ehmann speaks from experience

November 4, 2015 – Engineers, architects and developer’s representatives met to address the future role of building information modeling (BIM) for planners and their clients. On behalf of the Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI) and the BIM Hub Hamburg, Dr. Ehmann made clear in his lecture entitled “BIM in Practice – A Vision or the Future” that BIM makes interface management in planning considerably easier. WTM has been using this method since 2008, and Dr. Ehmann was able to take about the introduction and use of BIM in his own company. Milestones included the successful planning of the pilot project “Construction of the New Headquarters of the DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) Research Center” in Hamburg, and the new Audi works in Mexico. The positive experience with major projects has shown that BIM is not a vision, but the future.

WTM supporting project in India

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) planning construction of a biogas plant and community center

October 20, 2015 - WTM is helping Engineers Without Borders (EWB) with the financing of a project in the village of Hudisahi in north eastern India. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology branch of EWB takes part in assignments in developing countries worldwide in the fields of water supply, energy sourcing, and infrastructure. Given the increasing scarcity of wood in the region, and the difficult living conditions, a biogas plant for supplying individual households will be built first, followed by a community center with a photovoltaic system. EWB members are currently in the village, where together with the Indian partner organization and the local population they are finalizing planning and coordination measures. The first ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for late 2015. EWB is still reliant on donations. If you would like to find out more about the charity and the project, please visit: www.ewb-karsruhe.de/projekte/odisha

WTM at the MOPO Team Relay Race

Running for the Stadtpark

August 27, 2015 – A total of four teams from WTM lined up at the start of the fifth MOPO Team Relay Race, which covers a distance of 25 km. Even persistent rain could not dampen the mood and motivation among the runners, and at the end of the race 20 beaming employees were able to celebrate excellent placings and enjoy a successful post-run party. A total of 2,000 teams took part, with ten euros donated to the Stadtpark for every team registered.

Modern and sustainable sound insulation in the office

Creative design for the WTM offices incorporating sound-absorbing pictures

13 August 2015 – The new sound-absorbing pictures not only play a functional role for individual acoustic insulation, but also constitute an aesthetic and contemporary means of displaying the planning and competition results of the last few decades. Thematically tailored to the individual specialist departments, collages made up of colour-adapted project images present the full range of services WTM provides. The design concept is supplemented by individual pictures that interpret a typical material of the relevant specialist department in representative fashion. Anyone wishing to learn more about the subject of acoustics and design can read the article about WTM in Designlines, available at the following link: http://www.designlines.de/projekte/Akustik-im-Bild_15776467.html 

Recognition for ViewPoint in the HafenCity

Third place in the alpitecture award 2015

4 August 2015 – The look-out tower designed by RHW Architekten and structurally engineered by WTM has made its mark in the “alpitecture award 2015”.The ViewPoint is a mobile lookout platform, the location of which varies depending on the progress of construction in the HafenCity.This has enabled visitors to the futuristic-looking ViewPoint to observe the development of the HafenCity for some years now.The prize is awarded by alpitecture, an international platform for the promotion of architecture, whose alpitecture award recognises structures that have served to promote tourism.

WTM Team in HSH Nordbank Run 2015

A race for the Kinder helfen Kindern charity

June 27, 2015 – Amongst the 24,000 participants there were also 11 WTM runners. The HSH Nordbank Run is the largest charity run in North Germany, with runners covering a 4-km circuit in Hamburg’s HafenCity. We would like to thank our team for their hard work, and look forward to the forthcoming sporting events in the second half of the year!

WTM Day in Berlin 2015

Big WTM staff get-together in the capital

June 19, 2015 – The annual WTM Day that brings together employees from all WTM offices kicked off with a reception in the DAZ German Architecture Center. In his lecture, Manfred Kühne from the Senate Department for Urban Development spoke about the general conditions regarding building work and current developments in Berlin. Afterwards everyone set off on a wide variety of special exploration tours. We spent the evening in the Mirror Hall of restaurant and dancehall “Larches Ballads”. The 19th century venue, which has been preserved in its original state, has its very own venerable charm and is an absolute highlight of the Berlin art and culture scene. And for us, too, our evening there was the high point of a wonderful day.

Opening of new Whitney Museum of American Art

Flood protection was finalized in time

April 29, 2015 - On May first the new Whitney Museum of American Art openens for public.

Renzo Piano designed the new museum with wide open light gallery spaces and with marvelous views over the Hudson and Manhattan connecting the outside to the inside. The design presents an enormous change in expression regarding the old Whitney Museum designed by Marcel Breuer in 1966 as closed, protective concrete structure at the Upper East Side. The new Museum is located in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan, NYC at the end of the Highline and next to the Hudson River in a low laying area.

The storm surge caused by the Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 detected a severe vulnerability of the building for storm surges, especially as the flood exceeded the applicable design water level.

WTM Engineers were asking to develop a flood mitigation concept which should be integrated into and hidden behind the existing design, as the design was already done and the building was structurally completed. Based on a new design water level, determined in cooperation with the Franzius Institute for Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering in Hannover, WTM Engineers were able to develop a flood protection concept including the strengthening of the existing structure, arranging of flood gates and mobile barrier systems at all openings exposed to flood and developing a concept for operation.

WTM Engineers accompanied the implementation of the concept on-site. The museum was finalized in time.

WTM Engineers enabled the new Whitney Museum of American Art to protect their invaluable artwork in future to much worse storm surges than the one of the devastating Sandy Hurricane.

Dr. Karl Morgen receives the Emil Mörsch Medal of Honor

Honor at the 2015 German Construction Technology Congress

April 24, 2015 – On April 23, 2015 at the official opening ceremony of the 2015 German Construction ‘Technology Congress in Düsseldorf, Klaus Pöllath, the Chairman of the German Concrete and Construction Technology Society awarded the Emil Mörsch Medal of Honor to our Managing Director Dr. Karl Morgen in recognition of his special achievements in the field of concrete construction.

The Emil Mörsch Medal of Honor is the German Concrete and Construction Technology Society’s highest award and is bestowed every two years.

Together with our senior partner we are delighted with this honor and offer our hearty congratulations.


New noise protection hangar for the airport in Geneva

Another airport project in Switzerland under construction

March 31, 2015 – With WTM Engineers and its partner having designed a noise protection hangar at Zurich Airport, (commissioned in April 2014), another hangar destined for engine run-ups is under construction at Geneva Airport, which will offer noise protection to inhabitants and commercial premises in the area. WTM Engineers was commissioned with the design planning, structural engineering, acoustics, and studies of the flow mechanics. Furthermore, WTM, together with Thomas Jundt ingénieurs civils, is in charge of the on-site building supervision.

The hangar is being constructed as a wide-span, flat, steel framework structure. On account of the acoustic lining on the inside, the actual steel structure is outside the sound-proofed hangar. The, for technical reasons, unique shape of the building, the exterior framework, the vertically structured lamellas and the movable steel deflection make for a functional, special structure.

Work on the building began in March 2015. Assembly of the exterior steel structure commenced with the positioning of the main frame and an outside wall.

Commissioning of the entire structure is envisaged for November of this year.

New facility for Klinikum Wahrendorff

Psychiatric and psychosomatic clinic with 233 beds

March 9, 2015 – At its Köthenwald site, Klinikum Wahrendorff is planning a new 233-bed psychiatric clinic. The step will enable the specialist departments, which have previously been located separately in Ilten and Köthenwald, to be brought together under the single roof of one main clinic.

In future the new complex will comprise nine in-patient psychiatric wards for the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic and the Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Clinic. Integrating the two specialist fields enables functional and organizational processes to be put on a more economic footing.

The building, a reinforced concrete frame structure, boasts a sustainable, ecological concept for its energy supply. Its main features are a high proportion of regenerative, self-generated heating, cooling, and electricity in the new building, and the use of renewable energies.

WTM Engineers was successful in a pan-European tendering procedure and was commissioned with contracts covering the structural design and planning the fire prevention measures, and the building acoustics.

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Setting a milestone

Topping-out ceremony at the European XFEL international research facility

February 18, 2015 - WTM Engineers offers its congratulations to European XFEL GmbH on the occasion of the topping-out ceremony for the main building at the Schenefeld site in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The ceremony marked a milestone in the construction of the X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), one of the largest international research facilities in Europe.

In connection with the 3.3-kilometer long XFEL, which WTM Engineers likewise planned, the research building with the company headquarters and the underground facility for experiments beneath it were constructed over the course of six years. Alongside offices, the new building has laboratories, a cleanroom laboratory and seminar rooms. The underground experiment hall with five experiment areas is located 20 meters beneath the main building.

The services provided by the engineering syndicate WTM Engineers (which acted as lead) and Amberg Engineering AG from Regensdorf in Switzerland included the feasibility study, compilation of the planning permission documentation, site planning and structural design, as well as construction management and site monitoring.

Over 350 guests attended the official ceremony, including representatives of the Federal Government, the States of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, the consular representatives of various countries, local politicians and officials, and representatives of the European XFEL Council, not to mention employees of European XFEL and DESY, and honored the efforts of the companies working on the construction project.

40 million euros for environmental monitoring

Fehmarnbelt consortium awarded contract

Feb. 2, 2015 – The Fehmarnbelt consortium FEMO (Fehmarnbelt Environmental Monitoring and Consultancy) has been awarded a framework contract for environmental monitoring during construction of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel worth 40 million euros.

WTM Engineers is a member of the consortium and alongside monitoring the construction companies will concentrate on the drafting, planning, tendering and monitoring of the structural part of additional minimization and compensatory measures, including coastal work.

FEMO will monitor possible environmental impacts in the water, on land and in the air caused by the construction work. The aim behind this is compliance with environmental limits.

New bridges in Copenhagen officially opened

Link between downtown and the opera house

Jan. 28, 2015 – Nearly two weeks ago, the pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Christanshavn, Trangraven, and Proviantmagasin canals in downtown Copenhagen were officially opened by Mayor Frank Jensen. Designed by WTM Engineers and Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, the bascule bridges took two years to construct.

Configured in the shape of a star and each with one platform, the steel bridges over Christianshavn and Trangraven canals are eight meters wide and the free platforms up to 23 meters long; there is a further bascule bridge over Proviantmagasin canal. When both platforms are opened the bridge resembles a butterfly, and locals affectionately refer to it as the “Butterfly Bridge”. The extremely filigree structure enables the set of bridges to blend in discreetly with the historical neighborhood with its listed quay walls and buildings. The bridges form part of a new pedestrian and cycle path in Copenhagen that links downtown with the new opera house.

2014 WTM Architectural Engineering Prize awarded

HafenCity University (HCU) honors its graduate Manuel Boensch

December 5, 2014 – On December 4, 2014 the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize was awarded for the fourth time at the graduation ceremony for students of HafenCity University in Hamburg.

The winner of this year’s prize, which is worth EUR 3,000, is Manuel Boensch. In his Master’s thesis, entitled “Pre-dimensioning Vertical Cable Facades” he addressed the load-bearing behavior of cable net facades and produced pre-measuring nomograms. He took the main restricting conditions into consideration and calculated the underlying formulae with regard to cable forces, system deformations and glass pane warping. Prof. Frank Wellershoff at HCU supervised the Master’s thesis.

Manuel Boensch initially studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering at Münster University of Applied Sciences before doing a Master’s degree in “Structural Engineering - Architectural Engineering” at HCU. In March 2013 he received the “VBI Special Prize: Cooperation between Architecture and Structural Engineering” for his work for the Schinkel competition in Berlin.

Ever year WTM Engineers awards the WTM Architectural Engineering Prize for the best Master’s thesis at HafenCity University and honors the outstanding achievements of the HCU graduates.

We offer our hearty congratulations to this year’s prize winner Manuel Boensch!

The future of construction sites – from seminars to careers

WTM supports the “Junge HTG” workshop in Kiel

Dec. 1, 2014 – This year’s “Junge HTG” workshop in Kiel was actively supported by WTM engineers. One of our staff, Lea-Frederike Koß, played a key role in the organization.

The content of the workshop was rounded by out by a poster provided by Hinnerk Sunderdiek and Manfred Gutsche, entitled “Building the 5th Lock Chamber at Brunsbüttel” and a lecture by Fritz Hilgenstock on the “Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link – tunneling to Scandinavia “. All three are experienced engineers at WTM.

We are pleased that we were able to support the “Junge HTG” in the process of knowledge transfer by networking young engineers with experienced professionals.

For the overall congress program, simply visit www.htg-online.de

Expansion towards the North

WTM opens office in Copenhagen

25.11.2014 - Thanks to the long lasting demand in Scandinavia WTM established WTM Engineers Copenhagen ApS in Copenhagen, represented by the general managers Dr.-Ing. Karl Morgen and Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Jäppelt.

At the moment the engineers from WTM supervise current projects in Denmark, e.g. the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link as well as the movable pedestrian bridges over Christianshavns Canal, Trangraven and Provianmagsingraven. WTM is also represented in many current competitions.

„We are where our clients are”, remarks Dr. Morgen this new step towards the North of Europe.

Awarded research project contract

Research program with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Nov. 20, 2014 - WTM Engineers and BAM, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing have been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy to run the research project on “ZfP Structural Design – Incorporating automated non-destructive audits into retrospective load-bearing calculations and a holist assessment of existing bridges”.

As part of this research project, scheduled to run three years, a pragmatic method will be developed to enable the results of non-destructive tests (ZfP) into the probabilistic retrospective calculation of existing bridges – as Stage of the Retrospective calculations Guideline issued by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

image source: www.bam.de

Topping out ceremony at Plauen District Office

Demolition and preliminary building work now completed

On Nov. 7, 2014, Dr. Tassilo Lenk, District Councilor of the Vogtland District, and other invited guests celebrated the topping out of the future downtown Plauen District Office following completion of the demolition and preliminary building works. The listed building dates from 1912, was designed by architect Emil Rösler, and was used as a department store from 1914-2000. The conversion is the largest current construction project in the Vogtland District.

WTM Engineers is handling the structural design in a joint venture (Arge LaVola) with the architects Bolwin Wulf and ZWP Ingenieur-AG, providing the technical building services.

Tunnel insertion

Fußgängerunterführung Messezugang Hamburg-Sternschanze

During construction work on the new pedestrian underpass at the Sternschanze entrance to the Hamburg trade fair complex, on September 11, 2014 an approx. 25-meter long tunnel segment was inserted beneath the fully operational Deutsche Bahn railroad tracks.

The inserted shell weighs around 750 tons in total. The insertion was made using a towing device “from the front”. Given its footprint, which is widened in the shape of a trumpet, it is not possible to insert the northern section of the tunnel in the same way. The tunnel and the other parts are being made using in-situ concrete.

The pedestrian underpass is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.

On behalf of the Roads, Bridges, and Waterways Agency of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, WTM worked on the planning of the structure util it was put out for tender.

New expert

WTM has a new publicly appointed and sworn-in expert

On May 19, 2014 Dr. Gabriele Funk from our Munich office was publicly appointed and sworn in by the Munich and Upper Bavarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as an expert for the appointment category “Damage to Concrete and Concrete Repair”.

The range of services embraces the writing of expert opinions for courts, authorities, and private clients, as well as consulting, monitoring, inspections, the issuing of certificates, and arbitration.

Her duties include recording structure status, the analysis of damage to structures and the planning of repair measures for solid construction structures such as bridges, tunnels, and multi-storey and underground car parks.

Topping out ceremony for renovation work at “Bühnen Köln”

Structural work completed

June 27, 2014 – At the invitation of the Opera Director-General Dr. Birgit Meyer and the Theater Director General Stefan Bachmann, and in the presence of Mayor of the City of Cologne Jürgen as well as around 800 guests, not to mention those involved in the construction work, the topping out ceremony was held to mark the conclusion of the structural work on Offenbachplatz.

Performances in the completely renovated and extended “Bühnen Köln” building ensemble, which was designed by Wilhelm Riphahn and houses the opera house, theater, the new underground children’s opera house and the new “Kleines Haus” are expected to begin again in November 2015.

As part of the “Prüfung Bühnen Köln” consortium that included the firm Dr.-Ing. W. Naumann & Partner, and Dr.- W. Sievering, WTM has been commissioned with the technical inspection of all the buildings, facades, and excavation pits, and the securing of the existing buildings and the stage equipment structures.

Official opening of the noise protection hangar at Zurich Airport

Long-term improvement to noise situation

June 18, 2014 – With the ground-breaking ceremony having been held on October 4, 2012 the noise protection hangar at Zurich Airport was officially opened in the presence of Ernst Stocker the head of the State Council of the Canton of Zurich, Harry Hohmeister, CEO of Swiss International Air Lines, and Thomas E. Kern, CEO of Flughafen Zürich AG, as well as around 100 invited guests from the worlds of politics and business.

To check that airplanes are fully functional after maintenance work the engines have to be tested at various power levels while the planes are standing still. For the most part this takes place at night, and in the past the noise it causes was a major nuisance for the residents of the neighboring communities. The new noise protection hangar represents a milestone in the long-term improvement of noise levels. In future when the engines are being tested, only 50-60 decibels of the 156 decibels measured inside the hangar will be heard outside. 126 meters long and 82 meters wide, the hangar can accommodate airplanes up to the size of a B747-8 jumbo jet.

As part of an engineering consortium with suisseplan Ingenieure AG in Zurich, WTM was commissioned with the architectural and structural design.

Work to begin on 5th lock chamber in Brunsbüttel

New beacon heralds construction work

May 23, 2014 – The new beacon recently erected on Mole 2 near Brunsbüttel serves not only as a guide for shipping, but also for the expansion of the international Kiel Canal.

Following final approval by the Federal Republic of Germany of the construction costs totaling half a billion euros, work can now commence on the major project that is the 5th lock chamber in Brunsbüttel. Since 2008 WTM has been providing the client, the Brunsbüttel Waterways and Shipping Authority, with planning services relating to structural and design planning, supervision of the planning approval procedure, tendering procedure, and award of the contract. Services relating to construction management and local site supervision are now pending.

The lock is intended to be opened to shipping in the second half of 2020.

2nd place in the “European Concrete Award 2014”

Project by WTM employees successful in the international competition

Nicodemus Jansson and Finnmap Consulting Oy, as well as colleagues at WTM are delighted and offer their congratulations for 2nd Prize in the international European Concrete Award 2014 competition. Nicodemus Jansson was responsible for calculating the dimensions of all the storey ceilings in the “Kaisa Talo” library building for Helsinki University. He and his former team at Finnmap Consulting Oy in Finland won in the Building category, in which 19 international projects participated.


The highest quality

WTM successfully re-certified in accordance with ISO 9001: 2008

Following extensive tests, WTM Engineers once again received the ISO 9001: 2008 quality seal for all its locations (Hamburg, Berlin, Munich), as well as for WTM International.

Achieving the audit targets underscores WTM Engineers’ own quality standards. The auditor Jürgen Feil mentioned in particular the quality management system in place at WTM, which made an extraordinarily good impression. The DNV GL auditor also praised the employees’ great expertise.

“We’re proud of the path we have taken with regard to quality. For our clients and partners it’s an important part of our joint work – now and in the future,” Dr. Ulrich Jäppelt, Managing Director at WTM Engineers and the QM Team in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich are delighted to say.

More about quality management at WTM

Major K+S Kali GmbH projects go turnkey

Successful implementation of water protection measures

With the official launch of water protection measures in October 2011, the industrial company K+S Kali GmbH introduced a scheme for sustainable waste salt water disposal. Through building measures, expansion of the existing plants, and investments totaling approx. 200 million euros, the potash-producing company has since been able to considerably reduce the amount of waste salt water.

The commissioning of the plants in Hattorf and Wintershall in March 2014 marked the implementation of important measures in this major project. In both locations WTM accompanied the structural and design planning, and supervised the building measures.

Despite different conditions in the various locations, inclement weather, and implementation of the measures during on-going operations, the work was completed on time and in budget.

In the presence of the Minister-President of the State of Hessen, Volker Bouffier, and Thuringia’s Minister for Federal and European Affairs, Jürgen Gnauck, the plants went turnkey on March 26, 2014.

Refurbishment of Congress Center Hamburg (CCH)

Contract for the revitalization of Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH) awarded to WTM

Following its successful pre-qualification in the first round of the procedure for the contract award for the revitalization of Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH), at the end of the second round WTM has now landed the contract for the structural planning.

The CCH has 23 flexible-use rooms covering a gross surface area of approx. 96,000 square meters. Opened in 2007, the western section no longer meets current requirements relating to Hamburg positioning itself as an international trade fair city. Built in 1973 and with a preservation order now on it, the old structure, on the other hand, cannot sustain the changed demands in terms of spatial requirements and congress procedures.

The plans involve restructuring and renovating the building, such that it satisfies current needs, in the form of a plenary hall, group rooms that can be partitioned, as well as exhibition and communication spaces that will enable the CCH to grow further.

Subject to conclusive political decisions, the work is due to be conducted in 2017-18.

EcoMaT Technology Center

WTM plans beacon project in Bremen

WTM is taking on the structural planning of the EcoMaT (Center for eco-efficient Materials & Technologies) Research and Technology Center in the Airport-Stadt district in Bremen.

The EcoMaT is being built in close proximity to the industrial partners Airbus and Astrium, as well as Bremen Airport. At some 500 workstations, innovative materials and surface technologies will be researched and advanced.

With commissioning planned for 2016 the EcoMaT is a beacon project that forms the new center of the cross-cluster research work in, among other things, aerospace, the wind and automotive sectors, and the maritime industry.

In October the design concept drawn up by the Berlin firm of architects Huber Staudt won against 14 other applicants. The investment sum is estimated to total some 40 million euros.

Commendation in competition

“Brückenschlag Darmstadt”

The entry submitted to the “Brückenschlag Darmstadt” (Darmstadt Bridge) competition was rewarded with a commendation and prize money. The design by WTM was the result of collaboration with the architecture firm Benthem Crouwel from Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Hamburg transport planners ICB Ingenieur-Consult, and the light planning firm Bartenbach from ldrans in Austria.

The competition related to two road bridges across the railroad tracks between Rheinstrasse and the Heimstättensiedlung development in Darmstadt, which forms part of an overall concept.

“The proposed family of bridges has […] an extraordinarily high recognition factor, which can provide an identity and play a role in a perceptible upgrading of the urban environment around the planned bridges,” was how the jury’s verdict read.

There’s a fresh wind blowing

Following our move from the River Alster to the River Elbe there’s a fresh wind blowing not just round our new offices.

We are delighted to present our new Website to you.
Boasting a fresh design it will have regular updates about WTM and our new projects.

We would love to receive feedback and any suggestions you may have.

We hope you enjoy browsing and discovering things.

Modernization work at “Ellmühle” mill completed

November 8, 2013 saw the official reopening of the modernized “Ellmühle” in the Deutz district of Cologne.

On November 8, 2013 some 200 guests from the worlds of business and politics attended the official reopening of “Ellmühle” in the Deutz district of Cologne following 18 months of modernization work.

Kampffmeyer Mühlen GmbH, which is Germany’s largest mill operator and headquartered in Hamburg, invested 16.5 million euros in construction work and technical plant. On the basis of the construction measures WTM planned, the mill now satisfies cutting-edge demands on production processes and food hygiene. The use of energy-saving technology meets the high requirements of sustainable building.

WTM has acted as general planner for the Group for decades now.