Planning in Viega’s field of competence “Fire Protection” was similarly complex. This is because the new three-story building is not only equipped with seminar and office rooms, but also with an underground parking. This means that, in addition to the common fire protection requirements for cable ducts within the building, the more stringent requirements of the special construction regulation issued by the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia also apply. Integrated design with the BIM working methodology was particularly helpful in this regard; more specifically: Void planning in the context of structural engineering. The solutions found for this, including Viega systems, will also be part of the seminar concept in the new building in Attendorn-Ennest in the future, just as the topics of sound insulation, ventilation/air conditioning or the operating concepts derived from building automation, in which the integrated design approach has also led to interesting, detailed solutions.
Thanks to the broad integration of Viega systems into the LINEAR Solutions, the components ultimately installed could be directly integrated into the design.
Maximum quality throughout
“The aim was to achieve the highest level of quality in design, execution and subsequent use on all levels,” says Ulrich Zeppenfeldt. And not only with regard to construction or the most economical operating phase possible, but primarily, of course, in terms of the high training quality of the Viega seminars. The technical building equipment of the interactive training center is installed in such a way that it can first be explained theoretically and then demonstrated in practice in visible open shafts and penetrations according to state-of-the-art didactics. In addition, all processes taking place in the building are subject to seamless monitoring. This means that training participants can track the development of energy demand on the building, as well as temporary peak loads in potable water demand or the temperature curve in circulation pipes.
100% BIM leads to new ways
The fundamental insights gained in the “Viega World” project relate in particular to the description of the object by the client (Client Information Requirements), process organization and, finally, project execution ( BIM execution plan). In the latter, the collaboration of the various trades even broke new legal ground. “As a result, this led to a completely new concept- and process-based approach, but one that is likely to become standard for projects of this kind in the future,” says Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christoph van Treeck, RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Energy Efficient Building. In the Viega project, he merged the process of integrated design with BIM and is now putting the concept-based approach into practice in a holistic manner.