The competition „Estonian Concrete Building of the Year 2019“ begins.
What is the best Estonian concrete building in the year 2019?

The competition „Estonian Concrete Building of the Year 2019“ begins. What is the best Estonian concrete building in the year 2019?

Concrete Association of Estonia Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia Press release

Concrete Association of Estonia and Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia have announced the „Concrete Building of the Year 2019” competition. The aim of the contest is to contribute to the architectural concrete, concrete construction and concrete technology development, as well as to raise the reputation of concrete as a domestic building material.

„The continuing urbanization in Estonia relies heavily on concrete construction,” says the chairman of the Concrete Association of Estonia Tiit Roots. „Both infrastructure and constructions building are widely based on concrete,” added Roots.

According to Tiit Roots, concrete has again shown its position as the most widely used domestic building material.

„We invite the creators of soon to be completed buildings to submit their work to our competition," said Tiit Roots.

Conditions to enter the concrete building construction:

-Buildings – structures and constructions – that will be delivered to the owner during the year 2019;

-Buildings that have previously not been submitted to the competition;

-Also designs and proceedings can be submitted.

The winner of the contest is a proceeding or object that invests in the work of the entrepreneurs registered in Estonia and concrete material purveyed locally. Professional engineering and construction are also important aspects of the selection process, also exactingness, quality and innovation of the contestant.

The grand prix goes to the author of the winning idea. The owner, engineer, constructor, supplier of formwork and concrete producer will be denoted.

see more at: https://www.betoon.org/aasta-betoonehitis/voistlusest/konkursi-tingimused/

The jury comprises of representatives of the Union of Estonian Architects, the Concrete Association of Estonia, the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers, the Estonian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs, the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies, the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia, AS Kunda Nordic Tsement and constructional media. The jury is summoned by the promoter of the contest.

Konkursile tööde esitamise tähtaeg on 2. detsember 2019. a.

The winner will be announced on the 20th Estonian Concrete Day in March 2020.

The annual contest – The best concrete building of the year – has been organized for 20 years making it the oldest construction competition in Estonia.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2018 is the building of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The main prize, architecture – KUU Arhitektid (Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla and Eik Hermann);

Contractor Award: Estonian Academy of Arts; Designer Award: Inseneribüroo Printsiip OÜ (Tõnu Peipman, Piret Lindma, Andres Sokk, Tom Arula); Interior Design Award: Pink OÜ (Tarmo Piirmets, Raul Tiitus); Constructor Award: Astlanda Ehitus OÜ; Concrete Works Award: Maru Betoonitööd OÜ, Savekate OÜ; Concrete Award: Betoonimeister OÜ, Rudus AS; Concrete Elements Award: Framm AS, Paneelivabrik OÜ; Formwork Award: Peri AS; Ramirent Baltic OÜ.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2017 – a private residence in Viimsi. Grand Prix – client Mait Rõõmusaar.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2016 – Eesti Rahva Muuseum. Grand Prix – DGT Architects (Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane).

The Concrete Building of the Year 2015 – Ihaste Bridge in Tartu. Grand Prix – Ehituse ja Tarkvara Inseneribüroo OÜ (Juhan Idnurm ja Siim Idnurm).

The Concrete Building of the Year 2014 – Tondiraba Ice Hall. Grand Prix – Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2013 – the reconstruction works of Ülemiste junction. Grand Prix – AS K-Projekt (head designer).

The Concrete Building of the Year 2012 – the reconstruction of concrete structures of Tallinn Seaplane Harbour. Grand Prix – constructors Karl Õiger and Heiki Onton.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2011 – musical scale Cromatico. Grand Prix – sculptor Lukas Kühne.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2010 – villa in Pirita. Grand Prix – architect Andres Lember, Male Maja OÜ.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2009 – Tallink office building. Grand Prix – architect Meelis Press.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2008 – the expansion of Tallinn Airport. Grand Prix – architect Jean-Marie Bonnard, Sofreavia SA.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2007 – arch bridge of Puurmani. Grand Prix – engineers Siim Idnurm, Juhan Idnurm.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2006 – office building for Luku-Expert. Grand Prix – architect Hindrek Kesler.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2005 – office building for TTP. Grand Prix – architect Meelis Press.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2004 – Ülemiste Hotel. Grand Prix – architect Martin Aunin.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2003 – villa in Viimsi. Grand Prix – Architectural Bureau Emil Urbel.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2002 – Tartu Prison. Grand Prix – Architectural Bureau Kalle Rõõmus AS.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2001 – terminal in Muuga. Grand Prix – engineer Randväli ja Karema AS.

The Concrete Building of the Year 2000 – Rocca al Mare School. Grand Prix – Architectural Bureau Urbel ja Peil.

The Concrete Association of Estonia is a union established in order to promote concrete as a domestic construction material, aggregating 66 companies, organizations and individuals.

The Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia is a union linking 63 companies involved in the production and marketing of construction materials.

Additional information:

Tiit Roots, Chairman of the Concrete Association of Estonia

Tel: 50 42 228; e-post: tiit@peri.ee

Toomas VainolaToomas Vainola, Executive Director of the Concrete Association of Estonia

Phone.: +372 648 1918; +372 50 366 50; e-mail: betoon@betoon.org

Enno Rebane, Executive Director of the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia

Phone: 648 1918; 51 82 662; e-mail: eetl@eetl.ee

www.betoon.org

http://www.eetl.ee

Conditions of the competition

E-Betoonelemendi meeskond on sel nädal Soomes KoneAgria messil

E-Betoonelemendi meeskond on sel nädal Soomes KoneAgria messil

E-Betoonelemendi meeskond on 10.-12. oktoobrini Jyväskyläs, Soomes, kus toimub põllumajandusmess KoneAgria 2019.

Visitors to the Farm Fair have access to Cabro betoonelementidest Acontank vedelsõnnikuhoidlate lahendusega.

The fair is open:
Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Saturday 9am to 4pm.

Kohtume juba neljapäeval Jyväskyläs messiboksis A120!

Additional info: http://www.koneagria.fi/fi

E-Betoonelement pakub keskkonnasõbralikke ehituslahendusi

E-Betoonelement pakub keskkonnasõbralikke ehituslahendusi

PRESS
Harju Elu, september 2019

E-Betoonelement, mis kuulub  Euroopas juhtivate betoonelementidest lahenduste pakkujate kontserni Consolis, tarnib maailmatasemel hoonelahendusi siia Eestisse kui ka Skandinaaviasse. Ettevõte on teinud Eesti turul mitmeid märkimisväärseid projekte nagu näiteks: Harju maakohus, Maanteemuuseum, Ülemiste, Rocca al Mare, Kristiine keskused ja Mall of Tallinn T1, samuti mitmed tootmishooned ja terviklikud korterelamute lahendused nagu Pöörise, Järve tornid, Toom-Kuninga jne.

E-Betoonelemendi soov parimaid ehituslahendusi pakkuda, ajendas ettevõtet tugevdama fassaadide viimistlusviiside valikuvõimalusi ning selleks tehti investeering Harku tehasesse, ostes täisautomaatse lihvimisliini töödeldud pindade tootmiseks. Uus täielikult automatiseeritud tootmisliin ühendab endas turu parima tehnoloogia ja võimaldab toota mitmesuguseid eksklusiivseid pinnaviimistlusi nagu lihvitud (terrazzo), masin-harjatud (brushed), klombitud (hammer-brushed) ja pesubetoon. Lisaks pealmistele seinapindadele on masin võimeline töötlema ka elementide servasid ning elementide avade servasid, lisavõimalus on töödelda ka kumeraid ja lainelisi pindu

Kas seoses uue tootmisliiniga vajate ka spetsialiste?

Alar Salum, Consolis Baltikumi üksuse juht: „Jah, otsime pidevalt uusi tulijaid, kes eelistavad liikumist soosivat tööd – tehases vajame betoonelementide valmistajaid ja viimistlejaid. Töö on rahvusvahelises ettevõttes, see on stabiilne ning boonustena pakume isiklike sündmuste- ja sporditoetusi.”

Kas teil on ka kontoris vabu ametipositsioone?

Alar Salum: „ Jah on – otsime projekteerijaid. Kuna pakume täisteenusega betoonelementlahendusi, siis on meie inimestel ainulaadne võimalus näha jooniseid ja seda, kuidas joonised muutuvad reaalseteks elementideks ja reaalseteks hooneteks. Ootame oma majja uusi projekteerijaid, kes on huvitatud maailmatasemel programmide kasutamisest nagu Tekla ja BIM. Kõik insenerid saavad teadmised ja kogemused maailma tipptasemel betoonelementide tootmise valdkonnas. Näen Baltikumis suurt potentsiaali ja tahame kasutada ära kõigi regioonis asuvate üksuste parimad praktikad, alates projekteerimisalastest ekspertidest kuni tootmis- ja eksporditegevusteni. ”

Mida peaksid uued tulijad teadma töökeskkonnast ja ohutusest teie ettevõttes?

Alar Salum: „Consolise ettevõtted kogu maailmas, nagu ka E-Betoonelement siin Eestis, pööravad suurt tähelepanu ohutuse ja keskkonna küsimustele. Töötame pidevalt ohutusprogrammide kallal ja korraldame kord aastas ohutuspäeva, kus keskendume ainult ohutusküsimustele, näiteks siin Harku tehases pole tööõnnetusi olnud enam kui aasta jooksul. Samuti teeme kõik ökoloogilise jalajälje vähendamiseks – näiteks ehitasime uue lihvitud fassaadide tootmisliini jaoks veepuhastusjaama, et taaskasutada juba kasutatud vett. Kõik need algatused ja täiustused võimaldavad meil olla uuendusmeelsed ja kvaliteedile orienteeritud ettevõte. Kõik andekad inimesed on oodatud meiega liituma!”

 

Concrete Technology Day Will Take Place on October 10!

Concrete Technology Day Will Take Place on October 10!

The Concrete Technology Day will be held in the hall of Tallinn University of Applied Sciences (Pärnu mnt 62) on the 10th of October. The Concrete Association of Estonia and Tallinn University of Applied Sciences organize the event for the 14th time already.

Busy and exciting agenda:

11.40  Registration

12.00 Opening words

12.10 Presentation of manual BÜ9 “Tolerances of Concrete Elements” by the Concrete Association.
Vaido Leosk will make a presentation  as the lead of the work group of the manual and the representative of E-Betoonelement..

12.25 Concrete Print in 3D. Past. Present. Future.
Andrus Liblik, OÜ Haragrupp

13.10 About the planning and construction of high-rise buildings in the example of Helsinki’s REDI quarter. 
Mart Urbas, Kontek Int AS

14.10 Coffee break in the lobby of floor IV

14.50 Award—Concrete Friend 2019

15.00 Practical BIM in construction in the example of NOBE.
Maidu Tamm, Nordecon Betoon OÜ

16.00 About the construction of Haabersti crossroad’s overpass and tunnels.
Martin Taal, Nordecon AS

17.00 Summary of Technology Day

 

REGISTER here: betoon.org  (the latest by October 03)

The participation fee is 65 euros; for the members of the Estonian Concrete Association—45 Euros. VAT 20% is added to the price.

Free entrance for daily students and lecturers of universities.

The participants will receive 4.0 further training points of the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain more knowledge! Be there!

 

BIM in Real Estate Management and Maintenance

BIM in Real Estate Management and Maintenance

PRESS
Real estate news, construction news, September 2019
Epp Alatalu

Architects and designers have already been introduced to the advantages of BIM and use it. Furthermore, construction professionals coordinate their activities on the basis of the same files. Solutions have been found to problems in interdisciplinary coordination with the help of building information modeling (BIM).

However, the current compatibility does not offer sufficient support to the participants in the lifespan of a building—real estate management and maintenance await an e-platform mostly or have not been informed at all. Urmas Mardi from the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations apologizes that there are numerous draft legislations, the topic has somehow gone unnoticed, and they have no competence.

The members of the Estonian Real Estate Maintenance Association have discussed the digital possibilities supporting the activity, its CEO Jüri Kröönström confirms. “The house has been described with the same software from an idea to execution, everybody speaks “the same language” and onwards, and the maintenance operators of real estate should find it easy to find cables and pipes that need replacement.” He knows that with the lead of the deputy secretary general Jüri Rass, the lifespan portal of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is worked on to create a solution for them.

“The predominant part of the members of Estonian Real Estate Maintenance Association are small and medium-sized enterprises, and for most of them it is financially impossible to invest in BIM. Besides software, it is necessary to train the people for it all to be beneficial,” notes Kröönström. But he does know enterprises that try it out.

A member of the management board of AS Kapitel, its Development Director Indrek Moorats states that BIM is definitely important in real estate management and maintenance. This approach creates new effective possibilities to manage and use information in complex and intricate constructions being built today. On one side, BIM helps enormously to organize large data volumes, and this in itself is a great value. However on the other side, the systemized data and handling the data skilfully enable a lot—starting from the smarter planning of maintenance works to the possibilities of machine learning. Not to mention the fact that the management-maintenance team can provide their input and evaluate the results in the course of the design and the planning of the building, Moorats notes.

 

All stages of the lifespan of a building involved

As to the words of Indrek Moorats, it should be admitted regrettably that in comparison with construction, maintenance is only taking its first serious steps in practice, and the choice of the right and reasonable programmes is tricky. Powerful international software has not found much use in our market due to its cost and complexity, and local software developers are only on the verge of grasping possibilities. Therefore, formats which the designers and builders use in their everyday work are mostly in use. Surely, great potential is seen in the open ifc-format, which he favours himself. Kapitel established all its new real estate development resorting to the BIM approach. “Already at a rather early stage, we involve the management team into the whole process to achieve the best possible result emanating from the needs of management and maintenance”, Moorats mentions.

Numerically, there are more real estate managers who are currently content with the situation of using joint documentation and would easily find the documents with correct and clear titles prior to the appliance of compatible software. A 2D image is a great help to an average real estate manager. Let’s leave the 3D and 4D images to the future. It is thought that BIM is no miraculous treatment, you only need proper maintenance software. The existing ones are either clumsy, really expensive or yet incomplete.

 

Reminet works in the name of solutions

20 years ago, Reminet OÜ was established to offer innovative IT solutions in Estonia for real estate maintenance, following the principle that one of the foundations of the success of every organization is the capability to maintain and manage its assets in the best possible way. This needed a solution which would provide an overview to all the material assets in connection with the organization and their condition, guaranteeing both the employees and the executives an easy access to up-to-date data at the same time. ARCHIBUS software originating from Boston was implemented in 2000, offering an integral interaction environment to all the parties involved—the owner, the manager, and the user.

A member of the management board of Reminet OÜ, Kaia Kirs, speaks enthusiastically about the software used in real estate maintenance; not only because she is an experienced trainer in these topics but also because prior to the interview she spent several hours at home where the sink siphon had to be replaced. If the plumber of their house could have reviewed information about the sink before starting the work, he could have brought the necessary spare part right away instead of wasting time to inspect the situation and going to a store to buy the spare. Information on the house and the appliances used in it can be collected to the software during the activities of the designer and the builder and would thus be handed to the owner with the purchase documents of real estate—just like a car has a logbook. Today, the maintenance operators do not have such precise information, more time is needed, and this is certainly a waste both for the contractor and the contracting entity.

The modelling of a building is important according to her—to think forward and to make information flow in IT solutions via the life cycle of a building. “Nowadays, a house is built for 50 years. The architect, the designer, and the constructor work 2-3 years, and for the rest of the time the house needs maintenance,” states Kaia Kirs. Maintenance is the correct term which connects the topics of management (owner, money, contracts) and upkeep (appliances and surfaces).

The technology connected with the model of a building is not yet comfortable for a maintenance operator to use. Also, the required data has not been agreed upon. With any luck, the execution model of a building created by the architect, the designer, and the builder conforms to how the house was completed but the information the maintenance operators need is different. The data required for their work are created in collaboration between the designer and the builder. For instance, the possible crossings of different elements are inspected in one IT environment. Concrete beams will not be in the way of staircases in a complete building—the possibility is excluded. Maintenance operators must describe the required data already in the design stage of the building. Thus, they receive a wholesome working environment when the house is handed over. Real estate is managed all over the world using the ARCHIBUS software. Solutions for a visualized data model usable in maintenance are sought after together with partners.

Kaia Kirs adds that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has a vision to create a digital twin of the whole environment built in Estonia, but she does not know yet when the digital twin of a new building being designed will become common.

The digitalisation of the construction field depends on how the parties of the life cycle of a building start to understand each other and how different software will interact with each other. This purpose requires jointly agreed-upon standards, i.e. a common language. As the result of a public procurement announced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the researchers of Tallinn Technical University and Tallinn University of Applied Sciences are creating joint rules together with the practitioners for technology to support the information flow along the line: architect-designer-builder-construction supervision-maintenance operator.

Indrek Moorats believes that interesting developments in terms of BIM will be seen in the near future in real estate management with the support of IT-related smartness inherent to Estonians and a peasant-like rational needs-based approach.

The parties to the field of construction—from the architect to the maintenance operator—are creating a joint e-Construction platform with the support of the state, which could be used by the entrepreneurs as well as the state and local governments to share information. In the course of the design and the completion of a building, permits need to be obtained from state departments or local governments for sure. The purpose is to make it as simple as possible—be it a detailed plan, a design permit, or an authorization for use. The platform reduces communication via e-mail and telephone and makes the whole process transparent, reducing the amount of time spent.

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Jaanus Olop, the Head of the Design Department of E-Betoonelement which belongs to Consolis Group, describes that all new works are designed, produced, and installed in the BIM software in their enterprise: all the data of the elements are entered into the model and all the data can be extracted from the model of necessary. Often, the real estate managers of shopping centres and office buildings need to make changes and reconstruction works emanating from the needs of the users of the rooms. As compared to the previous times, he mentions that if anything needs to be rebuilt in a building, walls need to be removed or added according to the change in the use if the room, first the drawings of changes and other documents compiled during the previous life and at different times need to be looked up and afterwards studied and combined. One could only hope that all the previous works have been commented and the documents can be found.

Jaanus Olop: “When using the BIM software with newer objects, you can already check the BIM model, when thinking about the possibilities of reconstruction, how different loadings and the addition or removal of walls could impact the building—first and foremost from the point of view of safety. If changes are made, it should be marked in the BIM model to assess the possibilities and options of future reconstructions considering the works completed,” he adds. Moreover, using the possibilities of modern technology is a question of guaranteeing the safety of a building.

Source:

https://www.ehitusuudised.ee/uudised/2019/09/03/bim-toob-kinnisvara-haldusesse-huvitavad-arengud

https://www.kinnisvarauudised.ee/uudised/2019/09/03/bim-on-kinnisvara-korrashoius-veel-vahekasutatud

Photo source: epfl.ch

 

Business Centre in Töökoja Street—Successful Collaboration between Sister Companies

Commercial Building in Töökoja Street—Successful Collaboration between Sister Companies

In the collaboration between AS E-Betoonelement and the sister companies of the enterprise, CES AS and Swetrak AS, a new commercial building was built in 2019 at the address of Töökoja 3, Tallinn. The main contractor was Merko Ehitus Eesti AS.

Project: Töökoja 3 Commercial Building
Address: Töökoja 3, Tallinn
Customer: Merko Ehitus Eesti AS
Architect: Sirkel & Mall OÜ
Product nomenclature: hollow panels, joists, posts, SW-walls, partition walls and staircases, HTT panels
Sales Engineer: Martin-Sven Käärid
Project Manager: Toomas Böttcher

The commercial building in question is an excellent example of a successful collaboration between sister companies E-Betoonelement, CES, and Swetrak. Planning was the responsibility of CES, which also collaborates in the construction of the SG commercial building at Pärnu maantee in Tallinn. Setrak was responsible for the exterior walls, which have a TiO2 addition on the building, making the surfaces really gleaming when the sun shines.

The advantages of concrete elements with titanium oxide are their better resistance to weather conditions, the self-cleaning ability of the concrete surface, and its brighter and lighter look. Moreover, it has been shown that such a concrete surface fixes nitrogen compounds and thus cleans the environment. TiO2 itself is, as a fine powder, a bright white, persistent, and fixed substance, which is mainly used as a pigment in paints and paper.