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365° Yearbook 2014 / 2015

At the Limit?


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04 PROJECTS AND PEOPLE

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Page 04 The importance of not getting our signals crossed Page 06 Safe driving on the Lucerne Cityring Page 08 New approaches to water conservation

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Transition of the energy sector

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PROFILE 16 COMPANY 

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Public participation in mobility

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IN BRIEF Our daily work

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INTERVIEW 

Sustainability in Chile: soon going beyond mere lip service?

Cover picture Traffic, buildings, power grid and radio frequencies: various infrastructures are operating at their limits today. This is not only due to their limited lifespan and the fact that they are being used by more people than they were originally designed for. Our expectations about how they should function have also changed signi足ficantly. (Illustration by Anja Denz)


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Innovative solutions to meet our future demands

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Dear Reader, .

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.In this . issue . . of our Yearbook, we interpret the term “infrastructures” in a much broader sense than one that . . . . simply involves buildings or structures. Find out how . . . . smart IT solutions can help us to overcome radio-­ . . . . frequency limitations. And why enhanced wastewater . . . . treatment plants alone cannot sufficiently reduce the .levels . of . micropollutants . that enter the aquatic envi.ronment . . from . households, farms and industrial facil­ .ities. . Picture . . the finely tuned coordination of a multi.tude . of.factors . and considerations that go into ensuring your safety and comfort on the Lucerne Cityring. And . . . . we are moving one step closer to a sus.find. out . how . tainable system of energy supply – in both Switzerland . . . . and Chile. . . . .

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. Our . existing . . .infrastructures . . . . are . used . . by. more . .people . . . today . .than . ever . before, . . . and . their . lifespan . . . is limited. . . . At.

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. the. same . .time, . our . society . . .has. changed. . . .We. are. much . .

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. more . .mobile . .now . than . .when . our . .transportation . . . . infra. .

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. structure . . .was. built. . .Our. intensive . . .level . of. communica. . . .

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. tion . is. stretching . . . the. available . . .frequencies . . . to . capacity. . . .

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. And . while . . we . want . . to .live. in .a more . . environmentally . . . . .

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The demands we place on infrastructures have changed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . significantly. There can be no doubt that this must be . reflected . . .in our . future . . use . .of them. . . We . advise . . our . .cli-. . ents . on . how . .to meet . . the . complex . . . challenges . . . that . will . . . result . .from . this . process. . . . . . . . . . . . .

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From . . left. to right: . .

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Cornelia Editor . . . Büttner . . Managing . Daniel Schläpfer Chairman of the Executive Board . . . . . . Kerstin Krage Director of Corporate Communications . . . . . . Bruno Basler Chairman of the Board of Directors

What do radio frequencies, the future of energy, con. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . taminated aquatic systems and traffic problems have . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in common? They are all related to infrastructures that . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . have reached their limit. .

sustainable manner, we continue to consume ever more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . energy. .

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An insight into the sheer breadth of our activities can . . . be gained from the IN BRIEF section, which summarises . . . . projects outside the main focus of this issue and is now .to be . found . . at the centre of the magazine. .

.We .wish . you . an enjoyable read!

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Public participation in mobility Residents join the City Council to plan the future of mobility for their city. This exemplary approach, characterised by transparency, open-mindedness and a great deal of commitment from both parties, has been a model of success in Rapperswil-Jona since 2012. The reason is that everyone wants to do something about the daily gridlock. Our role in this undertaking is to manage the participatory process and support the city with our expertise in the area of transport planning and communications management. Making use of websites, social media, flyers, events, photography and 足videos, as well as working with the press, we are actively supporting the city and enabling people to stay abreast of the latest developments. INFO

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The importance of not getting our signals crossed Radio frequencies are essentially limited. This is why we often run into reception problems when using wireless means of transmission in broadcasting and event organisation. Our tailor-made software solution can help make sure we don’t get ours signals crossed.

Wireless transmission devices are widely used in broadcasting and event organisation these days. Wireless microphones, headsets and two-way radios are used, for instance, at concerts, in theatres and in churches. The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR), in particular, relies on these technologies for its radio and television broadcasts. Indeed, it has become hard to imagine “Voice of Switzerland”, World Cup Ski4

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ing and daily news programmes . . without . . . wireless . . production. . . . . This is why the reliability of wireless transmission has become . . . . . . . . . . . so important. .

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Various applications such as mobile network operation, Wi. . . . . . . . . . . Fi and television and radio broadcasting are forced to share . . . . . . . . . . . an essentially limited radio-frequency spectrum. In light of this . . . . . . . . . (OF. . limitation, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications . . . . . . . . . . . COM) allocates specific frequency ranges to various users. . . . .devices, . . the . available . . . When it comes to wireless. transmission frequency range is the same as that for digital terrestrial . . . . . . . . . tele­ . . vision (DVB-T). For historical . reasons, . . . these . .wireless . . transmis. . . sion applications are only. tolerated . . .as guest . . users, . . however, . . . and reception is therefore.not. always as reliable as one would . . . . . . . . . wish. Then there is the common problem of mutual interfer. . . . . . . . . . . ence in the case of events involving many different partici. . . . . . . . . . . pants and wireless transmission devices. Knowing in advance . . . . . . . . . . . which frequencies are available would make a huge difference .

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.to event . . organisers, . . . allowing . . . the . frequencies . . . . to .be properly . . . coordinated for all the users. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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This is where SRG SSR comes in: so that the limited range of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . frequencies can be used with optimum efficiency, the SRG .SSR. aims . to . simplify . . the . planning . . . and . coordination . . . . of . events . . .that. involve . . the . use . of . wireless . . transmission, . . . . through . . . the. use . .of a. web-based . . . platform. . . . Ernst . Basler . . +. Partner . . develops . . . and . .operates . . a. tailor-made . . . software . . . solution: . . .a web . .application . . . .that. shows . . the . frequencies . . . .that . are . occupied . . . by. digital . . ter. .restrial . . television . . . (DVB-T) . . for . any . .given . location, . . . displayed . . . .both . as. a map . . and . a. graphic. . . For . .each . event, . . a .designated . . . person is responsible for managing the frequency coordina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tion and acting as a point of contact in case of problems. In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the future, all one will need to do is use the application to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . submit the desired frequencies to the coordinator. Thanks to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the web application, the task of coordination is significantly .simplified. . . . This . benefits . . . not. only . .SRG. SSR, . .but. also . other . . .stakeholders . . . who . . operate . . wireless . . transmission . . . . systems. . . . The . .application . . . is .even . free . of . charge, . . .as SRG . . SSR . has . financed . . . .its entire . . development . . . . and . operation. . . . . . . . . . .

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When it came to the app’s design, we placed great value on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . user-friendly operation. Moreover, the web application is not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . only designed for use with computers, but also with smart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . phones and tablets. We operate the servers for the applica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tion in a cloud environment. This allows us to conveniently . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . adapt the capacity of the environment to strong fluctuations .in demand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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From the analysis of the requirements to full-scale operation, we have managed all phases of the software development process.

As project manager, Jürg Mannes functions as the bridge between the client and the developers. He ensures that the demanding requirements are met on time and without losing sight of the project budget. When not at work, he often exchanges his computer keyboard for the manual of his harpsichord. Remaining at the cutting edge of technology is the key for software developer Alex Graf. He keeps abreast of the latest technologies and concepts and applies his knowledge to his software projects. In his free time, he finds a balance in gymnastics and reading. Initially hired as a software developer, Susan Gasser now focuses on detecting problems as a software tester. As exemplified by the SRG SSR project, nothing is released for productive operation before it is thoroughly examined. When not at work, the ETH graduate in computer science spends her time at her home in Aargau with her husband and two daughters (preferably in the garden) or relaxes with an exciting book.

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Safe driving on the Lucerne Cityring The complete renovation of the city motorway was characterised by pressing deadlines, night work and space constraints. The work has now been brought to a successful completion. As the overall coordinator for the project planning, we established and managed numerous interfaces and were responsible for planning the renovation of the Sonnenberg Tunnel. The last of the rush-hour traffic passes through the Sonnenberg Tunnel. Then, at 8 p.m., the barricades go up and the tunnel is closed to traffic, as construction vehicles approach and the workers begin their night shift. At six in the morning, everything is as clean as a whistle and the tunnel is re­ 6

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opened to traffic. The commuters . . . are . .blissfully . . unaware . . . of. the extensive construction. work completed during the night, . . . . . . . . . . let alone the meticulous planning that made it possible. .

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The Sonnenberg Tunnel is located on the A2 Motorway, the . . . . . . . . . Lucerne Cityring, one of .the. busiest stretches of motorway . . . . . of . operation, . . . a. in the whole of Switzerland. After forty .years . . . . . . . . . to. number of tunnels and roadway installations had. begun . . . corrosion . . . and . water . . dam. . show significant signs of cracking, age: an increasing safety risk. This status provided the ration. . . . . . . . . . . ale for the extensive renovation . . work . . that . was . completed . . . .be-. tween 2009 and 2013. Working on behalf of . . . . . . . the . Federal . . . Roads Office (FEDRO) in our capacity as a member of the en. . . . . . . . . . . gineering association “INGE LEAD”, we were responsible for . . . . . . . . . . . planning the entire renovation project. Today, we can look . . . . . . . . . . . back with satisfaction on the successful completion of the . . . . . . . . . . . project in June 2013, especially in light of the immense chal.

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The dedication and excellent cooperation on the part of the project’s stakeholders proved crucial to successfully meeting the immense challenges.

.lenges . .involved . . (as . reported . . . in .365° . 2007). . . Numerous . . . tasks . . involving various stakeholders needed to take place in tightly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . synchronised operations. The Lehnen Viaduct, the Reussport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tunnel, the Senti Bridges and the city transport link also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . needed to be renovated for compliance with the latest safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . requirements. It was a Herculean task to ensure that traffic .flowed . .unhindered . . . throughout . . . the . entire . . construction . . . . phase. . . .Given . that . .daytime . . construction . . . . on. the. city . motorway . . . would . . .have . led . to. complete . . . gridlock . . and . .a major . . headache . . . for. the . .city.of Lucerne, . . . the . plan . .called . for . night . . work . . on .a scale . .that . was unprecedented for Swiss motorways. Moreover, the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .night . shift . .operations . . . had . to. proceed . . like . clockwork. . . . .Any. de. lay in the tunnel’s opening in the morning would have led to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . traffic jams extending out beyond the city limits. It was there. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fore necessary to plan each individual work step down to the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . smallest detail and to respond rapidly to any unexpected de. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . velopments at the construction site, to ensure smooth com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . muter traffic from six o’clock in the morning. .

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tunnel lining underwent comprehensive repair. In addition to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . this, the construction workers created new verges and in. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stalled new SOS bays and cable ducts under tight spatial con. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . straints. When confronted by unexpected situations, it proved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . essential to revise the carefully drafted plans in smart and prag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . matic ways – sometimes directly at the construction site. .

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Complex undertakings that involve many different parties, such as the renovation of the Lucerne Cityring, represent rewarding challenges for Stefan Matsch. When not at work, he enjoys “non-motorised” outings together with his family in the Zurich highlands close to his home. Sonja Wacker’s career as a civil engineer began with the Lucerne Cityring project. She now applies the experience she gained from this to other tunnel restoration projects. In her free time, she enjoys being together with her family, skiing and playing volleyball. Jürg Portner is fascinated by all of the many facets of tunnel construction. No matter whether the task at hand involves structural planning, renovation work or special utility installations, the civil engineer always aims to work out the optimal technical and economic solution. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and venturing out on bicycle tours.

operation of the project’s participants and the professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . communications management. Those affected by the project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . were informed well before the construction vehicles ap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . peared, and were kept abreast of all of the project’s phases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . with specifically targeted communication measures. « .

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New approaches to water conservation

Insecticides, pharmaceuticals, shampoos – these days, our waters contain countless micropollutants. This problem cannot be solved by focusing only on wastewater treatment plants. We examine alternatives and their possible economic implications.

The micropollutants come from a wide range of common products, including plant protection products, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and detergents. Around 30,000 different substances are used daily in household, ­agricultural and industrial settings and can enter the aquatic environment, causing adverse effects. Even in very low concentrations, such micropollutants can endanger aquatic or8

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gating ways in which they can be optimised and supple. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mented. They are to be evaluated in terms of their efficiency, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . social and economic feasibility, costs and public acceptance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The spectrum of substances and their applications is vast, and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it is difficult to grasp the full picture for many stakeholders, .including . . CEOs, . . politicians, . . . researchers, . . . . and . consumers. . . . . Our . .role. is to . provide . . a. systematic . . . overview . . .of the . scientific . . . results . . .and. to identify . . . solutions . . that . . give . equal . . weighting . . . to .the .vari­ . .ous. ­areas . of . application. . . . . The . aim . is. to. provide . . an . accessible . . . .report . that . . can. serve . as . a .resource . . for . the . Swiss . . Federal . . Coun. . .cil to . show . . parliament . . . where . . there . . is a. need . .for .action. . . .

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In addition, the introduction of new water-quality threshold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . levels is being discussed. These levels are to take account of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the hazards associated with the substances and are to reflect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the methods that have been established in the EU for evalu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ating substances in relation to the aquatic environment. On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . behalf of FOEN, we are carrying out an economic assessment .of the . .proposed . . .changes . . to . existing . . .water-quality . . . .require. . .ments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Risch Tratschin is fascinated by the challenges of water management, both at home and abroad. Having studied water management, contemporary history, media studies and economics, he complements his other team members perfectly. Of Romansh cultural heritage, Risch Tratschin spends a lot of time on his bicycle, taking in the cultural attractions of the city and venturing into the mountain world of the Engadin Valley. Christina Dübendorfer is fascinated by methodical and conceptual questions in aquatic science. As an environmental engineer, she is a real talent when it comes to viewing matters from various perspectives, identifying synergies and harmon­ ising various competing interests. Her four children offer her ample opportunity to demonstrate her skills. The subject of micropollutants is complex. It is therefore a big advantage that environmental microbiologist Laurence Duc is so well versed in minutiae of chemical and biological analyses and at the same time never loses sight of the big picture when approaching her assignments as an environmental planner. The combination of a steadfast bird’s eye perspective and a love of detail also serves this Suisse romande mother well when pursuing her passion for various mountain sports in her free time.

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365° IN BRIEF offers the reader an overview of various pro-

jects that are not covered under “At the Limit?”, the main theme of this issue. It represents a cross-section of the diverse interdisciplinary assignments that our various business divisions handle on a daily basis.

SIMULATION OF PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC

Comfortable shopping at ShopVille in Zurich’s main railway station Serving a very large volume of passengers, Zur­ich’s main railway station is a major public transport hub. The station’s ShopVille (SV) ­offers customers a diversified shopping ex­ perience. The patterns of pedestrian traffic at the SV can be expected to change in the wake of construction work on the city’s Diameter Line as well as on the new underground railway station at Löwenstrasse. To help ensure a comfortable shopping experience for SV customers, we have developed a computer simu­

lation of pedestrian traffic that reflects the new scenario. Using the Social Force Model, we have arrived at a realistic mapping of the pedestrian dynamics, which enables us to ­demarcate the areas that must be left as ped­ estrian thoroughfares and the areas where equipping of public space (e.g. for café guests) is permissible.

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IN BRIEF EXPANSION A growing University of Zurich The Institute of Business Administration and the Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich need more space. That is why the existing building that houses the institutes in Plattenstrasse 22 in Zurich is to be expanded in the framework of project “MESSINA”, which is being directed by the architectural firm Gunz & Künzle. The addition will offer extra space for the institutes and their students. The library for the Institute of Business Administration in the building’s basement will also be outfitted with a friendly ­inner court. The blueprint impresses in terms of its flexible floor plan, due to stiffening bor-

der columns, and its elegant facade made of precast concrete. We are responsible for planning the structural system and the facade.

FEASIBILITY STUDY Gjakova wastewater treatment plant in Kosovo

The wastewater infrastructure in Kosovo is in poor shape. In many cases, wastewater from settlements enters the aquatic environment without any form of treatment. The Swiss

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has therefore agreed to finance a waste­ water treatment plant in Gjakova, marking the first major Swiss investment in the development of the wastewater management sector in Kosovo. The wastewater treatment plant is expected to contribute to a significant improvement in the quality of Gjakova’s water supply and sanitation, as well as its socioeconomic conditions. On behalf of SECO, we are carrying out a study of the project’s institu­ tional, financial, legal and technical feasibility. INFO

www.ebp.ch/1046

TRANSPORTATION FINANCING Greater user contributions? The future financing of Swiss railways and roads has emerged as a topic of political discussion. On behalf of the Zurich Metropo­l­ itan Conference, we are examining whether and how the users and beneficiaries of the transport network can assume greater responsibility for its maintenance and renewal. The focus of the investigation is on the effectiveness of current sources of financing (e.g.

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the fuel tax) and alternative approaches such as corporate and capital fees and a mobilitypricing programme involving the application of use-dependent fees for public and private means of transport. Our assessment offers an outline of the advantages and disadvantages of twenty different revenue options and serves as a basis for political discussion.


IN BRIEF

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

Renovation and expansion of Zurich’s main railway station The southern wing of Zurich’s main railway station is being renovated and expand­ed. As the general manager for the project’s building technology, our assignment is to ensure that the existing systems, which service the restaurant, kiosk and offices, are brought in line with the latest standards. The special

challenges associated with the project include the historic building’s many different facilities and rooms, the limited space and the dis­parate concerns of the various stakeholders, including owners, tenants, construction engin­ eers, fire safety authorities and historic preservation authorities.

RENEWABLE ENERGY VISION FOR 2050 Considerable potential in Brazil Although Brazil already meets more than 50 per cent of its energy needs via renewable sources such as water power and biomass, the overall potential is far more extensive. Together with our partners ECOGEO and the INSTITUTO EKOS BRASIL, we are investigating ways in which the country can meet 100 per cent of its energy needs via renewable sources by the year 2050. Our investigations show that while the target represents a major challenge, it is altogether feasible. Indeed, grea­t­ ­er investments in the harvesting of biomass, solar power, wind power and water power make sense in both ecological and economic

terms. This could also be combined with the implementation of measures designed to enhance energy efficiency and lower consumption despite population growth.

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IN BRIEF

KIEL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH REGION Development concept for the region of Kiel In 2011, in the face of increasing regional competition, the German city of Kiel, capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, implemented a broad regional development programme together with its neighbours Plön and Rendsburg-Eckernförde and the trade associations and chambers of commerce in the area. The aim is to foster cooperation and improve the standing of the region as a whole. We devised the regional development concept and helped to manage the overall process. At the end of 2013, all of the regional author­ities approved the concept and its implementation. INFO

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www.kielregion.de

PRELIMINARY STUDIES OF CITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS A sound solution where interests abound Zurich’s public space is limited, and competing claims for its development and use abound. These claims make it difficult to identify acceptable solutions in the context of the preliminary studies that are carried out for development projects involving city streets and plazas. The city of Zurich’s Department of Public Works faces the task of coordinating the often diametrically opposed interests of its individual departments. On behalf of the Department, we have developed a conceptual approach that enables an identification of solutions that account for the various needs of the stakeholders ­involved.

RESEARCH PROJECT

COMMUNICATION

The impact of weather on traffic accidents

A3 Motorway: renovation of the Kerenzerberg Tunnel

To what extent does the weather – rain-slick streets, snowfall, sun glare, etc. – affect the incidence of traffic accidents? We are currently researching this issue on behalf of the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO), with the aim of increasing traffic safety with the help of data pooling and structured data analyses. We are analysing traffic incidents in the light of data drawn from meteorological records, weather models, accident statistics and reports on prevailing street conditions. We use these analyses as a basis for characterising the various factors that affect the occurrence of accidents, and for identifying measures to increase traffic safety.

The Kerenzerberg Tunnel between Weesen and Murg is to be renovated in the coming years to ensure compliance with the latest safety standards and guidelines. The work will include the installation of a safety tunnel. Our role in this project is to support the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) in the area of public relations. Our aim is to help boost public acceptance for the project and to make sure that motorists, residents and officials are kept well informed throughout the project’s execution. Suitable communication measures are to be developed and implemented to achieve this aim. INFO

www.ebp.ch/1047


IN BRIEF CHARTING THE RIGHT COURSE?

Monitoring the transition of the energy sector The Swiss energy sector is to undergo an extensive transformation by the year 2050. The key elements of the transformation include a significant reduction in energy consumption and an expanded use of renewable sources of energy. This constitutes a long-term, complex project that will have an impact on our entire system of energy supply and demand. The purpose of our monitoring programme is to facilitate the task of assessing the extent to which progress has been made – information which has previously not always been readily

available. The results of the programme essentially provide an independent, transparent and annually updated data record for measur­ ing performance in relation to Switzerland’s transition to renewable energy. The Alliance for the Environment has already based its energy transformation index on these monitoring data. We have also made the data avail­ able to other organisations.

URBAN EXPANSION AND TRANSPORTATION

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)

Evaluation of agglomeration programmes What is the best approach to urban development? And how are we to strike a balance among the various factors such as housing, transportation and landscape conservation? The agglomerations are responsible for ­submitting appropriate agglomeration pro­ gram­mes to the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) as a condition for obtain­ing federal funding for transport infrastructure projects. Our role is to coordinate the work of the external expert groups that help the ARE to review the agglomeration programmes.

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www.energiewende-index.ch

Maintaining designated farmland quotas Switzerland’s crop rotation plan requires that a canton-specific, minimum total area of high-grade farmland is identified and maintained in the form of so-called crop rotation areas. If such designat­ed agricultural land is lost as a result of development projects or revised zoning specifications, the loss must be compensated for by land improvements or revised zoning specifications elsewhere. Working together with the Canton of ­Zurich’s Office of Soil Conservation, we are currently developing a GIS application for keeping track of such areas of land. This will help the Canton of Zurich to keep abreast of the latest land developments.

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IN BRIEF

FINDING A USE FOR ELECTRONIC WASTE

AUDIT

Recycling critical metals

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB): pedestrian access

Electronic waste is actually a source of valuable material. While the process of disposing of electronic waste in Switzerland includes efforts to recover the valuable base and precious metals it contains, these efforts have so far not been extended to certain critical metals such as the platinum group metals (PGMs) that are used in cell phones and photovoltaic assemblies. The irreversible loss of these metals is not only bad for the environment, but it also represents a missed economic opportunity. In the interest of enabling the recovery of these valuable materials, we have joined forces with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil to evaluate the technical and organisational prerequisites for the introduction of appropriate recycling systems.

Already heavily frequented in many locations throughout Switzerland, the pedestrian access points to the Swiss Federal Railways network, including underground pedestrian links and platforms, are expected to come under even greater strain in light of projected increases in passenger numbers throughout the next twenty-five years. Numerous SBB railway stations are struggling to address these general cap­acity limitations, while at the same time facing new and stricter technical regulations relating to public-venue safety and barrierfree access. We are currently conducting an audit on behalf of the supervisory board of the SBB to arrive at a rough estimate of the costs associated with the necessary renovation. This will then be used as a basis for mediumrange planning and for negotiations with the Swiss Federal Office of Transport.

LAND DEVELOPMENT AND CLIENT REPRESENTATION Letzibach conversion, Zurich Altstetten The SBB is erecting two combined residential-commercial buildings on the 14,700square-metre Letzibach C parcel of land near the Altstetten railway station. The buildings are to include 185 units distributed across around 17,000 square metres of rental space. We have so far supported the client in the project development phase by assisting in the drafting of a feasibility study and man­ aging the process for awarding the building contract. We have acted as client represen­ tative in the project planning, tendering and construction phases since 2009. Our expert­

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ise in the areas of structural engineering, building technology, and building-envelope construction has enabled us to secure the project objectives.


IN BRIEF

NEWBUILD IN LINE WITH THE MINERGIE-P-ECO STANDARD

Model of sustainability at the Swisscom Business Park in Ittigen The new Swisscom office building in Ittigen, Canton of Berne, offers 1,700 workstations for a total of 2,000 employees. In addition to multi-purpose, open-plan offices, the building houses various special facilities, including a conference centre, a call centre and a staff restaurant. The new construction also meets the conditions of the demanding MINERGIEP-ECO standard: optimum energy efficiency, non-hazardous construction materials, seasonal energy storage and a photovoltaic installation. Some of the further challenges for our energy concept included multi-use areas

and an assurance of high levels of comfort even at high workforce densities. We mastered this balancing act by focusing on an optimised building envelope, a design that permits higher thermal-storage levels, and a commitment to enhanced energy efficiency in all areas. In addition to the energy concept, we are also responsible for planning the building’s building technology and its lighting architecture.

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www.ebp.ch/1048

DIVERTING THROUGH TRAFFIC Bodensee-Thurtal-Strasse: stage 1 The Canton of Thurgau is planning to replace the main thoroughfares between Bonau and Arbon with a two-lane dual carriageway known as the Bodensee-Thurtal-Strasse (BTS). This highway is to run primarily through cuts and tunnels and will effectively divert much of the through traffic affecting the communities along the current thoroughfares, thereby upgrading the affected settlement areas. We

have been commissioned to assume the role of the project manager for the first 12-kilometre stretch of the new highway. This work will include handling the following specialist matters: routing, traffic, engineering structures, construction logistics, materials management, noise control, stream relocation, and the restoration of natural systems.

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IN BRIEF UNIQUE IN SWITZERLAND Crime prevention in Aarau’s Aeschbach District The new Aeschbach District (AQA) in Aarau (Canton of Aargau) is being developed in accordance with standards issued by the ­ ­German Sustainable Building Council. These standards also provide for the implementation of special crime-prevention and personal-safety measures. In its capacity as the project’s developer, Mobimo AG began an indepth examination of crime-prevention elem­ ents as early as the planning phase. The measures that are geared to prevent burglary, ­vandalism and violent behaviour in AQA tend not to be directed towards individual buildings or apartments, but towards the district as a whole. Ex­amples include well-lit walkways and wide passageways. Working together with Christian Weicht, an expert in crime prevention, we conducted a workshop to raise awareness among planners of the issues involved and we also draft­ ed assessments of crime-prevention

elem­ents in the areas surrounding AQA as well as at one of the district’s construction sites. When it comes to crime prevention and personal safety, AQA is unique throughout Switz­erland. No other district development project has included such a comprehensive and in-depth consideration of basic security issues. INFO

www.ebp.ch/1049

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Chlus hydropower plant

The planned Chlus hydropower plant in Graubünden is expected to generate around 214 gigawatt hours of electricity a year. This corresponds to the annual power consumption of around 45,000 households. The plan provides for the construction of a new hydro­ power plant in Trimmis that will capture the runoff water from the existing hydro­power

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plants between Lake Davos and Küblis. Additional water will be channelled from the Landquart River as well as from three smaller tributaries. The project will change the volume of residual water in the Landquart River between Küblis and the Upper Rhine River. This volume will be monitored so as to ensure that the brown trout will once again be able to reach their original spawning grounds in the remote reaches of the Prättigau Valley. Moreover, the river is also to be engin­ eered to ensure that the daily water-volume fluctuation associated with hydropower plants is limited to an ecologically sustainable level. Together with five other specialist planning firms, we are drafting the environmental impact report that will be submitted along with the building permit application. Beyond this, we will be active in the project in a planning and management capacity until a determin­ ation of the residual water volume is made.


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Consumer confusion The sheer complexity of the energy sector’s transition has left many consumers without a compass. Nevertheless, the topic of energy is far more likely to spur people into action than are the concepts of sustainability or climate protection. It is easy to measure the achievement of energy goals, and the effects are tangible. (Illustration by Anja Denz) 10


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Christine Steiner Bächi  The aims of the energy transition have been communicated, but concrete measures are lack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ing because they depend on the political process. This makes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . planning difficult for real estate investors and leads to uncer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . tainty. Most property owners and portfolio managers are re. . . . . . . . . . . . . . luctant to invest in building renovations and are instead opt. for . new . .builds . .promising . . .better . .returns. . . The . renovation ing . is . too . low. . . . . . . . . . . . rate .

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. ling in the average per capita living space over the last .twenty-five . . . years: . . our . buildings . . . and . .the. way . we . use . . them . . .Peter de Haan  Sluggish investment is also apparent in the .­testify . to . the . fact . . that . we . waste . . energy. . . New . . buildings . . . are. . power . . sector. . . With . .their . current . . business . . . models, . . the power .being . erected . . .in place . . of. old . ones . .with . twice . . as .much . floor . . . companies . . . are . destined . . . to. come . up . short . . in. the. near future. space, but for far fewer people. That’s not going to work out Achieving the objectives established by will . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . our. lawmakers . .in the . end. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . require . . greater . . . investments . . . in . smart . . grids . . and . renewable sources of energy. At the same time, the market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . is to be libMiriam Werder Aegerter   Renovating the infrastructure alone eralised, permitting free market access to electricity. It’s clear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . will not prevent our current energy system from reaching its that the power companies will require new business models. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . limits. For the energy transition to gain ground, changes in They need products that are tailored to the wants of consum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . consumer behaviour are crucial. So far, there’s no evidence ers, products that are both profitable and that save energy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of any large-scale changes of this sort. That being said, a sig.

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Miriam Werder Aegerter  I see major challenges in communicating the right message to the general public. The message needs to resonate also with people outside the LOHAS demographic. Energy transition is a complex matter, and nearly all stakeholders lack an overview. No one is really in a position to determine the extent to which behavioural changes will have the desired impact.

We call the attention of our clients to the risks and opportunities they’ll run into on the way to the new world of energy. Christine Steiner Bächi

Peter de Haan  And even within the LOHAS market segment, we’re seeing a rebound effect. For example, interest in air travel sees an increase because the neighbourhood’s new system for biowaste disposal gives people the feeling that they’re doing their part to save the environment. If we want to reach our energy transition goals, we need to lower per capita consumption of power and fossil fuels. And that’s not going to happen unless everyone joins in.

Heinz Richter  It’ll also be important for the current gener­ ation to learn to deal creatively with the conflicting goals presented by renewable sources of energy. We’re living at the expense of future generations. And we leave half of our carbon footprint in some other part of the world. If we want to intelligently transform our energy sector and prevent a comeback of the gas industry, we will need to live with certain conflicting goals at home. For instance, a landscape altered by solar and wind installations.

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. . . of . an. apartment . . . building . . . app is used to show the residents . . . . is .compared . . .to others. . . . how high their energy consumption This engenders a spirit of. competition. For instance, instead . . . . . . . . . . of using an average of 50 . litres . . of water . . to . take . .a shower, . . . they make do with 25 litres. And the app is programmed to . . . . . . . . . . . send immediate feedback: “Keep up. the good work!” . . . . . . . . . .

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more suitable means of .demonstrating . . . . achievements . . . . than . . the more abstract notions .of climate change and sustainability. . . . . . . . . . . It can be easily quantified and the effects are easily identifiable. . . . . . . . . . . . This allows us to reach consumers, investors and developers . . . . . . . . . . . alike and to bring about corresponding changes in behaviour. . . . . . . . . . . . In short, because we can guarantee a measurable result. .

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are . interrelated . . . . these . .days . and . can . no . longer . . be . considered . . . . from the perspective of individual countries. This complexity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . can have a paralysing effect. We first need to break the is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sues down into subproblems to bring about desired changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in behaviour. The energy issue is an ideal candidate for this, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . as energy always has local relevance. And it can pertain to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . people, buildings and even entire regions. Moreover, there . . are . financial . . . rewards . . for . those . . who . .save . energy. . . . . . .

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on . investors, . . . developers . . . .and. consumers . . . at. a .subconscious . . . . level. . . Whether . . .our. clients . . are. involved . . at . a. conceptual . . . level . . or . at. the. coal . face, . .we. call. their . attention . . . to. the. risks . and . op. . portunities they’ll run into on the way to the new world of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . energy. We provide a sound basis for our clients to make in. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . formed decisions.

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clients that they can’t solve their problems as easily as they expected, we’re nonetheless able to offer them a clear view of the viable options for reaching their goals. The interdiscip­ linary nature of our expertise and services enables us to offer creative solutions from a single source. This allows our clients to profit in the long run. «

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Fielding questions on behalf of Ernst Basler + Partner (from left to right) Heinz Richter is a member of the management board and has been responsible for the company’s Energy + Technology unit since 2005. The unit’s specialists for energy-efficient building design, indoor comfort, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, building automation systems and lighting architecture develop creative solutions from conception through to realisation. Christine Steiner Bächi has managed the company’s Real Estate Development team since 2000. Giving special consider­ ation to sustainability criteria, the team supports public and private-sector developers throughout the entire development, planning and realisation process. Miriam Werder Aegerter has directed the company’s Communications team since 2012. This team of graphic designers and communications management consultants supports clients when it comes to the strategic and visual communication of complex and societally relevant issues. Peter de Haan has directed the company’s Climate Change and Energy Efficiency team since 2009. This team of experts examines energy demand and the potentials for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and also develops climate protection measures. One important focus of the team’s work is the relationship between energy efficiency and consumer behaviour. 13


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Although sustainability has become a buzzword in .Chile, . . the . .country . . . has . little . . experience . . . . . to. draw on in order to turn this concept into a reality. .Chile’s . . need . . for . . expertise, . . . .experience . . . . . . . . . to. establish . . . a . subsidiary . . . . in . Santiago . . . . and innovative solutions prompted Ernst Basler + Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . de Chile in the middle of 2012. While Chile is often referred to as the Switzerland of South America, the two countries are very different. Roger Walther of Switzerland (left) and Sergio Sáez of Chile (right) are nonetheless convinced that Chile represents an important market for Ernst Basler + Partner. The two forestry engineers are a part of a four-member team based in the Chilean capital that is helping to raise the profile of environmental issues in “the Switzerland” of South America.

365°  What is so compelling about Chile for Ernst Basler + Partner?

Roger Walther The Chile of today has political stability, and its economy is on the upswing. While sustainability is a popu­ lar notion, there is a lack of concrete action. In many areas such as waste disposal, climate change and energy, solutions to the many environmental problems are still on the drawing board. In Switzerland in the past decades, we have been able to acquire considerable know-how and experience. This is something that we can contribute.

Sergio Sáez Although Ernst Basler + Partner is relatively unknown in Chile today, we do benefit from the enterprise’s excellent reputation. Chileans also value the Swiss brand: a certain quality and innovative spirit exemplified by Swiss companies and products. Seizing this opportunity, we go one step further and work with local partners to “localise” Swiss services, adapting them to local circumstances instead of simply copying them – a model we would also like to “export” to other South American countries in the long term.

I regard the ‘localisation’ of Swiss services as a model of success. Roger Walther

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T HEM A N Y PROFILE COMPA

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Ernst Basler + Partner is a leading, internationally active engineering, planning and consulting enterprise with Swiss roots. Around 350 employees representing a wide range of professional disciplines work in the company’s planning, construction, consulting, IT, and communications management units. Our offices are located in the Swiss cities of Zollikon and Zur­ ich, as well as in Potsdam, Germany, and we have recently opened a subsidiary in Santiago de Chile. In the interest of further expanding our activities in South America, we acquired a majority shareholding in the Brazilian company ECOGEO Group in São Paulo in April 2014.

We measure our success on the basis of our clients’ satisfaction, and on the quality and the long-term benefits of our services. While the share of our international projects con­ tinues to rise, we conduct most of our business in Switzerland and Germany.

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Our mission Our mission is to offer our clients the innovative and effect­ ive solutions they need to meet the challenges of our times. In doing so, we are also guided by a passionate commitment to the conservation of the Earth as a sustainable habitat, both today and for generations to come. This is why we have attached utmost importance to the concept of sustainable development for more than three decades.

To date, Ernst Basler + Partner has implemented projects in over 60 countries worldwide.

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