From 11th to 17th April 2016 in a 4,200 m² exhibition hall in the Open-Air Area North, PERI will be presenting the very latest formwork and scaffolding technology. The focus is on a range of innovations, practical system enhancements as well as further developments for different applications and target groups. In addition, prospective customers can find out more about the various services provided by the Weissenhorn-based company. Then, PERI offers much more than just innovative system equipment in order to ensure that project management activities in the formwork and scaffolding sectors are even more cost-effective and safer for the users.
On the Open-Air Area North – Stand FN 719 – PERI expects seven eventful trade fair days and more than 150,000 visitors and interested customers in the specially erected PERI exhibition stand.
“For us, the bauma is always an extremely important event and it is – and will remain – the world's leading trade fair. We are looking forward to showing the industry in April in Munich those developments we have been working on for the past three years. Our number one priority is always to exploit existing rationalization potential and further enhance safety levels for the users. In this regard, we are continually thinking in all directions – which sometimes means following unconventional paths. Prospective customers can eagerly look forward to seeing the results of our efforts. In particular, our large system innovations such as universal formwork DUO and the new PERI UP Easy Facade Scaffolding come up against huge interest, the visitors are enthusiastic. We are sure that we here provide the impetus for many further consultations and sales conversations”, said Alexander Schwörer, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at the PERI Group.
For the exhibition highlights, the development also went new ways - including the use of a techno-polymer as material for a complete formwork system. Lower weights and resistance to corrosion are the material advantages; in addition, the new concept makes a very convincing case through easy use and only a minimum number of components for a wide range of applications. Furthermore, PERI has succeeded with a new facade scaffolding to achieve safety for the user and a high level of cost efficiency through fast assembly. This has convinced the contractors as well as their construction crews, on the one hand, of the benefits due to the significant reductions in weight during installation and, on the other, increasingly safe working areas at great heights.
In Addition, PERI experts with their extensive background knowledge from the various company departments will be on hand to explain all services in great detail at the bauma – backed up by specific references. “Here, we see great potential to provide even more support for our customers as well as with greater individuality – among other things, we plan to impart a greater understanding of our Building Information Modeling activities to our visitors”, said Alexander Schwörer.
The main advantage of this planning method is that planning and execution variants can be simulated in an early stage of the project using the 3D building model, and to identify interface problems. With the goal thereby to optimize costs and execution times particularly for large-scale projects, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has designated four pilot projects for the introduction of BIM in national infrastructure construction activities. Through these projects, the application of BIM is being tested and scientifically evaluated. One of the pilot projects is the Filstal railway bridge which is part of the new high-speed rail route between Stuttgart – Ulm. Particularly pleasing for PERI: joint venture contractors, JV Max Bögl / Porr, has appointed the Weissenhorn-based company as its formwork partner whereby more valuable experience can be accumulated.
The approach taken by PERI’s growth strategy is also reflected in the numbers. In 2015, PERI was able to increase turnover by 13 % thus surpassing its own sales record established in 2008. About 7,500 employees generated a turnover of 1.3 billion euros. For Dr. Fabian Kracht, Managing Director for Finance and Organization, it is no coincidence. “Through the early and consistent internationalization strategy that was implemented, PERI could participate in and benefit from the growth markets in Asia, America and the Middle East. In the meantime, PERI realizes nearly 90 % of its turnover abroad. As a result of this international positioning, the company is also able to better compensate if faced with national economic crises.”
Since its founding in 1969, the core activities of development and production have been based in Weissenhorn which is situated to the south of Ulm. Leonhard Braig, Managing Director for Products and Technology at PERI stressed that the existing production in Weissenhorn will continue as before. “The purchase of the Silvergreen site marks for us a further important step as part of our growth strategy in the scaffolding market. We take a long-term approach, and the location based in Günzburg creates the framework conditions required for future corporate growth.”
Worldwide, PERI has more than 60 subsidiaries and over 120 efficiently run stockyards, and provides its customers with innovative system equipment and a comprehensive range of services relating to formwork and scaffolding technology. Great innovative strength, a high level of competence for engineering services along with the best material qualities in turn guarantee cost-effective, efficient and safe solutions for formwork and scaffolding projects around the world.
Something PERI customers can really rely on: more than 1,200 engineers worldwide provide direct support for the complete processing of formwork and scaffolding operations during all phases of a construction project. Starting with the first solution proposals for a project task through to return deliveries, maintenance and repairs of rented or customer-owned system components.
In order to achieve this, the project-related tasks are analyzed and evaluated by PERI: planning objectives of the structure, type of material and jobsite logistics, requirements in operational and concrete cycle planning right up to the on-site support of the formwork and scaffolding processes that is needed. All these services aim to improve both the quality of results as well as the cost-effectiveness of the execution. Close cooperation with the customer is a matter of course and essential – in this way, the best solution for the customer can be realized.
For contractors, every construction contract poses the question of how best to achieve the building objectives that are specified in the planning. And this way of executing the construction work is determined by the right mix of competence and capacity.
At bauma 2016, the range of services available from PERI will be shown – using particular reference projects – which could contribute to ensure the success of every project. PERI specialists from various departments will be using specific application examples to explain how, e.g. construction site processes, can be visualized by means of 3D planning and animation; and they will also be showing which methods are used to solve exceptionally demanding logistics tasks. Thus, customers and interested parties can find out directly which company personnel and competences are behind these services. Designated consultation areas and “presentation islands” on the stand provide ample opportunity for one-to-one and specialist discussions.
For PERI, seamless flow of communication flow to customers plays an increasingly important role. This refers to accessing all execution-relevant data and information at the customer´s time of choosing and from any location so that it can be processed and integrated at any time.
The spectrum of PERI online applications range from product-related apps to carry out simple calculations for the formwork and scaffolding systems through to the myPERI online customer portal that provides support during the complete execution time of a project as a comprehensive information platform. In the area of planning, PERI also continues the rapid pace of development in digital construction – keyword here is BIM. Moreover, PERI sees Building Information Modelling as the leading planning standard in the future.
Two important tools in daily work preparation activities are the ELPOS and PERI CAD software solutions for formwork and scaffolding planning. The planning software is also used by PERI engineers and sales engineers and is continuously being developed; all PERI systems with their own rules can be quickly and professionally planned with the programs.
Since April 2016, PERI has also begun cooperating closely with Trimble. Hence, the system components of the TRIO and SKYDECK formwork systems and are now available with immediate effect in the BIM software. Tekla Structures. PERI has thereby ensured that the many users of this software worldwide can use the PERI systems in their CAD system. As a result, these users can utilize PERI formwork elements at an early stage in their planning and be able to identify the boundary conditions resulting from the formwork solution much earlier. In addition, a rough simulation of the forming operations can easily be simulated. In the future, however, PERI CAD will be the most appropriate planning software for complex formwork solutions as it provides considerably more functionality and automatisms.
Mobile apps facilitate information processing and enhance coordination quality in the cooperation process with the customer. In short: PERI apps are intelligent daily helpers when it comes to fast and secure system configurations on the jobsite. At bauma 2016, PERI will be presenting several new or further developed apps. They should specifically support the configuration of system assemblies or assist in the optimization of material quantities.
The interface design and operating logic of some of the already available PERI apps have been simplified once again. In addition, several new developments are being presented that support the PERI customers in specific applications of its formwork and scaffolding technology. For example, the MULTIFLEX configurator for optimizing the girder and prop spacings. The app determines not only the permissible girder and prop spacings, but also simultaneously supports the optimization of the component requirements. The results are documented in a PDF file. Furthermore, product-related apps for different versions of shoring towers provide the possibility to determine the material requirements in the form of parts lists quickly and easily.
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and is not special type of software but a method in the planning process on the basis of a 3D building or construction model. All the components it contains must be specifically disclosed in its visual, technical and functional characteristics. Through the additional integration of the time and cost factors, the 3D model will be extended gradually to a 4D or 5D model.
The main advantage of this planning method is that planning and execution variants can be simulated in an early stage of the project using the 3D building model. Through the simulation, it will be apparent to all project participants where, when, why and at what cost any interface problems could lead to – in the construction plans as well as the subsequent execution of the construction work.
Against this background, PERI has concerned itself for quite some time with the benefits and possibilities of BIM applications in formwork and scaffolding systems. Especially as it is standard practice for PERI to combine three-dimensional planning models with time components via the operational and cycle planning. The goal of all current PERI software developments is the complete integration of formwork and scaffolding solutions in future BIM simulations. Therefore, more and more process data is being integrated into corresponding database systems. The internal PERI Project Data Management (PDM) already allows employees worldwide to process projects together as all participants can access the same up-to-date database. Another step towards increasing cross-company communication is the use of mobile software programs for the administration of building information during the planning and execution phase. At the bauma, PERI will be showing examples of successful pilot projects with contractors as well as informing about the possibilities and added value of BIM technology.
As part of a phased plan, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has designated four pilot projects for the introduction of BIM in national infrastructure construction activities. With these projects, the application of BIM is being tested and scientifically evaluated. One of the pilot projects is the Filstal railway bridge. The construction project of the German Federal Railways is part of the new high-speed rail route between Stuttgart – Wendlingen – Ulm; the approx. 485 m long railway bridge features two single-track bridges. With a maximum height of 85 m, it will be the third highest bridge construction in Germany. The shell structure should be completed in 2018. Particularly pleasing for PERI: joint venture contractors, JV Max Bögl / Porr, has appointed the Weissenhorn-based company as its formwork partner whereby more valuable experience can be accumulated.
Efficient management of all project and construction-specific data and a common processing and exchange platform: these were the development goals for the myPERI online customer portal which was launched at bauma 2013. In the meantime, myPERI has been successfully installed at several of the company´s international subsidiaries. The high acceptance level of the customer portal is based on two main strengths.
Firstly, the system is easy to use. Thanks to a simple, clear program and navigation structure, the user has secure access to the product, planning and execution information. Secondly, the practical, multiple evaluations are available around the clock. myPERI also provides immediate access to all project drawings. Furthermore, this program feature reduces the coordination effort and processing time on the construction site as well as in the office. Users of myPERI are automatically notified about any newly configured drawings – mix-ups or delays are therefore excluded.
As a company of the PERI group, CENTRIO has gained detailed experience within the construction business and the suppliers’ industry to integrate complex processes and project structures into well-structured, networked IT solutions. The company’s target is digitalization of the construction project, to ensure and maintain an overview of all processes at all times.
At bauma, the IT specialists present CENTRIO CLM (Construction Lifecycle Management) with its digital suite, that links all data and documents throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. This allows for efficient and safe administration with simple search and easy retrieval of all information and data. CENTRIO CLM supports CAD systems, is BlM-compatible and permits, among others, data exchange with standard software such as SAP and MS Office. Therefore all relevant processes in the office and at the construction site can be standardised and optimised.
The benefits for the customers: All processes and information, as well as data and documents, are combined within a consistent platform, efficiently managed and archived. This optimises the information flow and gives you the complete overview of every construction project – from acquisition to hand-over. With CENTRIO CLM, we will provide you with a future-oriented tool that is well structured, sustainable, reliable, and will support your construction projects with up to date information.