The increasing complexity of buildings and building services systems poses challenges to the planners, builders and owners/operators of real estate as well as its buyers and sellers. At MIPIM, the international trade show in Cannes, TÜV SÜD will showcase a comprehensive range of services for the real-estate industry – from technical services and transaction services to BIM services and support for ensuring legal compliance in lift operation (shared stand of the City of Munich, R7.G16).
Building Information Modelling (BIM) stands for an integrated model-based method applied to the creation and management of information in construction projects. Digital data models offer the opportunity of overcoming problems related to non-integrated systems and coordination of various types of project information. “The BIM method offers the critical advantages of more efficient planning, more predictability and transparency around costs and scheduling, and enhanced risk management throughout the entire project”, says Gerold Schürger, CEO of K+S Haustechnik Planungsgesellschaft mbH, which forms part of TÜV SÜD’s Real Estate & Infrastructure Division. TÜV SÜD’s interdisciplinary expert teams provide a combination of comprehensive BIM knowledge with experience gathered in numerous international benchmark projects, including the Battersea Power Station in London, the Royal Hospital in Edinburgh and the dm campus in Karlsruhe.
Technical services and transaction services
Supplying technical services and transaction services, TÜV SÜD supports market players at all stages throughout the lifecycle of their buildings. “We create a robust and reliable basis for decision-making and thus protect not only the long-term value of your real estate, but also the sustainability of your investments”, underlines Gerold Schürger. Services in these areas include construction management, MEP services and general contractor services as well as property valuation, sustainability certification and support for property transactions through services such as technical due diligence and feasibility studies.
New app enables efficient hazard assessment for lift systems
Market players benefit from the in-depth familiarity of the TÜV SÜD experts with the legal requirements in various countries and international standards. “Implementation of the applicable requirements is one of the key criteria for establishing legal compliance and keeping liability risks to a minimum”, explains Robert Oettl, CEO of cgmunich GmbH, another TÜV SÜD subsidiary. This applies, for example, to the implementation of the revised German Ordinance on Occupational Safety and Health (BetrSichV). According to this regulatory act, the owners of passenger lifts, goods lifts and construction hoists must operate their lift systems according to the state of the art and must verify compliance with this requirement through hazard assessment. “Hazard assessment essentially describes the measures that are necessary to remove or minimise any existing hazards”, sums up Robert Oettl. A special hazard assessment app enables the experts from cgmunich to rapidly enter and evaluate data for even large portfolios of lift systems and thus ensure that these systems meet all legal requirements. However, the experts from cgmunich not only support lift owners with the preparation of hazard assessments; they also assist with budget and cost planning for implementation of planned measures, and with performance monitoring and invoice control.
Further information about the services of TÜV SÜD's Real Estate & Infrastructure Division are available on the Internet at www.tuv-sud.com/realestate, http://www.k-s-haustechnik.com/ and www.cgmunich.de.
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