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Use Case Siemens, The Move: Move more with TWINGINE

Autor: TWINGINE editorial staff

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In the modern working world, spacious open offices, quiet areas of retreat and spaces for creative and social exchange are in demand. Siemens will be offering all this and more with The Move in Frankfurt. The building developer relied on TWINGINE for the planning.

Use Case Siemens, The Move:


The project: Modern offices in an attractive environment

The Move offers a home to agile companies that want to grow sustainably. The office ensemble currently under construction in Frankfurt am Main will consist of the buildings “The Move Orange” and “The Move Blue” and offer a total of 35,300 square meters of rental space.

The building developer Siemens Real Estate has chosen Frankfurt’s newest urban district as the home for its modern construction project: Gateway Gardens. In addition to excellent connections to Frankfurt City, the airport and various transport axes, the site offers a strong environment. In addition to an attractive urban infrastructure, further new office buildings are being constructed here, which will form a pioneering business area where work as well as pleasure and leisure find a place.

One space, many design options

The architectural concept for The Move allows users to flexibly adapt the space according to their needs. In addition to classic individual office structures, open space concepts or a mixture of both are also an option. The different room concepts are complemented by a wide range of equipment options. This provides spaces for concentrated, creative or collaborative work.

The Challenge: Ensuring BIM Model Quality

In planning and construction, Siemens has focused on modern methods and systems. In high-rise construction, the client relies on a pioneering system construction method in which prefabricated, modular building elements are assembled on the construction site like Lego bricks. This enables particularly fast, efficient, and sustainable construction.

Systematized production processes prevent individual errors due to consistent framework conditions. The builder can thus not only save time and costs, but also reduce emissions and optimize the use of materials. Furthermore, it offers individual combination possibilities and a lot of room for creative architecture.

Making analyses only with high model quality

In order to benefit fully from these advantages, Siemens digitally planned the two new office buildings using the BIM method and virtually built them in great detail. The challenge in using Building Information Modeling in this project was to ensure model quality from the very beginning.

Often, however, no systematic analysis of BIM model quality is possible in construction projects because the tools for this are simply lacking. Various analyses of areas, quantities, costs, or carbon dioxide values are therefore often only feasible with a great deal of effort or, in the worst case, not at all.

External experts can take over the analyses, however, alignment and collaboration must be coordinated – which means additional effort and loss of time. In addition, the results are often not systematically organized and bundled in the desired format in one tool but are distributed via e-mail attachments or various servers in different formats such as tables, text documents or technical drawings.

The solution: Automating with TWINGINE

At The Move, Siemens’ real estate professionals thoroughly examined the building model with the help of TWINGINE. Using the Building Model Analyzer, the client was able to systematically evaluate a high-quality and structured model and perform all necessary analyses automatically.

“For our new building project, ‘The Move’ in Frankfurt, we used TWINGINE to automatically evaluate, analyze, compare and optimize the building model. Among other things, we were able to use TWINGINE to automatically calculate our space efficiency of almost 90 percent and thus optimize the building value”, says Christian Kriwan, General Manager at Siemens Real Estate.

“In our Siemens new building project The Move in Frankfurt, we automatically read, analyze, compare and optimize the building model with the help of TWINGINE. With TWINGINE we were able to automatically read out our space efficiency of almost 90 percent and thus also optimize the building value. With TWING we were able to automatically read out our space efficiency of 90 percent and thus also optimize the building value.

Christian Kriwan, General Manager at Siemens Real Estate

Advantages for the building owner

Automated analyses are an important advantage, especially with regard to the carbon footprint: The Move is being built under strict sustainability aspects in order to permanently minimize the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the office ensemble.

The client is aiming for certification according to LEED Gold Standard as well as DNGB Gold Standard. Therefore, every efficiency potential must be uncovered and calculated during the planning phase. With TWINGINE, the building developer can comply with all sustainability requirements and even optimize them.

LED technology as well as efficient ventilation, heating and cooling technology can be planned and optimized in the digital twin. With good planning and in combination with sensors, energy in The Move is only consumed where people actually need it.

TWINGINE not only shows building developers where there is potential for efficiency, but also helps them to exploit it. Take the facade, for example: In TWINGINE, clear dashboards in the CAPEX simulation for the facade made it possible to see at a glance which changes led to which cost effect. For this reason, Siemens opted for an aluminum strip facade for the building envelope, for example.

Thanks to BIM, the Siemens benefits from very high space efficiency and improved model quality. The building owner will occupy a significant part of the building itself. The client is so convinced of the high standards of the modern office space that it can also offer it attractively to third parties.

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