Marco Spenger, Emch+Berger ImmoConsult AG
"We mainly work with plans, schemes, also protocols and concepts. There the Olmero project room supports us so that the documents are stored in a traceable way. For example plans, outline plans or designation concepts, but also concepts of various kinds. Currently, the plant identification system is undergoing plan verification."
Swiss Life is the main sponsor of the ZSC Lions and has naming rights for the new Swiss Life Arena. This building, measuring 170 meters long, 110 meters wide and 30 meters tall, was designed by the London-based team of architects, Caruso St John, and is called the “Theater of Dreams”. It is located on Vulkanstrasse in between the rail tracks and freeway, near to the boundary with Schlieren. In an exclusive interview here, Mr Marco Spenger, Property & Facility Management Project Manager at Emch+Berger, reveals to us how the collaboration with Olmero came about.
Hi Mr Spenger, thanks for giving us your time to come and talk to us about your collaboration with Olmero. Today we're going to talk about the new ice hockey stadium for the ZSC Lions. What can you tell us about the project?
I’ve been involved in the project for a year. It’s a really exciting project that also faces a great deal of unusual challenges. We are really proud to have the opportunity to support the project as a provider of fiduciary construction services and building contractor specialist.
Can you describe to us what these unusual challenges are? And what do they mean for the role you have in the project?
The building is fitted with the very latest technology. This requires excellent coordination between all of the parties involved as well as forward-thinking decisions. The construction phase has another two or so years remaining. It's important therefore that the decisions taken are well documented so that they can be reverted to later on in the construction process if there are any queries.
In terms of implementation, you rely on Olmero's project platform. What are your daily tasks in terms of documents?
Yes, you're correct. We are working in particular with plans, diagrams as well as records and concepts. The Olmero project platform supports us here, ensuring the various documents are managed in a transparent manner. These include plans, outline plans or labelling concepts, along with all kinds of other concepts. The reference designation systems are currently in the plan verification stage.
To what extent has your work changed thanks to Olmero? Were there any processes that needed to be adapted? Or were you able to save any time?
We were certainly able to save time. Only a year or so ago, back in January, I was still experiencing paper-based plan verification processes. I can show you a box, it’s absolutely crazy. We have got boxes full of plans that were printed out. Now you can see the various changes at a glance and export the various comments. These massive plans no longer need to be disseminated. The comments aren't overlooked and transparency is also ensured.
Another benefit is the fact that we can all access the documents from anywhere. There was a certain level of expenditure to begin with until everything was properly organized, but now that's done it works well. Although different people can't work simultaneously on a single document, you can now make the various adjustments one after the other. Based on our previous experience, test runs like this take two weeks. So this is already a fantastic benefit of digitization.
Digitization is the keyword here - how have the demands of the construction industry changed in recent years? Is the Swiss construction industry actually undergoing the process of digital transformation?
We are involved in a lot of very large projects, and we’ve already noticed the demands of owners who want to implement projects using as many digital services as possible. BIM is a massive topic that we are already best positioned for and able to advise our customers on. If a project is planned using the BIM method, then digitization is already a matter of course. Otherwise we try to display the individual processes using as many digital services as possible, such as the plan verification process here.
When you talk about the plan verification process, do you use any other tools alongside the project platform and ReproService?
My role also involves taking responsibility for the sustainability of this project, an element of which involves performing spot checks for tenders. So I also make use of the tendering platform for this purpose.
What are you expecting to achieve in future with your presence on Olmero? Do you have any other projects that you are looking to implement using Olmero?
I have of course got some other projects lined up, but the decision depends on the contractual model in place with the sole contractor (TU) or the owner. But we want to use Olmero products whenever possible.
Swiss Life is the main sponsor of the ZSC Lions and has naming rights for the new Swiss Life Arena. This building, measuring 170 meters long, 110 meters wide and 30 meters tall, was designed by the London-based team of architects, Caruso St John, and is called the “Theater of Dreams”. It is located on Vulkanstrasse in between the rail tracks and freeway, near to the boundary with Schlieren. It has capacity for 12,000 fans (with 1,710 standing places), a 300-seat training hall as well as restaurants and offices. 14 boxes will also be built. The Swiss Life Arena is due to open in June 2022.