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We deliver cross-disciplinary comprehensive solutions combining function, design and economy with long-term development. ALECTIA offers advice during the entire project implementation – from the very first ideas until the client has a fully operational plant, designed to meet future requirements.
The dairy business requires a particular building design unique to this industrial segment. Process layout, structures and design must interact so that the building facility performs as an efficient, integrated whole, where specific requirements to performance, operational reliability, environment and sustainability, hygiene, acoustics and noise are addressed.
Our consultancy includes everything from building projects, water supply and wastewater treatment, logistics and process optimisation to business and strategic development. As Denmark’s largest occupational health and safety consultant, ALECTIA is also the preferred partner when it comes to creating an attractive and productive workplace.
Read more about our consultancy to the dairy industry:
ALECTIA offers the food industry comprehensive and cross-disciplinary consultancy services, covering everything from the intake of livestock through slaughtering and product processing to retail packaging and distribution. We advise our clients from the very first thoughts about new investments or efficiency optimisations and assist all the way through project development and realisation, until the investment gives the required rate of return.
Our core competences related to the food industry include specialist knowledge about process equipment, cooling systems and industrial hygiene zones. We also make use of our knowledge of related building services and how to ensure an efficient and productive working environment for employees. Additionally, we offer a number of other specialist skills which are relevant to the food industry as well, e.g. fire safety, energy, acoustics, environmental, clean water, waste water, economic planning and logistics.
In every project, our aim is to match our competence profiles with the real needs of the project in question to provide strong project management throughout and to align our solutions with a robust economic performance.
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ALECTIA is the leading independent adviser to the brewing and beverage industry. We have an impressive record in working for all the great brewers in the world, including SAB Miller, AB InBev, Carlsberg, Molson Coors and a long list of regional and local breweries.
2,000 brewery projects
During the last 40 years, ALECTIA has been involved in approx. 2,000 brewery and beverage projects in some 75 countries, and we have designed and built more than 50 completely new plants.
Change drives our business, whether it be comprehensive refurbishment projects which are generally implemented to keep production costs down, the challenge to expand production facilities in a short time to cope with increasing demand, or building a greenfield brewery.
No matter where we are working in the world, our aim is to make our clients more successful through the services we deliver. We take pride in providing consultancy that prepares our clients for the challenges ahead: Sustainable solutions with lower water usage, reduced energy costs, less waste and a better production quality.
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ALECTIA’s approach is cross-disciplinary, and we offer advice on everything from modifications and relocation of production plants, process optimisation, strategy and business development to setting up new plants. By combining our knowledge of functionality, technology and professional project management with the client’s knowledge of his product, delivery requirements and security of supplies, we create the basis for improved production earnings.
At all times, our business is to make sure that critical factors such as regulatory requirements are addressed and in order before production start-up. We have specialists who handle the time-consuming qualification and validation issues so that the production complies with both European and international regulations.
Any investment is made to enhance our clients’ profitability. With our business understanding and insight into this industry, we have the specialist knowledge required to create flexibility and new thinking for process development.
ALECTIA is also a leading consultant on water, nature, the environment and energy, and as Denmark’s largest occupational health and safety consultant we are the preferred partner when it comes to creating an attractive and productive workplace.
Creating a productive working environment is about adjusting the three primary factors that affect your employees’ ability to work effectively: leadership, health and safety. We believe that the employees deliver the results and that an integrated approach increases the productivity in a workplace.
We know that investing in a good working environment contributes to maintaining and improving a company’s productivity and image. We also know that providing useful occupational health and safety advice is not just about strong skills but requires a thorough knowledge of the market in which our customers operate. Based on our extensive trade knowledge we can provide advice that goes straight to the core of our customers’ challenges. We transform ideas, thoughts and strategies into concrete initiatives that create positive results on your bottom line.
ALECTIA offers a variety of services ranging from advice on the physical and psychosocial working environment, acoustics and noise, chemicals and biological hazards, health and safety, stress and well-being to management training and organisational development.
We are licensed by the Danish Working Environment Authority.
Our position as leading adviser on production facilities and process equipment requires both in-depth knowledge of the industry and an understanding of the client’s end product and production processes. ALECTIA has extensive knowledge on the production processes specific to the industrial segments we work with. Our experts specialise in planning and designing process facilities for anything from raw material reception to processing, production, bottling/packaging, logistics and storage.
We provide engineering advice during all process phases – from clarification, analysis, design and planning to tender and project realisation. We review new plants and advise on facility expansions, refurbishment and upgrades.
Combining our process engineering skills with a deep business understanding and specific trade knowledge we help our clients focus on business-critical areas. Our consulting approach also ensures that projects live up to all quality, financial viability and production efficiency requirements.
We help our clients find the right technical solutions and advice on the formulation of technical specifications, the choice of solution principles and the development of tender and project documentation which forms the contractual basis for ensuing construction activities.
We draw on a wide range of skills and are experts in core engineering disciplines such as structural, HVAC and electrical engineering coupled with construction management and owner representative services. Furthermore, we offer specialist services in areas such as tender management, building automation, indoor climate, building physics, material science and engineering as well as fire engineering.
Our ambition is to always be innovative and deliver projects and results which create value for our customers, ALECTIA and the society we are part of.
Our environment, energy, water and climate solutions are always based on sustainable consultancy. For instance, we advise the industry on energy and CO2 reduction and compliance with environmental requirements, and we are leading within cooling solutions for process and industrial companies as well as hospitals.
We combine the newest technology with years of experience when advising on water at all stages, from nature protection and soil and groundwater contamination to wastewater management and drinking water distribution. We advise during all project phases, from clarification, analysis, design and planning to tender, construction management and supervision.
In the climate area, increasing greenhouse gas emissions have caused climate changes which pose still greater challenges. Heavy rain incidents lead to rainwater and wastewater floods which cause traffic problems and damage to residences, businesses and plants. Combined with worn-down wastewater systems this increases the need for investments in new climate adaptation solutions. ALECTIA’s experts can help with planning and executing all kinds of climate projects, always going for viable long-term solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and remediyng the damaging consequences.
Our clients are utility companies, local governments, the state and large Danish and international process and industrial companies.
ALECTIA’s CEO Jesper Mailind explains that these employments should be viewed in relation to the ambitions of the company:
”We have had an excellent 2014 and will continue our positive developments in several central areas. We have completed a turnaround, and these two new profiles will be part of that process. I am happy that we now have Nanna and Torben on the team and see it as a strategic strengthening of our forces, which will ensure our continued focus on the growth and development of ALECTIA. Both have several years of experience with business development and execution in consulting companies, and I believe that they will be the right people to ensure the continued positive development of ALECTIA,” said Jesper Mailind.
Facts on Nanna Bjørner
Nanna Bjørner is cand.scient.adm. from the University of Roskilde and has much experience with sales of consultant and advisory services to both the private and the public sector. Furthermore, she has an in-depth understanding of business development as well as sales and staff management from her time as both director and leader. Nanna Bjørner comes from a position as Director Public Sector in the consulting company Valcon and has previously been Deputy Director in Rambøll Management in Denmark and CEO of Rambøll Management in Sweeden.
Torben Franch is cand.polit. from the university of Copenhagen and has a solid background from the supply sector based on his work as a consultant to the sector on areas including business development. Torben Franch has worked in Energi 2 and Maersk Oil as well as in companies that advise the supply sector in Denmark and Germany. His career has also included postings in London and Qatar.
For a major well-known meat producer ALECTIA has recently completed an innovative computer simulation project, which included all processes from primary cutting and de-boning through transportation lines to warehousing, processing and shipping. The simulation thoroughly represented the complete operation at the heart of the client’s plant to help the client choose the right investment solutions.
Simulation enables complex experimentation without risks
The high complexity of the processes at the plant, where countless variables and elements influence the production, made a simulation the most suitable way for evaluating proposals, estimating investments and outcomes, and achieving improved productivity.
Experimenting in real settings is not always possible and will cost a lot of resources in time and money, especially since it is based on trial-and-error. For our client, the virtual simulation of the proposed new facilities enables the Board of Directors and the management team to experiment, observe and evaluate the performance of the plant while dealing with different production orders and compositions – without consequences to the existing production.
Additionally, they can test different staff configurations for each line as well as system-related parameters such as the speed of the transport lines, the entrance rate of pigs and the dimensions of distribution and cutting lines.
Testing proposals improves the outcome of investments
The simulation developed by ALECTIAs experts allows the client to assess the performance and operation of the plant, evaluate different options for investment projects throughout the production – such as automating certain sections or acquiring new equipment – simulate and observe future behaviour, detect bottlenecks and improve resource efficiency and product value.
With the simulation model the client can plan the daily production while considering such aspects as flow, staff requirements in relation to time, process line saturation and required storage facilities. The client can evaluate proposed improvement projects and their impact on the production, their cost, and the risk of new bottlenecks appearing, and may thus achieve a substantial delimitation of the required investments while predicting and optimizing their outcome.
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Drawing: Henning Larsen Architects. Lillebaelt Academy’s new campus will be established with a green wedge connecting Odense railway station, Lillebaelt Academy and Odense harbour for students, local residents and tourists.
New campus replaces old factory
Today, Lillebaelt Academy (EAL) has educational programmes in 6 different locations. For years it has been a wish to gather these in the centre of Odense. For this purpose the Academy has bought the 40,000 m2 large site that formerly housed Wittenborg’s vending machine factory. Approx. 8,000 m2 of the existing building stock will be maintained while the remaining buildings will be demolished in order to provide space for 15,000 m2 of new buildings on the site.
ALECTIA is the client adviser and A. Enggaard the turnkey contractor on the assignment with a total budget of DKK 325 million.
“It is an exciting project where we can put our fingerprints on the establishment of a city campus in the area between city and harbour,” said Torben Jess, chief adviser in ALECTIA. “As the client adviser we must take part in ensuring high quality in all the project phases – from the preparation of tender material and choice of contractor to the campus is in operation.”
Drawing: Henning Larsen Architects. The arrival hall will be established as a light and open atrium with a dynamic expression uniting the campus and making it easy to find one’s way around.
Sustainable design and learning
In the design, emphasis has been placed on creating spacious, light and dynamic rooms inside and attractive green areas outside providing comfort and socialization between the students as well as the neighbours in the area. Furthermore, it is a part of the project vision to involve the students in the building processes and in that way establish “a productive cooperation between contractor, advisers, students and teachers of the EAL.”
You will arrive at the campus by way of a green wedge which will serve recreational purposes for the students and connect Odense railway station and harbour for local residents and tourists. From the arrival hall it should be easy to find one’s way around the campus, and a large, open and unifying atrium will be established with a dynamic expression created through the forms and levels of the storeys. The design sets the stage for spacious buildings and rooms with good lighting conditions and visual comfort, and study lounges in several levels will connect the buildings.
The existing factory buildings will be used for a multimedia space with a green room, a publicly available exhibition zone, workplaces, workshop zones, etc. Furthermore, the entire building will become a learning platform where students can participate in building site inspections, planning meetings and project exchanges, gain an insight into the contractor’s continuous master time schedule and help to communicate the processes to the public.
Drawing: Henning Larsen Architects. Lillebaelt Academy will have study lounges in several levels. The design places emphasis on spaciousness, good light conditions and visual comfort.
Client advising and special services
ALECTIA provides client advising in all the project phases and has been in charge of the building programme preparation considering the needs and ambitions determined through user meetings. Moreover, ALECTIA has been in charge of the tender material including the overall economic and technical assessments, prequalification of the turnkey contractor, tendering and contracting.
Besides the traditional client advising ALECTIA has advised on:
The contractor started the construction works the on 15th of October 2014, and Lillebaelt Academy’s new campus is scheduled for completion in August 2016.
Drawing: Henning Larsen Architects.
Through most of the 1900s, all animals for slaughter had to pass through the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen where they were checked by veterinarians, slaughtered and cut up before being distributed to the butchers in Copenhagen. Today, the Meatpacking District has developed into a cultural centre with galleries, restaurants, clubs, bars, schools and other creative companies. The renters still include companies which produce and sell food, and the need for cooling and freezing remains – now also for purposes such as comfort cooling, server cooling, etc.
The White Meatpacking District, which is located next to the older Brown Meatpacking District, opened in 1934. The place was equipped with a refrigeration plant which was ultramodern at the time and allowed for safe and hygienic handling and storage of carcasses and meat. However, as the existing refrigeration plant uses ammonia as refrigerant, which poses a toxic risk to the surroundings in case of ammonia emissions, an extensive environment protection project is in progress.
Copenhagen Properties put the project, with a budget of DKK 49 million, out for tender in a competition won by ALECTIA in 2013. It is a project in which our cross-disciplinary competencies are truly put to use.
“It is an exciting task with the particular challenge that the White Meatpacking District is totally preserved,” Project Manager in ALECTIA Claus Lund Poulsen explained. “It means that there are certain requirements for the appearance of some of the building services in terms of design and colour in order to maintain the original aesthetic expression.”
Ammonia replaced with glycol
The Municipality of Copenhagen’s Centre for Environment has issued an enforcement notice that the refrigeration plant in the Meatpacking District must be rebuilt to reduce the risk of ammonia emissions in case of an accident. A number of specific conditions relating to the refrigeration plant and the technical supply section in the Meatpacking District must be remedied before the end of 2014 for the Meatpacking District to remain open.
Ammonia has been widely used as a refrigerant because of its thermodynamic properties. However, it is also associated with great risks, as ammonia is highly poisonous to humans and nature.
The refrigeration plant will therefore be rebuilt so that the use of ammonia is limited to the distribution tunnels underneath the Meatpacking District as well as the actual technical supply section. In those parts of the cooling system, which are the responsibility of the renters, ammonia is replaced with glycol and water which are not equally dangerous.
ALECTIA facilitates all project phases
ALECTIA manages project design, tender documents, contracting and communication with all stakeholders as well as the general project management. During the implementation phase we are furthermore responsible for technical inspection, construction management, safety management and authorities processing.
For the rebuilding project, ALECTIA draws on a wide range of special competencies across our divisions. About 12 specialists are attached to different projects and contribute expertise including:
The refrigeration plant rebuild is currently well underway, and the works are divided between two contractors.
Copenhagen Meatpacking District anno 1930.
Miratorg’s factory in Kaliningrad produces hamburgers, nuggets, lasagna etc. to the Russian market. The production capacity per hour is 10 tonnes of finished products, which are frozen, packaged and sold in large batches to supermarkets and fastfood chains.
After a factory built in 2008 burned down in 2010, Miratorg started over again with the construction of a new food factory in Kaliningrad. ALECTIA was involved in the project from start to finish.
ALECTIA responsible for all process equipment
With a budget of approx. EUR 30 million, the Miratorg and ALECTIA project team has been in charge of the planning, procurement and installation of all process equipment for the new factory. This involved planning the layout of individual production lines and preparing requirement specifications for equipment suppliers. ALECTIA has also been responsible for tendering and tender evaluation and participated in the contract negotiations, followed by supervision of deliveries, installation and testing of the production equipment. At the end of 2012, the factory was ready for daily operation as one of the biggest food plants of its kind in Russia.
Miratorg selected ALECTIA to get facilities with quality standards which can be approved by the EU, with a view to future export possibilities.
“The client is happy with the new factory, which meets their requirements to quality, production capacity, etc. The factory is operating very well today,” said Senior Adviser Knud Rasmussen.
Additional projects for Miratorg
Since the completion of the project in Kaliningrad, ALECTIA has won more projects for Miratorg including the construction of a cattle slaughterhouse, a poultry slaughterhouse and two plants for packaged fresh meat.
In August 2014 the international conference and workshop DCEE3 was held at The Technical University of Denmark. Here, Pil Kirsten Brix Lauridsen and Steffen Petersen from ALECTIA presented an article based on Pil’s thesis project from Aarhus University about a new simulation tool and a new method for facilitating the interaction between engineering and architectural design solutions.
The article describes how the newly developed simulation tool ICEbear can be used with advantage in connection with the parametric models typically used in the architect work in the early design phases of a new building project. By means of an optimization algorithm, a design proposal is automatically generated for supporting the architect when choosing performance-based design solutions that consider conditions such as energy, daylight and energy efficiency.
Method facilitates the architects’ design work
What is new about the method is that it tries to approach the traditional working method among architects, thus making it easy to integrate engineering issues in the architectural design decisions. The aim is to ensure that the architects will not consider it difficult or disturbing to have to relate to indoor climate and energy in the early phases of the building design.
The method encourages the designer to suggest a design and decide on a certain geometric degree of freedom which can be based on an overall architectural idea, a conceptual thought or something different. Subsequently, a system of simulation tools and an optimization algorithm are used to generate a number of design proposals that meet the user-defined requirements for the indoor climate, daylight and energy. These design proposals, which may be many and different, are presented to the designer who ultimately decides what will be architecturally interesting in the further work.
Integrated part of Grasshopper
The new method uses a system of simulation tools including the thermal simulation tool ICEbear. ICEbear makes it possible to integrate simulations of complex geometries in relation to indoor climate, daylight and energy efficiency. The tool is a newly developed plug-in, and together with the new method it is operationalised in the programming environment Grasshopper which is integrated in the three-dimensional visualisation programme Rhinoceros. This will make it easier to create parametric models of possible design solutions in 3D to which the architect can relate.
Thus, the method can contribute to support the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) which prescribes that new buildings built after 2020 must have an energy consumption close to zero. This will require that design decisions are based on thorough considerations for their impact on the energy efficiency and similar conditions from the start.
The article “Integrating Indoor Climate, Daylight and Energy Simulations in Parametric Models and Performce-Based Design” has been published by Google Books – read it here.
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