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Tican Fresh Meat saves USD 650,000 annually through refrigeration optimization
ALECTIA has consulted Tican Fresh Meat on extending and modernizing the refrigeration system at the company’s slaughterhouse in Thisted. With this refrigeration optimization Tican has achieved higher slaughter capacity, optimized meat quality and a reduction of the cooling loss from one and a half percent to one percent – equivalent to annual savings of approx. USD 650,000.
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Despite times of crisis, Tican Fresh Meat has experienced massive growth in recent years. The number of weekly slaughterings has increased from 34,000 to 38,000 at the slaughterhouse, and the growth is expected to continue. As a result of this, Tican has invested approx. 13,8 million USD in optimizing the refrigeration system to secure the best possible product quality with the lowest possible costs.

“The major investment was necessary to secure optimal meet quality of our products now as well as in the future. At the same time, I believe that we can obtain an annual saving of about USD 650,000 as the cooling loss will be reduced from approx. one and a half percent to one percent,” said Ove Thejls, CEO of Tican Fresh Meat.

Future-proof refrigeration with focus on environmental safety
As main consultant, ALECTIA, together with the Danish Technological Institute, has prepared a design proposal for the new chill tunnel which has replaced an outdated and worn-out model. In the project planning, ALECTIA has considered parameters such as cooling loss, increased yield, salary savings, energy consumption, expenses for maintenance and cleaning, etc., and has been in charge of the entire building process.

In the new chill tunnel, the warm slaughtered carcasses are cooled down with cold air. An automatic conveyor system leads the carcasses into the equalization chill rooms where they are suspended for 16-24 hours at approx. 5°C to obtain a uniform meat temperature.

The new refrigeration system includes an ammonia-based refrigeration plant, and ALECTIA has been responsible for the authority applications and approval at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the design proposal, the cooling valves and pipes of the chill room are placed in a separate service area inside the slaughterhouse instead of directly on the roof in order to reduce the environmental and safety-related risks by using ammonia as refrigerant.

Great satisfaction at Tican Fresh Meat
The construction process started in October 2013, and in May 2014 the new chill tunnel was commissioned. They express great satisfaction at Tican that the project was completed on time and without any noticeable budget overruns.

”The quality of the completed project meets our expectation of a good quality solution as regards both design and execution. This also applies to the consultancy of which ALECTIA has been responsible during the entire project implementation process,” said Jens L. Rasmussen, Technical Manager of Tican Fresh Meat.

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Virtual simulation helps large meat producer invest wisely
ALECTIA has completed an innovative computer simulation project for a well-known brand in the meat industry. The client is considering extending its slaughterhouse with a new pork processing plant, and ALECTIA created a virtual simulation model to test and validate the technical proposals from potential suppliers.
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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.

Interested in more information? Contact Market Manager Frank Nygaard.

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Refrigeration in the Copenhagen Meatpacking District
To reduce the risk of ammonia emission, the Municipality of Copenhagen has been instructed to reconstruct the central refrigeration plant in Kødbyen, the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen. ALECTIA has won the project with a budget of DKK 49 million and contributes cross-disciplinary competencies within building, electrical supplies and refrigeration technology, etc.
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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.

Aesthetical challenges
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:

  • Building calculations
  • Establishment of chimneys for ventilation of the distribution tunnels
  • Strengthening of window sections
  • Gates
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Electrical supply and management
  • Documentation

The refrigeration plant rebuild is currently well underway, and the works are divided between two contractors.

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Leadership, Health and Safety
Our Leadership, Health and Safety division is the largest occupational health and safety consultancy in Denmark with more than 75 full-time employees and more than 25 years of consulting experience. We advise public institutions and private companies on leadership, health and safety – on creating healthier, safer and more productive workplaces.
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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.

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ALECTIA offers a wide range of process engineering skills and is a leading international adviser to the pharmaceutical, brewing, food processing and dairy industries.
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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.

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ALECTIA is a leading engineering consultancy and offers advice on all types of building projects including refurbishments, upgrades, extensions and new builds. We address all project phases – from idea and project development, design and planning to project implementation and building operation. By integrating civil engineering skills with consultancy services on environmental issues, working environment, energy optimisation and business development, we provide our clients with strong and sustainable solutions. We combine our expertise with a disciplined project management approach to ensure that we deliver on time, on budget and to the agreed level of quality .
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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.

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Environment, Energy and Water
Many challenges in the environment, energy and water areas require an inter-disciplinary approach to achieve sustainable and profitable solutions. The collaboration between ALECTIA’s engineers, chemists, geologists, biologists, agronomists, energy experts and economists ensures that our solutions are both holistic and viable in practice.
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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.

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Two new Vice Presidents in ALECTIA
ALECTIA A/S in Denmark, has hired two new Vice Presidents with the turn of the year. Nanna Bjørner has taken over the position as Vice President of the division Leadership, Health and Safety, while Torben Franch is the new Vice President of the division Environment, Energy and Water.

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.

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Torben Franch
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.

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Factory becomes a new campus for Lillebaelt Academy in Denmark
ALECTIA is the client adviser on Lillebaelt Academy’s new campus which will gather educational programmes from 6 different locations in central Odense, Denmark. The campus will be established on an old factory site by combining existing and new buildings. The campus is scheduled for completion in August 2016.
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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.”

byggeri_uddannelse_Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt_atriumDrawing: 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.

byggeri_uddannelse_Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt_studieområdeDrawing: 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.

byggeri_uddannelse_Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt_ankomstDrawing: Henning Larsen Architects.

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Tican A/S ensures safety at construction site
In cooperation with ALECTIA, the Danish slaughterhouse Tican put focus on occupational health and safety at the construction site while establishing a new chill tunnel. Daily inspection rounds and a systematic effort to create proper communication and safe behaviour were the cornerstones of the occupational health and safety work, which successfully prevented serious accidents.
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Prior to the actual construction phase, all contractors were gathered for a statutory start-up meeting outlining Tican’s intentions and guidelines, including a Health & Safety Plan and the construction site design. At the meeting Tican invited to an open dialogue about the occupational health and safety work during the construction period with a view to making the contractors on site feel a sense of ownership and joint responsibility for maintaining a high level of order and safety.

“In our opinion, the focus on occupational health and safety is a precondition for implementing such a project. This view has characterized our and ALECTIA’s approach to the project, and the framework has been intelligible to the suppliers – to the benefit of the occupational health and safety on the construction site,” Tican’s Supply Chain Director Henrik Kæmpe said. “It is no secret that I am very proud of the occupational health and safety work performed in this project!”

Health and safety coordination on site
ALECTIA was responsible for the statutory occupational health and safety coordination during the construction phase, where inspection rounds were carried out on site and safety meetings were held every second week. Furthermore, ALECTIA’s health and safety coordinator and Ticans health and safety representative kept frequent dialogues on the different problems on site and possible solutions to them.

In the intervening period, Tican’s health and safety representative visited the site every day to communicate about safety and behaviour and signal Tican’s prioritisation of occupational health and safety. Similarly, regular introduction meetings were held for newly arrived workmen. As a result of this continuous and persistent focus on the construction site safety, only one minor accident occurred during the six month construction period.

Focus on safety in the project planning phase
The slaughterhouse Tican A/S is located at Thisted harbour (Denmark) where there is little space for a construction project with everything that goes along with it. Therefore, keeping focus on the construction site design and on particularly hazardous work already in the project planning phase was important in order to prevent accidents, and ALECTIA and Tican went through all the dangerous conditions that could be foreseen.

One issue concerned lifts close to the ammonia plant during panel mounting works at a compressor room. The solution was to empty the plant of ammonia in the area concerned and close off the crane area or set up watchmen and surveillance depending on the crane position. Moreover, the buildings, over which the crane lifted the panels, were evacuated.

Another problem was to allocate space for the workmen’s vans in the area. After a thorough assessment of where the expected number of cars in the construction period could be parked, the contractors were assigned parking spaces by means of the construction site drawing and an information leaflet.

The above-mentioned issues are just two of many conditions that were integrated already in the project planning phase, resulting in higher orderliness and tidiness and a more safe construction site. Moreover, taking preventive measures in the project planning phase has made the safety work much easier for Tican’s health and safety representative and ALECTIA’s health and safety coordinator in the construction phase.

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Example from the parking leaflet: “The parking spaces at the construction site fence and the main entrance are ONLY for loading and unloading, which must only take place for 30 minutes at a time. This rule MUST be observed as there are a lot of vehicles in the area during the construction work. Long-term parking must take place in the public parking area at the harbour or in Tican’s parking place east of the slaughterhouse.”

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ALECTIA is the leading independent adviser to the brewing and beverage industry
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Future challenges require cross-disciplinary solutions
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Refrigeration in the Copenhagen Meatpacking District
To reduce the risk of ammonia emission, the Municipality of Copenhagen has been instructed to reconstruct the central refrigeration plant in Kødbyen, the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen. ALECTIA has won the project with a budget of DKK 49 million and contributes cross-disciplinary competencies within building, electrical supplies and refrigeration technology, etc.
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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.

Aesthetical challenges
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:

  • Building calculations
  • Establishment of chimneys for ventilation of the distribution tunnels
  • Strengthening of window sections
  • Gates
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Electrical supply and management
  • Documentation

The refrigeration plant rebuild is currently well underway, and the works are divided between two contractors.

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New convenience food factory for Miratorg in Russia
ALECTIA has assisted one of Russia's largest food groups, Miratorg, in establishing a new convenience food plant in Kaliningrad, Russia. The plant had to be rebuilt after it was destroyed during a fire in 2010. The new building was completed and ready for production again in late 2012, and new projects are under way.
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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.

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New method integrates indoor climate, daylight and energy in architectural design proposals
A new method makes it easier for architects to integrate indoor climate, daylight and energy considerations in the early design phases. By combining simulation tools, optimization algorithms and parametric models it is possible to automatically generate performance-based design proposals which integrate a number of essential engineering issues.

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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