The 3-day property fair par excellence, at Tour & Taxis in Brussels knew another big success.
Again, Tractebel was present with an attractive stand which measured larger of the one last year.
Our stand was strongly represented with our experts to meet the needs of all the visitors.
The second day we organized a cocktail for our partners and customers which resulted in a friendly and amicable atmosphere.
Meanwhile as marketing stunt we distributed footballs and little anti-stress balls to emphasize our collaboration within the Eurostadium project.
The fair gave us the opportunity to show our know-how within the Belgian property market.
The fair also gave us the opportunity to pass by at our competitors for an interesting chat.
Realty 2017 can certainly expect us again!
Together with Cofely, Axima, Fabricom, Electrabel and Tractebel attended the VTDV Congress, dedicated to healthcare systems.
This year's theme was Healthcare: "Future-Proof!?"
On October 8, 2015, with the support of the BECI, the Brussels Chamber of Commerce and the participation of the Brussels Institute for Environmental Management (IBGE), Tractebel hosted a conference on energy audits for its customers.
The event was organised by Thomas Herber, our energy efficiency expert.
It was a great success, with an audience of 65 visitors for our speakers at the Forum – Thomas Herber, Benoît Poncelet, Jean-Baptiste Débonnaire, Muriel De Viron of the IBGE and Jean-Louis Samson of ENGIE – who, with their broad expertise and knowledge in the field, managed to convince the audience… which could lead to contracts in the future.
The topics addressed were the regulatory context, the different kinds of audits and the way in which they are undertaken, the expected results (quick-wins, long-term profits), and how to take energy audits a step forward – making for a highly interesting conference.
This great agenda ended with a lunch, during which the visitors were able to talk to the speakers and Tractebel’s management.
An ideal opportunity to underline Tractebel’s skills once again, in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
The 7th edition of IMMORUN™ took place on September 17, 2015 on the Droh!me (ex- Boisfort Hippodrome in Uccle). For three years in a row our Tractebel employees have proven that work and sports on high level are perfectly combinable and so they succeeded once again to conquer a place on the podium. The silver medal was well earned by our colleagues Frédéric van Durme, Bertrand Pairon and Maxime Kinet.
This Year for the first time Tractebel was part of Immorun as SILVER PARTNER to gain even more visibility as a dynamic actor of The Real Estate Sector in Belgium.
IMMORUN™ is a Business Run of 9 km which combines Sports & Well-being, Team-Building, and Business Networking within the Real Estate Sector in Belgium. It brings together architects, promoters, financial institutions, agencies, builders, experts, consultants, lawyers, public institutions, and their partners… A natural and healthy way to relieve stress and face the challenges in life and at work.
Yves Kerremans, Sales Director and Jan Lecompte, Product Director of the product line Building & Industrial Sites as well as Hein Dirix, General Manager SSI were present to encourage our runners.
We congratulate our Tractebel-Teams for this beautiful achievement!
The third edition of the BUILDING GOLF TROPHY took place on September 14th 2015 at the beautiful domain of the Naxhelet Golf Club in Wanze (Huy) with a “shot gun” program for golfers and an initiation program for beginners.
This event brought together the actors of the construction and building professionals: architects, consulting firms, promoters, developers,… A lovely occasion to meet up.
Tractebel emphasized her presence once again with a great bottle of Spa water decorated by Tractebel ‘s colours to bring happiness among the thirsty ones despite the bad weather conditions. They who played golf during this Building Event could discover the Marketing stand of Tractebel situated on the golf course.
Our Sales Director, Yves Kerremans of the product line Building & Industrial Sites, participated at the golf tournament and contributed this way to social networking with team members. The event ended in style with a wine degustation, a walking dinner and an award ceremony (where he unfortunately could not take any price home .. J)
A Successful day. We look forward to next year’s edition!
Saturday, 20 June, the Tractebel project team members involved in the A11 project paid a visit to the site. We were shown around by our site supervisor David De Ridder. Work at the site has now been under way for a good year, with some of the important constructions in the project starting to take shape. Tractebel produced the reference design and the specifications for this DBFM project, which comprises a stretch of motorway of around 12 km, with a diamond interchange, a movable bridge, a 15-metre high viaduct and various tunnels and bridges. Staff from various departments, including Rail, Road & Spatial design, and the Structures Competence Center are regularly consulted as technical advisers.
The project will be fully completed in three years.
When it comes to railway accessibility in Belgium, this is closely linked to the issue of the main North-South connection and to the local connections which use it (north-south and west-east). The North-South connection’s capacity is currently restricted to around 90 trains per hour, offering an operating level of fairly mediocre quality.
This study must enable significant progress to be made in the debate on the future of the railway network in terms of travelling to, from and in Brussels. The considerations on this issue have actually only been partially outlined at the moment, and have not been developed sufficiently to allow a decision to be made on this strategic matter.
This debate cannot be restricted to considering infrastructural solutions, but should also, in the view of the team of the consultants, touch on every aspect of mobility. The main points for consideration are:
Consideration must be given to the problems experienced so far in creating a clear strategic vision for developing the railway service in the greater Brussels area for political, technical and economic reasons.
This situation needs to evolve. The increased use of public transport, development of a multipolar conurbation and leveraging of existing infrastructures are among the factors which require a greater use of the railway network.
With this in mind, the following 3 phases are planned in this study:
- Phase 1: Current situation and arrangement of development scenarios
- Phase 2: Multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA)
- Phase 3: Detailed description of scenarios selected
Anyone who has to spend their life in a wheelchair misses out on some aspects of their social life. In cities, obstacles appear everywhere in the form of doorsteps, doors being too small, or not enough space for a wheelchair to turn round. This is a situation that the company On Wheels, which operates in the non-profit sector, wants to do something about. It has developed an app of the same name – On Wheels – to enable wheelchair users to find accessible locations (stores, restaurants, toilets etc.). There are volunteers in Flanders who are going to measure doors and doorsteps in 12,000 locations. The app will look for accessible buildings in the vicinity, based on the wheelchair’s dimensions and the ability of the wheelchair user to negotiate doorsteps. SSI supports and sponsors this initiative in various ways, including through providing expertise and staff. On Wheels and Tractebel want to launch the app globally.
At the same time, the Rail, Road & Spatial Design department is involved in developing a methodology for screening infrastructure accessibility in cities more widely. Sponsoring and collaborating with On Wheels are part of this.
Anyone wishing to find out more about accessibility or participate as a volunteer in this project, and who wants, for instance,
Tractebel was awarded the DG Move contract “Study on permitting and facilitating the preparation of TEN-T core network projects, in particular waterborne projects and cross-border projects”.
The purpose of the study is to identify good practices and ways to streamline and simplify the procedures to carry out an infrastructure transport project. The study will analyse the existing legal frameworks and practices for permitting procedures, and take stock of already existing measures applied at national or regional level to make those procedures more efficient and create more legal comfort to project developers and investors. It will also prepare a guide to good practices that can be used by Member States to develop effective facilitation tools. The study will eventually recommend policy options (that can be used in a subsequent impact assessment) for a positive EU framework for project development and investments.
Our partners in this project are: Milieu Ltd, EPRD Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development
We are looking forward to implement this challenging project!
We tell the story of the stadium and of the city
Over time, stadium architecture has evolved as regards its relation to the city.
The first stadiums were conceived as independent facilities, often erected on the outskirts of cities.
Gradually, the city gets closer to the stadium. Urban programs start to spread into the stadium. The city’s buildings can actually get so close that they merge with the stadium infrastructure itself, generating new synergies.
The temporary nature of the stadium’s function allows the urban programs to invest the entirety of the structure.
What used to be a mere stadium now becomes the center of a new urbain life: the « Stadium Square».
We improve urban comfort
The considerable investment made for the World Cup yields a long term improvement in terms of passive comfort of the urban spaces. Dynamic thermal simulations show that the overall layout of the site, inspired from traditional housing construction in arid countries, can generate a significant improvement in the outdoor comfort, increasing air temperature during winter days and reducing it during hot summer days by up to 12°C, in both the canyon and the arena.
The architecture of the « Stadium Square » draws its inspiration from the local and regional desert landscapes. Taking both from the Zekreet in Qatar and from other geological canyon shapes, the architecture follows the principles of accumulation and erosion in order to create forms which are perfectly suited to the multiple uses of the area.
A little less than a month before the bicentenary celebrations, the 1815 Memorial was officially opened on Thursday, May 21, 2015. The ceremony was attended by the experts from Tractebel who worked on the project, and in particular by the Walloon Tourism Minister and the mayors of the communes where the battle took place.
TECHNUM, which was tasked with the execution studies for the structural aspects and special techniques, played a central role in the construction of the 1815 Memorial, a brand new museum dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo.
It is located at the foot of the Lion’s Mound, 10 metres below ground so as not to alter the site. The museum is highly energy efficient thanks to this special setup and the use of a geothermal facility comprising 55 shafts that reach a depth of 150 metres.
The new Battle of Waterloo Memorial covers a surface of 6000 m², 1500 of which house exhibitions dedicated to the events that unfolded in June 1815. Despite all of the legal complications surrounding the project – which was 2 years in the making – the memorial was ready on schedule. It should welcome some 500,000 visitors a year.
The peak of the tour is a 4D film projected on a 169° 26-metre-long screen. Visitors find themselves at the heart of the battle – a technical achievement that is the first of its kind in Europe.
The memorial is more of an interpretation centre than a museum, with multimedia solutions, various augmented reality systems and rather magical displays, amongst other things, punctuating the visit.
The 1815 Memorial has been open to the public since May 22.
Tuesday the 24th of March, after two years of construction works, the Connector building was officially opened in the presence of King Philip, prime minister Charles Michel, minister of transport Jacqueline Galant and some 500 other guests.
The connector is the building which links the passenger terminal to Pier A above-ground.
For the design of the Connector sustainability and comfort of the passenger were very important. Each year more than 20 million passengers step through the Connector. Tractebel who was in charge of the studies HVAC, electricity, lighting, fire safety, elevators and escalators, plumbing, access control, data communication and cold and heat storage, ... played a crucial role in the realization of the ambitions in this area. Brussels Airport seeks at a CO2 reduction of 20% for 2020. The insulation of the building is K-20, half of the current legal standard. Thanks to the geothermal installation, in the
summer Brussels Airport used the cold that is stored in the soil and the aquifer during the winter season to cool the building, while at the same time heat is stored in the soil to heat the building during the winter months. This will provide 70% of energy needs during the winter months, while in the summer, it’s providing 30% of the energy needs for cooling. With the application of waterless urinals and recuperation of the rainwater that falls on the 11,000 square meter roof for flushing the toilets is also water consumption reduced for the extremely necessary. In the field of lighting there was resolutely opted for LED lighting in the public areas allowing both energy consumption and maintenance costs to drastically reduce.
The Connector designed by CTHM (Chapman Taylor – bureau Happold – MOSS) allows passengers to walk straight from the check-in desk to their gate in pier A. In the opposite direction, the building provides the arriving passenger with a smooth and agreeable passage to the baggage reclaim hall and the exit. The dark tunnel towards pier A is now replaced by an open and airy building that apart from a spectacular tarmac view also offers a contemporary mix of shops and restaurants.
From now on the Connector is open for passengers.
The building includes a central platform for access and security screening as well as border control for travellers departing Pier A. Passengers departing from Pier B will use the platfrom as of 2016. This considerably increases the efficiency of the screening process, as the peak hours for security in both piers are complementary. Moreover, the building offers plenty of space for a commercial area.
The challenge was huge: the construction site was located in the centre of a busy international airport, which had to remain fully operational throughout the building works without compromising passenger comfort.
The new radar tower on the recent Oostdam in Ostend, Belgium, has won the FEBE Precast in Infrastructure Award.
On behalf of our client, the Maritime Access department of the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government, we developed the detailed design for the 44-m high tower built after a design by the architect E+W Eggermont at level. This success was founded on close cooperation between our (SSI) department Ports & Waterways, the Hasselt-based Structures competence centre and the government.
The tower is prism-shaped up to a height of 30 m, after which it is twisted. It was constructed by stacking up 22 prefabricated concrete segments which were progressively post-tensioned. The twisted top section was reinforced in the conventional manner. In order to make the design suitable for prefabrication, the spatial shape was converted into a series of triangles. The actual production of the prefabricated elements, as well as the laying of the post-tensioning ducts and their positioning were subject to extremely stringent tolerance requirements. The contractor THV Besix-Westconstruct constructed the tower.
IGLO wins the Wivina Demeester Prize. IGLO – Intergenerationeel Project Linker Oever – is a city regeneration project in Antwerp. Tractebel was awarded, in collaboration with the firms De Smet Vermeulen Architecten, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architecten and Tom Thys Architecten, a contract based on an open request for tender issued by Vlaams Bouwmeester (Flanders Government Architect).
The Spatial Planning Department (SPD) team started off by devising a master plan, based on intensive interaction with the architects. The project focused on establishing a stronger link between an extremely isolated area and the wider urban environment. This was achieved through well-designed restructuring of the public space and introducing new urban programmes.
A subsequent stage involved the further development of the architecture, which the Building Department got involved in. The public space was designed by the Spatial Planning Department (SPD), along with the infrastructure engineers from the Road Department. This is an example of an integrated urban project where Tractebel has been able to offer its expertise from very diverse areas. This prize emphasises the quality of every aspect of this project.
Marc Van de putte and Tom Puttemans (Urban Rail Ghent) attended this congress. They presented a joint paper from Tractebel Engineering and De Lijn on energy recovery for tram line traction networks. The case study presented concerned the complete overhaul of the traction network in Ghent where a predicted 10% reduction in energy consumption was subsequently confirmed, based on various measurement campaigns.
With the aim of foreshadowing what mobility will be like in the future, the Brussels local government’s department for transport (Bruxelles Mobilité/Mobile Brussel) has adopted an exploratory approach and launched Mobil2040, a future-oriented, multidisciplinary study conducted by the design consultancies Tractebel and Espaces Mobilités. Mobil2040 provides a particularly “fresh” look at mobility where the main focus is on people.
Mobil2040 shies away from a purely technical, fragmented approach by putting mobility at the very heart of a complex ecosystem that is undergoing major change. Mobil2040 abandons the traditional way of presenting people getting around by some means of transport, replacing this with a transverse analysis of the different transport modes available in the Brussels metropolitan area.
The topics touched on by the study not only relate to roads, cars and public transport, but also to changes in mindset, new technologies, town planning, neighbourhood, shared public spaces, citizen participation, time perception, living environment etc.
The Brussels Capital Region is keen to engage in debate with the general public about this very “refreshing “ vision on mobility, especially with youngsters who will be the users and policymakers in 2040. With the aim of triggering this debate and stimulating creativity, the Brussels Capital Region is staging various events:
And what about you? What dreams of the future do you have for Brussels in 2040? Don’t be shy and take part in the competition!
To Tractebel, the overall IGLO project is a highly multidisciplinary assignment, which it won in 2006-2007 following the “Open-Oproep Vlaamse Bouwmeester” tender procedure, in collaboration with some young architects.
The City of Antwerp has set up this IGLO (“Intergenerationeel Project LinkerOever”) – i.e. an intergenerational development project – to reassess the city’s LinkerOever district (next to the Chicago building).
The Tractebel team is made up of people from several disciplines, including urban planning (& mobility), infrastructure and construction engineering.
The various subcontracts and projects are as follows:
In short, the “City of Tomorrow”.
Tractebel, in collaboration with ADR/Georges Descombes, has drawn up this master plan
Grounded on well-informed theoretical foundations the Green Belt project in Ostend is extremely innovative. In addition, the publication “Park voor de toekomst” (“Park for the future”) provides a test framework for longer-term developments, which takes into account potential new evolutions and can serve as a referential. The project is based on the strong commitment to cross-border cooperation in Europe as part of the Interreg IV-A Programme, leveraging this commitment via cross-regional collaboration in a partnership with Oudenburg and innovative approaches for urban farming. This project focuses strongly on the sustainable integration of green landscape borders into the urban structure and has clear ambitions to inspire more globally as well. All the city’s services are involved in the project’s implementation. The project has evolved to become a fully-fledged part of the local authorities’ remit within the local authorities agreement. Other strong points are the creation of a green cycle and walking route, which, during its implementation, will make visitors and inhabitants aware of the Green Belt, and the active involvement of the population and of various urban and supra-urban stakeholders. The project’s exemplary function is also highlighted by the fact that a short-term opportunity is being taken to develop a long-term strategy and implement it gradually. The Green Belt project is indicative of a bold policy choice and refreshing approach. The project involves different levels coming together: the city, the coast and Flanders. Its aim is to promote green sustainability and contribute to a desirable form of climate change. It offers opportunities for recreation, tourism and creative development.
For more information, visit:: http://www.thuisindestad.be/Thuis-in-de-Stad-prijs_6.html#eye21331612
Wednesday, February 5th, the annual Price Public Space ceremony took place during the Congress Public Space and Mobility. Tractebel was involved in two of the five nominees (the Emile Braun place in Ghent as engineer and the Meuse River Park in Limburg as a designer). The Meuse River Park was the eventual winner. Moreover, there was also a public selected by the public. There were two nominees, including the Place de la Monnaie in Brussels, which Tractebel has designed. For more info, visit http://www.publiekeruimte.be/
The huge connector building, which links Brussels Airport’s departure terminal and Pier A, will replace the tunnel used by some 10 million passengers every year. Brussels Airport commissioned Tractebel to carry out the special methodology studies, the fire safety engineering work and heat studies, as well as the installation of cold storage facilities.
For more information, visit the airport’s website.
Bureau Veritas heeft de standaard voor kwaliteitsbeheer van Tractebel voor drie jaar verlengd. Tijdens de audit voor de hercertificering werd geen enkele niet-conformiteit vastgesteld, en dat is uitzonderlijk!
De auditor benadrukt in zijn rapport de volgende sterke punten:
goed gedefinieerde en in cascade geordende top-downdoelstellingen,
goede integratie van Q-plannen en PMP-projectmonitoring,
engagement vanwege de CEO om onderzoek te voeren naar de klanttevredenheid,
robuust en effectief QMS-systeem.
"Deze hercertificering is een succes! Toch moeten we beseffen dat er nog altijd ruimte blijft voor verbetering", stelt Quality System Manager Liesbet Pluymers. Voor de volgende certificatieperiode wil ze de klemtoon leggen op de integratie van kwaliteitsbeheer in het DNA van Tractebel. Ze verwijst hierbij naar de kwaliteitshandleiding: "Binnen de context van ons QMS streven we ernaar om onze bedrijfsprocessen nauwkeurig op elkaar af te stemmen. We moeten constant speuren naar aspecten die verbeterbaar zijn en die kansen ook grijpen. Elke werknemer kan hieraan zijn steentje bijdragen!"
The updated Sigmaplan presented by the Flanders Government aims to protect Flanders from flooding by the River Scheldt and its tributaries. At the same time, the Scheldt’s natural environment is being restored. Tractebel project manager Michaël Van Rompaey has been providing environmental and design consultancy as part of implementing this plan since 2006.
On 24 May, Tractebel - Building & Industrial Sites was audited by Bureau Veritas in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard.
In the audit report, the external auditor reached the following conclusion: “Tractebel is an organisation which clearly focuses on delivering added value to its customers, paying particular attention to sustainable development. At a general level, this is also one of the themes which the organisation applies in concepts such as “City of Tomorrow”. We met a very well qualified team which is highly motivated and clearly exemplifies Tractebel’s values.”
From 29 to 30 May 2013, Tractebel participated once again to the Belgian REALTY property exhibition attended by more than 3,500 participants. This event was held in the Tour & Taxis in Brussels.
Jean-Baptiste Débonnaire, Martin Richelle and Yves Kerremans
Donald Desmet, Luc Carpentier, Bram Vandenboom and Jan Liefooghe
Romina Dargenton talking to a visitor.
For more information, visit: www.realty-brussels.com
“Smart & Sustainable Infrastructure (SSI) includes methods that can contribute to this,” says Hein Dirix, General Manager Tractebel, in the supplement to the April 10, 2013 edition of the “De Standaard” newspaper, entitled “City of Tomorrow”.
Tractebel participated in the largest tradeshow in Belgium for traffic applications and mobility solutions on 5-6 February 2014.
Tractebel is participating in the 2013 edition of the Belgium Road Conference.
The Belgium Road Congress is an event held every four years, for more than 80 years already. This is the premier event for every professional involved in the construction, maintenance and use of Belgium’s roads. In 2009, it was held in Flanders while Wallonia organized this 22nd edition of the event under the auspices of the Belgium Road Association.
This conference offers great opportunity to make network professionally with experts from different disciplines. Within the institutional framework of Belgium, where roads have no boundaries, these gatherings definitely make a great deal of sense.
Tractebel has already been operating in the ITS (Intelligent Traffic Systems) sector for more than 20 years. Again in 2013 we attended the ITS Congress held on 4 October 2013 in Brussels.
Sunday, 23 February 2014 marks the official opening of the Noord-Zuid Kempen road.
Tractebel, along with its partners Cofely and Electrabel, attended on 9 May 2014 the tradeshow at the VTDV conference (Association for Technical Heads of Department in Healthcare Institutions). This year’s theme was: The architect & engineer "IN TEAM" with the developer.
From 19 to 21 May Tractebel attended the Realty property exhibition, which welcomed more than 3,500 participants.
This exhibition was held in Tour & Taxis in Brussels.
For more information, visit www.realty-brussels.com
Tractebel organise une conférence sur les audits énergétiques,
le jeudi 8 octobre 2015 (de 9h à 13h), dans ses locaux.
Le contexte réglementaire, les différents types d’audits et leurs modalités de réalisation, les résultats attendus (quick-wins, gains long terme), comment aller au-delà de l’audit énergétique : Tractebel vous propose une conférence complète, illustrée de témoignages « terrain », avec la participation de BRUXELLES ENVIRONNEMENT.
Nous vous invitons à noter dès à présent la date du 8 octobre dans votre agenda. Vous recevrez ultérieurement les informations pratiques et lescoordonnées d’inscription.
Date : jeudi 8 octobre (de 9h à 13h)
Lieu : Tractebel - salle de conférence : Forum - Avenue Ariane 7, 1200 BRUXELLES
Avec le soutien de BECI, Chambre de Commerce de Bruxelles.
La conférence sera animée en français. Une version en néerlandais pourra être programmée ultérieurement.
De lezing zal in het Frans plaats vinden. Een Nederlandse sessie zal later geprogrammeerd kunnen worden.
To put in place new transport infrastructures is a long process. Solutions providing real benefits on a shorter-term basis are tried out by several cities and regions in Europe and elsewhere to limit the road traffic or ease congestion on the public transport network. It must be noted that very few initiatives of this kind are found in Belgium despite the quick evolution of the workforce organisation and the increasing interest of companies in the new ways of working (NWOW).
The Time in the City conference is a unique opportunity to discuss on concrete transport desynchronization projects.
Bram Vandenboom, Business Development & Sales Director – Sustainable Cities & Transport at Tractebel, will deliver the opening speech at this event.
More information (only in French): extract_study Rail4Brussels (Tractebel, VUB, Espaces-Mobilités)
Free but mandatory registration via www.timeinthecity.be
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