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“Change is the only constant in life” (Heraclitus of Ephesus)

The entire planning process for buildings is currently undergoing a structural change. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is currently the construction industry's most important push towards digitalisation. The change is receiving support from the initiative of the German Federal Government in autumn 2015, which stipulates that, from 2020, all public sector infrastructure projects must be planned using BIM in a standardised manner.

However, private building owners such as Deutsche Bahn now also require the BIM planning method to be applied. There is therefore no way around BIM. But what is BIM, what can BIM do and how do you as a customer benefit from BIM?

We have tried to summarise this for you briefly.

Added value through integration

BIM value chain

Level 1: Digital drawing board, plan-based

Level 2: Working on the basis of a floor plan with 3D components and 2D views

Level 3: 3D component-oriented work with extended BIM usage

Level 4 3D component-oriented incl. cost management

Level 5: Building Process Management (4D)

Level 6: Life cycle management

 

What is BIM?

BIM is a method for optimising the design, implementation and operation of buildings. The basis of BIM is a 3D computer model, which can be extended with additional information such as material, time, costs and usage.

What can BIM do?

BIM is able to provide all parties involved in the construction process with exactly the information they need for the implementation and operation of the building. Therefore, BIM is not software but, rather, a working technique that facilitates collaboration in the planning, construction and operation phases.

The advantages of BIM for you as a customer

  • Increased planning reliability and process transparency thanks to greater planning depth
  • Complex projects with growing requirements can be managed with BIM
  • Interdisciplinary planning leads to improved project communication and avoidance of collisions
  • Immediate and continuous availability of all current and relevant data
  • Consistent high quality thanks to the standardisation of working methods
  • Reduction of execution times
  • Minimisation of risks in the construction process and reduction of construction costs
  • Increase in the degree of prefabrication
  • Re-use of information for building operation, the entire building life cycle and marketing

 

BIM is a very complex planning service that requires expertise and experience in using the software. The desired high quality of the planning work can only be achieved with the appropriate qualification of the project partners in question.

HF has been working with BIM from an early stage and can implement your projects with its new BIM Manager, Marius Dudaicevs.

HF International

HF goes global

For future project handling outside of Germany we will establish the HF GmbH International
in the next few days.

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HF International

In the meantime, the staff of HF-GmbH Elektroplanung is a good example of integration.

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Highlights 2019

The highlights ouf our companies history have been surpassed again and agin in the last years. Now we are honored to present you the highlights of 2019.

We prodly present you the highlights of the last year.

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TV-Spot on WELT

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Museum Hotel Kronasar

 

The new Kronasar theme hotel is very close to RULANTICA water world.

With its 276 rooms and 28 suites, the hotel, which is completely themed in the Nordic style of a museum, is another outstanding achievement in the history of the Europa-Park hotel resort.

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25 electrifying years

Dear Sir or Madam,

Today, on 07.07.2018, I would like to thank you, our customers, business partners, HF employees and friends, for placing your trust in us.

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Digital development vs. HF-GmbH Elektroplanung

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25 years of HF-GmbH Elektroplanung in facts and figures

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Review of 2016

HF "relaunches" its corporate design and launches a cross-media, state-of-the-art image in 2016. Whether it is the new homepage or the two image folders, HF stands out thanks to its expressive visual language as well as appropriate communication with its customers and interested parties. The new HF claim to be "electrifyingly different" embodies HF's own DNA in a nutshell.

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Facts and figures

Bill Clinton follows on from George H. W. Bush (Sen.), the single European market comes into force, tennis player Monica Seles is the victim of an assassination attempt in Hamburg and German postcodes, which are over 40 years old, suddenly reach five figures with the crazy slogan "Fünf ist Trümpf". We are talking about 1993, the year in which HF-GmbH was established in Karlsruhe. Let’s pause for a moment and look back together at the dynamic development of HF over the past 20 years.

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2017 forecast

Despite the continuing slump on the market for skilled workers, HF has succeeded in filling new positions with highly-qualified employees. This shows that HF is considered to be a highly attractive and future-oriented employer, even beyond the borders of Karlsruhe, and is capable of exponential growth.

By increasing the number of permanent staff, we are able to form five high-performance teams: Each team consists of a planner and a CAD specialist. This applies to the headquarters in Karlsruhe, where five teams work, as well as the branch office in Cologne, where one team has been created.

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HF at the Waidmarkt in Cologne: on historical building ground.

HF-GmbH supervises planning projects throughout the country. The opening of the additional location in Cologne is therefore a logical development. "It is important to us to supervise projects with the necessary proximity. Short reaction times and face-to-face discussions with our customers are absolutely essential," explains Roland Hofmann, Managing Director of HF-GmbH.

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HF comeback & newcomer, a strong team in Cologne

Matthias Toldrian, the branch manager and project manager and his colleague Marius Dudaicevs, the qualified technical system planner for electrotechnical facilities and BIM Manager for Electrical Engineering are a well-coordinated team. They have a thorough understanding of planning and are looking forward to facing challenges together in one of the liveliest cities in Germany.

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BIM: must-have in the field of planning

“Cost explosion and years of construction delays”... everyone has seen the headlines about our well-known major projects in German construction at the moment, haven’t they?

 

This is partly due to a lack of coordination in the planning process. That certainly can’t be denied. But who has been able to truly solve this issue across all the trades so far?

 

This is why people were looking for a practicable solution. The solution is BIM!

BIM - Building Information Modelling.

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Let there be light

Since time immemorial light has been an elementary component that ensures our survival. By creating artificial light, we have now become independent of natural lighting conditions.

 

Therefore, light plays a decisive role in architecture as well as in electrical planning nowadays. Whether it is the clever interplay of artificial and natural light or the deliberate staging and accentuation of architecture as an integral part of the design, light shapes style.

 

In line with the importance of light, HF-GmbH has brought reinforcement into the company. Since 1st June 2016, Lighting Designer Ms Barbara Benkert, Dipl.-Ing. (Architecture), has been working for us in Karlsruhe.

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3... 2... 1... ready for BIM!

Here at HF, we plan in accordance with the expectations of our customers. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is, of course, part of this. With HF you can use the resulting potential to increase quality and efficiency in the construction and utilisation process.

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HF in Cologne - "Et kütt wie et kütt."

No, it wasn't the carnival, the cathedral or the Rhine that made us decide to open a branch in the beautiful city of Cologne. If things get serious on 1st April in Cologne, this is no April fool's joke but, rather, the logical result of our growth and customer-oriented company philosophy.

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