Every task which we take on for our customers offers a new challenge. Each time the focus is set on different services from our portfolio and different details. With these case studies we introduce you to selected projects which are exemplary for the services we provide.
Project: Line planning for eastern and northern region
By expanding its fibre optic network, Vodafone GmbH aims to significantly increase the capacity of its network. STF Tele Consult is supporting the telecommunications company in the planning and realisation of this highly complex project. Network topology, redundancy requirements and efficiency are the main issues.
With the help of STF engineers, Vodafone is not only able to connect its own locations to the network, but also to connect clients’ locations.
STF Tele Consult is supporting the Deutsche Bahn in the modernisation of its telecommunications network. The current SDH/PDH based technology is being replaced with a nation-wide, multi-client capable MPLS/IP network which makes secure and reliable communication possible. This operational communication system, which includes control and safety technology, will provide increased efficiency, safety and reliability. Of particular importance is the fact that railway-specific safety and security requirements imposed by the company itself as well as the Federal Railway Agency must be met.
STF provides technical expertise and qualified project management in the areas of network planning and configuration, the construction of the safety infrastructure, laboratory testing of technical components, the development of operational concepts as well as the coordination of pilot projects and the final roll out which will take place under normal operational circumstances. STF Tele Consult's experts are also taking on the management of network configuration and parameterisation of the existing GSM-R wireless networks.
Project: Quality assurance and network audit
STF Tele Consult assumes planning contracts for Telefónica as well as ongoing quality audits of locations and transmission networks. If errors in the quality audit of locations and construction quality are identified, such as in the antenna positioning, or in technical parameters, such as the transmission and reception range, STF engineers implement measures to eliminate the errors. Complex configurations and deviations between the planned and actual state represent regular challenges. The constant increase in network quality is a clear indication of the success of STF’s services.
Project: In-house and building coverage
To ensure optimum wireless coverage for mobile conversations and data within the entire building complex, STF Tele Consult conducted a coverage and quality survey. The survey results and the client’s coverage targets formed the basis of a coverage concept involving a block diagram, a transmission layout and an antenna positioning plan, which were then incorporated into project management. As a result of the minutely planned implementation, the whole hospital building now boasts an excellent wireless coverage and capacity.
Project: Broadband rollout of a regional network operator
STF Tele Consult is planning and executing regional network operator Netcom BW‘s broadband rollout in various districts and municipalities. In the state of Baden-Württemberg, more than 70 communities and municipalities have already been connected. The main challenge is to select the most economic fibre optic-based technology (FTTC, FTTH or FTTB).
Project: Broadband coverage for an industrial park
In order to connect the industrial park of the community of Senden in Westphalia (www.gemeinde-senden.de) to the broadband network, STF Tele Consult carried out a feasibility study and a market survey. STF’s engineers drew up a master plan for the broadband rollout, which then allowed for the initiation of a contract award procedure. For the duration of the project, STF was responsible for infrastructure planning, the supervision of construction and quality assurance of the broadband rollout. A prime concern during the project was – and still is – keeping the risks to the community, as a passive network operator, to a minimum. We succeeded: the companies in the industrial park now enjoy fast internet access.
Project: Project management in fixed network coordination
To ensure that E-Plus (www.eplus.de) meets all its rollout targets in the fixed network segment, STF Tele Consult is responsible for prioritising and coordinating all related activities. STF’s specialists are an interface to external partners, suppliers and E-Plus network planning and take care of the overall coordination of all parties involved.
STF Tele Consult has worked with the City of Rottenburg, conducting FTTH planning which included cost analysis as well as support during the construction process. The main challenges faced were to plan the FTTH networks for individual neighbourhoods in such a way as to make conduit installation during street repairs and building both economical and practical for the city's building services department while also making access to the FTTH network comprehensively available to the city's residents.
Changes in our society's demographic structure have created a significant shortage of living spaces which are both affordable and equipped for the disabled or elderly. The cooperative housing project "LiNa – Leben in Nachbarschaft eG" aims to create living spaces which fulfil these criteria and are also ecological, technologically demanding and architecturally attractive. The project also meets all of the requirements necessary to be included in "100 Klimaschutzsiedlungen in Nordrhein-Westfalen", a program sponsored by the NRW Climate Protection Ministry to create ecologically friendly settlements in North Rhine-Westphalia.
STF Energy's planning team supported LiNa e.V in all stages from planning and application through to actual implementation and usage. The builder receives benefits as part of state funded programmes when building climate friendly settlements as well funding from "progres.nrw" and "KfW40". Technical highlights include: thermal insulation standards equal to that of a passive house, controlled living space ventilation (decentralised), pellet heating as well as solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. Energieagentur.NRW GmbH, which represents North Rhine-Westphalia in matters concerning energy efficiency, renewable energies and climate protection, has approved, accepted and officially listed the building settlement in its project portfolio.
Project: Central Office Conversion / Renovation
STF Energy is involved in planning and supporting Sparkasse Lippstadt in the renovation of its management offices. This includes expansion of conference rooms and renovation, during normal operations, of the electrical systems in the bank's central offices.
Initial development of an energy concept involving measurement and analysis of actual energy consumption values and a building simulation was carried out in 2014 with detailed planning and implementation occurring directly thereafter. This included modernisation of the energy centre for cooling, heating and ventilation systems as well as installation of a new centralised control system for the building's systems.
In the future, heating and cooling of the expanded areas shall be accomplished using gas-driven heat pumps utilising a direct evaporator principle.
Project: Introduction of energy-management system
Maschinenbau Lienenbrügger (lidu.de) has been a contract manufacturer for high-quality engineering solutions for over 70 years. At this long-established company, STF Energy introduced an ISO 50001-certified energy management system while production was ongoing. The client‘s priority was to reduce operating costs. Based on extensive metrological inspections and an analysis of the potential tax savings, STF Energy developed an energy-measurement concept.
Project: Introduction of an energy-management system
As a player in the metal processing industry, Härterei Reese (haerterei.com) is a particularly energy-intensive company. STF Energy developed an ISO 50001-certified energy-management system for Reese to help it improve its energy efficiency and lower its energy costs. In order to develop appropriate cost saving measures, we had to create complete transparency in all areas of the company’s energy consumption and use. In view of the complex processing procedures, the analysis was particularly challenging. Thanks to the implemented efficiency measures, the company’s energy targets were met.
Project: Energy-efficiency analysis for a Stadtwerke client
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf (swd-ag.de) is the largest energy provider and energy-service provider in the Düsseldorf region. STF Energy conducted an energy-efficiency analysis for an important client on behalf of Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. The analysis involved an inspection of all relevant equipment and an evaluation in terms of energy consumption. This allowed us to give the client a greater insight into its energy usage.
Project: Introduction of an energy-management system
Rhein-Ruhr-Malz GmbH (schillmalz.com) contracted STF Energy to implement an energy-management system in order to significantly reduce its energy costs for several locations. We conducted comprehensive measurements and drew up an action plan. The consumption analysis of the malting plant proved particularly challenging. The objective was to make the drying process as transparent as possible in terms of energy consumption and usage. Our STF experts successfully implemented an ISO 50001-certified energy-management system, and the subsequent exemption from the EEG levy was particularly appreciated by the client.
Project: Specialist planning of technical building equipment for new facility at Elspermann Großhandels GmbH & Co. KG
The Pietsch Group (www.pietsch.de) is one of Germany’s leading wholesalers in sanitary, heating and air-conditioning technology with over 50 locations nationwide. STF Energy assisted Elspermann Großhandels GmbH & Co. KG, a Pietsch Group subsidiary, with taking advantage of the full energy savings potential at its new building in Bochum. STF carried out the specialist planning for the heating, plumbing, ventilation and air conditioning. With the development of a comprehensive energy concept including an air source heat pump (Monovalent), the project was successfully completed with an EU GreenBuilding-programme certification.
Project: Specialist planning of technical building equipment for construction of the “Fressnapf-Akademie” building
STF Energy assisted Fressnapf, Europe’s largest retail chain for animal food, with its new “Fressnapf-Akademie” building. During planning, STF experts were instructed to take the heating, plumbing, ventilation and air conditioning into account as extensively as possible. STF Energy drew up a comprehensive energy concept taking into account the statutory requirements. Gas-fired heat pumps for heating and cooling to ensure controlled temperature and thermostatically controlled air inlets were integrated into the building. With the help of STF Energy, Fressnapf now boasts a new, modern and energy-efficient Fressnapf academy.
Project: Development, calculation and implementation of a heating facility for the historical Surenburg castle of in Riesenbeck
On behalf of KERKHOFF, STF Energy provided the concept, cost calculation and implementation for a heating system at Surenburg castle in Riesenbeck. The objective was to achieve the client’s energy-efficiency requirements while taking into account the high security standards as well as the specifications for historic landmarks. In addition, the STF planners had to consider the different energy users, such as the castle, the hotel and the swimming pool. With the help of STF Energy, the castle was successfully equipped with a highly energy-efficient and flexible heating system.
Project: New “Exerzierhalle”: New residential construction with 69 housing units with integrated underground garage for 169 parking spaces
VIVAWEST (www.vivawest.de) is Germany’s third-largest housing provider with 120,000 residential units. For the construction of 69 new units with an integrated underground garage, STF Energy is assigned with the technical building equipment planning. STF specialists are developing concepts for the heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical system. The building project is currently underway.
Project: Expert Planning
STF Energy is planning the technical building services (heating, ventilation, plumbing and electric) in a shopping centre being built in Muenster by Stroetmann Grundbesitz-Verwaltung GmbH & Co. KG. The new building includes residential and office spaces as well as diverse shopping facilities. STF Energy is also developing a concept for the ventilation and exhaust extraction systems for the building's underground parking garage. In order to ensure compliance with energy saving regulations (EnEV), the apartments are equipped with highly efficient ventilation units including heat-recovery systems.
Projekt: New administration building for L. Stroetmann GmbH & Co. KG
For L. Stroetmann GmbH & Co. KG’s new administration building, STF Energy was responsible for the technical building equipment planning, which included the heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems. STF developed a concept that involved the use of near-surface geothermal power for heating and cooling. The building project was successfully completed in December 2013.
Project: Rough energy analysis to achieve reduction in energy consumption
STF Energy conducted a rough energy-related analysis of Stadtwerke Krefeld’s technical building equipment. Based on the analysis, STF Energy was able to develop technically optimised solutions in electrical technology, building automation, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, heat recovery, sanitary technology, lighting, emergency energy supply and building physics.
In the proposal, the investment costs and necessary measures were clearly outlined. Moreover, the STF experts issued the client with a thermal insulation certificate according to DIN 18599.
Project: Systematic Optimization
Draht Müller GmbH & Co. KG is a mid-sized, owner operated company which has been producing woven mesh and welded wire screens for 75 years. STF Energy carried out a systematic optimisation for Draht Müller GmbH & Co. KG. This systematic optimisation covered targeted energy efficiency measures: the replacement of HQL mercury lamps and lighting with daylight controlled, presence dependent LED bay lighting and circulator pumps with speed controlled, high efficiency pumps led to significant savings for the company.
Project: Energy Audit
STF Energy conducted a DIN EN 16247-1 conform energy audit for Jöst GmbH and, in doing so, identified considerable savings potential in the company's paint shop as well as lighting and pressurised air distribution systems. Jöst GmbH is a leading international company in vibration control technologies. The production of high quality machines and systems for the preparation of bulk goods is complex as well as energy intensive. The energy audit conducted identified energy efficiency measures and provided management with a detailed overview of the company's energy consumption.
Project: Development support in an SAP IS-U environment
items GmbH, based in Münster, Germany, is a full service IT provider and specialises in energy and water utility companies and local public transport operators. SAP IS-U is part of its range of services. There are only very few specialists on the market with knowledge of this highly complex SAP segment. STF was able to provide items GmbH with skilled consultants to assist them in implementing their project.
Project: Testing of mobile services
Until completion of the project in mid-2011, STF Placement supplied LG Electronics Germany with specialists for testing its mobile services. The project’s success largely depended on the recruitment of personnel with knowledge of the company’s test and automation software. During the project STF Placement supplied the company with a number of suitable candidates.
Project: Installation of Windows and Linux clients
MTI Technologie GmbH (mti.com/de), an internationally operating specialist in IT infrastructure, sought out STF Placement in 2012. The company was looking for experts with experience in the vSphere environment and VMWare desktop virtualisation as well as knowledge of SAN Storage for the installation of Windows and Linux. STF was able to recruit just the right specialist, helping the company to successfully complete its project in December 2012.
Project: Project management specialists for order management
Harvey Nash (harveynash.com/de) is a professional service provider in technical recruitment, outsourcing services and strategic leadership. STF Placement supports the company in securing skilled staff for order management in an extensive infrastructure project. Above all, the candidates need to have relevant experience in infrastructure. STF has been able to offer a good selection of candidates who can be hired for the ongoing project.
Project: Mobile network planning Vodafone GmbH
STF Tele Consult, like STF Placement, belongs to the STF Group. STF Tele Consult is an engineering services provider for IT and telecommunications. It provides Vodafone with various services, including mobile network planning. In connection with the project, STF Placement has recruited external employees for the sister company, who have the required technical expertise and are good team players as well.