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Overview

The largest lifting bridge in the world, a sewage treatment plant in the United Arab Emirates, the construction of an efficient racing aircraft - just a few examples of Austrian engineering achievements. They are made possible through first-class education, the search for sustainable solutions, a variety of skills and expertise and strong cooperation. This is what international customers can expect of employees at the 7,700 engineering offices in Austria. 

Technical services for daily life

Engineering services are diverse and omnipresent. The Austrian engineering firms are active in more than 50 different special fields, e.g.:

  • Building physics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Interior design
  • Installation technology
  • Civil engineering and water management
  • Landscape planning and landscape architecture and
  • Mechanical engineering 

All of them ensure quality of life and comfort. The conservation of resources is one of the overriding goals here. From consulting, the production of plans and studies and the carrying out of tests to the monitoring of the implementation and the acceptance testing of projects: Engineers are involved in every phase.

The preservation of a liveable environment, the creation of economic and usage-oriented buildings, the use of new technologies and partner-like work and contract culture over the entire lifecycle are the most important orientation pillars for the industry.

Engineering services from Austria for the whole world

At the port of Rotterdam, an Austrian engineering firm is responsible as the general planner for a lift bridge, from the preliminary draft to implementation. Both the production of the foundation and of the pillars in the water as well as the tight space constraints were a particular challenge for planning and implementation. In standard operation, the new bridge provides two navigable openings and a crossing for motorway and railway traffic. When the bridge is raised, it is possible for deep-sea container ships to pass through.

The New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) is an internationally well-known method that has been successfully used for a long time. Today, Austrian researcher teams continue to refine the processes and work on the further development of alternative methods.

An Austrian planning and consulting company that is specialised in large-scale projects in the areas of oil & gas, energy, water and transport infrastructure and that manages large-scale projects in interdisciplinary form from one source is involved in the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline in Turkey, in hydro power plants in Laos and in an airport redevelopment in Turkmenistan.

The development of a fully stabilised multi-sensor platform for remote sensing with the aid of a light aircraft is the result of Austrian engineering. The stabilisation system developed for this is unique anywhere in the world, substantially improves the quality of the data and is very low-cost.

A waste gas desulphurisation plant from Austria for the nickel works in Norilsk (Russia) makes a decisive contribution to the environmental protection of the entire northern Arctic Circle. The mega-project comprising 25 sub-systems in total was planned under difficult conditions: almost continuous permafrost, temperatures down to minus 57°C, permafrost ground, transport only via the sea or river and in permanent operation.

Shaping the future

Those who construct buildings in the future will do so under socio-economic and societal boundary conditions that differ substantially from those today. Climate change will considerably influence the planning, construction and operation of buildings. New materials and processes are opening up possibilities here to meet these challenges.

In future, the majority of people will live in so-called "megacities" and this will place new demands on mobility, energy, waste and water management, commercial and residential construction as well as leisure facilities.

Society and the working world have changed considerably over the last few years as the result of increasing digitalisation. The use of special software goes without saying in virtually all specialist areas. The technology "Building Information Modelling (BIM)" is a fundamental component within the framework of digitalisation in building and is continuously establishing itself at national level. In future, BMI will fundamentally influence the value-added chain in the construction sector and result in organisational changes in the processes in construction.

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