Pontarius is part of the modernization of APM Terminals!

Digitization and automation are becoming increasingly common in the infrastructure industry. For Pontarius it is a matter of course to be a part of this; whether it concerns legal work, design, construction management, management or anything else! This time we are helping APM Terminals in Gothenburg to digitize their in and out truck passages to the dock.

At the moment, everything at APM Terminals is performed manually: containers arrive at the quayside by truck or train, the driver parks, finds those who work on the quayside, and lastly gets a stamp and driving direction. While this, indeed multi-step approach, works well, there is room for improvement. The purpose of the project is therefore to digitize and automate the entry and exit process by setting up barcode readers that both identifies the container and finds the pre-registration. Thus, the driver will, instead of having to complete all steps by him- or herself, only need to confirm who he/she is on a computer screen.

Pontarius has been involved since the project was introduced 1,5 years ago. We have created the foundation for the design of the entire project and also serve as a technical support during the process. For example, in order to design the actual land facility, we have helped to simulate the transport flows, thus finding out how the lorries should stand, where they should queue and where the barcode readers should be located. The preparations were completed sometime in February/March, and by then it was time for Pontarius to take on the role as building and project manager for the construction.

It is of course extremely fun that Pontarius is involved in forward-looking projects as this, and we hope to continue to be at the forefront of development!

Pontarius is a part of the building of the new sewage network in Tisarbaden

Tisarbaden is a small town that lies by the lake Tisaren lies and has, for a long time, been a popular area for summer cottages. Now the area’s sewerage network will be expanded, and Askersund municipality has taken the decision to take help from Pontarius!

Tisarbaden has formerly been dominated by holiday homes but is now starting to become home to more and more permanent settlers. Hence, there is now a need for and a gain in ensuring the long-term performance of the properties. The municipality has therefore decided to connect all properties to the municipal pipeline so that the entire town has access to municipal water.

The properties must be connected through a so-called LPS-system (Low Pressure Sewer system). Pontarius’ work has included an investigation, a design of the grid to more than 120 properties, a geotechnical survey and a risk analysis for vibration-causing work. In addition, we will hold the role of project and construction manager during the contract period. In other words, the work has been long and captures a very wide range of skills – exactly how we like working in projects!

Increased safety for people and animals on road 27

Since 2014, Trafikverket has been working to reduce the number of wildlife accidents and achieve higher road safety on road 27. Now the project is in its final stage and Pontarius assists with follow-up of the construction site!

Road 27 stretches from Gothenburg in the west to Karlskrona in the south and passes Borås, Svenljunga and Tranemo municipality in Västra Götaland County. It has both an important regional and national function as it is a part of the EU-project Southeast Baltic Transport, which aims to improve communication between the Baltic countries, Poland and Sweden. The road’s heavy traffic and relative lack of protective measures entail a high risk of wildlife accidents. The aim of the project is therefore to increase the safety and accessibility for both humans and the neighboring fauna.

The traffic intensity, in combination with the high speed of the vehicles, causes road 27 to fall within the frame of Trafikverket’s assessment of which roads are in most need of wildlife fences. An important part of the project has thus been to build these fences at the part of the road that runs between Svenljunga and Borås. The project has also included the construction of two wildlife take-offs, three cattle grids and an otter passage under the bridge along Ätran. One of the highlights of the project occurred last Friday when the largest of the three cattle grids was installed using a large mobile crane.

The final inspection will take place in early December, and it has been a very exciting and interesting project that has involved several more unusual elements for Pontarius as a consulting firm. One of the most unique parts is probably the performed preparations for the construction of the wildlife warning system scheduled to be installed in 2019. The device can be described as a passage where there, instead of wildlife fences, will be motion detectors which warns drivers when animals are about to pass. We are very happy to be part of exciting, innovative projects that also aim to protect both humans and animals!

Enthusiasm, interest and representation at VARM 2018

VARM, the annual labor market fair at Chalmers in Gothenburg, provides students with the opportunity to get in touch with future employers, find summer jobs and create contacts that will facilitate future studies. This year, Pontarius participated for the second year in a row, and once again it was incredibly fun to meet all of the enthusiastic students who want to work and are eager to learn more about Pontarius’ business!

At Pontarius, we strongly believe in building the company from the inside and out, and thus maintaining the personal touch of everything we do. All marketing and recruitment is therefore managed internally, and we who represent Pontarius are always people who work for the company. During this year’s fair it became apparent that this is something that is appreciated by the students, who were grateful to be able to ask all kinds of questions to the colleagues present during the fair. Most questions where related to the business areas of Real Estate, Seaports and Aviation, but Road, Streets and Ground also seemed to be of great interest among the students.

Our general impression was that the students, both those who had decided to visit us in beforehand as well as those who came by coincidence, became more and more interested in Pontarius the more we told. In addition, Pontarius seemed to have raised interest among many of the other companies as several people who were there to represent their own companies came to us and were curious about Pontarius business and what kind of work we do.

Something that received great response was our so called “Junior Consultant Program”. The students seemed very tempted by the idea of being allowed to shape their own development according to their individual interests. In addition, many of the students stated that they would like to work with project management and were therefore very pleased to hear that a newly graduated consultant at Pontarius work together with our senior project managers in “real” projects from the very start of their career. Among the students who attended grade 1 and 2, there was a high demand for summer jobs, and many expressed a clear interest in the jobs that we have to offer next summer.

One of the students’ more recurring questions concerned the diversity in the company when it comes to age, gender, ethnic background, etc. It was obvious that it is a question that many people hold close to their heart – and that many people have in mind when they enter the labor market. Representation is undoubtedly something vital, and a fair and inclusive recruitment of colleagues is something that the infrastructure industry is in great need to actively improve!

In conclusion, we had a very nice, inspiring and rewarding day and we look forward to coming back next year!

Pontarius Real Estate strengthened at conference

A continuous business development created by its colleagues is a prerequisite for creating a sustainable business. By the end of October, the Real Estate business area thus had a conference in Halmstad, in which about twenty colleagues from Pontarius met and discussed the existing real estate business and how this could be further developed.

Based on recent developments in the real estate industry, it can be established that the need for cross-functional technical, legal and financial support in the field of real estate development, real estate transfers and property management is high. Pontarius Real Estate therefore consists of a team of operational consultants with long and solid experience in technical, legal and financial services and solutions in the real estate sector. Together they have the skills to solve all sorts of operational problems, errors and shortcomings, disputes and challenges that real estate companies, entrepreneurs and property developers can face.

Working cross-border between areas of expertise and proffesional categories is nothing new to Pontarius; and one does not have to look for a long time to find its presence. The name of the company comes from Latin and means “Bridge builder”; chosen because we have always strived to build bridges between different areas of expertise, between different perspectives as well as between our customers and us.

The meaning of the name serves as a guide to how we want to run our business, and it is of course important to ensure that this vision is complied with. During the conference, we therefore discussed how we, with our overall concept where Engineers, Trustees, Economists, Legalists, Landscape Architects work together in a Task Force, create that special touch in projects. The focus was on finding out how we can create the greatest added value for our customers through smart, efficient and sustainable solutions for acquisition, construction, ownership, development and management of real estate. Our firm conviction is that we, through understanding of the whole and access to the entire chain of competences, can create a bit smarter, a little wiser and more efficient solutions – in small as well as big projects!

Pontarius develops business with drones

The use of drones in projects makes it possible to collect data faster, cheaper and safer compared to the traditional methods used. During the year, Pontarius has therefore begun the implementation of drone technology and developed workflows for the new business!

Drones have become an increasing part of the digitalization process in the infrastructure industry. The development of the technology has expanded the area of application and allows the user to perform projects with new perspectives and opportunities. Pontarius has access to a significant range of software for processing and analyzing data collected with drone technology. This has contributed to the fact that drone technology has developed into becoming a natural part of our projects in planning, construction management and construction site monitoring.

The technology has proved to be a major asset within surface inventory, land modeling and volume calculations. The drone has also been used to document construction sites and during inspections of construction work. A challenge that has arisen has been to build the right set of skills in different areas, for instance when it comes to the use of autonomous systems, image processing, measurement technology and data management.

Our projects in which we use drones include everything from simpler photography work to more complex measurement work. We will definitely continue to explore the possibilities of drone technology. One of our future plans and hopes is to widen the scope and develop the technology so it can be applied to more business areas within the company.

Pontarius assists Trafikverket with construction site monitoring at the construction at Rotebro

The Rotebro thoroughfare is considered as one of the county’s most pressured roads. The heavy traffic causes low accessibility and lack of road safety for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Since 2016, Trafikverket has therefore been working on rebuilding the road – which Pontarius is a part of!

In close cooperation with Trafikverket’s project organization, several of Pontarius’ consultants have assisted with building site monitoring in fields such as land, lighting, water and sewage services, concrete, QEHS and economics. We are also responsible for the inspection organization and our lawyers have supported the work on the follow-up of the contractor’s social requirements.

The assignment includes several different tasks, such as broaden the existing two-lane road to four files and to equip up the traffic areas in Rotebro and Stäket. The work also includes relocation of distribution pipelines for Stockholm’s drinking water, construction of 12 new roads for road, walking and cycling traffic and fauna passages. The latter makes it possible for wildlife to cross the road risk free between the two forest areas where the Järvafältets nature reserve is on one side.

The complexity, breadth and scope of the project has made it necessary to work across borders between areas of expertise, offices and professions – entirely in accordance with the Pontarius spirit!

Pontarius invests in young consultants and attends the VARM fair in Gothenburg

A company’s colleagues are an incredible asset and the key to success. Investments in recruitment, knowledge and skills are thus a prerequisite for a successful business – something that Pontarius is constantly working on!

At Pontarius, we believe that a sustainable development for our customers is created by the continuous, professional development of our colleagues. Therefore, every employee at Pontarius is offered the opportunity to continue training throughout the career. In addition, we are constantly working to ensure a forward-looking recruitment of young competences that is a part of the development of our business. Attending fairs has proven to be a great way to do this.

We have attended fairs before and always experience it as extremely rewarding. The conversations with students do not only give us the opportunity to be seen and present our vision, but are also always very interesting and provide us with new perspectives and ideas to use in the future.

In November, Pontarius will once again attend the VARM fair at Chalmers in Gothenburg. You are very welcome to visit our booth!

Renovation of Museikajen and Strömkajen

After several years of repairs in the areas surrounding Museikajen and Strömkajen, the projects are starting to come to an end. Among other things, the renovation of the National Museum is about to be completed – something that Pontarius is a part of!

Museikajen and Strömkajen are located on the south east and south of Blasieholm, adjacent to the National Museum, and are connected to each other in front of Skeppsholmsbron. The areas around and on the quays have been renovated in three stages. The first concerned the area between Skeppsholmsbron and the National Museum’s new technology building, and the second was the area between the technology building and Museiparken. Pontarius’ Robert Lestander has the role as construction manager during the ongoing third stage; which includes the section between the National Museum’s main entrance and Skeppsholmsbron.

The repairs outside the National Museum and in front of Skeppsholmsbron include, among other things, a refurbishment of the surface layer, which since 2015 has consisted of non-leveled and provisionally laid asphalt. The design is going to resemble Strömkajen and is, among other things, done with arched tiny stone, large cobblestone as well as curbstones in granite.

The project will be completed on September 30, and on October 13, the National Museum will open after a total of five years of renovation and rebuilding.

Office expansion in Halmstad

It was not long ago that Pontarius’ activity spread to more places in Sweden and an office in Lidköping was opened. The goal has always been to expand and further develop the company, and we are therefore pleased to announce that Pontarius is now also found in the residential town of Halmstad!

With its 100 000 inhabitants, Halmstad is one of the larger municipalities in Sweden. Due to its beautiful location at the west coast, tourism flourishes, more and more companies are being established, and the number of inhabitants is increasing rapidly – a development that Pontarius wants to be a part of! The office is located on the 20th floor in Trade Center and the office manager is Fredrik Magnusson.

Even though the office is relatively new, we have already entered a framework agreement with Halmstad Municipality. In other words, we have already built a good foundation for future projects and development of our operations in Halmstad. Pontarius is also helping the Fortifications Agency in Halmstad with expertise regarding land, construction and building on a strategic property. The recruitment process is also underway, and we hope that this will also help to develop our activity in Halmstad.