Drone + Landscape Architecture = Smart!

Last week, one of our designers held an internal introduction in drone technology for our landscape architects – something that turned out to work even better than we anticipated!

Pontarius business model is focused on value-adding and sustainable development for our customers; something that we believe is created by the continous professional development of our colleagues. We therefore work from a holistic perspective where our different areas of expertise, offices and professional categories work together – all in order to constantly broaden and deepen our knowledge.

This time we created a connection between drone technology and landscape architecture. Pontarius already has several assignments where inventory of land is done with the help of drone technology, something that has proved to work smoothly and provides daily updated information to the customer, and the idea is thus to further expand the technology’s areas of use.

Landscape inventory with the help of drones enables innovative working methods and meeting processes together with both customer and working group. The technology makes it possible to create 2D and 3D views of areas that can be used as a basis for sketching and design work, as well as illustrative material.

The introduction was, to say the least, very successful! Due the clear examples given, the potential of the drone technology became obvious, and our landscape architects were thus both inspired and motivated to deepen their knowledge in order to be able to implement the technology in everything from working methods to visualization!

…To be continued!

Pontarius visits LAVA 2019

In little over a week, it is time for the 25th edition of LAVA, the infrastructure section’s Labor Market Day at KTH in Stockholm, and Pontarius will of course participate!

For Pontarius, LAVA will be the first fair of the year, and we look forward to another year filled with rewarding meetings with enthusiastic and driven students who have the future in sight!

Image: LAVA 2018

This time, it will be possible to meet more of our consultants than before – both senior and junior, who work within everything from law, environment and finance, to roads and street, ports and airports. We hope that this will give us the opportunity to showcase our entire breadth and knowledge, as well as capture a wider range of areas of interest and show more clearly how we work daily cross-border between areas of expertise, offices and professions!

You will find us in “Gamla matsalen”, showcase no. 25 – warmly welcome to visit us!

» Read more about LAVA here!

» Read about what it is like to work at Pontarius here!

Pontarius assists with construction management at Sunneplan Farsta

Stockholm is changing when the city is built denser, districts are tied closer and areas are supplemented to meet new needs. In an overview plan for Stockholm, the city highlights four areas that are particularly important to develop. One of these focus areas is Farsta, where several infrastructure projects are currently being conducted. One of the projects is Sunneplan, in which Pontarius is involved!

Farsta has a strategic location in the south with great urban development opportunities and many qualities that can both be utilized and developed. The district area also has a unique scenic location, good communications and access to a regional service and business center.

The Sunneplan project aims to enable more homes, premises and preschools at Sunneplan. The detailed development plan was approved in the Urban Planning Committee in December 2017 but was then appealed. In anticipation of new approval, detailed project planning is in progress. Pontarius has been involved in the development of construction documents since November 2018. Once the detailed development plan has been approved and the construction documents are completed, Pontarius will have the role of construction manager. Our assignment will for instance include the relocation of existing pipelines and construction of the road and plaza for Stockholms Stad.

When the project will be completed remains to be seen. But the importance of creating a regionally permeated development that considers and respects the individual assets and needs of urban areas cannot be emphasized enough – and is undoubtedly something that is worth waiting for!

Gothenburg turns 400 years old – celebrates with 7,000 new homes!

To meet the increasing housing needs, Göteborgs Stad will, together with several municipal, private and cooperative building actors, carry out a large investment that will provide 7,000 new homes. Pontarius has the honor of being part of this unique project!

This is the first time that the Göteborgs Stad and its politicians cooperate with the business community in a joint project to build more housing, which makes it extra fun that Pontarius is part of this venture. The residences will be ready to move into on Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021, and the investment is thus called BoStad2021 (LiveCity2021).

Pontarius is involved in six of BoStad2021’s total of 30 sub-projects. Among these, we hold the role of construction manager in four and project manager in two. In all projects, there is a high level of ambition regarding both social and ecological sustainability. Solutions that will make it easier for sustainable travel, more widespread accessibility to all the city’s possibilities, green courtyards, local production of heat and electricity as well as solar cells and geothermal heating are just some of the solutions that will be integrated into the city. In other words, focus is devoted to creating consideration and closeness to both nature and culture; something that we at Pontarius always try to strive for!

In order to build 7,000 new homes over a total of seven years, a broad and careful collaboration between all participants is required where well-tried approaches must be adapted to the needs of the sub-projects. Thus, the assignment has on several occasions meant an opportunity to be involved in finding methods for developing and streamlining the work with planning and construction processes. For Pontarius, it has also been a unique opportunity to act as a positive force when it comes to contributing to more housing in Gothenburg and at the same time cherish the individual needs of the areas when it comes to culture and the environment. In other words, it has been both a very rewarding and fun project to be part of!

2019 – The year of diversity from many perspectives!

New year, new efforts! Here at Pontarius we care about the environment around us. We gladly take on assignments where the environment is a focal point and where we can contribute to a better future. Green walls, cultivation on roofs, sustainable materials, smart stormwater solutions, drought-resistant vegetation, meadow surfaces and woody play environments are just a few examples of site adaptation that can maintain and/or increase biological diversity. Cause biodiversity is the mainstay is carrying all our other ecosystem services.

Our landscape architects work with projects at all stages and scales and see it as obvious to work with green values ​​in the city. We grow and recruit more people with environmental focus, for one thing is certain: The future is here!

Happy new 2019 we wish at Pontarius!

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!