Danish-born Louise Lund has already studied and worked in Sweden, Australia and England. Why she appreciates the challenges of her job as site manager on the Marienhof project - and what she learns from the old hands.
Louise Lund is used to immersing herself in new environments on her own. Even during her civil engineering studies, the young Dane was repeatedly drawn to faraway places, for semesters abroad, but also for work assignments. Since March 2019, she has been the only Implenian working in civil engineering on the Marienhof project in Munich - and feels very much at home: "In this consortium, no one cares who comes from which company. We are a team," she explains.
"When there are problems, someone always comes up with a solution and then we look at the issue as a team."
Louise Lund, Site Manager
At Marienhof, Louise is responsible for reinforcement and concrete - "and everything on the outside," as she explains. She loves challenges - and that's a good thing. "On this construction site, nothing is normal at all. Due to the cramped location in Munich's city center, we have to divide up the little space available very precisely," she says of her day-to-day work. On-site warehousing can be forgotten, "just-in-time delivery" is required here. With no less than 17,000 tons of rebar, organizing them is anything but a piece of cake.
Fortunately, there are systems in place. "I used to do logistics. I introduced the "Tetris" space management system. At the same time, from the Lean method, I still have a 3-week forecast, a weekly plan and a daily plan. That works well."
In general, Louise doesn't shy away from challenges. "What I enjoy the most? When it looks like something isn't going to work at all - and then it does! That's really satisfying!"
The fact that the young engineer faces difficulties with so much confidence is also due to the atmosphere in the team. The colleagues in the Marienhof joint venture, who come from both Implenia and the ARGE partner HOCHTIEF, stick together - and share their know-how.
"In the team we have some young people, but also a very experienced foreman and senior site manager. If there are problems, someone always comes up with a solution and then we look at the issue as a team. Either we say, "Yes, that's possible!" or someone comes up with suggestions for improvement. By discussing every problem, we boys learn an enormous amount!"
It will be a while before the Marienhof station is completed. Louise is pleased: "I've always been on projects that take a long time. I see that as an advantage: after all, you build something each time in such a way that you can continue to use it. And then you also see the benefits of good preparation, for example, a good filing system or the lean concepts. Sometimes it takes a while until everyone is convinced and fully participates. So you get the feeling that it's worth it and that we should continue to prepare this so thoroughly in the future."