| Innovation

Squeezing zone inside the mountain

Some mountains fight back against tunnel construction – and are brought to heel with technical expertise. Yielding elements, for example, work as a buffer when rock masses put too much pressure on tunnel tubes. Up to now, these elements have been made of steel and were heavy, expensive and difficult to work with. Manuel Entfellner, construction manager for the Semmering Base Tunnel and Implenia intrapreneur, knew there had to be a better way. Today he presents a model made from polystyrene –...

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 | Projects

“Not even the toilets are standard”

One thing is clear. If a Swiss research institution builds a new campus, no run-of-the-mill applications will be used. On the building site in Dübendorf, Implenia is teaming up with the client, the Eidgenössischen Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa, or Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) to create innovative solutions. You can read here what this has to do with aspects such as the sanitary facilities, plant fertiliser and pizza as comfort food.

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