Aleksander Lyubartsev, Chief Engineer at Metropolis, told news agency FederalPress about new tendencies in Russian construction market and the challenges contemporary engineers are facing.
The pace of work in construction was much slower 10–20 years ago. Today it is not enough just to stir concrete and lay bricks - every engineering profession has become very knowledge-intensive. This manifests itself at all stages of work, both in design of structural solutions, and in development of engineering systems. According to Aleksander Lyubartsev, new technologies are coming into the industry, which require not only engineering knowledge from the university program. Specialists need to study a variety of software systems and related areas. This is necessary in order to meet the growing demands of customers.
«The main challenge is, of course, the customer. Its demands are growing along with the entire construction industry. Buildings are becoming smart, they are controlled by sophisticated automatic systems», Lyubartsev emphasized.
In addition to their own competencies, designers need to understand the related sections. Engineers are faced with a colossal number of equipment manufacturers, and not every one of them is worth working with. Aleksander Lyubartsev noted that it is necessary to choose suppliers not only in terms of the cost. It should be taken into account how their system will be combined with the rest, how well-adjusted their work is, whether this equipment will help to achieve the goal set by the customer.
Several dozen projects are constantly in operation at Metropolis, and many of them can be classified as technically complex objects. At the same time, engineers must comply with the norms, meet deadlines, fulfill the client's tasks and still manage to earn money.
According to Aleksander Lyubartsev, one of the most important tasks in today's construction fell on the designers. They need to link complex building systems together. For example, pipes must be laid so that they do not interfere with other systems, work flawlessly and look aesthetically pleasing.
To communicate with each other, engineers have to exchange huge amounts of data. «For example, we had a media center in Sochi at work, there are about 80 thousand automation signal points alone», Lyubartsev said. The company needed to establish data transfer between sections so that one of them could eventually develop a security algorithm and an algorithm by which people could gain access to the building – this is a complex security system.
One of the most difficult projects in the company's practice is the reconstruction of a power station for a modern cultural space on Bolotnaya embankment in Moscow. GES-2 operated in 1907–2015; in 2009 the station building received a status of a cultural heritage site of regional significance.
Only one engineer out of a thousand can come across such a large-scale and complex project in his practice, noted Aleksander Lyubartsev. The reconstruction plan changed and improved many times - everyone was aware of the responsibility, so the work had to be done at the highest level.
What made this project so complex is that the premises of the art center should be multifunctional. In exhibition spaces, a certain microclimate must be preserved, because some of the exhibits are highly sensitive to storage conditions. These rooms can also serve as a venue for forums or parties, which can be attended by up to 700 people. The opening of the House of Culture «GES-2» is scheduled for December 4, 2021.
Read the full material on the FederalPress website.