Development & Innovation

Our employees can be distinguished by their attributes, their constant endeavour in finding and defining new solutions and their continuous desire to enhance their own productivity and at the same time providing a top quality product. Not only are our employees constantly advancing themselves to meet the needs of an ever-changing market, they are also leading the market themselves by their perpetual introduction of innovative new services and work processes in their areas of expertise.

During the founding years, IKK was one of the first civil engineering companies to use a computer in trying to solve complex mathematical calculations – at that time the only available computer was on the computing facilities of the Graz University of Technology, and the calculations were programmed into the computer using data punch cards. With the development of the PC and its integration into the work place, e IKK decided to develop its own transport modelling software together with the Applied Science Department of Györ University Hungary, these technical developments and services continue to the present where our partner company Hydroconsult have just developed their own software for the monitoring and calculation of local area water levels.

By 2003 IKK had introduced a quality management system which was consequently awarded with the ISO 9001:2008 certification. Today, IKK devots itself more than ever to its transition as a modern innovative company. Our unequivocal ambition is to introduce to the market new innovative products and services. In addition to IKK’s significant core business, is the ambition to create innovative services and products that meet all current market demands in all of the market niches, therefore placing IKK as a leading innovative company. One of the first results of these ambitions was realised in 2015 with the development of our online platform for quality and incident management in the transport sector “TrafficCkeck.at” a system endorsed and employed by the City of Graz, and yet another example of this ambition can be seen with IKK’s participation in the development of “Winterface” an innovative idea for the prefabricated production and installation of full thermal protection facades. Details of just some of our products and services are presented below this passage in the following articles.

WASPI

Our partners at Hydroconsult have developed their WASPI water level monitoring and calculation program which offers customised solutions that are perfectly suited for the German speaking market, their pre-processing and post-processing module program for the Hec-2 water level program is based on the successfully established programs designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hydrologic Engineering. The advantage of this program lies, among other things, in its ongoing practical applications and that its development is influenced by the user for the user. The benefits of the WASPI program are being recognised for their user friendly application and the program is now employed by numerous governmental authorities, electricity utility suppliers, engineering companies and as well multiple universities and teaching establishments. The advantage of the WASPI program lies in its simplicity, its use of single dimensional hydraulic calculations, which are then applied to extensive two dimensional problems, creates a clear and simple two dimensional solution. WASPI also offers the optional availability of SMS tools for the post-processing of two dimensional hydraulic calculations.

For further information concerning Hydroconsults WASPI software program follow the link www.hydroconsult.net/software/waspi-sms-tools-1

TrafficCheck

TrafficCheck provides an efficient administration tool for public authorities to systematically capture, statistically evaluate and interact with the wishes and suggestions of all road users. The TrafficCheck software program provides, a constant evaluation of customer satisfaction in relevance to all traffic light interaction, and supplies practical solutions and proposals for local implementation.

The incident management system tool used by TrafficCheck enables it to standardize work processes and better depict responsibilities, other benefits also include a simplified user interface and its ability to provide complete procedural documentation. The quality assurance evaluation system tool used by TrafficCheck enables it to appraise local road safety and traffic flow as well as examining the relevant system and equipment condition or availability. The crowdsourcing data system tool enables TrafficCheck to evaluate a large quantity of crowdsourcing reports, therefore resulting in an objective local situation model, which reflects the local situation on a representative basis.

The TrafficCheck software system also benefits the public image of the companies and authorities who decide to employ its application, due to the direct involvement of the general public and all road users in the evaluation/decision making process. The administrators of the local authorities that have TrafficCheck in use are also provided with documented corroboration when applying for additional resources concerning all required optimisation measures.

TrafficCheck is based on the results of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency funded research project “ways2go”. The project was awarded the Austrian Automobile Club Mobility Award 2011 in the category “Technological Infrastructure”.

Further information on TrafficCheck can be found at www.trafficcheck.eu.

Gabion Sound Protection Barrier Systems

The gabion sound protection barrier system was developed during a project to find viable alternatives to conventional sound protection barrier systems, the so called absorbing gabion wall panels are the fruition of this planning project. Gabion walls themselves have been used for centuries in the construction industry, and by themselves hold no sound absorbing abilities. To be able to meet all specific standard requirements of a sound protection barrier, the gabion wall element, which consists mainly of a stone filled cage element, needed to have an additional sound absorbing core added to it, all of these project developments as well as the examination and certification to meet the official standard requirements of a sound protection barrier were carried out by the Scherf company. This new development for the stone sound protection barrier system is already being successfully applied and employed in numerous sound protection barrier system projects throughout Austria.

wInterface

The wInterface Ltd. company is a developer and manufacturer  of prefabricated external thermal insulation facades. The automated production process for the manufacturing of the high-tech insulation panels and their mounting systems, enables the entire procedure of manufacturing as well as installation of the insulation panels to be controlled using state of the art digital processes. The wInterface system is advantageous when compared to other conventional external thermal insulating panel systems, due to the prefabricated modular manufacturing of the panels and the installation time required on-site. The made to measure prefabricated panels arrive on-site and only require installation, the installation procedure itself is made simple, quick and effective due to the patented rail fixation system used. All in all this allows the manufacture and installation procedures to be measured now in days instead of months. The digital manufacturing process of the panels also enables frescos to be printed on to the panels, these frescos and the paint that is used in creating them also acts as a protective shield for the panels. Another beneficial advantage to the wInterface system is in the ability of the panels to absorb any structural movement via the joints of the panels. wInterface has proven with its innovative designs, its state of the art development and manufacturing that it is a leading innovative company and that its products are cutting edge in the prefabricated construction industry.

For further information about wInterface please go to www.winterface.at