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“Built on IT 2015” competition – Züblin awards special prize for first time

Press release   •   Jan 21, 2015 17:55 CET

v.l.: Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, awardee Henrik Koers and Klaus Pöllath, Züblin member of the management board (Copyright: Ed. Züblin AG)

Special Züblin prize goes to Henrik Koers for his explanations on the development of an interactive prognosis software program

The winners of the contest “Built on IT – Careers with a Future in Construction” were honoured yesterday at the BAU trade fair in Munich during a special event titled “Digital planning, building and operation”. As part of the competition, Ed. Züblin AG for the first time also presented its own special prize for “New practical IT solutions from the industry for the industry”. The prize, a trip to Hamburg, went to the civil engineer Henrik Koers, M.Sc. (27) for his elaboration on the “Development of interactive prognosis software for the consequences of dewatering failure in the construction pit”. Koers was awarded the prize by Klaus Pöllath, Züblin member of the management board, and Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, who also presented the awards to the remaining winners in the four competition categories of architecture, construction management, civil engineering and the commercial-technical field.

Klaus Pöllath, commenting on the special Züblin prize: “We decided to award a separate prize for work that is especially relevant to our sector. Mr Koers’s exposition is, from our point of view, worthy of the prize for its practical approach to solution-finding.”

For Züblin, the search for creative IT ideas and concepts to facilitate the day-to-day workings and to increase sustainability and efficiency on the construction site is an important corporate task. For this reason, the Stuttgart-based company has been a premium sponsor of the competition “Built on IT” since 2012 and holds a seat on the jury of experts.

The contest is intended as an opportunity for apprentices and trainees, students, graduates and professionals to actively contribute to shaping the future of the construction industry. Organised by RKW Kompetenzzentrum, Eschborn, the competition is further supported

by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, various construction industry associations, and big-name sponsors. More information about the competition is available at

Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG has about 14,000 employees and, with an annual output of over € 3 billion, is one of Germany’s leading construction companies. Since it was founded in 1898, Züblin has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and is the number one in the German building construction and civil engineering segment. The company’s range of services comprises all construction-related tasks – from civil engineering, bridge building and tunnelling to complex turnkey construction to structural timber engineering and public-private partnerships. The company’s current construction projects include the European Central Bank and TaunusTurm in Frankfurt, Milaneo in Stuttgart and the second section of the Jena University Hospital. More information is available at

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