In 2019, HBM, Soletanche Bachy’s subsidiary in Hungary, created its so-called SMART business unit (Small Agile Rapid Team) to carry out smaller-scale civil engineering works often with short, two- to three-day deadlines. Since then, the unit, specializing in pile foundation, mini and micropile drilling, has served nearly 30 customers and recently added new projects to its portfolio.
The essence of SMART is that planning, implementation, and follow-up are held in one hand, making information flow and decision-making more efficient and faster than in a multi-player system. This allows HBM to flexibly tailor its high-quality service to the customer’s individual needs while working more closely with the customer. In addition to increased efficiency, reducing costs and construction time are the benefits SMART delivers.
SMART can operate under special working conditions too
Another advantage of cooperation with the SMART team is that their expertise and preparation enable deployment in special work areas. In 2021, for example, the foundation work of a new block of a hydrogen and carbon monoxide production plant in Eastern Hungary was completed. The client has requested SMART’s services for the third time, now to execute CFA piling on the area of its operating chemical plant.” In general, it can be said that the quality and occupational safety expectations are very high in such work areas. In such a highly regulated environment, the professional challenge was to meet all the needs of the customer. SMART’s agile and close-in-contact operation allows the unit to meet these needs more easily.” Diána Liskány, head of SMART business unit, told our magazine.
More efficient information flow, flexible change management
Last year, SMART worked for yet another returning client on a public ice hall building in the southern part of the country. The team delivered a weeklong screwsol work with continuous variation management, making the client – contractor relation more stable. The project proved that holding planning, implementation, and follow-up in one hand allows SMART to have a be more efficient and faster information flow and decision-making than in a multi-player system and furthers trust in client relations.
Returning customers from several sectors
In 2022 HBM SMART has built the foundations of 10 projects so far in the field of hotels, industrial buildings, sports halls, and agricultural facilities.
For a hotel construction by the lake Balaton the SMART team cooperated with a foreign client, and delivered CFA foundation works on artificial embankment, which required extensive testing at the initial stages of the project to ensure adequate stability, explained Diána Liskány. “Another interesting reference of ours is the deep foundation of a logistics hall in an industrial area in Southern Pest. The Screwsol technology used to build the foundations of the logistics warehouse was already successfully used in an earlier phase of construction, as this is our second project in the area. The use of environmentally friendly materials appeared as an added value in the project, the piling was carried out using concrete with low carbon footprint, patented by our parent company under the name Exegy.” In addition to higher efficiency, machinery adapted to special needs (for example, working inside a building) appear as added value at SMART.
The unit also had the chance to work with two returning clients last year, in the industrial and agricultural sectors. SMART has cooperated with one of the world’s leading independent development companies of the vehicle industry and built the foundations of their test and office buildings with screwsol technology. HBM has executed the first phase piling 2 years ago for the same customer.
Based on HBM’s previous fruitful cooperation with another client from already 8 years ago, the SMART branch won the project of foundation works of a grain silo park, where they deliver rigid inclusion with long screwsol piles. SMART will build 8 grain silos for which they will be able to utilize the data collected during the works carried out in the same field almost a decade ago.
Tailored to the needs of developers and general contractors
Providing an outlook for 2023, Diána Liskány emphasized that they aim to continue to serve developers and general contractors –focused mainly on Screwsol and CFA piling-, who doesn’t want to compromise on quality, cost- and time-efficiency and the use of state-of-the-art, sustainable technologies, such as the usage of piling methods with no excavated soil or ultra-low carbon concrete, with the same commitment as they’ve been doing from the very beginning.