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Pipes and Fittings The Right Connection: How Pipe Joints Can Make or Break a Project Schedule

| Author / Editor: Pankaj Soni / Dominik Stephan

Grooved mechanical pipe joining systems ensure time efficiency – Learn how a grooved piping solution helped Cofely Germany, one of Germany’s leading specialists in building equipment and energy efficiency to finish an institute’s energy supply centre four months ahead of schedule.

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Grooved piping systems provide a union at every joint for ease of system maintenance and expansion.
Grooved piping systems provide a union at every joint for ease of system maintenance and expansion.
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The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), founded in 1910 by the German bacteriologist and physician Friedrich Loeffler, is located on the Isle of Riems in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. The institute is part of the departmental research facilities and is related to the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), which publishes its research findings and cooperates with other national and international institutions and organizations.

As the responsible federal facility, the FLI operates more than 50 national reference laboratories for notifiable animal epidemics. The institute planned to establish a new building with L4 laboratories, the highest global security level for laboratories.

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In the new area, FLI intended to carry out their researches on highly infectious animal diseases, which are also dangerous to humans. Construction

of the new complex of laboratories and animal stables would cost a total of 260 million Euros. Housing 450 employees who work at the institute and the animals they work as well as providing the highest microbiological security level is a difficult task.

Security and Design of the Piping System

Cofely Germany, one of Germany’s leading specialists in building equipment and energy efficiency, was awarded the construction of the energy supply centre. It also included work on all its subsections (piping, electrical, cooling, steam) as well as the sanitary system, fire extinguishing technology MSR/GLT and airlock technology.

The cost of all these segments was 50 million Euros. BLS Energieplan GmbH was commissioned with planning the technical building installations of the new institute building. Cofely was involved right from the design phase as it is also a member of the working group FLI Riems which is seeing the project through. Cofely selected Victaulic from a group of shortlisted companies to provide a grooved mechanical piping solution.

Avoiding Technological Isssues Upfront

The company was familiar with Victaulic systems and was convinced of the company’s capability as the right supplier for this mammoth task. Victaulic was able to offer transparent calculations and provide Cofely with clear installation instructions, thereby avoiding many potential technical issues right from the word go.

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