This year, Precast Software Engineering GmbH based in the state of Salzburg is celebrating even three anniversaries: The team has been developing solutions for the precast concrete industry for 30 years; the company has been part of the Nemetschek Group based on Munich for 15 years; and Werner Maresch has been managing the company for 10 years now. Hence, three good reasons for the BFT editorial staff to talk with the precast pioneer and general manager, Werner Maresch, about the future of the industry. Signs are pointing to success, that much is revealed beforehand.
BFT International: Mr. Maresch, first of all, congratulation on the anniversaries. You and your team have been developing software for the precast concrete industry for 30 years now. How has the industry developed?
In comparison to other widespread solutions, PLANBAR (note: planning software) and TIM|WORK (software for work preparation) allow for gains in productivity in a high double-digit percentage range. We continuously enhance this leading edge by a 100 percent focusing on precast concrete elements as well as our large development team – but that‘s enough of advertising, let‘s get back to your question: Essentially, we are doing the same as we did 30 years ago – we generate 3D data for robot-supported production systems – now, of course, at a much higher level of quality and efficiency, thanks to many clever minds.
BFT International: What is the reason for your commitment to the industry?
Creating so much living space in an ever higher quality, in a very short time and with regard to sustainability aspects – this is where the precast industry can truly demonstrate its strengths. With the extra benefit of convenient and safe working conditions thanks to prefabrication under a roof. This leads us from the philosophical point of view to the economic aspect for us as an industry: The prospects for the industry remain excellent, throughout the world.
BFT International: What are the perspectives in respect of planning software?
The second major topic is the increasing complexity of BIM projects. Ever more teams as well as increasingly international teams and systems must work together and the time pressure is increasing. Solutions to these problems are provided by the BIM approach, collaboration software, open interfaces and data hubs like TIM|FLOW – now, a platform is required managing the information flows among ERP systems, CAD systems, MES systems and other BIM applications intelligently. These networks also lead to many possibilities for automation – manual scheduling and material planning in an elaborate way, for example, are no longer necessary.
The third topic is the „digital twin“. Today‘s planning software and the BIM approach generate digital as-built virtual models of buildings as they were built actually. Therefore, maintenance and refurbishment works can be carried out much more efficiently. You need only think about the innumerable exposures to asbestos in many buildings – with the aid of as-built models, in future, it will be possible to eliminate such hazards as soon as they are identified.
Last but not least, we realize that precast producers and planners are less and less willing to or able to deal with IT. The shortage of manpower requires an absolute concentration on the core tasks – leaving no time for software modifications and IT optimization. Therefore, a lot of our customers outsource these IT issues to us, setting themselves free for productive tasks – we call it Customer Excellence Services, and the demand for these services increased massively in the last two years.
BFT International: What is your wish for yourself and the industry?
BFT International: And lastly, the question that should not be missing in an anniversary interview: What are you most grateful for?
BFT International: Also, thanks for the conversation and for the future the very best!
Interview: Silvio Schade,
Precast Software Engineering GmbH
Urstein Süd 19/1/6
5412 Puch b. Hallein/Austria
+ 43 6245 21001-0