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Pipelife HTL Graduate Competition 2010

Plastic pipe manufacturer Pipelife promotes the next generation of engineers

For over a decade now, Austria’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer, Pipelife Austria, has promoted the next generation of engineers with an annual competition for HTL (polytechnic) graduates focused on environmental and energy topics.

This year’s presentation of outstanding graduate projects and the awarding of prizes to the best three submissions was held at the Pipelife training centre in Wiener Neudorf on May 26, 2010. All the student teams demonstrated the ability to engage with the selected subject matter at a deep level. It was very clear that every student invested a significant amount of his or her time in the projects even outside of school – more than 200 hours. In addition, the graduates exhibited outstanding teamwork and gave flawless presentations.

Pipelife Managing Director Karl Aigner: “We regard the excellent quality of education at the polytechnic schools (HTL) very highly. This is also reflected in the graduate projects of the students. We are very pleased to see continuously increasing efforts with regard to the independent initiative of the students and their project presentations.” Aigner continues: “Pipelife employ a number of graduates of HTL Mödling and HTL Krems, who can already look back on an impressive career at our company thanks to this solid foundation. Either here at Pipelife Austria or at Pipelife International, which is active in 29 countries and also has its headquarters in Wiener Neudorf.”

The first prize was awarded this year by Pipelife Austria to Kerstin Fuchs, Kerstin Stadlbauer and Gregor Griener from the underground engineering department at HTL Krems. In their graduate project, these students planned and held a request for proposals for a water supply plant including two elevated reservoir variants for the town of Egelsee – a fictitious project.

Second place went to Benjamin Fenz and Josef Hufnagl from the structural engineering department of HTL Krems. They offered an impressive study of the “Earth House” project, which combines living close to nature with modern materials and building techniques to achieve energy conservation. Around the this time, the groundbreaking is also taking place for a “model earth house” at HTL Krems, to be erected in the city of Krems.

Third place was taken by Benedikt Baumann and Robert Meszaros from the environmental engineering department of HTL Mödling with a study on the regulation of solar plants for hot water production and heating support, particularly with regard to renewable energy in connection with its technical and economic aspects.
Pipelife HTL graduates competition 2010 – 1st - 3rd prizes: The prize winners alongside Pipelife Managing Director Karl Aigner (5th from right), Department Director Andreas Prinz (HTL Krems, 3rd from right), Department Director Leo Klosterer (Mödling, 4th from left) and supervising instructor Alfred Fail (HTL Mödling, 1st from left)

Please direct any questions to:
Ingrid Schneeberger, MSc
0664.514 6 413

Image: Pipelife Austria, Regina Beck