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Stocker E.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Koch D.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Life-Cycle of Engineering Systems: Emphasis on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure - 5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering, IALCCE 2016 | Year: 2017

The problem in the construction industry is that most of the time the construction costs are the only decision criteria in the procurement and the potential for the economic optimum over the life time left behind. This paper analyzes different heating boilers concerning their efficiency and cost effectiveness. The calculation method is based on the approach of the Directive guideline VDI 4703. The result shows that the efficiency has an impact on the life-cycle cost, especially for cases with a higher energy demand and that the approach supplies a transparent ranking. Furthermore, the impact of the different input parameters is investigated by sensitivity analyzes. Therefore, typical bandwidths of the parameters were defined and the variances show that the parameters with the highest impact have to be defined from the principal and that the choice of parameters should be precise. The approach allows life-cycle cost procurement. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

Ebinger M.,Pratt Institute | Madritsch T.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Facilities | Year: 2012

Purpose: This paper aims to present an industry-neutral classification model for the management functions of the organizational built environment: the Built Environment Management Model (BEM2). The model is intended to highlight the strategic value of the built environment management functions and to assess how efficiently these functions interact and generate strategic value. Design/methodology/approach: The research team reviewed a wide range of existing management models for facilities management and real estate (FM/RE) and related management disciplines. In a multi-year research project, the team refined the descriptive model in an iterative validation process between researchers and practitioners. Findings: The BEM2 framework is an inventory of FM/RE functions. The model highlights the relationships between the four major key process areas and shows the strategic value stream of each particular FM/RE function. BEM2 has proven effective in helping organizations understand the scope and value of the FM/RE functions. The tool can be used to identify organizational gaps and overlaps between divisions, and it can help to facilitate discussions between organizational entities of how responsibilities should be most effectively aligned. It can also serve as an effective model to support the implementation of an integrated building information model (BIM). Research limitations/implications: The model is currently limited to a description of processes and is as such explaining the sequence of FM/RE business processes. It does not yet address the skill sets required to effectively perform these functions. Practical implications: The BEM2 framework was successfully used as the business model for the major restructuring process of a large real estate organization. It has also proven to be valuable as a way to introduce students to the subject of FM/RE. The adoption of BEM2 can help to further clarify the standards of the FM/RE profession and to increase the maturity of its business functions. Originality/value: The BEM2 model transfers principles from related management fields and assembles them into a comprehensive process model for the FM/RE model. It contributes to the discussion on standardization and taxonomy development in the FM/RE discipline. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Greier K.,Padagogische Hochschule Stams | Riechelmann H.,Innsbruck Medical University | Ziemska J.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Sportverletzung-Sportschaden | Year: 2014

Background: Karate enjoys great popularity both in professional and recreational sports and can be classified into full, half and low contact styles. The aim of this study was the analysis of sports injuries in Kyokushinkai (full contact) and traditional Karate (semi-contact). Methods: In a retrospective study design, 215 active amateur karateka (114 full contact, 101 semi-contact) were interviewed by means of a standardised questionnaire regarding typical sport injuries during the last 36 months. Injuries were categorised into severity grade I (not requiring medical treatment), grade II (single medical treatment), grade III (several outpatient medical treatments) and grade IV (requiring hospitalisation). Results: In total, 217 injuries were reported in detail. 125 injuries (58 %) occurred in full contact and 92 (42 %) in semi-contact karate. The time related injury rate of full contact karateka was 1.9/1000 h compared to 1.3/1000 h of semi-contact karateka (p < 0.05). The most common types of injuries were musculoskeletal contusions (33 % full contact, 20 % semi-contact), followed by articular sprains with 19 % and 16 %. The lower extremity was affected twice as often in full contact (40 %) as in semi-contact (20 %) karate. Training injuries were reported by 80 % of the full contact and 77 % of the semi-contact karateka. Most injuries, both in training and competition, occurred in kumite. 75 % of the reported injuries of full contact and 70 % of semi-contact karateka were classified as low grade (I or II). Conclusion: The high rate of injuries during training and kumite (sparring) points to specific prevention goals. The emphasis should be put on proprioceptive training and consistent warm-up. In the actual competition the referees play a vital role regarding prevention. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2013, IS 2013 | Year: 2013

The innovation process in small and medium sized companies is still insufficient supported by IT tools. Therefore the software "Tech IT Easy" (TIE) was designed which allows structured, guided and still dynamic IT support in the process of innovation. This paper describes the results of the evaluation process of the software by using the information system success model and gives a brief overview of the usage of the methodology that is used as well as the summarized results of the evaluation and further research. © 2013 IADIS.

Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Teerling H.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the 9th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2016, IS 2016 | Year: 2016

Nowadays companies have to face the exponential increasing amount of data and therefore to manage the complexity of storing, analyzing and organizing it. The challenge is the economical usage of this information and known database management system might have reached their limitations. New concepts and database types have to be used for managing this big data. In the following, the driving and restraining factors of the use of In-memory databases for business information systems are analyzed. To identify critical factors of the use, a structural equation model based on the information-system success model of DeLone and McLean was used. A literature research and quantitative survey have been used for verify or falsify the hypothesis. © 2016.

Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2011, IS 2011 | Year: 2011

The costs for information technology (IT) systems in Small and Medium enterprises (SME) to support their business processes in fast changing markets are mostly high. Therefore it is necessary to find a way to reduce the Total Costs of Ownership (TCO) of the IT systems in such companies. As already seen in Large Scale Enterprises (LE) the changing of static IT system constructs increases flexibility and might reduce the TCO. Implementing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) supports such flexibility and is also a solution for SME to reduce costs. © 2011 IADIS.

Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Hoffmann K.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the 8th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2015, IS 2015 | Year: 2015

To improve eLearning at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein this report focus on the usage of digital learning cards as an applied eLearning technology. The investigated bachelor degree programs of technology (course project management) and economy (course accounting) instruct full-and part-time students. The learning cards have been used for transferring and training of fact knowledge and preparing the students for their exams. This has been observed and evaluated by analyzing the utilization of the digital learning card tool (KnowledgePulse®) as well as the feedback of the students and teachers in this interim report.

Althaler P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the 7th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2014, IS 2014 | Year: 2014

The use of ERP, CRM, DMS and BI systems in small and medium enterprises cannot just be realized with proprietary but also with open source systems. Two main points have to be considered: first of all a market analysis in the SME area is needed to understand if SMEs already uses such enterprise systems. Secondly, the open source systems have to be compared in different ways to receive the best combination of these products. This paper proposes an SME market research as well as a way to analyse open source products by licensees, activity and interfaces. © 2014 IADIS.

Steinbacher H.-P.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2010 | Year: 2010

Talking about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems implicit the terms configuration, standards, modules and some more are taken into consideration. Even when ERP systems already often used in enterprises of different sizes the measurement of the success of such an ERP system still raises some gaps. Therefore an already established model of success measurement for information systems should be adopted to fulfill these requirements. Analyzing the items and a critical view on the dimensions will allow to adopt the existing model and to develop a procedure which can be used by enterprises itself to evaluate their success of their ERP system. © 2010 IADIS.

Stocker E.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Tschurtschenthaler M.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences | Schrott L.,Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Energy and Buildings | Year: 2015

This paper reports a study of cost-optimal building renovation arrangements regarding the heating energy performance. The study is based on 8 different primary schools with different building ages and therefore different constructions. The schools are located in the Alps and thus in a region which is in the antagonism between high energy standards and particular climatic conditions. The calculation method is oriented on standard energy demand and life cycle cost methods. The results show that the cost-optimal performance is between a heating energy demand of 50 to 60 kW h/m2 p.a. Furthermore the building age has a high effect on the results of the net present value. Also the investment costs of the different building renovation arrangements show a high effect on the results concerning the cost optimal renovation measurements. Where the insulation thicknesses of the envelope have proposed thicknesses of about 10-12 cm the windows only reach the highest U-value of 1.2 because of the higher investment costs. Also the heating energy system with their energy efficiency was considered in the study and the change into a more efficient system is proposed in every case. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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