Due to the limited working possibilities and the aging infrastructure at our location in Severingasse in the 9th district of Vienna, which has been in existence since 1913, there have been efforts to move to a new building for a long time. At the same time there were considerations concerning university cooperation’s in order to use the infrastructure necessary for hydraulic engineering model tests more efficiently.
In 2012 a cooperation agreement was signed between the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) and our ministry (then Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management). One of the contents of this cooperation agreement was the establishment of a new hydraulic engineering laboratory, which is to be used jointly. Already at that time, the location was the Brigittenauer Sporn in Vienna's 20th district, where the Danube Canal branches off the Danube. Several years passed until the financing was clarified and the planning was completed.
The total cost of around 49 million euros is borne by the European Regional Development Fund (via four EU projects with Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic as well as via the Investment in Growth and Employment Austria program), the City of Vienna and the Province of Lower Austria as well as four federal ministries (Education, Science and Research; Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism; Transport, Innovation and Technology; Digitization and Economy).
A new hydraulic engineering laboratory offers BOKU and our institute worldwide unique working possibilities to solve scientific and practical questions concerning flood protection, river morphology, sediment transport, hydropower and waterways.
The central core of the new infrastructure are two experimental halls with a total of approx. 3500 square meters of experimental space.
The move is planned for the turn of the year 2022/2023.
Step by step, a number of pictures will be posted here to document the construction progress. The latest ones are right at the top.
In September 2020 you can see the concrete wall and steel sheet pile walls along the road next to the Danube Canal.
In March 2020 you can see the cranes and some high containers for the construction of the foundations.