News – Ethiopia – Addis Ababa – Planning of an intelligent transport system (ITS Masterplan) for the Mega City — 19. September 2019

In order not to incur the risk of suffocating in its traffic, the city of Addis Ababa has set following targets: enhance traffic management, reduce congestion, become more modern and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the same time. During rush hour, the average speed on the streets of this metropolis of several million inhabitants is only 10 kilometers per hour. To cope with the constantly growing traffic in Addis Ababa – with approx. 4 million inhabitants today, the population of the city has almost multiplied tenfold since 1950 – Addis Ababa is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with 13 million inhabitants forecast for 2050! and in order to be able to cope with the challenges of the future, the engineers at are developing a modern traffic plan for the entire city area. Comprehensive corridor improvements as well as far-reaching adjustments to traffic management will be taken into account. Evaluations of traffic management, safety restrictions in the urban area and comprehensive data collection and analysis are important components for this smart infrastructure project. In the framework of the Mercato project, officially Addis Mercato (“New Market”), which is the largest open-air marketplace in Africa and provides work for an estimated 13,000 people, is also developing a concept plan to control and improve the huge traffic flows on and around the market; after all the market has almost 100,000 visitors every day, and will thus help to set up this trading centre for the future.

If you want to know more about the visions and goals of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and the Mercato project, please contact us at plans for Addis Ababa – Ethiopia’s mega city – an intelligent transport system


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The new structure of — 19. December 2018

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Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail – Feasibility Study for the development and optimization of wastewater management in the City of Bandung in Indonesia — 19. December 2018

Bandung Metropolitan Area (BMA) in Western Java with a population of 9.6 million is the second largest metropolitan area in Indonesia. The core city of BMA is Bandung City. In 2015, 67% of the 2.5 million population of Bandung City was connected to either a centralized sewerage system with WWTP (off-site-systems; 58%) or decentralized systems based on septic tanks (on-site-systems; 42%). The remaining third of the population is not connected to any system at all.

Over the last years Bandung City experienced a rapid economic growth driven by mainly textile industry in the area and service-based economic activities including 80 higher education institutions. However, the city’s sewerage infrastructure did not keep pace. Primary and secondary sewers are often not connected to main trunk sewers and discharge directly into heavily polluted Citarum River and its tributaries without any treatment. Septic sludge is regularly discharged into the sewerage system causing clogging of pipes. Finally, Bojongsoang WWTP has reached its design capacity and end of its lifespan.

Therefore, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MoPWH) identified improvement and expansion of the sewerage system in Greater Bandung as a priority measure. In 2015 KfW Development Bank successfully assessed the “Sewerage Development and Optimization for Greater Bandung” project to be financed through a loan with a volume of 100 million EUR.

The following measures to be implemented under the project have been tentatively defined:

  • Extension and optimization of the existing central sewer system (off-site),
  • Conversion from a combined sewer system to separated sewer systems in some areas,
  • Rehabilitation and extension of septic sludge treatment facilities (on-site),
  • Procurement of maintenance equipment such as flushing trucks and sludge tankers,
  • Rehabilitation/optimization of Bojongsoang WWTP,
  • Construction of a new sewerage network in parts of Bandung Regency and connection to the Bojongsoang WWTP.

In July 2018, was awarded the contract for preparation of the Feasibility Study under the “Sewerage Development and Optimization for Greater Bandung” project. The FS is aiming at examining overall project aims and impacts, and develop the proposed project in terms of technical, economic, financial, environmental, social, regulation and institutional aspects adapted to the needs of the growing population. The FS was started in August 2018. The project duration is estimated to be 11 months. – Heaviliy polluted tributary of the Citarum River – Signing of contract…… – Kick Off Workshop August 2018 – Assessment of Severage System

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ETC Gauff Mobility Solutions to prepare the operational plan of Rail Baltica railway | Rail Baltica — 2. March 2018

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New Railway Lines in East Africa — 7. February 2018

Completion of the Preliminary Engineering for the Standard Gauge Railway Line from Malaba to Kigali (1,080 km)

In September 2012, Gauff Ingenieure (JBG) was awarded the contract for the Preliminary Engineering Design for the Standard Gauge Railway Line from the Kenyan-Ugandan border at Malaba to the Ugandan capital Kampala (250 km).

In 2014, this assignment was extended westwards from Kampala to Kasese and further on to Uganda-Congolese border at Mpondwe and southwards from Bihanga to the Rwandan capital of Kigali.

The total new railway line length is 1,080 kilometers and the project forms part of the Northern Corridor Line from the port of Mombasa (Kenya) to Eastern Congo and Rwanda.

The scope included

  • Traffic and Market Study
  • Corridor Study
  • Geological and geotechnical investigations (incl. drilling)
  • Railway Alignment and Permanent Way Design (incl. Signaling and Telecommunication)
  • Design of engineering structures (tunnels, viaducts, bridges and hydraulic structures)
  • Design of Railway and freight stations
  • Operational Concept
  • Economic and Financial Feasibility Study
  • Financing Option Assessment
  • Legal, Institutional and Regulatory Study

The assignment, which was completed in December 2017, was carried out by Gauff Ingenieure (JBG) Nairobi, Kenya in association with ILF Beratende Ingenieure Innsbruck, Austria.

Gauff Rail Engineering (GRE) and ETC Gauff Mobility Solutions covered parts of the engineering, operational and financial parts of the project and contributed to the successful completion of the project.

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Who is… Daniel Kerwien? — 7. June 2017

For more than 25 years now, Daniel Kerwien has been working for in the most various transport planning projects, both in Germany and abroad. One year ago, he assumed project management responsibility in the IT Solutions department of Gauff Mobility Solutions. During the 1980s, he studied at the University for Traffic/Transport Engineering in Dresden specialising in the field of rail transport technology. Presently, Daniel Kerwien is responsible, among other projects, for the introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) in the scope of the DatNet application, a Gauff Mobility Solutions product that is presently being provided for numerous rail transport companies.

Contact: Berlin branch office,, Phone +49 30 2 54 65-0 to equip railway companies with Advanced Driver Assistance System ADAS

The application of the ADAS system is based on the common approach to use the product DatNet, developed by Gauff Mobility Solutions, together with the ADAS system, an application that has been developed by the Institut für angewandte Verkehrstelematik GmbH (Institute for applied traffic telematics – intelligent transportation system – INAVET) in Dresden.

The following expectations are met with the introduction of the ADAS:

  • Easy and individual driving recommendations and information provided to the engine driver with regard to energy needs
  • Energetic optimisation between two stops and on the entire itinerary of the train
  • Smoother procedures for all railway operations
  • Optimised used of driving time reserves

The ADAS application is based on a sophisticated algorithm, which guarantees an energy-optimised driving mode between two stops always adhering to timeliness requirements. Energy savings can be achieved when forecasted arrival is sooner than scheduled arrival since this particular constellation allows an optimum distribution of available driving time reserves for each individual journey. The algorithm determines the optimum switching moment between the two driving regimes acceleration and traction switch-off (run-out). Recommendations for the driving staff are displayed on the Tf-units, available in the train vehicles, via a special ADAS application.

Between the stops, the precise arrival forecast for the next stop, which has been calculated by the ADAS, will be displayed. In the event of an unscheduled stop (e.g. due to a signal), the forecast will be updated on the grounds of infrastructure and train vehicle data available in the ADAS.

During this process, operation-specific requirements will be taken into account, such as delay allowance, important stops, train crossings, request stops, etc. The collection of infrastructure data is made by precise measuring runs with traction vehicles prior to the commissioning of the system.

The use of the ADAS system is possible both on diesel-operated vehicles and on electrified lines. In the second half of 2016, the system was provided for the entire railway network of the cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH/Kassel. Presently, the system is being introduced in the network Mitte of the NBE nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH & Co. KG/Hamburg.

The Advanced Driver Assistance System leads to considerable savings in terms of energy costs, it reduces prior-to-schedule arrivals and delays in the train operation thus having a positive effect on penalty fees imposed by the client. In addition, the system leads to a decrease of maintenance costs by reducing vehicle wear.

Would you like to get more detailed information on this project or on the products DatNet and ADAS? Then do not hesitate to contact Mister Daniel Kerwien.

Functioning mode of the ADAS


Issuing of recommendations for the driving staff

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Who is… Jörg List? — 19. May 2017

Jörg List is a railway operation technician and has been working in the Management Information System expert team since 2001. Before, he worked as engine driver at the DB Regio AG. As an employee of the Hohenzollerischen Landesbahn AG, he was in charge of all activities in the fields of mechanical engineering and railway operation. Since he started working for Gauff Mobility Solutions, he mainly focuses on the development of project-related software solutions and on the design of management information systems with a particular emphasis on data evaluation. Presently, Jörg List is working on the further development of the BVG Infrastructure Monitoring System.

Contact: Berlin branch office,, Phone +49 30 2 54 65-0 implements Infrastructure Monitoring Systems for the Berlin Transport Company – Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) AöR

The Berlin Transport Company – Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) AöR – is one of the largest public transportation companies in Europe. Passenger transport includes the following transport modes: underground, tramways, busses and ferryboats. To this purpose, BVG operates several sites within the Land of Berlin.

Presently, the BGV obtains an annual amount of more than 200 million EUR for the renewal and conservation of transport infrastructures. With the conclusion of the transport contract, which was signed between the BVG and the federal Land of Berlin, being the responsible authority, the monitoring of these renewal and conservation measures has been contracted, too. The main objectives of this monitoring are the identification of long-term infrastructure investment demands, the implementation control of project planning, the identification of eventual investment backlogs, the long-term preservation of operational utility values and, last but not least, the safeguarding of quality status in transport infrastructure.

Since no appropriate or readily accessible key figures are available to determine either quality status, renewal requirements or investment demands of transport infrastructures, the project “BVG Infrastructure Monitoring System” (BIMS) has been initiated to identify possible key figures and consumption parameters within the BVG.

Backed by SAP systems, the central plant cadastre, geographic and georeferenced information concerning transport modes and its infrastructures, BVG has a wide range of data in various data carriers at its disposal, which represent in detail the type and status of infrastructure as well as other additional features.

The main objective was to image all existing documents – which had been available until then as hard copy – on the web-based platform BIMS. BIMS was intended to create a data platform, which allows to link and to evaluate technical and geographic data on the one side with business-related data on the other side.

Gauff Mobility Solutions was commissioned with the execution and implementation of the web-based application after having proven – in the scope of a pilot project – the basic feasibility of this undertaking in terms of data provision in the source systems of the BVG, data fusion within the BIMS and data visualisation both on a geographic surface and in diagrams.

The necessary data import can be done via different channels. Data can be imported via web-based services from the SAP system. Data from the central plant cadastre are imported via XML files. An additional option is to import data from Excel-sheets.

The integrated document management underlines the basic feature of a centralised information source of BIMS. All project-relevant documents are stored in the document management system.

The BIMS system provides specific figures to determine transport infrastructures. All data obtained from the original source systems can be used for this calculation.

The BIMS application offers BVG the necessary basis to plausibly outline the total and long-term financing requirements, pursuant to previous project planning, in order to emphasize – in cooperation with the responsible authority – the need of sustainable infrastructure financing. Moreover, control and coordination of financial resource requirements and resource allocation become more reliable and more efficient due to the transparent evaluation that is provided by this application. Forecast quality in terms of future investment requirements increases while processing time and efforts are reduced.

In addition, the fact that all compiled infrastructure status data are made available in this application allows to simplify all coordination processes with authorising bodies, audit authorities and technical supervising authorities.

Would you like to get more detailed information on this project? Then do not hesitate to contact Mister Jörg List.

Geographic display in BIMS. Map navigation is possible for all plants. Depending on infrastructure parameters, the various sites are differently coloured. All data that have been imported from the source systems can be clearly displayed.


Evaluation surface in BIMS with diagram preview. Diagrams are generated on the grounds of available data information.


Document management in BIMS. The structure is highly flexible. Individual access rights can be allocated to different folders.

Kontakt Ralph Höpping (v.i.S.d.P) | Gauff Management GmbH & Co. KG | Berner Straße 45 | 60437 Frankfurt/Main
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Success in Mongolia for Alignment Study – Bogdkhan Railway Bypass Investment Program — 25. April 2017

An investment program has been developed for the railway bypass line in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to improve the transport network.

GRE – Gauff Rail Engineering in Joint Venture with Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd (ICT) (Lead Partner) and Etude Services (ETU) successfully competed and were awarded the project funded by Asian Development Bank.

The commencement date of the project shall be 1st May 2017, with a duration of 16 weeks.

GRE will strengthen and serve the project team with its excellent competence in the fields of:

  • Civil works, such as alignment, track works, etc.
  • Structures, such as: viaduct, bridges, culverts, tunnels, etc.

The objectives of the study are as follows:

  • Identification of a railway line alignment that bypasses the City of Ulaanbaatar.
  • Finalisation of a reasonable degree of certainty the route that is optimum for passenger and freight traffic.
  • Development a preliminary estimate of the capital expenditure that will be involved in constructing the project.
  • Identification of restraints and obstacles along the route so as to avoid difficult terrain, ecologically sensitive areas and minimise tunnelling etc.
  • Provide a basis to support ADB internal processes for assessment and approval.

Characteristics of the railway:


Lowest Radius: 1200 m
Gradient: 0.6%
Gauge: 1520 mm


Rail Over Bridge (ROB) / Rail Under Bridge

Level Crossing, Pedestrian, Livestock and Wildlife Crossings

Viaducts and Bridges



Not electrified. Part of the scope is to recommend solution for electrification.

For further information please contact:


Gauff Rail Engineering – Mongolia Alignment Study – Bogdkhan Railway Bypass Investment Program

Source: Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd


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Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail opts for the further extension of its branch establishment in Olten / Switzerland — 5. April 2017

Since 2009, the branch establishment of ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions in Olten / Switzerland has been a reliable and innovative partner in Switzerland in the fields of public transport consulting, quality measurement and management information systems, real-time based data hubs (ITCS/KIS) and mobile software solutions. During these last few years, ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions has successfully implemented important public transport projects in Switzerland. As a consequence, has been able to acquire numerous highly renowned regular clients from the Swiss public transport branch, which, in turn, caused the continuous increase in staff members in the Olten-based establishment.

To be able to successfully continue this course, the company management in Olten has been enlarged with the recruitment of Mister Peter Herren (Dipl.-Ing. – University of Applied Sciences – born in 1968), who will assist Mister Helge Haugk (Dipl.-Inf. – University of Applied Sciences – born in 1978) in the execution of company management tasks. Mister Peter Herren contributes a broad mix of management experience and know how in the public transport sector. With his recruitment, ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions will be able to continuously expand and strengthen its core business – the combination of IT and public transport know-how from one single source.

Mister Helge Haugk, authorised signatory of the IT-Solutions department and head of the branch establishment says: “We believe that this personnel decision will contribute to even better meet our clients’ demands in terms of long-term and high-quality services and products.”

Mister Helge Haugk himself will focus in future more strongly on the sectors of product development, project management and knowledge retention within In addition, he will secure the smooth communication and cooperation between the Berlin head office and the Swiss establishment. However, he will continue to enrich the Swiss market with his expert knowledge.

With the recruitment of Mister Peter Herren, ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions sends out a clear signal to promote the Swiss-based company site.

from left: Mister Peter Herren, Mister Helge Haugk

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Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail – agilis will test cost-efficient passenger WLAN in the regional railway transport sector — 21. March 2017

WLAN access in regional railway transport is a major quality aspect for many passengers. The regional railway company agilis, with its head office in Regensburg, has decided – with the help of – to come up to the customers’ expectations and to test, in a first phase, whether or not the necessary infrastructural requirements are available to secure the installation of a reliable WLAN system above all in rural regions. has managed to find an exemplary solution for the upcoming tests of signal receiving qualities along the railway line. The project will be implemented with the support of the partner netmodule. One router equipped with up to four UMTS/LTE-modules, with up to four SIM cards and two WiFi-modules is the perfect solution to meet this demanding challenge. In a first step, this cost-efficient solution has been installed in one railway vehicle, which is presently being operated on the agilis network ENR – Elektronnetz Regensburg (electric network).

As soon as the pilot phase will have been concluded (March/April 2017), the results obtained will be evaluated and the next steps will be discussed. Depending on network availability, all agilis vehicles could be connected to this new “passenger-WLAN” module of the company-wide data hub DatNet.

With this solution, the product offered by, i.e. the company-wide data hub DatNet, will be complemented by an additional module, highly requested by railway companies. The implementation of this project clearly underlines the strength of this product as open-interface, modular system that can be flexibly extended and adjusted to specific client requirements. and the specialised teams of ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions are well established in the transport sector with the offered solutions: real-time based data hubs, RBL/ITCS, Mobile Business Applications, quality measuring and quality management systems as well as train stop management. The company has already integrated its products and applications in some 1,220 vehicles and equipped more than 3,370 staff members with these products. With its data hub DatNet, offers the perfect solution for any transport company that must face everyday challenges in terms of reliability, process optimisation and efficiency.

agilis is a regional railway transport company with a total of 64 railway vehicles, which has been working on behalf of the Free State of Bavaria for some 5 years now. It is one of the leading companies to serve the railway networks agilis-Mitte (electric network Regensburg with the Donautalbahn) and agilis-Nord (Diesel network Upper Franconia). The company covers on these two networks a distance of approximately 10 million rail kilometres per year and transports some 11 million passengers. Thus, agilis accounts for some 10 percent of the regional railway transport in Bavaria.

The operation of all fleet vehicles and the entire client information are supervised and controlled via ITCS DatNet.

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Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail begins Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) — 29. January 2017 has officially begun the implementation of Nairobi County Intelligent Transport System (ITS) project with a kick-off meeting attended by key stakeholders in Nairobi on 12th January 2017. The Contract with the implementing agency Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) was signed in December 2016, the benefiting institution being Nairobi City County (NCC). Government of the Republic of Kenya (GoK) and the World Bank (WB) fund the Project under the National Urban Transport Improvement Programme (NUTRIP). with Gauff Ingenieure- JBG and PB-Consult GmbH (GER) is implementing the project in association with WYG International (UK) and Schlothauer & Wauer GmbH (GER).

The objective of this project is to develop a modern ITS for Nairobi County that will reduce congestion and accidents and provide a tool for the Nairobi City to better manage the transportation network. To accomplish this objective the consultant under this assignment will have the following responsibilities:

  • Preparing a plan for ITS installations and associated civil works
  • Designing the ITS and associated civil works to a specified preliminary level of detail for final design by ITS and civil works contractors
  • Preparing bidding documents for the ITS system and associated civil works
  • Assisting the client in the bidding and evaluation process for selecting the ITS and civil works contractors
  • Assisting the client in reviewing the final designs of these contractors
  • Supervising the work of the ITS and civil works contractors
  • Providing oversight and monitoring of the installed ITS system including capacity building

The project is the first of its kind in the region providing an integrated approach to Urban Traffic Management covering 3E approach (Engineering, Education and Enforcement) and close coordination between traffic management institutions including Traffic Police and Road Safety Agency. It will also incorporate comprehensive traffic control technologies such as traffic signals, road markings and road signs and further enforcement measures such as red light violation and speed enforcement system with an Integrated Traffic Management Centre (TMC).

The project shall be implemented in two phases; Phase I involving planning and design and Phase II involving Implementation Supervision including oversight and monitoring of the ITS and associated civil works. The initial phase shall involve installation of traffic lights and associated civil work and ITS elements on about 100 intersections including a Traffic Management Centre (TMC).

An important key component of the project involves capacity building and technology transfer involving training Client’s personnel in design and planning and supply and training on use of software modelling tools, installation of ITS department at NCC and also experience sharing in other countries.

Read a press release on constructionreviewonline: begins Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS)

Kontakt Ralph Höpping (v.i.S.d.P) | Gauff Management GmbH & Co. KG | Berner Straße 45 | 60437 Frankfurt/Main
Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail at the 4th German-Chinese Symposium of Urbanisation in Chengdu / PR China from November 22nd to November 24th, 2016 — 1. December 2016 represented by Mr Tilo Franz, MD of Hamburg Consult, a 100% Gauff Affiliate, attended and presented their know-how at the conference with the subject of Sustainability of Transportation as part of the Urbanisation Process. During the conference many high ranking delegates from governmental institutions, banks and other professionals exchanged their thesis and view on the subject in the light of the increasing speed of urbanisation in the Chinese Megacities. The have a long track record working in PR China and with the take-over of Hamburg Consult a more than two decade history starting from the first metro projects in the early 90’s in Guangzhou for Line 1 and Line 2, and subsequently in various other cities. Until today a great number of projects have been successfully delivered in China and hence with their particular expertise in transportation are always well received speakers at those events.


Mr Tilo Franz – on behalf of the while delivering his presentation in Chengdu

Mr Tilo Franz – on behalf of the while delivering his presentation in Chengdu


Hamburg Consult - successfully operating within the field of transportation in PR China since the early 90’s

Hamburg Consult – successfully operating within the field of transportation in PR China since the early 90’s

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Vision, Mission and Strategy of — 21. October 2016 today (2016) – A Company Status Quo (GC), a group of German Planning and Consulting Companies operated since 1958 by the Gauff family, joins seven individual companies, which are affiliated with one another under different corporate law provisions. The group focuses on the fields of engineering services / infrastructure (traffic, water & energy) as well as mobility and IT-solutions.

All over the world, the companies roofed under the name of (GC) stand for consulting and planning services as well as implementation of infrastructure projects.

Today, some 600 employees working in 27 countries generate a turnover of approximately 70 Mio. Euro per year. Our clients value us for our competences and flexibility, which we offer on three continents: in the German-speaking regions, in Eastern Europe, in West and East Africa, in Asia and in the Middle East. For more than 50 years now, Africa has been the most important market and has almost assumed the role of a second home market.

Our professional self-perception is backed by more than 40,000 successfully concluded projects in Germany and abroad, which can be summarised by the following maxim:
German Expertise in Infrastructure and Mobility.

Our clients know us as target-oriented, pragmatic and flexible companies. Most of them, however, are not aware of the wide range of performant services that the companies of the GC group are able to render. Following a phase of rapid growth, we have now not only reached a considerably company size, but we have also acquired an important production depth, which qualifies our company for the execution of large-scale project tasks.

The engineering services market both in Germany and abroad is undergoing a highly dynamic development: digitalisation, sustainability and compliance requirements, IT-innovations and a boosting demand for advance financing in the scope of increasingly complex projects lead to incrementing market concentrations. As a consequence of this development, huge corporate groups for engineering services emerge and many of the traditional and frequently family-run specialist companies simply disappear from the market. Company size and rapid growth seem to have become the order of the day. In a concurrent development, however, we are experiencing that Germany is running out of engineers – competition for skilled junior employees has now also reached public administrations, financing organisations, multinational corporate groups and medium-sized engineering companies.

Against this background, the companies of are positioning themselves and with its strategic statement “We are one!”, the group describes what employees and clients may expect in the future, what the group of companies stands for, where the group is heading to and what they believe in.

We are one! in 2020 – this is where our journey shall take us

By the year 2020, we will be operating as an independent company with some 800 highly committed and motivated employees.

We will range among the top five German, internationally acting engineering offices in the infrastructure planning and consulting sector.

We are building a prospering mobility and IT-solution business based on internationally competitive products and systems.

Vision, Values and Guiding Principles of 2020 is a modern managed group of independent, family-operated companies. In cooperation with our clients, we achieve outstanding and sustainable results through planning, consulting, engineering, management and project services carried out in our business segments. The appreciation that we feel towards clients, colleagues and employees is reflected in our clearly-structured internal and external communication and in our performance.

Our Mission – Our Passion

Based on the consistent cooperation of the different business units, we secure the largest possible and sustainable benefit for our clients and the consistent use of market opportunities in our regions and areas of competence. Our main characteristic features are a stringent Corporate Governance, in which the Gauff family assumes central responsibility and particular commitment, both in terms of internal and external relations. Our employees are our most important asset – they are committed, highly-motivated and always up-to-date about their professional skills.

Core Objectives

All in all, and with increasing turnover rates on the agenda, we strive to achieve sustainable client satisfaction in all market segments. Backed by our “Engineering Solutions” we can position and distinguish ourselves – at home and abroad – assuming the position of a “Provider of Choice” for our clients.

We act as reliable partner for our employees: promoting and demanding at the same time, recognising development potentials and offering optimum development conditions.

We will achieve the implementation of our objectives by means of a strategy programme that has been established for the period comprised between 2017 and 2020 and that will be updated every three years. We have already started with the implementation of this programme.

Core Strategy “We are one!”

We focus on three core sectors:

  1. Consistent client-orientation
  2. Distinction through quality
  3. Consolidation under the roof of

Ad 1. Client orientation is pursued and achieved in defined target markets and in target-based medium to large project sizes by flexibly responding to given market requirements. This opens a wide range to choose from: by actively combining the services of business fields and business sections, a close cooperation between individual business units is required thus leading to the promotion of a pool of competence. This procedure gives rise to very special client relationships, and thanks to the explicit expansion of Advisory Services – i.e. project-related and project-independent, high-quality consulting services – becomes the “Provider of Choice”.

Ad 2. We secure constant and reliably high quality and excellence for the benefit of our clients by continuously improving our consistent and well-structured project management and project controlling activities. In pursuing this goal, we benefit from the opportunities and from the requirements that result from an increasing digitalisation and from the convergence of IT-infrastructures and traditional engineering services. Cooperation (“We are One”) within the companies of enables us to create a critical mass and to strategically use the pooled know-how of our employees for the benefit of our regional and international clients.

Ad 3. Our main target is a structural consolidation in the infrastructure business both in Germany and abroad. This means that our main centre of attention is to group all infrastructure competences of companies in the two core sectors Transport & Mobility as well as Water & Environment. To do so, we establish comprehensive Competence Centres, all of them of a similar same size. Smaller units, which are not able to stand competition in medium-sized projects, will be merged to benefit from synergies in terms of efficiency and profitability. This leads to a healthy and organic growth.

As an additional measure, we are enhancing our solution business as well. In this particular sector, we also focus on organic growth achieved with the help of appropriate strategic partners. Scalability of product applications is the main centre of attention. Even inorganic growth, obtained by strictly target-oriented acquisitions, may contribute to achieve ambitious goals and to further differentiate our service portfolio for the benefit of our clients and thus to create new and innovative products.

Success factors: Cooperation, Competence / Staff and Communication as service provider and employer of choice

We are an attractive service provider and employer. We have achieved this position by introducing a set of specific measures in the fields of staff recruitment, staff commitment and staff development. We strongly emphasize the aspect of professional capacity building (e.g. in the fields of BIM – Building Information Modeling, project controlling, project management) and we invest in necessary and appropriate systems and in our IT technologies.

This is our first Newsletter. We would like to be a reliable, comprehensible and interesting information pool! Have we managed to do so? We kindly appreciate your honest and constructive feedback under What can we improve, which topics do you want us to consider in the future? For any further information on, please visit our Website Thank you very much!

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News from ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions — 12. October 2016

I. Vehicle Controlling of BEG (Bavarian Railway Company) – ETC breaks new ground in Germany

Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian State Minister for Home, Construction and Transport Affairs:

“The greatest challenge that we are facing in the railway sector today is the massive investment backlog.
As far as the regional rail system is concerned, we will only be able to face and to successfully manage this challenge in the long run by means of more money, i.e. higher regionalisation funds.
Following lengthy, intense and difficult debates, this opinion is nowadays shared by the Federal Government, too. […] This is a good basis for the continued dynamic development of local public transport in Bavaria.


After the outbreak of the financial crisis at the end of 2008 and responding to the thus resulting need, customers in the regional rail transport sector, having large network volumes in mind, have started to support the financing of their vehicles, the major cost items, with instruments of their own.

This support was, and still is necessary in large networks to create a level playing field among the DB AG and its competitors. In Bavaria, this balance is achieved by granting capital service guarantees from the federal Land.

As a consequence of this commitment, guarantors consider it to be their duty to closely monitor and control the intrinsic value of the vehicles. To maintain the value, however, means to “realise the value” of the rolling material, as scheduled. This can be achieved, among other measures, by closely controlling and monitoring the fabrication and reception of the vehicles to minimise the risk of unpleasant surprises in terms of quality (fatigue strength).

With the beginning of this year, the Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) relies on external expertise, which is provided by ETC, KCW and four highly experienced vehicle experts.

Presently, the controlling assignment that has been concluded for a duration of 14 year covers three partial networks: Diesel network Allgäu, Diesel network Augsburg I as well as the S-train Nürnberg. This last one is one of special interest, as the legal dispute concerning the intended contract award to National Express seems to be a never-ending story. However, final judgement is said to be imminent.

If National Express wins this dispute, it can be expected that – against the background of political reactions that have been manifested in the Franconia region up to now – the reliability of this new actor and of its rail vehicles will be particularly eyed.

As far as the Diesel network Allgäu is concerned, the Controlling-Group has successfully constituted in the month of June with DB Regio. Internal rules of procedure and information processes will be coordinated during the month of October.

This project will produce a nationwide response among all responsible bodies since it has a pilot function.

For this reason, ETC is optimistic and convinced that it is well positioned to face further tendering procedures for controlling services in the rail vehicle sector. mhy

II. Optimisation of Energy Processes with DatNet


With the support of the DatNet Energy Management Module, the entire communication with your energy supplier concerning energy forecast and energy billing can be simplified and fully automated.

To do so, energy consumptions during train journeys and pertinent billing data are incorporated from external systems via import interfaces, e.g. from the TEMA-boxes of the rail vehicles.

Energy consumption forecasts, energy consumption of the previous year as well as traction capacity data are sent to the appropriate recipients via specific interfaces (e.g. DB Energie).

Hence, automated market communication is directly carried out via the processes of the DatNet EM-tool by XML format. This tool had been introduced in the scope of the further developed network access model dated November 1st, 2015 by DB Energie.

To establish a forecast calculation of the daily and annual energy consumption, the parameter of traction energy is required. This parameter is determined for each individual train journey on the grounds of traction energy values – initially stored in the DatNet system – which depend on train series and train configurations (calculation will be made offline, e.g. by means of the Dynamis tool), and the current target timetable. In addition, the current daily train vehicle rotation schedules are evaluated including immobilisation times of single vehicle rotation processes.

Energy consumption of parked vehicles can then be determined on the grounds of immobilisation times, and this value will also be included in forecast calculations.

However, this process does not stop with energy purchase and with billing control. By means of the downstream driving assistance system (Fahrassistenzsystem – FAS) you will be able to exploit additional saving potentials by adequate driving recommendations issued for your train drivers.

The intelligent algorithm not only considers track topology and individual delay status but also crossing and preceding trains. dpr


III. Analysis of the national air transport market

“Air traffic sector is dominated by a strong worldwide competition. I believe that German aviation companies are well positioned in this sector. These companies are a synonym for high quality and competitive prices.”
(Peter Hintze (CDU) in an interview with Norbert Wahn – NWZ online)

By order of the German Airports Association (ADV Arbeitsverband Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen), ETC has analysed passenger volume based data on 30 inner German flight connections between the ten most frequented and busiest airports.

Apart from the international hubs Munich and Frankfurt, the list of airports also comprises the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Hannover, Nürnberg and Dresden, all of which together represent the stable backbone of national air transport.

In the period comprised between 2004 and 2015, these top-10 airports handled more than 90% of the passenger volume inside Germany.

The main objective of this survey was to analyse and to evaluate the development in passenger volumes on existing flight routes and with regular flight offers in the period comprised between 2004 and 2015. The analysis was complemented by a detailed and real comparison of travelling time and travel expenses. This evaluation allowed to illustrate – on the grounds of standardised preferences of business and leisure customers – total travelling times from source to target destination, and overall travel expenses broken down by plane, train, car or long-distance bus.

To work with comparable distance data, and basing our calculations on a methodological approach established on the grounds of traffic geography, the town house was selected as source and target destination for each analysed relation. By selecting these source and target destinations, we were deliberately operating “to the detriment of the air transport system” since the train station is usually located closer to the town house than the airport of this specific city.

The results obtained showed: it is above all with travel distances of more than 400 km that national air transport can display its specific strengths. In 2015, for example, 91% of all passengers travelling on inner-German routes of more than 400 km opted for the airplane as transport means.

The comparison of travelling times has proven that for distances from 400 km and more (i.e. total travelling times of approximately 3 hours 15 minutes), air transport proves to be more beneficial for time-sensitive business travellers.

When having a closer look on all analyses and evaluated relations, we have found out that above all the very short distance routes have lost passengers compared to the reference year 2004. Core demands, however, have kept at a stable level in the last few years. Long and medium-distance routes, however, have recorded increasing rates.

These analyses have provided the basis for the “ADV Evidence-based paper on inner German air transport”, which is available to the public on the ADV website. sho


IV. Quality management system for regional passenger transport in Switzerland (QMS RPV CH)


The federal and cantonal governments in Switzerland spend an annual amount of approximately 1.8 billion CHF to merely finance the regional passenger transport. This amount corresponds to approximately 200 € per inhabitant, which results in a value twice as high as the comparable amount in Germany.

On the grounds of this initial situation, the Swiss Federal Council has decided – under Article 9 of the “Regulation on the financial compensation for regional public transportation” adopted in 2009, the establishment of a Swiss-wide quality assessment system for the regional passenger transport, including cantons and transportation companies.

The Federal Office of Transport that has been charged with the execution of this quality assessment system has prepared the ground since 2010 by carrying out different preliminary activities. In 2014, a worldwide public tendering procedure was carried out according to WTO regulations. The tendering procedure was meant to cover the field test and, depending on the results obtained, the regular operation as an option. ETC Transport Consultants GmbH has won this public tendering procedure and in 2015, the field test was successfully carried out in two pilot regions thus allowing to decide on the regular operation scheduled until December 31, 2024.

The QMS RPV CH has been developed in accordance with EN 13816 for the public transport and is based on the two following pillars:

  • Punctuality measurement DPM
  • Test client assessment MSS

The data that will be obtained by these measurements will be compiled in a data base. For this purpose, ETC Transport Consultants GmbH has developed the web-based data base Q.Daba, which will integrate all individual data and provide data access and evaluation tools to the different stakeholders (Federal Office of Transport, cantons, transportation companies) by means of specifically assigned access rights.

ETC Transport Consultants GmbH has implemented different interfaces to be able to import real time data. This allowed, for example, to implement connections to the data hubs CUS (SBB) and Bernmobil (canton Bern). Planning, organisation and execution of test client assessments with a legally valid sample size is also carried out by ETC.

In line with the regular operation, initiated in 2016, all Swiss companies that render any kind of services within the regional passenger transport sector will be gradually integrated into the system in the period comprised between April and July 2016. A qualified Stakeholder-Management is an important prerequisite for its implementation.

You will find more detailed information on this topic and on canton-specific solutions for the local traffic systems exclusively financed by these stakeholders in our next Newsletter. wbo


V. ETC supports the Strategy Commission “Local public transport/regional rail transport system in Saxony”

Thomas Baum, transport policy spokesman of the SPD-parliamentary group in the Federal Land parliament of Saxony:

“This expert opinion is a very sound foundation for the further work of the Strategy Commission. For the first time, we now have a complete inventory of the local public transport system in Saxony.”

Based on the presently valid coalition agreement, the Strategy Commission for local public transport and regional rail transport systems in Saxony was established in May 2015. This Commission is composed of 27 members all of them representing the main social groupings.

The main objective of the Commission’s work is to elaborate an overall strategy for an efficient and performant local public transport system.

In cooperation with KCW GmbH, ETC is rendering advisory services on a wide range of issues on behalf of the State Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport (SMWA) of the Free State of Saxony and the pertinent government agency. As a first step, an expert opinion was established in April 2016, which will be the basic starting point for the Commission’s work.

At this point in time, strategic advisory services provided for the SMWA and professional assistance rendered to the five established task groups are the focus of our activities. These activities are complemented by the discussion of key topics, which have been selected by the members of the task groups.

  • On behalf of the task group “Tariff and Sales”, ETC/KCW are executing a sales benchmarking, which analyses the future of sales channels.
  • The task group “Financing” has requested a comparative financial analysis between the local public transport system in 4 Federal States (Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate) and the system in Saxony.
  • The task force “Proposal Preparation” has requested the evaluation of different proposal scenarios.
  • In addition, and in cooperation with the rural districts and independent cities, experts involved are presently establishing a data base for the public local rail transport system, which is a novelty on the nationwide scale.

The schedule has been tightly set so that conceptual proposals can be included in the double budget 2018/2019 and be considered in the next local public transport plan. To achieve this ambitious target, the results shall be compiled by the mid of 2017 already and summarised in a final report scheduled to be submitted by the end of 2017.

The work executed by the “Organisation” task group will certainly be looked at very attentively. This task group was constituted on August 25 and is intended to issue specific recommendations on the future structure of public transport authorities. 2018 will then be the year for the implementation of the measures.

Together with KCW, ETC is presently facing the interesting challenge to master a comprehensive package of tasks, which – in peak times – involves up to 12 experts. mhy


VI. Current and cost-efficient revenue sharing by use of operational data

Very often, revenue sharing among transport associations is a difficult topic to handle. The main parameter in revenue sharing, perceived as fair criterion to all parties involved, is the demand-based parameter, i.e. company shares depend on the relevant passenger demand within the associations’ tariffs. All data concerning the demand and structure of passenger demand are usually obtained on the grounds of transport surveys.

Having this specific goal of a fair revenue sharing in mind, high requirements are imposed on the quality of count and survey data. The implementation of these measures also includes an important budget, which either additionally burdens the transport associations and companies or makes them dependent on granted subsidies.

Changes in offers (tariffs, prices, schedules) and demand (choosing different options) as well as changes in the organisation (awarding of route networks to local train and bus transportation systems), very often require the updating of revenue sharing patterns. Due to these changes, revenue sharing patterns must be updated more frequently than usually provided by on the grounds of large-scale “traffic surveys”.

ETC has analysed, on behalf of the transport association Paderborn/Höxter, the integration of current and relation-based sales data into the revenue-sharing pattern. In a second step and in cooperation with all parties involved in this revenue sharing, ETC has elaborated a process, which operates on the grounds of sales data obtained during the previous year, and linked to the pertinent timetable data, this process allows to clearly assign specific demands to individual transport companies.

In a common effort, the parties involved have also identified relations for which the relation-based sales data did not provide sufficiently accurate information. This approach allowed to determine a proportional use. It was thus possible to achieve highly acceptable and reasonable compromises by simple assumptions and consideration of parallel systems.

As far as very important and specific relations are concerned, the quantitative demand with special reference to demand distribution is complemented by systematic surveys. Demand parameters are collected from the sales data.

If the data survey is limited to a strictly defined question, these data can be generated with only little effort. The degree of accuracy obtained, however, is considerable.

Hence transport associations and companies can rely on a cost-efficient process that can be used in those billing periods, which are characterised by major changes, whereas for the years in between a simple update may be sufficient.

Compared to general traffic surveys, the fact of “limiting” the process to sales data of the tariff to be shared has the advantage that information accuracy is not impaired by passengers with external tariffs.  fne


Kontakt Ralph Höpping (v.i.S.d.P) | Gauff Management GmbH & Co. KG | Berner Straße 45 | 60437 Frankfurt/Main
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10th ÖPNV-Forum carried out in the scope of the 2016 InnoTrans Exhibition — 11. October 2016

On September 22, 2016, the traditional ÖPNV-Forum (a forum dedicated to the local public transport system) celebrated its 20th anniversary on the InnoTrans, the world’s leading trade fair for rail traffic. The organisers of this event, ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions in cooperation with the rail traffic planning office have once again – as in the years before – chosen a highly topical subject: “ÖPNV in 2030 – challenges and strategic options for action”. Today, the mobility sector is facing challenges and decisions of yet unknown dimensions. Major issues, such as the development of financial frame conditions or the progressively increasing digitalisation prepare the ground for a fundamental change, which will be experienced in this sector. Hence, some of these aspects where also in the centre of attention of this 10th ÖPNV-Forum.

Prof. Ringat (RMV) (Source: InnoTrans Berlin)

Prof. Ringat (RMV) (Source: InnoTrans Berlin)


Together with the debate moderator Prof. Knut Ringat (Managing Director of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH), highly renowned experts examined and discussed the topic from different perspectives: Hartwig Rolf (Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Federal Land of Brandenburg), Werner Faber (Association of German Transportation Companies), Bernd Sablotny (State Ministry for Economy and Labour, Federal Land of Saxony), Thomas Schare (NETINERA Deutschland GmbH), Helge Haugk (ETC – Gauff Mobility Solutions) and Burkhard Ehlen (VVO Transport Association Oberelbe GmbH).

In his keynote speech, Mister H. Rolf examined the strategy for the local public transport in Brandenburg by the year 2030. From the point of view of the Federal Land of Brandenburg, Mister Rolf pointed out the highly heterogenous conditions between population growth in the greater Berlin area and the continuous decrease in population that is experienced outside the urban Berlin regions. This strongly contrasting development goes hand in hand with extremely disperse requirements as to structuring and financing of the local public transport system. In the key note speech held by Mister W. Faber, the expert addressed the problem of competition and insufficient funding. He raised the question whether the ÖPNV is presently undergoing a downward trend. Mister B. Sablotny summarised the experiences that have been made in the Federal Land of Saxony with the ÖPNV and showed perspectives that have resulted on the grounds of the work of the Strategy Commission. Mister T. Schare und Mister H. Haugk focused on the topic of Digitalisation 4.0 and dealt with the question which kind of expectations a transportation company has on this topic and which challenges the company must face in this process. Being the last keynote speaker, Mister B. Ehlen dedicated his talk to the aspects of competition, which will emerge until 2030. During the subsequent panel discussion, enough time was dedicated to answer the questions of the audience.

Participants in the panel discussion (Source: InnoTrans Berlin)

Participants in the panel discussion (Source: InnoTrans Berlin)


With far more than 150 participants from Germany and abroad, the 10th ÖPNV-Forum has once again received considerable response and has been one of the most frequented events organised in the scope of the InnoTrans exhibition. Following the ÖPNV-Forum, numerous lively discussions were observed between organisers and guests. The 11th ÖPNV-Forum will take place on September 20, 2018 in the scope of the next InnoTrans 2018 exhibition.

Kontakt Ralph Höpping (v.i.S.d.P) | Gauff Management GmbH & Co. KG | Berner Straße 45 | 60437 Frankfurt/Main
Tel. +49 69 5 00 08-112 | E-Mail

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