Sberbank’s Data Center Is the Biggest In Europe – The Moscow Times

November 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

During an opening ceremony Saturday, Sberbank flaunted the 16,000-square-meter data center Yuzhny Port — the largest of its kind in Europe, demonstrating its latest capabilities through centralizing programs.
The data center, developed by Irish contractors Mercury Engineering in 15 months, cost about $1.2 billion, a sum the bank expects to pay off within 2 1/2 years. The data center will centralize and store all of the information from Sberbank’s regional banks, diminishing the time required to implement banking services.
Sberbank plans to develop a second data center in Skolkovo, spanning 7,000 square meters with rentable storage space. The design plans received tier-3 certification on Nov. 2 from the Uptime Institute.
The Yuzhny Port facility also centralizes loan processing for private individuals and small businesses to decrease the time required to receive loans. Risk department vice president Vadim Kulik said the facility is one in a system of 28 centers integrated to process loans from 800 different locations around the country.
“Previously,” Gref said in an interview with Vedomosti, “there was a very large problem at the bank involving frauds. … A person could step into 13 different branches in Moscow and receive credit 13 times. Each time they would be a new client. … We were not using credit history records — neither our own, nor other banks’ records. Now … frauds by individual persons have decreased 2 1/2 to 9 times.”
Kulik said the previous system required 14 days to approve a paper application, but the new online integrated system approves loans in an average of 17 hours. Roughly 8 million individuals have participated in the program in the past three years, accounting for $100 million of loans each day.
In the past three years, Sberbank has made great strides to modernize and centralize all of its IT systems. “When our team arrived,” Gref told Vedomosti on Friday, “[expenditures for IT] were 1.5 to 2 percent of turnover, and now that number is around 8 percent.”

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opens Sberbank’s mega Data Centre built by Mercury Engineering

November 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opened the centre by raising his hand to a special device that identifies a person by reading his or her palm print. The centre’s personnel showed Mr Putin how both the centre’s systems and all of Sberbank’s processes can be controlled from an operations room. They also introduced Mr Putin to the Irish team of professionals who helped build the centre.
During the tour, the centre’s staff showed Mr Putin how Sberbank’s “loan factory” operates. The centre processes loan applications from individuals and small businesses in real-time – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and the process is fully automated. Each client application is processed in an average of about 17 hours, regardless of where the client is located. The electronic system itself decides in 80% of cases, using 280 algorithms and exchanging data with various institutions and agencies, from the Federal Tax Service to the credit bureau. Operator intervention is only required in the most difficult cases.
Every day, the system makes decisions on issuing 25,000 loans totalling 2.7 billion roubles. In its three years of operation, this Sberbank “loan factory” has approved five million loans out of eight million applications.

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“In 70% of cases, the loan is approved on the client’s terms or better,” the centre’s staff told Mr Putin.
The centre has a dual power supply system: diesel generators will supply power if the main electrical power supply fails.

In addition, the centre has its own fuel storage station.
“And is there firewood?” asked Mr Putin.
“The only thing we don’t have is firewood,” said Sberbank CEO German Gref.
The centre was launched on the 170th anniversary of Sberbank of Russia. It is the largest bank data processing centre in Europe, consolidating the information resources of all of Sberbank’s regional banks and increasing the productivity of the bank’s computational processes.

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In 2010 Mercury Engineering were selected to undertake the complete Turnkey Design & Build including Civil, Structural and Architectural works for this certified Tier IV mega data centre in Moscow, Russia. As part of our delivery team, we have commissioned HP mission Critical to undertake the full design and the Uptime Institute to certify both the completed design and Installation. The project floor space is over 16,000 square metres, with 5,000 square metres of operations rooms. It cost Sberbank $120 million to build, and will pay for itself in six years!

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Aviva Stadium wins Best International Project at the British Construction Industry Awards

November 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Challenge
Was the creation of the new international stadium for rugby and soccer at the site of the existing Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, worthy of the history attached to the oldest international rugby ground in the world. The design includes the required 50,000 seating capacity and all the facilities expected in a modern stadium, and all within the existing restricted footprint.

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The Building
From a fully site responsive design solution, keeping its height at its lowest closest to the adjacent two storey houses. The site is bounded by residences and the Dodder River, and is bisected by the main Dublin to Wexford railway line. Crowd management within a residential street network, that includes a railway crossing, riverbank walkways as well as bridges over the river resulted in the inclusion of a tunnel underpass to enable the level-crossing to remain closed during events, a new passenger concourse for the railway station, upgrading of the river bank to allow safer access and to provide flood defenses, as well as the demolition of one house to create wider access to the stadium.

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The Details
The use of a transparent shingled skin enables the organic form to wrap around the concourses, seating tiers and the pitch. The enclosure creates a highly atmospheric seating bowl, so ensuring the continuation of the ”Lansdowne Roar”, and the stadium’s curvilinear form is now instantly recognisable on Dublin’s skyline as Ireland’s international stadium.

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2004 – 2010
Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4

62000 sq.m


Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Accessible Project

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Leisure Building

Royal Institute of British Architects / Regional Award – EU

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British Construction Industry Awards / International Award

World Architecture Festival / ONCE prize for accessible design

World Architecture Festival / Sport category – Highly Commended

Green Awards / Green Building Award

LAMA / Best Architect

LAMA / National Impact Award

LAMA / Best Civil Engineering Project Award

Irish Concrete Society Awards /

PLAN Expo / OPUS Award – Winner

International Property Awards / The Architecture Award – Leisure & Hospitality

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