19th Concrete Conference: Concrete today and in the future

The 19th Holcim Concrete Conference at ETH Zurich focused on the importance of concrete. The earliest evidence of concrete was found in present-day Turkey and dates from the time of 10,000 B.C. In the Roman Empire, “opus caementicium” was used in a number of buildings (Pantheon dome) around the time of Christ’s birth. The long service life of concrete, together with its design and application versatility have contributed to the construction material’s widespread success: in 2012, worldwide concrete consumption was more than 12 billion m3; furthermore, after water, concrete is the world’s...

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