Presentations on sustainability and energy efficiency, resource-preserving cements and innovative concrete played a significant role in the technical program. The presentations demonstrated the efficiency of concrete as a construction material, in addition to new applications and potential for structural concrete components. The accompanying trade show of the supplier, machinery and software industry provided a survey of the latest developments in their fields.
Success through change and innovation
The congress was opened by Dr. Peter Kreuz, of Förster & Kreuz GmbH, Heidelberg. “Instigating change while success lasts,” is his motto. The bestseller author, consultant and maverick thinker dares executives to show “courage to change.”
Prof. Harald S. Müller, formerly of KIT Karlsruhe, as co-keynoter and concrete specialist, picked up on the thoughts of the speaker before him. “Rethinking construction with concrete – Innovation and change of a whole field of building” was the title of his presentation. Following a brief look into history, he demonstrated where innovations in concrete would lead in the coming years – with one main topic being reduction of the “CO2 rucksack” by alternative binding agents and recycled materials.
Strong media presence for resource preservation
Impetus for everyday business operations
The Practice Workshop was very well attended. The training courses offered for production personnel consisted of presentations and live demonstrations for determining the characteristics of fresh concrete, on reworking architectural concrete surfaces and on manufacturing low-shrinkage and rapidly hardening concretes.
Serial construction as opportunity for structural concrete members
The topic on the morning of the second congress day was serial and modular building. Peter
The construction industry in Russia has been experiencing attractive development in recent times, which has gone largely unassessed in Western media. Following a market survey, the young architect Kirill Pernatkin showed interesting precast housing construction projects, and Denis Gershin presented the fascinating high-speed urban motorway in St. Petersburg. The audience was put in the right mood for the guest county by an atmospheric balalaika presentation by Stefan Bolshakov, the 12-year-old son of the Russian event partner Dr. Eduard Bolshakov.
Impetus for architecture
The podium “Concrete in Architecture,” which has for many years been presented jointly with InformationsZentrum Beton and the German construction magazine “DBZ” on the third day of the congress, presented exemplary buildings. Notable architects such as Sergei Tchoban, of Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH, Berlin, as well as young architectural firms presented projects that they completed last year. Around 400 architects once again made use of the event for continuing education. Sergei Tchoban established the link to the guest country Russia, where he is one of the leading urban developers in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Skilled workers in focus
The accompanying trade show provided a survey of the products and services from the supplier, machinery and software industry in the concrete sector. The show, with 160 participating companies, was once again booked out. This year, the company Top Mineral GmbH from Breisach, Germany, received the “Exhibitors Award” for the most beautiful stand.
Performance show by the supplier industry
The Halfen GmbH from Langenfeld, Germany, was distinguished for the best innovation 2019. The company was presented with the Innovation Prize of the Supplier Industry for Concrete Components for its HTU self-anchoring sheet metal installation channel. The new reinforcement technology replaces the lateral profiling of conventionally welded anchors. The new design enables installation in the structural member, regardless of the position of the reinforcement. Collision points with the existing reinforcement are prevented. The self-anchoring construction met-hod facilitates erection and, in addition, enables cutting to nearly any desired lengths. This likewise enables adaptation to the individual requirements of a customer. The new channel, moreover, saves storage space as well as indirect costs for procuring the products by minimizing variety.
Communication platform for the industry
In addition to continued technical training, networking was, of course, a priority topic at the congress. Occasions for this were the industry meetings, in coffee breaks, at the exhibition itself, at lunch time in the café of the media partner BFT International and the exhibitors’ event “Fairbinden“ at the evening event.