This year, the BetonTage will celebrate its digital premiere. The industry congress of the precast concrete industry will take place from 23 to 26 February 2021, exclusively online. As with numerous other events during the corona pandemic, the organizer decided to choose a safe alternative to a face-to-face event.
By transforming the technical program and the accompanying exhibition into digital format, visitors will now have the opportunity to attend the program of lectures virtually, by visiting the exhibition and by networking via the interactive communication platform. The unique quality of the industry meeting can then also be experienced in a digital version.
Keynotes point the way
Digitization presents a major challenge to all companies. But it also offers a wide range of opportunities from which one should not turn away. The keynote speaker Dr. Jörg Wallner from the 2b Ahead ThinkTank in Leipzig, Germany, will show how digital transformation can be successfully mastered. Co-keynote speaker Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Curbach, of TU Dresden, will also think about the future.
Look into the future
The technical program will be held under the motto “Intelligent building – megatrends in concrete” and comprises more than 100 contributions, which are presented in the digital plenary and several parallel sessions. In the plenary sessions “Environmentally sound building with concrete,” “Potentials of concrete elements of tomorrow” and “From research to practice – focus on the construction site,” industry experts will provide information about pace- setting developments.
Structural concrete elements in focus
The plenary sessions on structural precast construction, lightweight concrete and cast stone as well as concrete products for road, landscape and garden construction will provide important stimuli, specifically for the precast concrete industry. Discussion will take place here, for example, of developments such as the use of R-concrete, infra-lightweight concrete and UHPC. In addition, selected project reports will demonstrate the wide range of innovative applications of precast concrete elements. At the same time, the plenary session “Economy and law” will take up economic and legal questions.
Future Day Construction Industry
The Future Day Construction Industry on 25 February 2021 will function as a joint knowledge platform for construction companies and their partners in precasting. In the afternoon, parallel plenary sessions with lectures on building, underground and sewer construction will be offered.
Architecture and structural design
The fourth congress day is set aside for the market partners from architecture and structural design. Following the keynotes the Concrete Information Center awards the Concrete Architecture Prize – for the first time within the framework of the congress. The four prize-recipient firms will present their award-winning buildings in the plenary session “Concrete in architecture” in the afternoon. There will once again be a special session for the target group of structural designers.
Guest region South Tyrol
The guest region presents the partner of many years “South Tyrol Concrete.” The region practices an exceptionally creative use of the construction material concrete. “For this reason, the lectures focus on architectural highlights and digital precasting.
New partners and sponsors
The Federation of the German Construction Industry (HDB) is new co-sponsor of the BetonTage and contributes to the program. On 24 February 2021, HDB Vice President Dr. Matthias Jacob will discuss the perspectives of the construction industry in Germany after the corona crisis. The partnership with solid UNIT makes an economic policy statement for the network for innovative building with mineral construction materials.
Virtual trade show
The BetonTage will be accompanied by an exhibition of the supplier, engineering and software industry. The companies present their products and services for the first time on their virtual stand.
“The more than 100 exhibitors that continue to support us, as well as the abundance of innovative topics of the presentations, made us decide to hold the 65th BetonTage as a virtual congress. With this step we open up new paths for the future, leading up to a hybrid event format with which we can establish a permanent link between the analog and the digital worlds,” says Dr. Ulrich Lotz as Managing Director of FBF Betondienst GmbH. For the program and all information on the congress go to www.betontage.de.