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Dear Ms Mustermann,
 
The Corona virus forced nearly all companies to speed up the process of their digital transformation. The upheavals in everyday work routines in the spring of 2020 resulted in major changes, also in our industry. In addition to more work done from home and utilization of digital conference tools for meeting purposes, the event sector is especially affected. Most major events were cancelled in recent months. But events in B2B marketing for initiating or cultivating business relations are enjoying high priority and therefore it must have been good news for everyone that FBF Betondienst rose to the challenge by transforming the 65th BetonTage into digital format. From 23 to 26 February 2021 the specialized congress celebrated its premiere as virtual event. Around 500 participants used the platform daily. Our BFT Café in digital format was also present and we, of course, again this year as official medium partner of the BetonTage. A summary of the BetonTage and many other exciting news await you in this newsletter.
Yours Karla Knitter
News
65th BetonTage: Successful first-of-its-kind virtual format

Figure: FBF Betondienst GmbH

From 23 to 26 February 2021, the BetonTage congress took place in a first-of-its-kind online format. The leading precast industry congress had previously attracted over 2,000 attendees per year to the Edwin-Scharff-Haus Congress Center in Neu-Ulm; this year, it had to be shifted to a 100% online format for the first time. Towards the end of last year, the organizing team had to look for an alternative to the usual face-to-face gathering owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Within an incredibly short period, a small number of dedicated people transitioned the congress, complete with the accompanying exhibition , to a fully virtual environment, and very successfully so ...
 
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New Type P Tronsole for slender precast stair landings

Figure: Schöck Bauteile

Optimizing the construction process while ensuring reliable soundproofing: This is what the new Type P Tronsole developed by Schöck achieves. It is perfectly suited to lifting slender precast architectural concrete stair landings into the right position within the previously completed staircase; and the landing can be walked on immediately thereafter. Not only does this DIBt-approved impact sound insulation element provide reliable structural support and effective soundproofing; it also provides more design freedom to architects and technical designers. Many architects would welcome greater design freedom so that they can come up with custom staircase designs. In response to this requirement, the new Type P Tronsole developed by Schöck expands the company’s range of tried-and-tested soundproofing ...
 
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Vorarlberg company is a pioneer 3D printing with concrete

Figure: Concrete 3D/Udo Mittelberger

Austrian companies Jolo Betonfertigteile and Tomaselli Gabriel Bau established a joint venture for 3D printing with concrete: Concrete 3D GmbH operates its head office in Nüziders in the Austrian Vorarlberg region and is one of the first businesses worldwide that use 3D-printed concrete components in a real-life construction environment. The two shareholders invested about €300,000 in the plant and successfully completed the pilot phase at the beginning of February. They are now heading towards market entry ...
 
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IBC: formwork and reinforcement planning and design to the power of 3

Figure:IBC Ingenieurbau-Consult GmbH

In response to an increasing demand for element-oriented design, IBC Ingenieurbau-Consult GmbH recently made the change to the BIM-capable CAD Strakon software von Dicad. The Managing Directors of Engineering report on experience gained in changing from 2D to 3D Planning in structural design. Key activities of IBC Ingenieurbau-Consult GmbH from Mainz in Germany, established already in 1964, are the design of structural systems and façades, building physics, project supervision, client consultation, checking and preparation of expert opinions. The IBC team of 85 accompanies projects in ...
 
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Specials
Textile-reinforced concrete terrazzo for new Berlin subway station
Berlin’s new subway stations en route to the government district are also highly popular photographic backdrops. “Rotes Rathaus” station, e. g. offers a contrast of white column architecture, refined black terrazzo paneling and matte white flooring. With this façade in lightweight design, Beton und Naturstein Babelsberg has opened up a new field of application for this technology ...
Figure: BNB
 
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The precast spiral – “De Helix” residential tower in Groningen

Figure: Duha-Fertigteilbau

A tower and at the same time an example of good German-Dutch collaboration – constructive, goal-oriented planning and intelligent production methods and processing enabled the De Helix spiral in Groningen, Netherlands, a precast construction, to be quickly and successfully realized. The complete article incl. the construction panel can be read in the Betonbauteile Jahrbuch 2021. A tower indeed it is: not a “Tower of Babel”, but an example of good German-Dutch collaboration. Constructive, goal-oriented planning and an intelligent production method, implemented with military precision, resulted in quick and successful realization of the precast construction, despite the cramped spatial conditions ...
 
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Significance of the visual quality of concrete block pavements

Figure: MPVA Neuwied

During the past few years, the visual quality of concrete block pavements has become increasingly important because driveways and terraces are increasingly considered to be signature pieces of the building. In line with this trend, the number of complaints arising from visual deficiencies of block pavements due to a wide variety of reasons has also been growing. During the past few years, the visual quality of concrete block pavements has become increasingly important because driveways (see Fig. 1) and terraces are increasingly considered to be signature pieces of the building. In line with this trend, the number of complaints arising from visual deficiencies ...
 
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New Batching plant for 1 Million m² of Block paving per year

Figure: Rapid International

As part of its recent £10 million expansion, leading UK & Ireland paving and walling manufacturer, Tobermore, has recently invested in a bespoke state-of-the-art Rapid concrete batching plant. The newly erected Rapid plant will facilitate a further one million square meters of block paving per year. A longstanding customer, Rapid has previously installed six bespoke concrete batching plants over the last forty years at Tobermore’s County Londonderry headquarters. The newly installed seventh Rapid plant will enable Tobermore to meet a surge in market demand for their hard landscaping products ...
 
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Call for Projects
Suggest your project involving precast concrete products for an exclusive report published in the BFT magazine, free of charge
You have completed a construction project with precast concrete products successfully and now, you intend to present this project to your customer base, prospective customers and partners in the BFT trade magazine? Then, send us an email shortly describing the project. Or just call us. If the project is of particular interest to our readers, our editors would even like to pay you a visit for preparing an exclusive coverage for the BFT magazine in close coordination with you. Our service in this regard is free of charge.
 
silvio.schade@bauverlag.de, +49 5241 8089-103
 
 
karla.knitter@bauverlag.de, +49 5241 8088-415
 
 
 
 
 
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