Large audience of contractors and engineers met in Dubai for Concrete Conference 2015

The Concrete Conference 2015 is part of an educational campaign launched by MEVA Formwork Systems in cooperation with the American Concrete Institute with the aim of reaching an international professional audience on the new ACI publication "Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces."

The conference in the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, was held on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, with around 80 guests from around the world meeting to hear Keynote speaker Rolf Spahr, who spearheaded the guide and was honored as one of the five most influential persons in the concrete construction industry in the USA.

Years of work and MEVA know-how went into the new guide, which clearly defines the features of formed concrete surfaces. This puts the contractor, developer, architect and engineer in a position to agree on the desired concrete finish, provides clarity for fair play and stops conflicting expectations that give rise to dispute. It is the basis for talking to one another in consensus.

In his address, Rolf Spahr elaborated on the international context of formed concrete surfaces, the developments in the concrete industry and the history of concrete as a building material. He also explained the interrelations between German, Austrian, British and American approaches and explained how the new "Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces (347.3R-13)" came about. His explanation of the implications for the developer, architect, engineer and concrete contractor was a main focus.

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