Monday, December 6, 2010

russian government to spend USD 3.8 bn on new football stadiums for the 2018 FIFA worldcup

Russian finance minister Alexej Kudrin said russia's government will spend $ 3.8 bn to build new stadiums for the 2018 football worldcup. He also expects the private sector to contribute at least another $ 20 bn.
On top of that, the russian government will spend another $ 6 bn on renewal of infrastructure for the worldcup.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Zürich trainstation underground works

The old Zürich mainstation is, just like Stuttgarts, a dead-end terminal. It is squeezed between the lake Zürich and the Limmat river. With more than 3.000 Trains every day it is also one of the busiest terminals in the world. To allow the predicted growth in train movement, the swiss railways SBB, the swiss government and the Kanton of Zürich have invested 2 bn swiss franks and dug a tunnel under the river to open the dead-end. on November 22nd, the tunnel drill "Heidi" had its break through. The tunnel is 4,5 km long. One of the main challenges was not to drill into the river and not to destroy zürich residents basements (the local government was very pleased that no wine-cellars were destroyed so far...)
Have a look at the project, which is going on rather silently and is appreciated by zürichs population.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

emplica formwork repair website now in spanish

For our spanish speaking clients we have translated our website into spanish!

Bauma China exceeds all expectations

The 5th Bauma China in shanghai has closed its gates on sunday with new records regarding visitors, exhibitors and exhibition space. Visitor numbers went up 33 per cent from last Bauma China to 150.000. Top ten visitor origins were: China, Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.The highest number of exhibitors came from China (some 700), Germany (154), followed by italy (107) and the US.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

new emplica training video online

repairing multiple damage to a plywood formwork board with emplica.

check out our products on our website:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

fascinating translucent concrete

A engineering office and lab has invented a new concrete with embedded light transmitting optical fibres. The fibres allow light from one side to go through the concrete and come out on the other side. Of course, one cannot see details of whats happening on the other side but it looks like light and shadow can be viewed quite good. The technology is apparently not yet ready fo insitu processing but large precast concrete blocks and precast wall elements are available directly from the producer. They even produce panels with individualized patterns of light transmitting fibres. I am very much looking forward to see the first real project realised with that product.


visit the manufacturers website:

check our website for formwork repair products and training videos

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

News Update

- Deripaska's "Basic Element" Buying back shares of austrian Strabag.
- Calatrava archs poured at New York's ground zero rebuilding site.
- MAXXI / National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome by Zaha Hadid

Basic Element / Strabag
Oleg Deripaska's Firm Basic Element is buying back 17 per cent of the shares it had sold to investors last year during the crisis to finance other projects. In return, Strabag has agreed to buy a 17 per cent stake in Deripaska's road construction firm "Transtoi". Basic Element has the option to buy another 8 per cent of Strabag until july 2014.
Haselsteiner, Strabag's CEO holds via his family holding 29,5 per cent of the company, another third of the shares are held by Raiffeisen Group and Uniqa. 23 per cent of the shares are free float.
With the deal, Strabag hopes to become stronger in the russian construction market, which is recovering after the crisis. Especially the road construction deal seems to be a strategic investment for Strabag. Strabag is planning to be heavily involved in the construction of infrastructure, hotels and residential building in the olympic winter games resort of Sotchi.

Ground Zero / Calatrava archs
During October 2010, the 54 archs that support the structure above the WTC transportation hub have been poured. See the images of the archs that have been designed by Santiago Calatrava here:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey image Gallery
Image credit: Joe Woolhead
Courtesy of: Silverstein Properties

MAXXI / National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome by Zaha Hadid

Image Courtesy of Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy of Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy of MAXXI/Roberto Galasso

The Website of the maxxi museum has a nice coverage with images of the formwork used to build Zaha Hadids beautiful structure for the museum.Details here:

A Gallery of the formwork progress can be found here:

To see how fair faced concrete formwork is repaired, see our website with videos and descriptions.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

emplica on Twitter

We invite you to follow us on Twitter. We will post short interesting news, mostly links to findings in the web.
here we are:!/emplica

You can also share our blog posts via your twitter account. There is a "tweet-this" Button at the end of each post.
Of course, we still have all about our formwork repair products and related news on our website:

Worlds tallest wooden building to be erected in Austria

image:  Rhomberg

Not far from the "Nordwesthaus" (see my post about Nordwesthaus here), in the triangle of austria, germany and switzerland, at the shore of lake constance, the tallest wooden building is being planned. The "LifeCycleTower" is put together of prefabricated wooden beams and concrete slabds. With a planned height of about 100 m (ca. 300 ft.) it will surpass the existing talles wooden building  in London.
The Planning and executing Firm "CREE" is a spin off of Austrian construction company Rhomberg. Cree aims to build a big useable structure with the lowest possible carbon footprint.

visit cree's website:

more information about emplica's formwork repair systems:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

UK construction largest contributor to GDP growth in Q3.

According to a report by UK's Office of National Statistics, GDP grew by 0.8 per cent in Q3 2010. The UK's construction industry contributed almost one third to this growth. Compared to Q3 2009, the construction industry has grown by 11 per cent.

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Cement producers in former soviet states looking towards a brighter sky

After a reduction of nearly 20 per cent in cement consumption in 2009, the per capita demand of cement has come back in 2010 and the future looks even better. With a market potential of 260 million inhabitants, the CIS countries are larger than most western european people imagine. Cement producers are boosting their output now to be ready to react to future rising market demands.
Many of the CIS countries (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Armenia) are rich in minerals, some have oil reserves and gas. To be able to turn those assets into money, governments are spending massively on infrastructure.
Personally, i think the CIS countries have been underestimated by western companies for a long time.

All about formwork repair system on our website:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sochi 2014 winter games will break record in sponsorship funds

In a  moscow times article of october 2010, the games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko stated that funding for the 2014 winter games in Sochi will probably exceed all historic winter games in revenue by commercial sponsors. He claims that already now sponsorship revenues have topped 1 billion USD. The games in Beijing had a sponsorship revenue of 1.2 billion USD. In addition that, several more billions are spent on infrastructure.

read the full article here:

and dont forget to check emplica's website for updates on formwork repair.

Housing market in Poland on track

According to PMR (, the delivery of residencial housing has risen in september 2010 by 4.1 per cent compared to september 2009. Compared to August 2010, the completion of projects has expanded by 11 per cent. However, compared to last year's september, new residential projects are 1.7 per cent down. Still, investors have obtained more construction permits than last september. Altogether, the outlook for the polish market seems to be rather promising.

Distributors needed / economy recovering strongly

As the world economy recovers better than expected in most countries, emplica is helping to repair formwork more than planned. The construction industry is developing better in many areas and large projects are being started or finished after a break. To satisfy our valued customers even better, we are looking for distributors in following areas and countries:

- Singapore/Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Australia
- Southern Africa
- Brazil
- Chile
- Argentina
- Russia
- Japan
- Canada
- Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador
- UK and Ireland
- France
- Italy
If you are interested, have a background and references, please send us your details through our webform . We will get back to you shortly.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


As of today, we are proud to announce that our portuguese-speaking clients can read our website in their mother tongue as well.
Welcome Portugal, Brazil, Mocambique, Angola, Guinea, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cap Verde and Sao Tome

check out our portuguese website here:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Video of emplica long-term test

Maybe it is more fun to look at pictures when there's some nice music in the background...

Here is the slideshow of the test. As stated in a previous post. the results are better than expected. We can't find any significant difference between the first and the 25th pour. What changed a lot though was the damage that can be seen on the lower right corner. it has become deeper as with every pour some wood fibres stick to the concrete and get torn out of the form.
The emplica plywood repair system apparently does its job well.

more info on our website:

Monday, October 18, 2010

emplica starterkit video

The emplica starterkit is a sturdy steel container made for heavy duty but lightweight use on site or within your premises to repair your formwork.

Different compartments give easy access to all tools and parts to start repairing your formwork today!

more info on

Long-Term Test with emplica Plicafix on concrete form

After 12 Weeks, we have some preliminary results of our long term test with a standard plicafix 60 inserted into a wisaform birch plywood form.

We are testing the development of the concrete surface with each pour. Up to now, we have poured 25 times.

Test setup:

- plicafix60 plywood repair spot on Wisaform birch
- finegrain concrete (0-8mm), very little form release oil.
- concrete stays in form for 72 hrs.


- No significant change in concrete surface
- changes of surface mainly occur according to liquidity of concrete and amount of oil applied

here are the images of every 5th piece of concrete made during the test:

we will of course continue this test and keep you updated on results.

for more information about our products please visit our website

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sissi does it!

Sissi, a giant tunnel drill, did it today at 14:17 cet underneath miles of rock. The breakthrough of the worlds longest tunnel was seen by workers and politicians. The project itself started 15 years ago and will go on until 2017, when the first trains are expected to pass through.
The Gotthard Alptransit is a 57 km long tunnel through the center of the swiss alps. Due to government regulations that demand cutting heavy road traffic from 1,2 million trucks to 0,65 million trucks per year this tunnel was necessary to carry the commercial transport through switzerland on the north-south route.
more information about the project can be found here:

"Gotthard-Live-Ticker: «100 Helme werden gesprengt»"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Longest Tunnel in the world about to see "break-through" tomorrow!

The Suez Canal, the Panama canal, and now the new tunnel through the Gotthard massif in the swiss alps are the longest man made passages.

With a lenght of 57 kilometers (35 miles), the Alptransit Train Tunnel is to be opened for traffic in 2017. The workers will remove the last 2 meters of rock friday 15th of october. A live stream will show the last digging here: SFTV

Here's the Trailer to the show:


Seems like the world is seeing a lot of digging lately, as the 33 miners were rescued yesterday in Chile. What an impressive work of engineering.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

stunning tranformation of overground WW2 Bunker in north-western Germany

I stumbled upon this piece of architecture as an entry for the "Heinze Architekten Award". These overground bunkers had been built in the last years of the WW2 all over Germany. Since they are so solid, it is pretty hard work to tear them down. Tight communal budgets prevented these bunkers from being demolished and instead many of them became landmarks and have been used for art. One of theses bunkers now serves as a pedestal for a 200sqm appartment.

images courtesy of

One of the most famous overground bunkers is the one on Heiliggeistfeld in Hamburg (Hamburg had the most bunkers during the war) image courtesy of wikipedia

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

8.5% increase in construction output in Poland in August

According to PMR, a central and eastern europe consultancy, the polish construction market increased by 8,5 per cent compared to August 2009, and by 6,7 per cent compared to July 2010.
This stands in contrast to shrinking construction business in romania and bulgaria, where the aftermaths of the economic crisis account for 1,7 per cent decline.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Expansion of Panama Canal, one of the worlds current Megaprojects

The Panama Canal, opened in 1914 for Vessels, is a 80 kilometer long connection between the atlantic and pacific ocean.
Construction started in 1904 with the goal to shorten east-west route for commercial shipping. In the early days, about 1.000 vessels went through the canal per year, recently this number has increased to 14.000 ships per annum.
Due to the extreme increase and the much larger cargo vessels used today, the panama canal has become too small and is currently being expanded. The expansion of the panama canal is one of southern americas largest construction project with an estimated budget of US$ 5.3 bn. (compare this to the new trainstation in stuttgart with at least7 bn euro).
construction in 1904...
and construction in 2010

formwork for the new gates is hopefully repaired by the emplica formwork repair system...
check out our how-to-repair-formwork videos on youtube:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yelena Baturina: position weakens in moscow, new opportunities for construction market

After her husband Yury Luzhkov lost his job as mayor of moscow, a sigh of relieve seems to go through hundreds of moscow builders. Maybe the market will become less corrupt. Yelena Baturins company ZAO Inteco has always been focus of rumors of being favored in bids by moscows town hall when it came to building city infrastructure and residential and office buildings.

As a reaction to Luzhkov's dismissal by Medvedev, Russias VEB-Bank has dropped first credits to Baturins empire according to "Spiegel", a german news magazine. Furthermore, Moscows own Bank has received a less favorible rating by Fitch New York now "rating watch negative". Why? Moscow Bank is Baturins "housebank" and covers for much of what she does. Fitch fears that the relationship between the Bank and Moscow will turn rougher now and put the Bank into a bad position...

Since the rest of russia is very much depending on moscow, one could hope now for less corruption in all of russia as well.

More in-depth articles about the incident can be found here, here and here (the last link to moscow time is a little older, but the article says a lot. scroll down a bit or search for baturina)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

construction outlook

emplica has listened to some experts on world construction outlook and this looks like a very good conclusion of their opinion...

....things moving up i mean.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Distributor / Agent for scandinavia

Sep 23, 2010
As of today (september 23, 2010), emplica is proud to announce that we have a distributor for scandinavia. Mr. Carl Kuylenstierna has received extensive training last week and will be happy to serve our clients from now on. We also have all our produce in stock in southern sweden for quick delivery to our clients in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kuylenstierna vie email: ck(at)


Thursday, September 23, 2010

broken formwork.... Not really.

The Nordwesthaus at lake constance in Austria shows how light concrete can be if used in this way:

images courtesy of

What one can do with concrete

The annual international concrete design competition has published the results of this year's winners. have a look at what is a glimpse into the future of concrete construction and design, treating concrete and of course formwork in new ways that have not yet been seen on construction sites but soon hopefully will...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

testing and developing

since early 2010 we have been testing our products in real-life circumstances. after 25 pours with plicafix repaired plywood formwork, the repair spots are still looking and working very good.

this is the setup:

- pouring with fairface concrete (small grains 0-16mm additives)
- 72 hrs in formwork
- formwork cleaning with brush, water
- oiling
- next pour

see the image below
the plicafix plywood repair spot is barely visible just right and below the center of the board. the damage on top left is growing with every pour. we left the damage to show the difference between repaired and unrepaired form.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

world longest tunnel almost through!

The new Gotthard tunnel, which will be a train link from north to south with a length of 57 km is only weeks from break through. Just a little more than 100 meters are left until the alptransit will break a new world record.
see lots of good images here and read about this major construction project on their website

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

concrete again abused!

for this beautiful piece of furniture. probably pretty hard to sit on, but at least it looks very soft!

world construction outlook webcast by IHS Global insight

I will be attending the following webcast. I just put the whole schedule here for anyone interested.


IHS Global Insight's 7th Annual Construction Web Event:
Is the Roller Coaster Ride Over or Are We Heading for Another Drop?

29 Sep 2010
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(New York Time)
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(London Time)

Registration deadline:
28 September 2010
No Fee
   Register for this Event
Total construction spending is expected to be 2% lower in 2010 than 2009.
While not good, it is an improvement from the nearly 7% decline of the prior year.
With economists talking about a double-dip recession, there are lingering doubts as
to whether this economic roller coaster ride is over. How long will it take the
construction industry to return to its peak of US$6 trillion spent in 2007?
Please join us on 29 September 2010, as we present our seventh annual view
of the world's construction markets.

Session 1

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (E.T.), 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. (G.M.T.)

The recent financial market turmoil has raised the risks of another downturn.
The euro crisis and attempts by the Chinese government to deflate the
real estate bubble have only increased the anxiety about a global
double-dip outcome. How will this affect global construction markets? 

Global Economic Overview: Has the Risk of a Double-Dip Recession Risen?
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS

Global Construction: How Will Activity Weather the Brewing Storm?
Scott Hazelton, Director, Construction Services, IHS Global Insight

Western Europe: The Scope for German Economic and Construction Sector Decoupling
Timo Klein, Senior Economist, World Economic Service, IHS Global Insight

Session 2

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (E.T.), 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. (G.M.T.)

The construction market continues to weigh negatively on U.S. economic performance.
Total construction spending contracted 4.8% in the first quarter of 2010 and is
not expected to see positive growth until the last quarter of the year.
Will it continue on from there? Hear our outlook for 2011 and beyond during
Session 2 of our Construction Web Event.

U.S. Economy and Housing: Double-Dipping?
Nigel Gault, Group Managing Director,
North American Macroeconomic Services, IHS Global Insight

U.S. Regional and Non-Residential Construction: As Infrastructure Funding Wanes,
What Will Fuel Non-residential Markets?
Karen Blanford, Research Manager, Construction Industry Analysis and Forecasting,
IHS Global Insight

U.S. Building Materials: Will Renovation Continue to Present the Most Viable Markets for Materials?
Scott Hazelton, Director, Construction Services, IHS Global Insight

Session 3

12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. (E.T.), 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (G.M.T.)

August's 60-mile traffic jam in Beijing underscores the state of the
infrastructure industry in developing markets. Countries like China
and India are struggling to keep up with the incredible pace of economic
growth and spending. The same cannot be said for developed markets.
Join us as we take a look at the best locations to invest in infrastructure
spending and weigh the associated risks.

Asia: How Long Will the Infrastructure Boom in China and India Last?
Simona Mocuta, Senior Manager, Asia-Pacific Economics, IHS Global Insight

Europe: Will the Financial Crisis in Europe further Derail Construction Markets?
Eduardo Rodriguez-Priego, Director,
EMEA Construction Consulting, IHS Global Insight

Rest of World: Travel with Us As We Review the Infrastructure Outlook in
Africa and the Americas
Karen Blanford, Research Manager, Construction Industry Analysis and
Forecasting, IHS Global Insight

Strabag record high - KHL Group

Strabag record high - KHL Group

A +10% rise has led to a record order backlog being reported by Strabag SE, one of Europe's leading construction groups which has particular strengths in Central and Eastern Europe.
Strabag said the € 15.75 billion order backlog was "another record high", and that this time, the growth was not solely a result of newly-acquired large-scale projects in the Polish transportation infrastructure segment. In Slovakia, the full consolidation of railway construction subsidiary Viamont in the first quarter of 2010, had a positive effect on the order backlog.
The company said it continued successfully to pursue the strategy of expanding its market presence in Benelux, Scandinavia and non-European markets to avoid being fully exposed to the margin pressure on the core markets in Europe.
Hans Peter Haselsteiner, CEO of Strabag, said' "The lower first-quarter output volume resulting from the winter weather could not be compensated for in the second quarter - at € 5.2 billion we are -7% below the levels after the first six months last year - but we are well on our way to concluding the current financial year with output volume and results at the previous year's levels."
Expenses for raw materials, consumables and other services remained stable in the first six months in terms of revenue. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) nevertheless gained +14% over last year as a result of the write-up through profit or loss for Czech railway construction company Viamont of € 24.6 million. Strabag increased its share in the company from 50% to 100%.

more international construction news on

Friday, September 3, 2010

Chinese man expands his house underground...

image source:

Chen Xinnian, a former coal miner has "undermined" his home in china to get more space. He worked for 4 years underground (he must have loved his job as a miner to go on with it after retirement). But since he knew what he was doing, the result is quite ok. 50 square meters more space for the family. Or what the germans would call "Partykeller"

read the full story here: chinadaily

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

short real time video

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Images of concrete with emplica plywood repair spots vs. scratch

The below images show the difference between a non-repaired part of formwork (left) with a typical rebar damage and on the right side a similar rebar damage having been repaired with two emplica plywood repair spots. The photos were taken from adifferent angle to show how smooth the surface of the concrete is where the emplica plywood repair spots had been put. the scratch is about 4 inch long and about 1/2 inch deep.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

why the Burj Kalifa looks how it looks

We have learned it very early in school: a tripod usually stands more stable on the ground than a cruciformed (four-legged) structure. This article on McGrawHill Construction explains the physical advantages of the Burj Kalifa Building in Dubai.

Image courtesy of McGrawHill online

Monday, August 23, 2010

concrete coffee machine

For some, concrete is more than just material for walls and slabs...

video: closing a tiehole in plywood formwork

Friday, August 20, 2010

repairing a rebar-scratch video

here is our latest video on how to repair longer scratches by overlapping two plicafix plywood repair spots.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Video of the emplica system in use on plywood formwork

here is the latest video of the emplica product!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Expansion plans with great possibilities for you!

Emplica formwork repair systems is looking for agents and representatives in all markets worldwide. Become part of a professionally run, expanding company with very good oportunities.
enquire now at jan(at)

Construction in Europe still up

According to KHL's "Construction Europe Barometer", Construction levels in Europe have fallen slightly in August to a +12,5 per cent, from 19,2 in July and 25 in June. Wether this has to do with holiday season or a general slowing down is not sure. Read the full report here and/or participate in the survey here:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crazy Buildings

This collection of crazy buildings must have driven a few civil engineers into psychiatry!

fun to watch and not of the ordninary:

Corbusier and Burri in Zürich

The Bellerive Muesum in Zürich has an exhibition of photographs taken by Rene Burri. Burri started to follow Corbuiser's work in 1955 with his camera. This exhibition shows a large part of images Burri took of Cobuiser's work, Corbusier himself and working progress.
The exhibition will go on until November 07th 2010.

images courtesy of museum bellerive zürich

Friday, August 13, 2010

small from outside, big inside

This House in the Alps was built to have less visual impact to the surroundings. Images of the housecave here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

new user manual for repairing formwork with the emplica system

i finished the first of a set of step by step guides to formwork repair with the emplica system. you can download the pdf file here.

also produced more images of the drillbit and the usage.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The world's largest current construction projects

Image courtesy

McGrawHill has made an informative collection of the largest construction projects that are currently on their way. The largest of them is a land reclaiming project in egypt to reclaim desert for farming and housing.

read the full article here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The rock-house

Funny little House inbetween rocks in Portugal.
More info and images here