Friday, April 29, 2011

hovering exposed concrete auditorium within university hall

I wouldnt say that the formwork was extreme, but i am sure the engineering must have been quite tricky. The auditorium was built inside an already existing structure, with little space to move. The result is very pleasing, especially since the concrete surface came out very well (also in the rest of the building.

Auditorium at the physics lab of University of Greifswald (Germany):
image: BSB Bau Malchin

image: BSB Bau Malchin

image: BSB Bau Malchin

image: CEMEX

image: CEMEX

image: CEMEX

The auditorium fits 80 students.

more info here:

they used new plywood formwork, so no repairs there yet.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Poland planning to invest USD 20bn in nuclear powerplants over the next 13 years.

According to PMR, Poland is planning new powerplants with a combined energy output of 30.000 MW. As far as i understood, Poland is not very much considering in green energy. Gas, Coal and Nuclear Powerplants are mainly on the list.

Too bad.

Considering that Poland is neighboring Germany, i think it is quite a joke that Merkel is closing down the nuclear powerplants when poland is building new ones.
Plus, i am sure some of the funds for the new polish plants are coming from EU (german) taxpayers... Thats the way to do it.

see the article here:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Emplica press release

please have a look at our latest press release explaining how valuable formwork is repaired today:

Matec, a supplier of concrete construction accessories now also offers emplica formwork repair products.

Matec is a regional specialist and serves the western german area market, therefore info is only available in german.
Go to their website here: Matec GmbH
See their latest newsletter here:

need further info on formwork repair products?
go to our website:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Max Frisch: 100 years

Max Frisch, one of my favourite Authors was born 100 years ago. Before he became a famous writer, he studied architecture and also worked as an architect in his hometown zürich. This carreer didnt last long, so there is not much to show when it comes to his architectural designs. The public outddor pool Letzigraben is his most famous piece. There, it is especially the 10m tower that has a very sleek design.
The Strauhof museum in Zürich is dedicating an exhibition to Max Frisch until September this year:

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Old Bridge of Mostar

There are two reasons why the old bridge of Mostar (stary most) is fascinating to me.
1. I saw pictures of the old bridge in a old vacation photoalbum of my grandmother from the 1960s
2. i saw video footage on tv news when it was destroyed during the balkan war

image: gen-eng.

I dont find the old bridge that special compared to other bridges i have seen e.g. in the alps, but it is the whole composition of white old stone houses and that inviting dark turquoise river flowing under it. on a hot summer day looking at a photo of the old bridge you just want to dive in.

As we know, the old bridge was destroyed by some really ignorant asshole (sorry for my wording) during the balcan war. but it has been rebuilt since, actually already quite some time ago. the new bridge looks just as beautiful as the old one since they tried to build the new old bridge as an exact replica of the old old bridge.

i found a very good website that explains the amazing technique that was used for both the old and the new old bridge.
please go here and enjoy the information.

need to rebuild formwork? emplica has a solution for you!

European mega project

There hasnt been a project of this size in france since over 100 years. We are talking about the planned and to be constructed soon canal that will link the river seine with the river schelde. The EU, France and private investors are spending around minimum € 3,6 bn.

The Canal will link the Paris region to the european waterways network, making it possible to trnapsort goods on freight ships from paris to the north sea harbours of rotterdam.
With a lenght of 106 kms, a depth of 5 mtrs and a width of 54 meters it allows freight ships of the class Vb (meaning one motorised pusher vessel and two transport vessel behind each other) to transport cargo basically from the mediterranian sea to paris and further on to the north sea harbours all within land.
Construction is planned to start already this year, with a opening to public of the canal in 2016.
25 million cubic meters of soil will have to be moved, infrastructure includes six locks and a port to connect to the transeuropean freight railways.
image: wikipedia

a Vb class freighter carrying 6.000 metric tons of coal. 200 trucks or 3 freight trains would be needed to transport that amount over land.

the european union expects freight transport to expand by roughly 50 per cent until 2020. Trying to not get all the roads stuck with trucks, waterways are an ideal alternative for cheaper and easier transport of cargo either in conatiners or as bulk.

According to Nicolas Bour, the project leader of the Seine-Nord Europe Mission, "1500 containers unloaded in a maritime port equal 1000 trucks on the road or 25 fully-loaded goods trains, but only 5 vessels."

i guess they will be using concrete... repair for concrete formwork is easy with the emplica repair system:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

classification of exposed concrete and repair of formwork

Exposed concrete is very often the subject of a disharmony between architectural expectations and budget for contractor. To make building manageable and not go to court every time a house is built, standards have been erected for most everything that surrounds us on a construction site.
Of course the classification of surface quality of exposed concrete is one of these standards. The german standards for exposed concrete are some of the most ridgid classifications in the industry.
The requirements for exposed concrete are divided into the following four classes.
SB 1: low requirements, for basements or industrial use. no special requirements towards formwork. Low costs.
SB2: medium requirements to surface and design. formwork needs to be in good shape, although scratches, ripplings and repair marks are allowed. usually higher costs than SB1.
SB3: high requirements on surface and design. Used for exposed office walls etc.. High formwork requirements: no ripplings, no concrete residue, small scratches and repair marks allowed. High costs.
SB4: highest requirements. Concrete surface for "Dining rooms". Formwork can have small repair marks if architect agrees. Usually formwork is used only once for this kind of concrete.

(the emplica formwork repair system can be used for SB1 through SB3 and, if Architect agrees, even for SB4 formwork, discussion is necessary)

Additionally, all classes have a lot of sub-classes regarding texture, colour and porosity of the surface.

More information on exposed concrete can be found here: (german)

the american concrete institute has a large database with documents to concrete...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Summer coming, time to fix the forms

With temperatures on the warmer side of 15 degrees, concrete construction is picking up again in central europe. Gte your formwork in shape with emplica's repair system.

it is easy as 1-2-3 and doesnt cost the world.

see all our training videos and detailed product desciptions on our website:

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Day

Of course the post about the Swiss navy was a April Fools Day Joke...

I hope that everybody was having some fun today!