Monday, August 27, 2012

politicians and construction - does it work?

Taking Germany's two most recent and most "famous" public construction sites, one can get the impression that politicians should take their hands off any construction and leave it entirely to private professionals. The Hamburg Elbe Philharmonic Hall (wikipedia entry english and german) an the new Airport Berlin-Brandenburg (wikipedia: english and german) both are projects going pretty much wrong. In both cases, all estimates regarding costs, planning and finalization have been thrown over and changed massively.
Alone the Elbe Philharmonic Hall has doubled costs and construction time during construction. The Berlin Airport's construction disaster is in the german media almost every week with new delays and risen costs as well as chaotic conditions on site. Contractors have no idea what to do and where and when due to missing plans due to change of planning offices... Planned to open in june 2012, the opening date is now pushed to 2013....while costs are exploding and basic airport safety (fireproofing etc) rules have been neglected to great extends and need to be re-planned and built.

Do you have similar experiences about your tax money being spent by ambitious politicians? Or do you think prestigious objects like those two can never be built within time and cost frames?

How can public building be organized better?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Plicafix 200 racing against Plicafix 40

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Plicafix 200 versatile formwork repair system

not only is it possible to repair damages up to 20 cm in lenght, but you can even repair longer scratches and scratches that curve, as can be seen in following image:

the repair process is just as simple as with a single repair strip. once, the first strip is set, move the template and set the second strip.

not only incredibly fast, also much better looking than the small round classic patches overlay technique:

images of the concrete surface with both methods coming up soon.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Allgemeine Bauzeitung about the advantages of Plicafix 200

German weekly construction paper "Allgemeine Bauzeitung" (link) has published an article about the new repair system for long scratches in plywood formwork. Download the article here (ABZ25052012).

Allgemeine Bauzeitung 25/05/2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

europe's largest building translocation, impressive engineering in zürich

Since yesterday, may 22, 2012, the old administrative building of "Werkzeug- und Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon" (MFO) is being moved 60 meters. The building is 80 meters long and weighs 6.200 tons and has been put "on wheels" for the move. Due to need of space where it had been standing for the last 100 years, the owner decided to move the whole structure. The project is described here on the owner's website:
an animation of the move can be watched here:

see the move captured by webcam here:

i am impressed.

Friday, April 20, 2012

plicafix 200 in the press once more

This time, it is the leading precast concrete magazine "BFT International" ( that has taken the opportunity to write about our revolutionary product "Plicafix 200" for the repair of plywood formwork panels.

The article can be downloaded as pdf here:

for more detailed info about Plicafix 200 and our contacts please go to our website

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beton- und Stahlbetonbau über Plicafix 200

german industry magazine "Beton- und Stalbetonbau" published an article about the new plicafix 200 plywood repair strips.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

complicated concrete structures

Today i drove past the rest station of "Deitingen Süd"


(at a swiss motorway) and pointed out the filigrane concrete roof structure to show my wife what really was avantgarde in the 1950s. Swiss architect Heinz Isler made this design his signature in the second half of the last century.

Funny enough, once back in office i receive an invite to this interesting blog.

I cant wait to see their ideas being built...
Come back soon to see some images of their work.

will be a challenge for to design a repair kit for that kind of formwork.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Allgemeine Bauzeitung über emplica AG

aus der ABZ #9 2012 vom 01.03.2012:

Allgemeine Bauzeitung:

emplica Reparaturanleitungen:

emplica website:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jetzt auch lange Risse und Riefen einfach reparieren: Pressemeldung zu Plicafix 200

Download der Presseinfos zum neuen Produkt Plicafix 200 als PDF hier:

Das Video zum Produkt gibts hier:

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Formwork Repair Catalogue 2012 ready for download.

Our Catalogue 2012 is available for download. Please click here:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Repairing a long scratch with emplica plicafix 200

Repairing long scratches in Formwork panels has until now been a little complicated by placing the repair plugs overlapping. Emplica's new product Plicafix 200 is a long patch of plywood that can be used for the repair of longer scratches.
Here are a few images of how to do it:

long scratch (ca 15 cm / 6 in) in plywood panel

adjusting the stencil

routing with emplica drill Bit DB40Long

finished routing

remove dust

apply glue into edges

take a Plicafix 200 plywood repair patch

Place plicafix 200 on one side into hole 

gently hammer plicafix 200 plywood repair patch into hole


good for fair faced concrete again...

and here is the video on youtube:

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