In-Depth Expertise in Concrete and Tunnel Building

Switzerland's Urs Meier, a moderator and former FIFA referee, kicked off this year’s Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag with a compelling presentation on taking decisions. (Photo provided by: DBV/Dariusz Misztal, subject to copyright)

In Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag (“German Construction Engineering Day”) and the STUVA conference, Messe Stuttgart is set to host two leading events in the construction industry in 2017

On 27-28 April in Stuttgart, Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag demonstrated the challenges the construction industry currently faces under the theme “Dialog.Innovation.Quality”. This two-day convention and its accompanying exhibition are held every two years by the German Society for Concrete and Construction Technology (DBV). This year, more than 1,500 attendees from the realms of business, science, and politics gathered to share their ideas. “We’re very happy to have outdone last year’s attendance by more than 400 visitors,” states DBV chairman Klaus Pöllath. “Messe Stuttgart’s International Congress Center (ICS) offers conditions that are ideal for our event: outstanding transportation infrastructure, modern architecture, and convention and exhibition spaces that are closely interconnected.” Meanwhile, the ink has already dried on the contract for the next Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag, which will take place on 7-8 March 2019.

This year’s convention occupied rooms of many different sizes at the ICS, which hosted 65 expert presentations, along with various meetings of members and executives. The event’s accompanying exhibition (in the foyer and the ICS’s multipurpose hall) had also been fully booked for some time. There, a total of 60 exhibitors used the 3,600 square metres of available space to showcase innovations from the construction and corresponding supply industries. Convention attendees also had the chance to join excursions to the building sites of the ongoing Stuttgart-Ulm railway project.

Tunnelling industry scheduled to meet in December

The ICS will be welcoming in another building industry highlight later this year: The STUVA conference (held by the German research association of the same name) is one of the world’s leading gatherings in the field of underground construction. When it opens its doors in Stuttgart on 6-8 December, the 2017 edition is expecting more than 2,400 specialist attendees from over 20 countries. This “family reunion for tunnel builders and operators”, as STUVA itself describes it, is held every odd-numbered year. Presentations on tunnel construction and operation will occupy two large conference rooms at the ICS, and an evening gala will fill the large congress hall with around 1,300 guests. In addition, the STUVA conference’s own accompanying exhibition (Hall 4) will provide more than 170 exhibitors with around 7,000 square metres of space for showing off their latest developments in machines and devices, materials and accessories, planning and consulting, and tunnel completion and operation. Those supporting the STUVA conference’s underlying concepts include Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and Federal Highway Research Institute, the German Tunnelling Committee (DAUB), and the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA).

It goes without saying that an event of such international significance needs a location with unparalleled transportation infrastructure. For STUVA director Dr. Roland Leucker, there’s also another good reason for the conference to choose Stuttgart: “Having come to Stuttgart in 2013, we already knew that it works really well for us as a location,” he explains. “On top of that, the underground works involved in the Stuttgart 21 project are of considerable interest for our industry – especially the expansion of the Stuttgart-Ulm line, which we’ll be touring on the third day of the conference as part of the excursions we’re offering.”

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