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CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS 2014 - PRESS RELEASE


07/04/2014

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BCONSTRUCTION CONGRESS 2014 – THE EUROPEAN CONCRETE AWARD WENT FOR THE FIRST TIME TO AUSTRIA AND NORWAY

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1,800 participants from 12 countries took part at the biggest construction event of the year. The CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS 2014 offered an overview of the current state of construction with presentations by more than 50 experts, over 90 exhibitors and for the first time in Vienna the ceremony of the European Concrete Award.

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Picture 1: Great interest in expert presentations about buildings in Austria and abroad

Picture 2: Opening ceremony with Brass Orchestra/a>

Picture 3: 90 exhibitors gave information about new products and services in the construction sector

From 3 until 4 April 2014 the Austrian Society for Construction Technology (öbv) organized the CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS 2014, formerly Concrete Day, in the Vienna Austria Center. With the name change, the öbv wanted to include all experts in the construction sector.

Picture 4: Michael Pauser, Managing Director of öbv: "CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS 2014 was again the largest communication platform for owners, contractors, building material industry and engineering offices"

Michael Pauser, Managing Director of öbv: "The CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS was again the largest communication platform for owners, contractors, building material industry and engineering offices".

Breakdown of participants by branch:

25 % Owners
29 % Contractors
14 % Engineering offices
16 % Building material industry
16 % University

Participants from 12 countries ordered by number of visitors:

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Norway, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Malaysia.

Alfred Sebl, chairman of the board of öbv: "Over the course of the name change to Austrian Society for Construction Technology there was also the goal to improve cooperation in project execution together with owners, contractors, building material industry and engineering offices. Additionally, an öbv-Guideline with recommendations for a successful project execution of complex constructions should be drafted. With the release of this öbv-Guideline, the first step has been set. A commitment was made, that the content of this document should be realized."

Picture 5: Alfred Sebl, Chairman of the öbv: "It is necessary that the employees feel and recognise how important for the management the implementation of the content of the öbv-Guideline 'cooperative project implementation' is".

The biannual Austrian Construction Award, comprised of 4.500 Euro, is handed out for practical Master´s thesis. This year the 1st prize went to Johanna Hager (FH Campus Wien) for her theme "Comparison of white tubes with brown and black tubes".

Picture 6: f.l.t.r.: Johanna Hager, Matthias Günther Egger, Sara Foremniak, Peter Krammer (Board member of the öbv)

European representatives of owners, civil engineers and the contractors of the submitted projects came to Vienna to receive the EUROPEAN CONCRETE AWARD 2014. An international jury of 10 countries evaluated the 34 nominations from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The criteria are design, construction and shape, durability, innovation and environment.

In the category "Building" the 1st place award went to "Trollstigen Plateau", Norway.

Picture 7: Trollstigen Plateau, Norway, winner in the category "Building"

Michael Pauser, Managing Director of öbv and chairman of the ECSN (European Concrete Society Network), congratulated the winning team of Norway for the functional beauty and elegant simplicity of the building.

Picture 8: Prize awarding, f.l.t.r.: Michael Pauser (ECSN), Sivert Sundsbö and Tor Inge Vestre (Christie & Oppsahl AS), Kjell Sture Björvig (Norwegian Road Administration), Ole H. Krokstrand (Norwegian Concrete Association)

In the category "Civil Engineering" the 1st place award went for the very first time to Austria for the power plant Lehen, Salzburg.

Picture 9: Power plant Lehen, Austria, winner in the category "Civil Engineering"

Pauser praised the Austrian winning team, which managed this complex challenge in concrete technology. The quality of life in the surrounding of this power plant has been improved.

Picture 10: Prize awarding, f.l.t.r.: Michael Pauser (ECSN), Andreas Jancar (PORR Bau GmbH), Erich Wagner (Architect), Wolfgang Göbl (Hinteregger BauGesmbH), Peter Mall (Teerag Asdag AG), Martin Pfisterer (Salzburg AG)

With the Austrian Railway Rhein Bridge St. Margrethen-Lustenau, an aesthetically pleasing structure between Austria and Switzerland, Austria has received additionally a "honorable mention".

Picture 11: Austrian Railway Rhein Bridge St. Margrethen-Lustenau, honorable mention

Picture 12: Prize awarding, f.l.t.r.: Albert Ausserlechner (Bernard Ingenieure ZT GmbH), Wolfgang Dittrich (Strabag AG), Michael Biegelmayer (Ostertag Architects), Thomas Gelbmann, Walter Fischer and Johannes Kari (ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG), Daniel Cranach and Markus Ostertag (Ostertag Architects), Michael Pauser (ECSN)

After the lectures about project development and construction as well as infrastructure and building the first congress day was finished with a gala dinner in the celebration hall of the Vienna City Hall. The winners of the European Concrete Award 2014 and 400 further congress participants celebrated their success together with "a lesson about Viennese dialect" from Michael Seida.

Picture 13: The winners of the European Concrete Award 2014 celebrated their success at the gala dinner in the celebration hall of the Vienna City Hall with the other congress participants.