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Scots exchange ideas at Czech conference


CZECH ENGINEERS are set to benefit from British expertise in concrete repair after Scottish engineers shared their knowledge with engineers attending the Czech Concrete Society's conference 'Repairs to concrete panel buildings'.

Over 200 delegates from eastern Europe attended the conference, held in Prague late last year and jointly sponsored by the Czech Chamber of Certified Engineers and Technicians (CKAIT), the Czech Institution of Civil and Structural Engineers (CSSI) and the ICE.

The conference was opened by Czech construction minister Daniela Grabmullerova.

Many of the concrete panel buildings in eastern Europe were built in the 1960s and 1970s during the Communist regime, almost entirely to standard designs and in fabrication yards on a production line basis.

Their construction was often not up to standard, and they are now suffering from a range of problems, many of which are identical to those faced in Britain.

Dundee City Council has a large housing stock in concrete panel construction, and city senior structural engineer Tom Allan presented a paper outlining how it is dealing with the problems.

'Plastic' repairs to the concrete panels were tackled by WSP director Douglas McBeth, who showed examples from Edinburgh of repairs using polymer modified concretes and overcladding systems in glass reinforced concrete.

East of Scotland association is committed to building links with the Czech Republic, and the next knowledge exchange is planned for Dundee in September, when the ICE will sponsor an international conference on the 'Challenges of concrete construction.'

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