Handbook on concrete surfaces published now

A new handbook “BÜ4 Betooni pinnad” (BÜ4: Concrete Surfaces) was published as a co-project of the Concrete Association of Estonia and ET INFOkeskus.

The book is based on the translation of the Finnish “BY40 Betonipinnat” into Estonian. However, the BÜ4 handbook is more than just the translation of BY40 from Finnish to Estonian. References to Finnish standards have been substituted with references to European and Estonian standards where possible. Likewise, local conditions and linguistic peculiarities have been taken into consideration. As such, “BÜ4 Betooni pinnad” is one of the first publications in Estonian thoroughly introducing the characteristics and usage of concrete surfaces and giving clear guidelines on their classification and quality assessment. Some objects in Estonia have also been added to the abundant photo material.

Several acknowledged experts in the field of concrete, e.g. Mart Arro, Toomas Laur, Mati Laurson, Heiki Meos, Viktor Mõisja, Riho Oras, Kaspar Parkja, Kalev Ramjalg, Enno Rebane and Tanel Tuisk, have given their contribution to this publication in Estonian.

One can become acquainted with the book at the Building Centre, Rävala pst 8, Tallinn.
More information www.ehituskeskus.ee

The Technology Day of Concrete will take place on 20 October

The Technology Day of Concrete will take place on 20 October at the Tallinn University of Technology. The day is organised by the Concrete Association of Estonia (CAE) and the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT).

The schedule of the Technology Day:
· 12:00 p.m. – Registration
· 12:30 p.m. – The importance of vibration in casting monolithic concrete structures – Arvo Kaljumäe, PR Betoon OÜ
· 1:15 p.m. – What is BIM? – Kaido Hanikat, Conviso OÜ
BIM – helpful in concrete works – Aivars Alt, Tallinn University of Technology
· 2:00 p.m. – Coffee break in the lobby of the 4th storey
· 2:30 p.m. – Tallink – AA & XXX finned facade – Kaspar Parkja from Tartu Maja Betoontooted AS and Indrek Vene from Mikroprojekt OÜ
3:30 p.m. – Extra dosed bridge over the River Daugava with multiple-level web of flyovers – Eduards Raubiško, representative of the Customer from Riga
· 4:30 p.m. – The end of the Technology Day

Participants will get in-service training points of the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers. The precondition for participation is registration.

Attendance fee is EEK 500
Members of the CAE – EEK 300
Stationary students of UAS and TUT – free of charge
Attendance fee includes participation in the seminar, seminar materials, and coffee break.

CABRO division participating at the KoneAgria Fair on 20-23 October

The CABRO division will participate at the KoneAgria Fair in Jyvaskylä, Finland on 20-23 October. Different agricultural products of prefabricated concrete, but mainly the storage tanks of Acontank™ will be introduced at the fair.

38,000 people from 20 different countries and regions visited the KoneAgria Fair in 2009. About 400 companies were represented at the fair.

The fair is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The competition “Concrete Building of the Year 2010” announced

The Concrete Association of Estonia (CAE) and the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia (ACMPE) announced the competition “Concrete Building of the Year 2010”.

“Despite the economically difficult times, there are several distinguished buildings and structures that have been completed or will be completed soon, and where concrete as the most widely used domestic building material has been utilised in significant amounts,” said Mati Laursonthe Chairman of the Management Board of the CAE. According to Laurson, concrete as a persistent and durable material is valued in good as well as bad times.

The purpose of the competition is to find and highlight buildings, the nice appearance and effective and economic realisation of which demonstrate the advantages and possibilities of concrete as a domestic material. “With this competition, we want to contribute to the development of concrete architecture, technology and construction,” said Peeter Kokk, the Chief Executive of the CAE. “We are expecting active participation by owners, builders, material suppliers, technical designers etc. of all distinguished concrete houses and concrete structures,” added Kokk.

Buildings (houses and structures) that will be handed over to the customer in 2010 and have not been nominated to the competition before may be submitted to the competition. Constructions and procedures can also be nominated.

The object or procedure wins, where a significant contribution has been made by the work of registered enterprisers in Estonia and concrete materials delivered from Estonia.
The grand prize will be awarded to the author of the winning idea – the architect. The contracting entity of the object, technical designer, builder, and supplier of concrete products will also be recognised.

The jury includes representatives from the Estonian Association of Architects, the Estonian Concrete Association, the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers, the Estonian Association of Construction Entities, the Estonian Building Materials Manufacturers Association, the Estonian Project Bureaus Association, the Kunda Nordic Cement and construction journalists.

The closing date for nominating works to the competition is 1 December 2010.
The winner will be announced at the 11th Concrete Day in March 2011.

Additional information:
Mati Laursonthe Chairman of the Management Board of the CAE,
Adviser at Savekate OÜ
Telephone: 7309 830; 50 34 916; e-mail: mati@savekate.ee
Peeter Kokk, Executive Director of the Concrete Association of Estonia
Telephone: 648 1918; 51 87 198; e-mail: betoon@betoon.org
Enno Rebane,Managing Director of the Estonian Building Materials Manufacturers Association
Telephone: 648 1918; 51 82 662; e-mail: eetl@eetl.ee

E-Betoonelement bought a holding in a company producing sleepers

Birjo Must, newspaper Äripäev

E-Betoonelement, Estonian largest manufacturer of reinforced concrete elements, bought from the Swedish company Abetong AB half a holding in Swetrak, a company engaged in the design and production of railway sleepers. The other half of the holding belongs to Consolis OY, the parent company of E-Betoonelement.

Fred Holst, the Manager of Abetong AB that sold the holding, said that it is not reasonable for two competitors to share a company. “We believe that Swetrak should belong fully to our company or to Consolis OY and, all in all, it was the best solution for both parties,” added Holst. Abetong no longer has any holdings in Estonian companies.

Purchase price not revealed
“Purchasing shares in Swetrak allows E-Betoonelement to participate in the marketing of railway sleepers more actively,” said Vaido Leosk, the Manager of AS E-Betoonelement. He did not wish to give further comments on the purchase. He was not willing to reveal the purchase price either. The remaining 50% of Swetrak’s shares belong to Strängbetong AB, a subsidiary of Consolis OY. E-Betoonelement is a sub-contractor of Swetrak and produces sleepers for Swetrak at its plant in Rakvere. Swetrak is responsible for marketing the sleepers.

Close-up of the export market
According to Leosk, the volume of orders in Estonian market is relatively small and inconsistent in time. To produce sleepers efficiently, it is necessary to ensure a stable volume of orders. For this purpose, businesses must actively try to succeed in foreign markets. “Within Consolis Group, Swetrak can use its advantages in marketing and sales better than before,” added Leosk.
The concentration was verified by the Estonian Competition Authority since the activities of two companies in the production and sale of sleepers coincided as a result of the transaction. The joint market share of E- Betoonelement and Swetrak in the Estonian market of production and sale of finished concrete products was less than 40% in 2009. Therefore, the concentration was allowed.

According to Jaan Luts, the Manager of AS Tartu Maja Betoontooted, other Estonian companies do not produce railway sleepers and, therefore, this transaction does not affect the competitors of E-Betoonelement.

Training of the Concrete Association of Estonia: “Requirements for reinforced concrete elements”

On 7 October, the training: “Requirements for reinforced concrete elements. Standards for reinforced concrete elements: principles, requirements, changes in standards” will be held at Ülemiste Hotel in Tallinn, Lennujaama tee 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The training day will be useful for the manufacturers, technical designers, assembly workers and inspection officials of concrete works. Participants are provided an overview of European standards on concrete elements; which requirements established for concrete elements are often not followed and what has changed in this area lately.

09:15 Registration
09:30 Enno Rebane,, the ACMPE
Overview of standards for reinforced concrete elements, general principles and requirements for standardisation
10:00 Toomas Laur, Certification Centre of the Tallinn University of Technology
EVS-EN 13369:2006 Common rules for precast concrete products; EVS-EN 13670:2010 Execution of concrete constructions; about the requirements, standards and differences in the export of concrete elements.

Coffee break around 11 a.m.
12:15 Vello Otsmaa, docent at the Tallinn University of Technology
Reinforced concrete elements, standard EVS-EN 1168:2006+A2:2009 Hollow core slabs
13:00 End of training

Participants will receive training points from the Estonian Civil Engineers Association.

The registration form can be found here. Please send the form by 24 September 2010 at the latest. to the e-mail address: betoon@betoon.org or fax 648 9062.
The attendance fee is EEK 750; for the members of the Concrete Association of Estonia EEK 400. The attendance fee includes participation in the seminar, seminar materials, and a coffee break.
After the registration, the CAE will send a confirmation together with an electronic invoice.
Additional information: telephone 648 1918, fax 648 9062 http://www.betoon.org/