The Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) Inc., together with the PHILCONSTRUCT Events, Exhibitions, and Conferences Corp.(PEECC), in partnership with World of Concrete have once again moved to edify the construction industry by organizing this year’s biggest and most informative Technoforum - the Philippine Concrete Summit 2016.
Held at the SMX Convention Center Manila, the event is expected to attract an impressive gathering of more than 600 delegates in a span of four days from November 9-12 this year. Delegates include local builders, engineers, architects, and contractors, all of whom have vested interest in learning new ideas from international guest speakers.
Concrete Road Construction: A worldwide concern
On its first day, the summit tackled concrete road construction. Concrete, being one of the most abundant building materials in the world, is regarded to have great potential if only given the proper attention and innovation.
“Roads and bridges need special attention. It’s not just an issue in the United States or in the Philippines; it is an issue all over the world,” remarked Rick Yelton, Technical Adviser of World of Concrete Expo and one of the four international construction experts who spoke on the first day.
Aside from the issues on roads and bridges, Yelton also shared the latest innovations in road concrete that's happening and about to happen around the world. Citing the Intellirock system, the American lecturer also disclosed that concrete maturity can now be measured thus making work more savvy and efficient for the industry players. He also said that a real-time technology will soon give engineers the ability to predict when a road or a bridge can be opened.
"It's interesting how the future's gonna be. One day we'll be building a road and embedded in that road is a nanotechnology that can predict the lifespan of the concrete," added Yelton.
Apart from Yelton, foreign guest speaker Suresh Rebello of Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific also shared about ways on repairing concrete highway structures.
Similarly, the delegates enjoyed the new procedures on how to execute quality concrete repairs which was presented by Christopher Tull, owner of CRT Concrete Consulting. Finally, Dr. John Schemmel, Director for Concrete Industry Management (CIM) discussed the Quality Control Procedures for Roads and Bridges.
The Philippine Concrete Summit 2016 was presided by Mr. Lito Garcia, Senior Vice President of Livan Trade Corporation, and by Mr. Ramon Allado, past president of Davao Constructors Association Center Inc. (DCACI).