On Wednesday 19th April 2023, EUPAVE held in Brussels its 8th workshop on Best Practices in Concrete Paving. The theme for this year was “Outdoor industrial and heavy-duty concrete pavements”. It was organised as a hybrid event, using a professional sound and video-system from the Dutch “Betonhuis” (“Concrete House”). The event was attend by around 60 participants online and in Brussels.
Concrete is extensively used for the construction of internal floors of factories and warehouses as well as for external pavements such as parking, delivery and storage areas and hard standings for heavy use in port and airport areas. When designed and constructed properly, concrete floors and external pavements will provide excellent serviceability over a long period.
Mr. Luc Rens, Managing-Director of EUPAVE, opened the workshop and welcomed the participants. He introduced EUPAVE, its mission and gave an overview of the previous workshops on Best Practices.
He then presented the design and construction of industrial pavements and the comparison with road pavements.
Dr. Anne Beeldens, Consulting engineer and owner of AB-Roads, showed how to build durable heavy-duty pavements.
The third presentation was an “Analysis of critical load arrangements for stacked containers for the design of roller compacted concrete industrial pavements” by Halil Ceylan, Professor at Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the Iowa State University.
After the coffee break, Myron Hillock, Sales Director at Somero Enterprises, Inc. introduced “Levelling and compaction equipment for industrial floors and pavements”.
Jeroen de Vrieze, Technical Marketing & Statistics at Betonhuis, presented a case study “The Container Exchange Route in Rotterdam: why concrete was chosen”.
Presentation (not yet available)
The presentations were followed by a Q&A from both the live audience and the on-line participants. For the in-person participants, the afternoon ended with a pleasant networking cocktail.
The recording will soon be available on our YouTube channel.
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