ZAPA, Unical and Dyckerhoff Beton together in Prague
In 2018, ZAPA beton organized five conferences in the Czech Republic on special concretes and casting techniques. The meetings are part of a training program called ZAPA TECH, which our Czech company offers to professionals in the construction sector, architects and design engineers.
Three special guests were also present at the last meeting held in Prague:
• Marco Francini from Italy, Research and Development Manager – Corporate Technology Department, Unical;
• Andreas Blobner from Germany, Product Manager, Dyckerhoff Beton; and
• Andrej Hrabovský from Slovakia, Managing Director, ZAPA beton Slovakia.
Marco Francini gave a presentation on the classification of concretes. The pictograms ("smarties") were clear and comprehensible irrespective of the language used.
Andreas Blobner talked about Dyckerhoff premium concrete, impressing many of the participants with these products, which can meet the highest technological and esthetic requirements. Lastly, Andrej Hrabovský captured the attention of participants with his deep experience on pervious concrete and his jokes.
The meeting in Prague was opened by Professor Kupilík, a veteran of the Czech construction industry with over 50 years of experience and also a university lecturer. Michal Tvarog, our young special products technology expert, reported on the new technical guidelines for exposed concrete.
Iveta Heczková from the RECKLI firm described the use of matrices in formwork to obtain exposed concrete with special textures and explained the new photo engraving system which prints any type of image/photograph onto cast concrete. Architect Věra Suchá from the ČVUT architecture faculty in Prague was particularly interested in this process.
Giuseppe Giunti, Director of ZAPA beton’s Technology Department, shared his long experience in designing flooring with a presentation on new techniques.
Viktor Slezák, ZAPA beton’s Technology Manager for Bohemia, gave an overview on casting methods, quality controls and on-site inspection systems.
Vladimír Trefil, Sales Director of BASF, ended the meeting with his presentation on the characteristics of self-compacting concrete with the aid of several videos in.
The ZAPA TECH training program will also continue in 2019 with six other seminars in the Czech Republic and three in Slovakia.