With the special shows “safe@home – security and smart home at home” and the “digital construction site”, the 63rd edition of NordBau 2018 sent a distinct message, which found great approval, not only among the exhibitors: With 63,800 visitors and 800 exhibitors from 13 countries, the biggest compact exhibition for construction in the North European Baltic Sea region closed its doors on Sunday.
What had been indicated at the opening ceremony by the new Chief Executive Officer of the German Construction Association, Dieter Babiel; his Excellency the Ambassador of Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen from Berlin and the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, continued seamlessly through the exhibition. The topics in particular preoccupied all responsible persons in the construction industry: the progressive digitization in the construction industry, the shortage of skilled workers and intelligent solutions for saving energy, cost efficiency in both private and professional environments.
The digital construction site – when construction networks goes hand in hand!
A major focus at this year’s NordBau was the challenges that a digital construction site entails for all those involved, from the craftsman to the designers and to the constructors. The level of knowledge about digital construction planning and execution is very different among those in charge of constructions. For this reason, the Association of Construction Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM), in cooperation with the exhibition center, Bau-ABC Rostrup, of the Construction Industry Association of Lower Saxony / Bremen and colleagues from Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, an information and experience platform relating to the digital construction site were presented in the form of a special show. Among other things, special simulation equipment for trenchless construction and for asphalt construction were directly available at the exhibition grounds of the construction machines, in order to be able to try out the operation of special equipment in simulation. VDBUM Managing Director, Dieter Schnittjer said in this context: “With this special show, we have not only reached many visitors, but also received a lot of appreciation, recognition and respect from the construction industry. Many business owners have realized that the qualification of employees can lead to cost-effectiveness, work safety and greater accountability. We are grateful that thanks to the generous support of our partners, we were able to carry out this ambitious project here at the 63rd edition of NordBau.”
High praise for the recruitment campaigns for the building professions
Working together with the industry, the exhibition is following new paths in the domain of shortages of skilled labor, as well as in the search for young people hoping to try their luck in the trade. The motto of this year’s “nordjob-Bau-Infotag” was not called in vain: Who will build the construction site of tomorrow? For this reason, more than 1,000 interested pupils from Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony accepted the invitation of the NordBau on the Thursday of the trade fair, in order to participate in the important project for recruiting young talents for the construction profession. This project, which is carried out by the exhibition, in collaboration with the Institute for Talent Development, IFT, was enthusiastically received and supported by many exhibitors and professional associations. At the initiative of the construction industry, J.P. Kraemer of the PS-Profis could be enticed for a performance at NordBau. The well-known Youtube star and passionate excavator driver inspired all pupils and visitors with his fresh and authentic style. He also showed that J.P. does not only talk very well and tune cars, he impressively demonstrated on the tamper and the when driving an excavator.
Safe@home – security and SmartHome for the home
On an area of 470 square meters, NordBau presented its large special show on “safe@home – Security and SmartHome for the home”. Due to the increasing digitization in buildings and installation control systems, numerous benefits are now available for housing and real estate owners, as well as for housing administrations: Not only in the energy supply with new heating technologies money can be saved, but also in the important topic of burglary prevention new, successful measures emerge through digitization “We were pleasantly surprised at how well the visitors were partially informed about the various digital possibilities! Many visitors were not just interested in how to digitally control house and garage doors”, explained Michael Berendes from planetlan GmbH, who presented the Smarthome Roadshow at the special show: a point of contact for independent and qualified consultants, who answered the fair visitors’ questions. “Many older people see digitization as a chance to live longer in their own four walls, because already today, there are numerous developments that guarantee elderly people more security in assisted living”, explains the 25-year-old from Bochum. Supported by the North German Housing Company Association, the Working Group for Contemporary Construction, the Construction Trade Association, the Coordination Office for Innovative Housing and Care at the Schleswig-Holstein’s Ministry of Social Affairs, the Schleswig-Holstein police and the Ministry of Interior, the special show “safe@home” provided all relevant information on digital application possibilities and was thus one of the highlights of this year’s NordBau!
Modern heating techniques at a glance
Contractors, housing companies or private property owners were able to obtain information on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home construction solutions at NordBau: For the energy technology sector, the entire Hall 7 with its over 3,500 square meters provided a concentrated and comprehensive overview of the selection of modern heating technologies: wood / pellets–heating units, heat pumps, fuel cells and micro block heat and power plants. Visitors learned directly from the specialists on site about which plant would be most useful, and how ventilation, cooling and solar technology can be integrated into the building services. Smart and environmentally friendly solutions for renovation or insulation were also presented to the visitors by numerous exhibitors, who presented these by means of models.
Partially overbooked seminars and specialist congresses
Once again this year, many associations, municipalities and working groups used NordBau to organize their seminars and specialist congresses. In total, 53 conferences with more than 4000 participants took place on the grounds of the Holstenhallen Neumünster during the exhibition. Two-thirds of the conferences are recognized by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers as official education events.
Last but not least, Andrée Schacht of the Schenefeld Company, Fliegl, that deals with construction machines, semitrailers and trailers, summed it up : “The NordBau 2018 was again super organized and simply outstanding for us! We don’t have to take a single vehicle home.”
Figures, dates and facts
On 69,000 square meters of open-air area and over 20,000 square meters of hall space, with about 800 exhibitors from 13 countries, NordBau impressively demonstrated its strength and position as the most important compact exhibition for construction in Northern Europe and the entire Baltic Sea region. Via NordBau, exhibitors have since 1956 been able to reach trade visitors who visit the trade fair for professional reasons, as well as interested end customers. The fair is thus very appealing for all those interested in construction, as well as those working in the construction industry. In addition, NordBau has been cooperating with her neighbouring country, Denmark, for over 40 years, which sees the trade fair as the basis for the German and European markets. Find more information about NordBau, photos and videos
NordBau 2019 will take place from the 11th to 15th September, 2019.
Source: Nordbau Press