Welcome to "Concrete Innovation Conference" (CIC 2014) in Oslo. The gathering for all professionals dedicated to concrete, innovation and future building!
CIC 2014 is going to be the hotspot for professionals working with the future of the concrete industry. We invite teams to present their work on concrete innovations, and to take part of the Concrete Innovation Contest linked to the conference. Basic knowledge of challenges for building industry is obviously useful to bring the concrete industry forward. The future needs expressed by the industry and the society, such as energy saving, reduced CO2-emission and resources use, efficient construction and higher performance to lower cost, are innovation drivers. The conference themes will be based on this. To underline the importance of innovation, a contest will be organized to highlight the best innovation.
Innovation is more, however, than knowledge about specific subjects. Innovation is a way of thinking, a way of collaborating, and a way of putting knowledge and competence in new contexts to arrive at new products and new services, to the benefit of the industry and the society. This has been exercised in the unique program Concrete Innovation Centre, "COIN" ( http://www.coinweb.no/ ). Within COIN the concrete industry, research institutes and the Norwegian government have focused their efforts on achieving innovation through joint research. And now, the next step is to clearly demonstrate the results for everyone, to inform, inspire and achieve further development.
At the same time we take the opportunity to invite also others from the concrete industry, who believes in innovation, to bring forward their experiences. In total we wish to establish a dynamic conference for exchange of ideas and results among academics and users, and contribute to a prosperous future.