The Danish construction industry, including the concrete industry, is facing major challenges. Productivity, working environment, quality, and aesthetics are the key words in approaching the future’s still heavier demands in the international competition. Self-Compacting Concrete (abbr. SCC) has been appointed as the future type of concrete when these challenges are adressed.
Concrete is the world’s most important construction material. SCC is a new type of concrete that does not have to be consolidated mechanically in order to fill up a form and embed the reinforcement. Using SCC therefore improves the productivity, the working environment, and the concrete quality significantly and at the same time it opens up the possibilities of constructions with architectural more sophisticated design.
In spite of the fact that the use of SCC is increasing in Denmark there are still many unsolved problems when using SCC and in several countries the use of SCC has stagnated. It is therefore necessary to give the concrete industry a technology leap ensuring that SCC may live up to the expectations as the future type of concrete.
This is the reason why 17 companies and centres of research have joined forces in the Innovation Consortium for Self-Compacting Concrete – called the SCC-Consortium.
The SCC-Consortium was started i October 2003 and it runs for 3 years.
The general scopes of the SCC-Consortium are to improve the working environment and the productivity of the construction industry. The main objective is to make SCC the most used type of concrete in Denmark within a five year period.