Gaining Concrete Experience
Recently students from international universities were invited to Zurich in order to get to know one of the most popular construction substances in the world. Experiencing concrete was the motto of this new Sika Experience adventure.
Portuguese part of the Football Wroclaw stadium
Hello! my name is João Moura. I was born in Braga, Portugal and I'm 24 years old. I took a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering course at Universidade do Minho. After finishing the course, I worked in Poland for the German company Max Bögl as site engineer in the construction of the Wroclaw football stadium for EURO 2012.
Brazilian shipyard construction
My name is Fernando Bueno and I’m from Goiânia, Brazil. I’ll be finishing my civil engineering course at the Universidade Federal de Goiás by the end of this month and I've already started my Master of Engineering course at the same university. I worked as a trainee in a ready mixed concrete plant for 2 years, dealing with concrete technology. Thereafter, I went to Rio de Janeiro for a short internship where I worked in the construction of the shipyard and the naval base for the Brazilian Submarines Program (PROSUB - EBN), by Odebrecht.
Egyptian job dreams
Hi, this is Nader from Egypt. I’m a civil engineer who graduated in August 2011 and am currently working as a site engineer in Egypt responsible for revising the execution work on site for the different stages of a project. I am now studying for a diploma in sales and marketing so that I can become a sales engineer. In order to do this I also need technical experience, and my current work is helping me to build up this experience. I am planning to become a sales engineer in the chemical construction products sector.
We are really glad to share our great experience abroad: the “Sika concrete experience”! We had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Sika’s world of concrete, visiting jobsites, labs, plant facilities, workshops and much more. In Switzerland, during the internship, we had the chance to learn a lot about concrete mix design so that we were even able to design SCC (self-compacting concrete) recipes ourselves with special Sika software. Later, we were able to produce the concrete designed by us. The first try was hard. But after a number of attempts we were successful. It was just a fantastic experience.
Spraying shotcrete before becoming weightless
Other great moments were visiting the facilities, where we could see the process production of waterproofing systems, admixtures, equipment for shotcrete (Aliva), Sika’s microstructure technology lab and the VSH lab (where companies run their own tests on a large scale). We were really impressed by the Sika microstructure lab. There, they are always analyzing new things and improving their own products. In this lab, we could see some impressive high-tech equipment at work – including x-ray diffraction and an electron microscope. In the VSH Lab we learned more about shotcrete and even had a chance to spray it ourselves! Besides the technical learning experience, we also enjoyed some sightseeing and took part in exciting sports – such as body flying, where you can fly above a huge ventilator! Finally we would like to thank the whole Sika staff: you were very hospitable, and helped to make this trip an unforgettable one!