The conferences main themes are the analysis-methods for the characterisation of natural stone and building raw materials, concrete, bricks, as well as weathering of building materials and structures.
Natural stone means all stone which can be sawn, split or cut into
sheets and is suitable for use as a building material, while building
raw material is a general meaning for sand, gravel, natural - and crushed rock which
can be used for a number of purposes as aggregates in concrete and
bitumen. The conference is probably the most important international
forum for microscopy and petrography applied to all types of modern and
historical building materials.
There was four workshops at the conference:
1) Alkali reactive rocks in Europe; EU-project PARTNER
section analyses ( Eu-project TEAM was cancelled)
3) Rehabilitation of historical buildings
4) Petrographic and chemical analysis methods.
The conference is the ninth consecutive and is arranged every second year and was last in Athens in 2001. The conference was from 9th until 12th September 2003 in Trondheim, and there were about 50 participants from all over the world. In connection with the conference there was arranged a technical excursion to Nidaros Cathedral, Nidaros Cathedral Restoration Workshops and to Elgeseter Bridge which is damaged by alkali reactions. The conference was sponsored by Trondheim municipality, the Norcem cement factory and the organisers.
The organisation committee consisted of: Viggo Jensen, NBTL (conference chairman), Maarten Broekmans, NGU (conference secretary), Bjørge Brattli, NTNU, Mai Kristin Røen, (BKF), Tor Simensen Tvete Arrangement AS (admistrative responsibility). The technical aspects of the conference was taken care of by the Geological Survey of Norway.
Elgeseter bridge with the Nidaros Cathedral in the background
information materials from the conference:
9th Euroseminar - Second circular
The conference was very successfull. Presented research results "papers" were on a high scientific and international level. In connection to the conference there was a technical excursion to the medieval Nidaros Cathedral and Elgeseter bridge damaged by Alkali Silica Reaction. Read more about damages and repair on Elgeseter bridge in Viggo Jensen's paper and extended abstract
|Delegates on Elgeseter bridge and Nidaros Cathedral|
Proceedings with paper version of extended abstracts
and a CD-rom with full papers can be ordered at
NBTL and NGU (only few left) for 450 NOK
Most of the papers will be published in special issue no.29 of "Material Characterization" (Elsevier - Reed), an international journal of materials structure and behaviour. (2004)
The 10th Euroseminar is planned to be in
Scotland, Paisley 2005
The conference will be organized by dr. John Hughes
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