This August CarbonCure's Sean Monkman had the opportunity to present at the International Symposium on Eco-Crete in Reykjavik, Iceland. The conference was one of three being held as part of the concrete week of industrial science hosted at the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The other conferences sharing the space were the 23rd Nordic Rheology Conference of Rheology, and the XXII Nordic Concrete Research Symposium; all three conferences shared the same invited lectures. Conference attendees had the opportunity to be part of an international discussion regarding rheology, sustainability and concrete science.
Monkman contributed to the event by sharing CarbonCure's cutting-edge research and development related to carbonation in concrete. The majority of other conference attendees specialized in concrete but others dealt with industrial materials such as milk and paints. Monkman presentation included details of CarbonCure's pilot projects over the last two years.
The symposium was arranged by the Innovation Centre Iceland (ICI Rhecenter) and the conference chair was Professor Olafur H. Wallevik, a member of CarbonCure's Scientific Advisory Board. Professor Wallevik is a globally-recognized expert in the rheology of fresh concrete, high performance concrete, high strength concrete, and self-compacting concrete. He has written over one hundred scientific publications and papers and held over 40 rheology / SCC / HPC courses in more than 20 countries. In 2012 he received the highest order of the Republic of Iceland, the Knight’s Cross of the Falcon Order for his contribution to environmental friendly building materials.
Highlights of the conference included a course on the theme of "Rheology of Fresh Concrete" (ICI Rheocenter rheology course). The theme of the course included rheology of cementitious materials, understanding of rheological parameters and mix-design parameters of concrete leading to significant reductions in the carbon footprint of concrete. On the afternoon of the 15th, there was a technical visit to The Innovation Center Iceland, where guests attended a lab demonstration.