Last week, experts of the international NARFU project De-Concrete: Eco-Efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation made a visit to Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building (TSUAB) to present the intermediate project results and discuss the prospects of research cooperation with the NARFU Higher School of Engineering.
TSUAB administration and academics gave their high appraisal of the project relevance and the research results commercialization potential. Employees from the TSUAB Departments of Construction Materials and Technologies and Reinforced Concrete and Stone Structures are eager to become external reviewers of analytical reports prepared by the Norwegian partners with regard to the methods of buildings and structures demolition and concrete rubble separation.
The findings of the research conducted by NARFU scientists together with the Norwegian and Finnish partners allowed the working meetings participants to conclude that architectural engineers shall provide for future recycling of building structures and certification of construction waste early in the design stage. The scholars from both northern Universities are willing to further address the issue and develop guidelines for Russian policy makers and businesses. “These two-day working meetings made it possible to outline the areas of common concern and further cooperation. For instance, it is interesting to cooperate in the following fields: spreading of BIM technologies, additive manufacturing, development of technical specifications for new construction materials, including their further certification. The most important outcome of any project is satisfaction of each team with the results and willingness to proceed with the next stage of cooperation” - comments Nadezhda Baikina, DeConcrete project manager, on the business trip.
In furtherance of the meetings with TSUAB Vice Rector for Research and Head of the Research Department, the parties expressed their intention to execute a scientific cooperation agreement between the Universities, which would underpin the new partnership and facilitate future projects and research internships.
International Cooperation Office