CompIC (Composites in Construction) was devised in 2014 following feedback from previous NetComposites’ conferences.
The aim was to build a focused event which could examine the innovations, benefits and opportunities for the use of composites in construction.
The event needed to look at a full range of construction solutions and to help educate the industry that composites were a viable material for more than just bridges.
It was decided that the event should run in Europe, biennially, with a sister event focusing on the Middle East, which would run on the alternate years.
NetComposites wanted a conference that would not only educate but also encourage companies to network and build links that would lead to future business for all who attend.
The event was held at The Park Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Chosen for its great transport links across Europe, its iconic use of composites in construction in buildings such as The Fletcher Hotel and The Bathtub at The Stedelijk Museum and some very good ambassadors for the event including Solico - an Independent Composite Engineering Company involved in the construction of both The Fletcher Hotel and The Bathtub.
With a strong focus on networking, the event began with an ‘ice-breaker’ which involved all attendees discussing the challenges that the composites industry needs to overcome to see the use of composites in construction increased. The results of the discussion were fed back to the conference attendees later in the day.
There were a number of high profile speakers covering topics from market trends to materials and design, testing to failure and case studies and lessons learned.
The conference was followed by a well-received, informal dinner that gave guests further opportunity to network.