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Doka Campus: The multi-faceted world of formwork at bauma 2019

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bauma 2019 - review

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From April 8 through to April 14, Munich was once again the largest international meeting place of the construction sector. With 620,000 visitors from 200 nations, bauma 2019 managed to attract the largest number of visitors in its 65-year history, making the event a bauma for the record books yet again. Roughly 3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries presented their range of products and services on an area covering approximately 614,000 m². On Doka’s stand measuring 4,700 m², visitors were beckoned by Doka yellow.


Every three years the dimensions and figures of bauma continue to grow – as does Doka’s presence at the trade show. More than 650 employees from 48 countries, more than 49 exhibits weighing a total of roughly 260 t and more than 30 product innovations: these are but a few examples that Doka presented a versatile range to visitors. Doka's focus was on providing customers with the best possible support in the form of innovative and digital solutions that help boost productivity on construction sites.

“bauma 2019 was a complete success for us, our national and international customers and prospects. The Doka Campus allowed us to present all of our innovative theme worlds. Above all, we were surprised by the enthusiasm among our visitors for our digital contributions that are meant to support their future productivity on their construction sites. We are happy to be able to not only demonstrate these new services but also make them available to our customers soon for their practical work”, said Harald Ziebula, Chairman of the Executive Board Doka.

In addition to the range of products and services of Doka, during the 7-day period on the Doka Campus, Doka presented the product portfolio of the subsidiary Form-on, trading with formwork, and for the very first time, the Umdasch Group Ventures, the innovation incubator of the Umdasch Group that deals with future trends and new technologies in construction.

With the Doka AR-VR app the Campus was transformed into a digital showroom which allowed expo attendees to discover a wide range of digital contents and applications. For instance, so-called “AR markers” were placed onto the exterior facade of the Doka Campus. Once these “AR markers” were scanned with the Doka AR-VR app, visitors were able to see additional images, videos and even 3D models.

In the 16 m high Engineering Tower, visitors had the opportunity to experience different scenarios from the Highrise, Infrastructure and Energy sectors up close using Virtual Reality (VR). In addition to the virtual experience, the product innovation DokaXact - a positioning system for formwork elements in vertical buildings - was presented to the public for the first time.  

Digital services for increased productivity on site

In the area “upbeat construction – digital services for higher productivity”, the latest digital solutions and services from Doka were available for testing. The digital service offering was presented in three areas: Smart Site, Smart Assistants and Smart Planning.  

DokaXlight scores with its lightweight properties

One of the items that caused quite a stir in the formwork world was the Alu framed formwork DokaXlight.  At 21.5 kg per main panel (0.75 m x 1.50 m), the sturdy hand-set formwork allows for ease of use on construction sites of any size or type without a crane. With the capacity to withstand concrete pressure up to 50 kN/m2 for wall formwork and up to 75 kN/m2 for column formwork, the multi-functional solution also offers a fast pouring rate. Visitors to the world of formwork were able to test the lightweight properties and ease of handling.  

DokaXlight, the lightweight framed formwork also came into play during the live product demonstrations with the current world champions in concrete construction and the runners-up (WorldSkills 2017). Three times a day they got ready to face off against the clock at the Doka Campus and bested their own performance each day – 27 m² of DokaXlight were formed in record time of 06:07:93. There were also live demonstrations of systemised wall formwork, Framax Xlife plus, panel floor formwork Dokadek 30 and mobile fall protection anchor, FreeFalcon.


Source: Doka GmbH