The PIANC-COPEDEC conference was held from 16 to 21 November 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All the experts from the Americas took part, along with many representatives from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. It was also the opportunity for CLI to meet PIANC members to discuss CLI’s experience in the field of managing risks for structures using artificial concrete block armour facing. CLI had a stand at the exhibition, and one of the structures recently completed using the ACCROPODE™ II technology was presented jointly by BESIX and CLI during the conference.
A little later, from 17 to 20 November 2016, the ICCE conference was held in Antalya, Turkey, after having initially been scheduled to take place in Istanbul at the beginning of the summer. The ICCE covers topics addressed upstream of construction phases and themes that are more closely related to CLI’s field of expertise. Many leading scientists from around the world, as well as numerous scientists and engineers from Turkey, had opportunities to discuss the latest developments in the field of single-layer technologies with CLI.
Lastly, the “Arabian Coast 2016” conference took place in Dubai from 20 to 23 November 2016 and brought together experts in the field of maritime structures from the Middle East. This was another opportunity for CLI to present its know-how but also to detect the profession’s needs in terms of controlling coastal risks and managing construction risks.
In its capacity as leader in the field of single-layer protection systems for port structures and coastal defences, CLI participated in three seminars and had a stand at the related exhibition. These meetings made it possible for CLI to present the single-layer technology to the younger engineers who were not aware of its existence, but also and above all to discuss more technical future-oriented topics in greater detail with experts in the audience.
One of the topics brought up regularly at the three conferences was reducing the impacts of artificial structures on the natural environment and protecting, or even improving, biodiversity. For example, having observed that ACCROPODE™ armour units provide an environment that enhances the development of marine life, CLI is currently developing adaptations on these armour units in order to make them even more attractive to flora and fauna. The Goal is to reduce by half the rate of biotope growth and the speed at which marine species adapt to the environment provided by armour units . In order to enhance this adaptation of endogenous species and avoid attracting invasive species, CLI takes advice from biodiversity experts to define the adaptations to be made to the concrete blocks, bearing in mind that its latest technology, ACCROPODE™ II, offers structural possibilities that are perfectly suited to this purpose.
A second topic that experts have been addressing in the past few years is resistance to tsunamis. Here again, the capacity of our technologies to withstand coastal flooding is a feature that is appreciated in the context of studies on structures to protect assets and people.
Lastly, global warming was discussed in depth. As far as we are concerned, our technology’s capacity to exceed project requirements in terms of “resilience to climate events” is attracting particular interest from professionals in the sector. In this context, the legendary structural strength of ACCROPODE™ units, the stability safety margin of all the units in CLI’s offering, combined with the guarantee that the units are built with the assistance of CLI experts, are highly reassuring.
CLI is applying its knowledge and pursuing developments to avoid structures needing to be rebuilt in areas where the destructive power of waves is destined to increase, in particular by managing risks through a preventive structure maintenance scheme.
CLI is constantly studying current and future issues in the field of design & construction supervision: managing risks and improving the durability of single-layer structures by continuously developing its four armour unit technologies and by offering preventive maintenance services adapted to each type of structure.
It is interesting to underline that the issues of prime concern to the world’s leading experts are already being investigated and studied at CLI, which will soon be unveiling a range of new efficient solutions featuring its artificial armour unit technologies.