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Construmat: Innovation and digitalisation in Barcelona



The twentieth edition of Barcelona Building Construmat, Fira de Barcelona's International Construction Show on 23-26 May at the Gran Via exhibition centre, will be putting a particular emphasis on innovation and new technologies.

 - Traditionally Construmat puts focus on design and architecture
© Fira De Barcelona
Traditionally Construmat puts focus on design and architecture

The event, which involves the leading companies in the sector, will have a dedicated trade fair area (Industry Arena), an area for discovering the latest innovations (Future Arena), a congress (Talks Arena) and an activity zone for promoting new business and internationalisation opportunities (Meetings Arena). Barcelona Building Construmat (BBConstrumat) is presenting a new value proposition this year that aims to address the current needs of a sector that has undergone a major crisis but is now starting to show signs of recovery. Consequently, this year's show will be putting the spotlight on innovation and digitalisation as the protagonists of the sector's transformation.

More exhibitors expected

Between 23 and 26 May 2017, Barcelona Building Construmat will be occupying some 13,000 square metres of exhibition space in Hall 2 of the Gran Via venue, with an edition that will feature a very broad representation of every segment in the value chain of the construction industry. Lots of worldwide leading companies in the sector have already confirmed their participation in the event. Over 80 percent of the exhibition space has already been booked and the show is expected to grow by 20 percent compared to the previous edition in 2015. The show's director, architect Ione Ruete, confirms that BBConstrumat aims to become 'a landmark event, where the sector can feel it is recognised and at which to discover the latest new products and trends and find business opportunities that will open up new international markets.'

Four themed areas

The twentieth edition of Barcelona Building Construmat will be structured around four themed areas:

  • Industry Arena, a huge exhibition area that provides a showcase of what the construction industry is today
  • Future Arena, more than 2,000 square metres in which innovation is the main protagonist
  • Talks Arena, the place for debate and knowledge-sharing at the show and one of the main hallmarks of the event, which will host three conferences
  • Meetings Arena, the big platform for business contacts

Architecture, design, BIM & Awards

Barcelona Building Construmat will also be organising, with the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC), ‘Architecture Week', a series of activities intended to imbue Barcelona with architecture, design and construction during the dates of the event, with workshops, debates, a film cycle, exhibitions and architectural routes. It will also host the third edition of the European BIM Summit (EBS), organised by the Barcelona Association of Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers (CAATEEB), the BIM Academy and the Spanish Chapter of buildingSMART, to present the latest news and information on Building Information Modeling (BIM), the digital system for generating and managing data on a building throughout its lifecycle. The offering at BBConstrumat 2017 will be rounded off with the 17th edition of the BBConstrumat Awards in the categories of Building, Civil Work, Material, Innovative Product, Project or Service and Best Stand.