The international RILEM Workshop on Technology Transfer of the New Trends in Concrete (ConTech’94) was held at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). It was organized by the UPC, the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE, Barcelona), and the NSF Center for the Science & Technology of Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM, Northwestern University, Evanston,USA). ConTech’94 was sponsored by the International Union of the Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (RILEM), the Commission of the European Communities, the Centro i Desenvolupament Empresarial de Generalitat de Catalunya (CIDEM, Barcelona).
The workshop had to two primary objectives. First, to discuss the incorporation of recent developments and research results in the concrete technology for the present and the future. Secondly, to help bridge the gaps between research and practice, and between more and less developed sectors in the field of concrete. 100 participants attended the workshop, 88 of whom were from the European Union (including 11 young researchers whose participation was partially funded by the European Commission). The official language of the workshop was English, and simultaneous translation between Spanish and English was provided. In all, 23 lectures were presented by experts form Europe, America and Japan, on topics covering the important aspects of concrete technology. The papers corresponding to the lectures are included in a book published by E & FN SPON.