Field Trip to Ferroconcrete Factory

27.01.2012, 15:43
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While some students are busy digging in archives, reading books and analyzing open sources, the Citizens as Customers group engage in field research visiting microrayons and factories. To see how prefabricated housing is produced the students visited an experimental ferroconcrete factory KROST. Here’s their recount of the visit written by student Daliya Safiullina backed up by a video done by Anastasia Sheveleva.

KROST factory was established in 2000 and started to manufacture construction elements one year later. During our fieldtrip to KROST factory, we met with general director of the KROST affiliate group of companies Alexey Dobashin. According to him, the mission of the group is to “introduce innovative technologies, educate people, create powerful platform for industries based on international and our own experience.”

The scale of the factory is very small: they produce 170 thousand square meters comparing with 1000 thousand square meters produced classical construction factories such as ДСК-1. The Staff of KROST company is relatively small as well- 500 people including 80 high-class specialists comparing to other factories of the same size with twice as many staff members. The company relies on small scale orders and needs to quickly adapt and adjust to new trends.

One of the obstacles for implementation of innovations on a large scale in Russia is the lack of education. Boris Tiosa has pointed out that the first 350mm- thick expanded-clay concrete gravel panels produced in the USSR were very inefficient in thermal insulation and therefore created a corresponding reputation. As a result, despite the fact that the panels produced today according to an innovated technology perform absolutely differently, people tend to be “genetically allergic” to them and choosing cast concrete surfaced with brick with much lower thermal insulation qualities.