Fortifikationsverket browsing at Nordbygg

To Niclas Kirchhoff, Project Manager at Fortifikationsverket, the Fortification Office, the visit to Nordbygg 2018 was rewarding.

– My ambition was to find new innovations and products that we can use in our new construction projects. And I did, he says.  

Large property owner

The Fortification Office has since 1635 been responsible for the military open and secret fortifications. It is thus nearly 300 years ago that the father of fortifications, Erik Dahlberg, started to fortify Sweden. The Fortifications Office is still Sweden’s expert at protection- and plant technology, and also one of the country’s largest property owners. The task is to make sure that the military has well-functioning land, plants and facilities for their operations.

– As Project Manager for security-rated procurements and constructions, I have to have extremely high demands on robustness of materials and products for our operations, says Niclas Kirchhoff. Most of what we use is developed by our own R&D.
 
Browsing at Nordbygg

But in the open part of the operations and when the demands on robustness, for example resistance to live fire, are lower then standard products on the open market are an option.
This is where Nordbygg becomes an interesting place to browse, Niclas says.

– The direct contact with sales people and products together make the paths to a decision much shorter. Most recently, I found a couple of products that have also come into use. For example, a maintenance-free barrier gland from Eld & Vatten.

Nordbygg can also be a good place to find innovative news which can be developed further based on the Fortification Office’s specifications, he says.

– Most recently, I met with some glass manufacturers and we had interesting conversations, Niclas Kirchhoff says.

Niclas sees a visit to the next Nordbygg as a natural part of his work and before 2020 he will spend an hour or two planning his visit.

– I do that by reading the exhibition map and the list of exhibitors and take notes of who I “must” visit – and then there are always news that one has to have time for.