Book on the building company Dyckerhoff & Widmann (Dywidag)

Cover of the publication "Das Bauunternehmen Dyckerhoff & Widmann"

Knut Stegmann: Das Bauunternehmen Dyckerhoff & Widmann. Zu den Anfaengen des Betonbaus in Deutschland 1865–1918. Tuebingen/Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth 2014.

 Deutsche Version

Abstract: Concrete based on Portland cement is one of the most important innovations in the field of building construction  in  the  19th  century.  The  „triumph“  of  the  material  is  inextricably  linked  with  the upcoming concrete industry. The book deals with the Dyckerhoff & Widmann Company (Dywidag) as one of the most  important  protagonists  in  that  field  in  Germany.  The  company’s  systematic  experiments  laid down  the  foundations  for  the  expansion  of  concrete  constructions.  Organizational  developments, partly  based  on  study  trips  to  the  US,  improved  the  productivity  on  the  construction  sites  by mechanizing  and  optimizing  the  building  processes.  Marketing  strategies,  largely  unknown  in  the building industry, contributed to the distribution of the technical innovation. In this way the company gradually succeeded in opening  up new markets for concrete: from precast concrete components to products  of  civil  engineering  and  eventually  to  (famous)  architecture  like  the  Centennial  Hall  in Wroclaw. The book includes an illustrated catalogue with 486 built structures and projects as well as an overview of the complete company’s history until its insolvency.

The book won the prize for Business History 2011 awarded by the German Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V.

Printed with the generous support of the Dres. Edith und Klaus Dyckerhoff-Stiftung, the Gerold und Niklaus Schnitter-Fonds für Technikgeschichte at ETH Zurich und the Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart and in ccoperation with the Deutsches Museum, Munich.


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More on early concrete construction and Dyckerhoff & Widmann

Knut Stegmann, Globalizing Building Technique – The Centennial Hall in Wrocław, in: Nina Moellers and Bryan Dewalt (eds.), Objects in Motion: Globalizing Technology, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press 2016 (Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, 10), pp. 2–21.

Knut Stegmann, Introducing concrete: German concrete firms at exhibitions before 1914, in: Engineering History and Heritage vol. 165 (2012), issue 3, pp. 127–136. → abstract and full text at ICE Virtual Library

Knut Stegmann, Early Concrete Constructions in Germany – A Review with Special Regard to the Building Company Dyckerhoff & Widmann, in: Karl-Eugen Kurrer, Werner Lorenz and Volker Wetzk (eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Construction History, vol. 3, Berlin: Neunplus1 Editors 2009, pp. 1371–1378. → free full text (PDF)

Knut Stegmann, Experimental Cultures in Early Concrete Construction, in: Brian Bowen et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Construction History, vol. 3, Chicago: Construction History Society of America 2015, pp. 387–394. → free full text (PDF)

in German: Knut Stegmann, Die Dywidag-Versuchsschale in Wiesbaden-Biebrich von 1931. Ein Beitrag zur Frühgeschichte des Stahlbeton-Schalenbaus in Deutschland, in: Beton- und Stahlbetonbau 111 (2016), issue 8, pp. 532–538. → free full text (PDF).

in German: Knut Stegmann, Zu den deutschen Anfaengen des Bauens mit Beton. Der Stampfbetonpionier Eugen Dyckerhoff (1844–1924), in: Beton- und Stahlbetonbau vol. 106 (2011), issue 6, pp. 415–424. → abstract and full text at Wiley

in German: Knut Stegmann, „Dyckerhoff & Widmann (Dywidag)“, in: Stadt Wiesbaden (ed.), Stadtlexikon Wiesbaden (online version), Wiesbaden: 2014. → free full text

in German: Knut Stegmann, „Spangenberg, Julius Heinrich“, in: Neue Deutsche Biographie, vol. 24, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2010, pp. 625–626. → free full text

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