CICIND Annual Technical Meeting 2009
Industrial Access will be attending the CICIND Technical meeting in Munich, Germany Sept. 24,25,26
in order to stay current with model codes, best practices, and the international industry as a whole.
CICIND was founded in 1973 in Paris, under the Presidency of Marius Diver of France. The need for such a body had been demonstrated at the first International Chimney Symposium, held in Edinburgh earlier that year. This symposium highlighted the contradictory requirements of the various National Codes governing the design of industrial chimneys as well as a lack of knowledge about the processes leading to accelerated deterioration of chimneys at that time.
Originally CICIND comprised a small, informal group of engineers who shared an interest in industrial chimneys. Membership was by invitation. In 1981, under the Presidency of Herman Bottenbruch of Germany, the organisation was formalised as an Association and expanded to be open to anyone interested in industrial chimneys, an annual subscription being charged.
By 1985, membership had grown to 86, representing chimney owners, builders, component suppliers, consultants and academicians from 20 countries worldwide. Statutes were agreed and the Association was registered in Zurich, Switzerland. Its annual budget had grown to 65000 Swiss Fr, which paid for a secretariat, research and publications. Since then, the membership has continued to grow, passing the 175 mark (from 32 countries) in 1997. It is now a mature, respected association, whose recommendations and model codes in the field of industrial chimneys are in daily use throughout the world.