Daniel Davertzhofen / Construction Manager
When I take on an exhibition project, I start preparing for stand production using CAD-based technical design planning. Once this step is completed, actual production begins. As I’m a trained joiner I do some of the work myself. When assembly work starts, I meticulously monitor the commissioning of the many components to make sure that everything is fully loaded into the truck, from the largest component to the smallest screw. At the exhibition site I manage the assembly team. With all the hectic activities going on at the exhibition site, it pays to really know “my” project and ensure that all the details are sorted. This allows me to put my attention into the careful construction of the stand. Step by step I oversee the construction of the finished stand. I then stay on site until our customers is satisfied and accepted “my” work.
What I enjoy most about my job
I really like getting involved with all the craft works - and there’s a lot of craft work involved in exhibition stand construction. What kind of pedestal design will support exhibits that weigh several tons, exactly how should the lights be mounted within a display so that they perfectly illuminate the product without being visible themselves; which surface treatment will give the desired effect on which type of wood? These are just some of the kinds of question that I deal with each day. The requirements are always new as customer requirements are always changing. We also like to try out using new materials, techniques and construction materials. It’s also nice that exhibition stand construction includes very little routine work compared to traditional carpentry. Exhibition stand construction allows me to exercise my creativity as a carpenter and passionate craftsperson in order to come up with perfect solutions.
My stand construction story
During one of my recent projects we had to create a stand where the wall surfaces were to be covered with ceiling panels. The design envisaged these panels being attached at differently inclined angles. I set myself the question of how I could prepare these angles so that the panels could be statically and securely mounted. I did plenty of calculations, but I could not quite get a satisfactory answer to all the questions. So I took my prepared partial solution and built a complete 1:5 scale model of the stand. This allowed me to simulate the connections, thus helping me find the solution I needed for the real full size stand.
My tip for a successful exhibition stand
It has often been our experience that customers who opt for a new and innovative stand concept have truly surprised and kept their customers excited. New is effective - that is my experience. My tip therefore is: Stay true to yourself and authentic whilst having the courage to try something new.
Exhibition stand construction for me is....
a complex challenge that always thrives in the exciting field of innovation