Jörg Urbanski / Construction Manager
I work on the realisation of exhibition stands. I produce CAD-based work plans, manage the production process and do some carpentry work myself using a saw. I am thirdly a construction manager on site at the exhibition venue and look after assembly of the stands.
What I love about exhibition stand construction
When I first arrive at the stand location before assembly work begins, there is nothing but floor markings and hanging point visible. The work I do means that a short time later, the same spot hosts a complex, safe and functional architecture ready for lots of people to enter and use. This alone motivates me each and every time. But its not just the creation aspect. I further value that I can tackle my multi-layered task as a construction manager with a large amount of independence and personal responsibility. I do of course rely on our qualified assembly team at the construction site. But an assembly team always needs some general guidance and experienced support. Only in this way can teamwork, in the best sense of the word, be created and an exhibition stand as a collective masterpiece come into being.
My stand construction story
I have many stories to tell about my assembly experiences - I could go on for ages. When on sit at the venue, things never quite go as easily and automatically as they should. Even though our project management team has done lots of work in advance, it is always necessary to do plenty of organisation work yourself and you really should not let this bother you.
An example from when assembly work begins. Our truck was ready on time to be unloaded by the fork lift. You need to know that: Organisation of the fork lift is always a service provided by the company running the exhibition. On this occasion, the exhibition operators informed us that there was currently a bit of a bottleneck in that they had only two fork lifts available to unload about 30 trucks. A quick calculation: If it takes on average about two hours to unload each truck, then we could be waiting up to 15 hours... Because of the time pressure, we organised our own fork lift. This is something that the exhibition operator would not normally permit, but fortunately accepted in this case.
Or: We have finished building our stand and the customer is satisfied and accepted it. Then someone else’s fork lift crashed into our stand... So we had to build the stand a second time and were ready in time for the exhibition opening.
There’s always something!
My tip for a successful exhibition stand
As an exhibitor, carefully plan and do your own organisation for stand handover day – this will make your life much easier. Consider, for example, that there is generally a lot of traffic about just before the exhibition opens and this can result in long waiting times. Also bear in mind that there may be limited vehicle access the exhibition venue and that your stand may not be easily reachable from the car park. All these things can lead to time being short and stress. Yet this is easily avoided if you take plan for these things in advance.
Also make enough time for a proper handover of the stand. This is your time to ask us any questions and let us know about anything you want may need to us to do. Familiarise yourself with your stand, its features and routes whilst it’s quiet and no customers are about. After all, your stand is your company headquarters for the next few days. Good organisation on the day before the exhibition opens ensures you can be there, relaxed, ready to greet guests on opening day.
Exhibition stand construction for me is....
the last great adventure!