The President has the floor

Technical director Bo Bäckström, AB Gavlegårdarna

The Swedish Public Works Association, SPWA, has existed for almost 110 years. The Association was formed in 1902 and Stockholm city building officer A.O. Alrutz was the society’s first President. According to § 1 have any disputes about Association seeks to promote development, training, cooperation and information will be compromised, particularly the municipal-technical activity “. In the role of the Association’s President feels it important to bring the data forward and to make all aware of the municipal engineering importance in a modern society. Let us with respect to look at what made the Association’s members over the years and with enthusiasm to seize the opportunities that the future brings.


SPWA’s importance as a meeting place for different professional groups are important and provides opportunities to see work from a holistic perspective. There are approximately 1,700 members of the Association. We would like to be more. As a member, you can introduce Association for colleagues and others interested in municipal engineering.


SPWA’s organization is built with committees, who will represent the various activities in municipal engineering. In the composition of the committees are striving to have representatives from different parts of the country, both men and women are included as well as to younger members are represented.


SPWA has its main income from training courses, conducted by SPWA autonomously or in liaison with other organizations and associations. It is important that training is a high quality. With the network, which is among the members, we have the best position to offer attractive courses. The committees have a great responsibility in this important work. You can help with suggestions for courses and conferences. Contact any of the committees or the Board. You will find contact details in the plan and on the Association’s website


Managers in municipal engineering has an important role. The interaction between politics and municipal engineering requires a good leadership. It is a matter of urgency, to municipal managers meet to learn, share experiences and receive support in different situations.


Generation change is extensive as 40-talisterna retires and many young people entering the municipal technology. Network in SPWA is a good opportunity to learn from each other. SPWA to promote exchanges in which older and younger members learn from each other. Sign up, younger or older, as mentor to the Board.


SPWA’s magazine Stadsbyggnad is an important and valued forum for information on municipal engineering. The society’s magazine is keen for its members, but also for many others who are interested in municipal engineering. Help with articles about the project, which you think have an interest. Please help get subscribers and interested policy makers of the magazine Stadsbyggnad. Other information channels is the magazine’s website and the Association’s website


SPWA collaborates with several associations in related fields of activity. Cooperation with Sweden’s Municipalities and county councils are well established.


SPWA has cooperation with the Nordic associations and is also a member of a global international organization. The municipal technology is underrepresented in projects conducted within the EU, so there is much to do. Training courses and study tours in conjunction with colleagues is always rewarding. In SPWA’s international networks are good prerequisites for the exchange of local technology around the world.


There are many important issues for the Association to work with and keep our tradition-rich compound into the future. SPWA is the most important meeting place for those who work with municipal engineering.


Bo Bäckström