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CP Kukreja Photography Awards 2018 is a photography competition conducted by Foundation for Design Excellence. The award attempts to honour varied visual styles and interpretations by photographers, architects, designers and enthusiasts to acknowledge disciplines as diverse as Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design, Public Art, Construction Engineering, Urban Sociology and Landscape Design. The competition theme is “Celebrating Architecture”

The competition invites innovative shots of architectural works designed by CP Kukreja Architects with a subjective conceptual imagery of its own. The photographs should express architectural or aesthetic idea or ideas. The images will be considered for their degree of freshness, aesthetic qualities, intention and charm. The last date for submission of entries is 25th February 2018. The winner will get a cash prize of INR 50,000.

C.P. Kukreja Architects
p: 011 26863953
e: cpka.awards@gmail.com
w: www.cpkukreja.com


AKC’s January 2018 Programs
The January 2018 programs of Ambuja Knowledge Centre include the following.

AKC Andheri
  • “Basic course on fundamentals of concrete materials & technology” workshop on 15th – 16th Jan’ 2018.
  • “Advance Concrete Mix Design Workshop on 24th – 25th Jan’ 2018.
  • Technical Lecture on “Cracks in concrete elements” on 12 Jan’ 18 (Speaker - P. P. Pandey - General Manager – Epicons consultants Pvt. Ltd.)
  • Technical Lecture on “Effective use of STAADpro software for structural analysis & Design” on 25th Jan’ 18 (Speaker - Hemant Vadalkar - Consulting Engineer – Vadalkar & Associates)
Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
p: ++91 22 40667620 / 8291885509
e: foundations.mumbai@ambujacement.com


STONA 2018
The 13th international granites and stone fair will be held during 7th to 10th February 2018 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), NH-4, Tumkur Road Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The International Granites & Stone Fair - STONA found its existence in the year 1987 and since then it is a platform in the stone and granite related industry. Being the first of its kind exhibition in Asia, STONA is the pioneer in this field and is a perfect podium that showcases the best in the industry and connects directly with the natural stone trade and industry. STONA serves as a great single window that projects India’s natural stones, products & the creative ability to make and supply anything to everything. From Slab, Tiles, Artifacts, Landscaping, Paving, Dimensional Blocks, Cylindrical Pillars, Machinery, Equipment, Vases to showcasing the latest technology, know-how and the new areas to be sought.

The list of exhibitors include: Stone Quarry Owners; Stone Processors; Value added Stone-Craft Units; Exporters & Importers of Natural Stone Products; Manufacturers, Traders & Exporters of Stone related Machineries & Equipment, Tools, Consumables & Industrial Chemicals; Transporters, C & F agents and Other Service Providers; Testing & Standardisation Organisations; Technical Experts & Consultancy Organisations; Trading & Marketing Organisations; Chambers of Commerce; Associations related to Stone Industry.

This fair is targetted at: Architects, Hoteliers, Builders & Real Estate Promoters, Town Planners, Decorators & Designers, Interior Designers, Stone Quarry Owners, Stone Processors,  Importers & Exporters, Traders, Transporters of Stone Products, and all in all, every market leader in the Natural Stone Industry.

Federation of Indian Granite and Stone Industry (FIGSI)
p: +91 - 80 - 23612541 /  41611354
e: figsi@stonafigsi.com , stona@stonafigsi.com
w: www.stonafigsi.com


The ninth International Building & Construction Fair will be held during 02 - 05 February 2018 at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, Coimbatore.

Construction involves the art, trade and work of a building. Behind this genre of creation are the effort, dedication and intelligence of many hands and many brains. In effect, each building is an idea erected to the sky; with the perfect synchronized support of those hands of construction industry. BUILD INTEC 2018, an international construction expo, is conceived to bring together the powers, which render life to the art of construction, under one roof.

p: +91 75027 22000
e: buildintec@codissia.com
w: www.codissia.com


ACSGE - 2018
An International Conference on Advances in Concrete, Structural & Geotechnical Engineering (ACSGE 2018) will be held during February 26 – 28, 2018 at BITS Pilani, Rajasthan.

Recent advances in concrete science, structural and geotechnical materials, computational and experimental techniques, the gradual diffusion of certain interdisciplinary areas with structural mechanics and engineering as well as geotechnical engineering have nearly revolutionized. The expansions of civil engineering infrastructures such as dams, railways, highways, bridges, mass transit systems, ports, and airports contribute significantly to the movement of raw materials, agricultural products and, most importantly manpower from producing regions to urban areas. These expansions depend mainly on the technological developments in the concrete science, structural and geotechnical engineering. Many problems in contemporary structural and geotechnical engineering are looked upon, solved and extended for use in the context of soil-structure interaction, construction, structural materials and geometry, and other uncertainties. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the researchers and the practising engineers working in the broad field of concrete technology, structural and geotechnical engineering, to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in these fields with the aim of updating their analytical and practical skills. The first international conference on Advances in Concrete, Structural & Geotechnical Engineering was organized by the Civil Engineering Department, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (Rajasthan) during October 25-27, 2009 keeping in view the above perspectives. The second conference aims to follow up the scientific studies and experiences gained in the developments of the innovative and sustainable construction materials and their applications in the field of concrete infrastructures, structural and geotechnical engineering, especially during the last decade. Therefore, considering a pressing need to update the latest developments in the above fields, the second international conference on Advances in Concrete, Structural & Geotechnical Engineering (ACSGE) is being organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (Rajasthan).
The themes of the conference include: Advanced composite materials; Advanced computational techniques for structures; Alkali activated binder system; Analytical techniques for material characterization; Applications of nanotechnology in civil engineering Infrastructures; Bridge engineering; Composite structures; Concrete technology; Fatigue life of structures; Fire resistant structures; Functionally graded materials & structures; Green building construction; Geo-environmental engineering; Geohazards; Geosynthetics; Geotechnical instrumentation; Ground improvement techniques; Lean technology in construction; Offshore structures; Performance based design of structures; Precast prestressed concrete structures; Retaining structures; Seismic design & construction; Soil structure interaction; Structural health assessment and rehabilitation; Sustainability of construction, design and management; 3-D printing technology in concrete; Special concrete and innovative applications; Waste material utilization in civil engineering construction.

ACSGE 2018
p: 91-1596 515649,  1596 515821
e: acsge2018@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in
w: www.bits-pilani.ac.in


This architecture and design conference will be held during February 16 - 17, 2018 at Shanmukhananda Auditorium, King Circle, Mumbai.

Over 10 editions, 361° conference has evolved as a relevant platform for discussion and discourse on architecture and design in India. Since its inception, the legacy has captured the progressive nature of design creating in its wake a forum for the emerging and influential practices in India. As an eclectic, thought-provoking and egalitarian platform, 361° in its 11th edition will continue to celebrate the power of thoughts and ideas and initiate a truly relevant dialogue on architecture and design. Enabling the city’s ability to deal with the stresses associated with population growth – demands on food, water, space and energy also taking into account for sustainable growth and preparing it for a long-term surge in urbanization. Resiliency is considered a system’s capacity to survive, adapt and grow in the face of unforeseen physical, social and economic challenges. As urban populations grow, it becomes increasingly important that cities of the future are equipped to deal with stresses, such as space scarcity and inclusive & vertical urban planning, food and water shortages, energy demands, inefficient public transportation systems and natural disasters. The long term perspective of a robust built environment is an inevitable endeavor. The conference tracks are:

Design - Design track will emphasize on the progressive and corrective; spatial and intermittent design challenges of the city. Architects are capitalizing on urbanization trends to get people moving. Cities are growing denser, forcing them to build up, smart and satellite belts.

Build – Technology in terms of building amazing and inclusive structure for the urban populace to tracking the issues such as structural stability, green materials and methods.

Sustain – Buildings are harbor of energy and bad emitters too. Resiliency must also be a priority for creating sustainable growth, and energy efficiency plays a key role in the resiliency equation. With this in mind, more attention to energy efficiency and resiliency has to be given when discussing how cities will meet ongoing urbanization and climate-related challenges.

The list of speakers include: Daniel Libeskind, Sonam Wangchuk, Shaun Killa, Glenn Berrill, Sanjay Prakash, Harini Nagendra, Aromar Revi, Prem Chandavarkar, Shubhendu Sharma.

360 Degree Conference
p: +91 (0)22 40373636
e: enquiries361@jasubhai.com
w: www.361degrees.net.in


India Hospital Design and Build Summit 2018
Leveraging the latest innovations and best practices in Hospital Build in India to deliver cost-effective projects with effective Project management for timely completion of  hospitals, this summit will be held during February 22-23, 2018 at New Delhi.

Healthcare has now become prominent sector in India both in terms of revenue and employment. This industry is growing at an astounding pace owing to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private sectors, and has not been as severely impacted by the economic slowdown as some of the other industries. The Indian hospital sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private sectors. India is also cost competitive compared to its peers in Asia and Western countries. The cost of surgery in India is about one-tenth of that in the US or Western Europe, which is a major reason for Health & Medical Tourism in the country. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India has predicted that with increased digital adoption, the Indian healthcare market, which is worth around US$ 100 billion, will likely grow at a CAGR of 23 per cent to US$ 280 billion by 2020.

This summit is targetted at: Construction Companies; Infrastructure Companies; Structural Engineering Firms; Architecture Firms; Project Management Consultant; HVAC Supplier; Modular Operation Theater and Intensive Care Unit; all building materials and equipment suppliers.

The glimpse of the list of speakers are:  Gyanesh Pandey, Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani, C. Carson Shearon, S. Karthikeyan, Dr. Amer Alata, Prof-Ignasi-Perez-Arnal, Prof Ignasi Perez Arnal, Christopher Charles, Karan Grover, and many more.

Synergy Relationship Management Services Pvt. Ltd.
p: 91-22-6771 5334 / 4611 5534
e: wassan@questconferences.com
w: www.hospitaldesignbuildsummit.com


IACCM - 2018
The second Industry Academia Conference on Construction Management, IACCM – 2018 will be held during 27th and 28th July 2018 at NICMAR,  Shiksha Vihar, Jagganguda, Aliabad, Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy (Dist), Hyderabad, Talanaga.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from academia and professionals from construction industry spanning the real estate sector, infrastructure and facilities management sectors as well as project management consultancies under one roof to share their experiences, new ideas, research results, discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. The conference will provide a platform for a healthy exchange of ideas relating to current practices in the industry and research in the areas of Construction Management and all related areas.

Track No. 1. Research Paper Presentations: Contracting for Mega Projects, Claim and Dispute resolution, Power Sector, Facilities and Asset Management, Infrastructure Financing and Project Appraisal, Design and Engineering Techniques, Construction Equipment Analysis, Construction Robotics and Construction, Automation Information Technology for Construction, New Production and Business Models in Construction, Construction Productivity Improvement, Construction Safety, Ethical Issues in Engineering and Construction, Risk management and Regulatory Control, Non Conventional Energy Sector, Sustainability and Environment.

Track No.2. Panel Discussions: What makes a Great Construction Professional;  Legal framework for Construction

Track No. 3. Plenary Sessions (Expert Speak): Application of Expert systems on Disputes of Competitive Contracts of Construction Projects Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule Management Information system for Planning and Scheduling of Construction Projects Management and Control of Site Construction Materials

Track No. 4. : Workshop on Quantity Surveying and Cost Estimation for Engineering/Architecture Students: Cost Management Software (CANDY) Workshop;  Workshop on Construction Cost Management Software (CANDY) will be conducted by experts from NICMAR.

IACCM - 2018
p: 04067359500, 9177534250, 9553196952
e: sathishkumar@nicmar.ac.in , nicmar.iaccm@gmail.com
w: www.nicmar.ac.in


World Build India 2018
A B2B exhibition for the building industry will be held during 19 - 21 April 2018 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai.
  • The list of exhibitors include: 
  • Building Chemicals,
  • Mixtures & Insulation;
  • Building Materials, Structure, and Elements;
  • Electrical and Lighting;
  • Elevators and Escalators;
  • Facades & Fenestration;
  • Gates and Automation;
  • Hardware and tools;
  • Plumbing and Pipes;
  • HVAC,
  • Water Technologies & Energy;
  • Safety, Security and Fire Protection.

World Build India


This 4-day event will be held from 9th to 12 March 2018 at the Khelgaon, Udaipur (Rajasthan).

This event will show case all kinds of machinery that belong to consumers of construction & mining machinery with all types of minerals too. This could also be a platform for all those who are connected to the construction and mining machines, industrial machines, minerals, cement, paint, powder etc.
The list of exhibitors include: Stone Crushing Plant & Equipment;  Grinding Mill, Asphalt Plant;  All Machinery Manufacturer / Suppliers;  Drilling Equipment;  Mining Benefication & Smelting Companies;  Concrete Mixture Plant & Other Solutions;  Bricks / Paver Making Plant;  Mineral’s / Powder Supplier;  Marble Trader / Mines Owner;  Marble Gangsaw, Blades, Diamond tools;  Cement Company;  Paint Company;  Powder Packing Machinery;  Oil, Grease & Gas;  Excavators;  Dumpers, Tippers;  Tractors;  Loader’s;  Vibrators;  Bearings, Tools of all machinery;  Tyre & Wheel’s & Chains;  Building Material Machinery;  Hydraulic Equipment, Rock Breakers;  Compressor, Valves, Gear Box;  Electric Motor’s, Control Cabinets & Cables;  Spare Parts of all machinery;  Ceramics & Tiles companies;  Materials Handing;  Loading Unloading Machines;  Cranes;  Elevators;  Lifters;  Screw Conveyors;  Transportation & Logistics, Custom;  Finance & Lease companies;  DG & Generators & All type of Engines.

India International Exhibition Organising Company
p: +91 294 2523100, +91 99289 11119,
e: info@gmmeindia.com
w: www.gmmeindia.com


BIS Announcement
The following drafts relating to design and erection of prefabricated concrete construction and systems building and mixed/composite building construction, are hereby issued in Wide Circulation for eliciting public comments:
Doc. No. CED 51 (12230) – Draft Indian Standard for Building Design And Erection Using Prefabricated Concrete – Code of Practice (first revision of IS 15916)   
Doc. No. CED 51 (12231): Draft Indian Standard for Building Design And Erection Using Mixed/ Composite Construction – Code of Practice (first revision of IS 15917)       

These drafts have also been uploaded on BIS website and are available at www.bis.org.in/sf/wcdraft.asp These will be available at their website up to the last date of comments, that is, 05 February 2018.

Bureau of Indian Standards
p: 011-23608406
e: madhurima@bis.org.in
w: www.bis.org.in


Constro 2018
ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd has associated with Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF) to organize Constro International Fair - 2018 during 18 to 21 January 2018 at Agriculture College Ground Pune.

Building services engineering comprises mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and plumbing or public health (MEP) engineering, all of which are further sub-divided into the following:
  • Communication lines, telephones and IT networks (ICT)
  • Energy supply - gas, electricity and renewable sources
  • Escalators and lifts
  • Fire detection and protection
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Lightning protection
  • Natural lighting and artificial lighting, and building facades
  • Security and alarm systems
  • Ventilation and refrigeration
  • Water, drainage and plumbing
  • Low voltage (LV) systems, distribution boards and switchgear
ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd (ABEC)
p: +91-22-4286 3900
e: sales@constroindia.org
w: www.constroindia.org


LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 – Asia Pacific
Sustainable construction in Asia Pacific also means building for the community. This was clearly shown by the projects that won prizes in the regional LafargeHolcim Awards presented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2017. The three main Awards winning projects deal with buildings for education – involving the community and sustainably improving neighborhoods. The LafargeHolcim Awards is about more than just beautiful buildings. It stands out as the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The criteria of the USD 2 million Awards are as challenging as the goal of sustainability itself. The competition seeks for projects at an advanced stage of design, not finished works. It acknowledges designs that go beyond current standards, showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting contemporary construction, and deliver truly visionary solutions to the way we build.

Defining sustainability
The first phase of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition takes place in five regions, leading to a global phase for the regional winners. The Asia Pacific competition region is particularly diverse in terms of cultures, countries, and climates. This was perfectly reflected in the more than 1,100 projects submitted. Jury member Marc Angélil, Professor of Architecture and Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), noted how the “target issues” for sustainable construction, set forth by the LafargeHolcim Foundation and its affiliated universities, allow diverse projects to be compared and ranked. These “target issues” define the principles of sustainability in a holistic way, independent to the type of project or its scale. Marc Angélil also noted the high quality of submissions: “Sustainability has become comprehensive, systematic and specific – you have to deliver a truly special entry to stand out!”

Gold: Home for marginalized children in India
atArchitecture from Mumbai, India, plans to replace an unacceptably deficient shelter for marginalized children in Thane, a city in western India. With a well-developed building concept and a clearly evident child-friendly design, the architects embrace both architectural and social sustainability. The center also accommodates community activities for senior citizens, for women’s development training, and a crèche. “The proposal goes beyond social sustainability to include passive building technology, innovative design measures, and a viable economic model,” praised the jury.

Silver: Micro library in Indonesia
The promotion and dissemination of knowledge is a recurring theme in the LafargeHolcim Awards – and is reiterated within the project by SHAU from Bandung, Indonesia. Their pavilion in a park is as minimalistic as it is well conceived – providing not only a public library, but also storage facilities, public toilets, and a prayer room. “The project is open on all sides to the park surrounding it, inviting the community to enter and explore; it constructs a territorial landmark reinforcing literacy and defining community,” said the jury.

Bronze: Floating university building in Bangladesh
WOHA from Singapore aims to introduce buildings and open space on remediated swamp land in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They designed a university building that floats on a pond – and the overall design supports the cleaning of the pond. With vertical garden facades, photovoltaic panels, and controlled ventilation, this project could become a benchmark for sustainability in the Asia Pacific region. “Sustainability is deeply integrated into the building design, from thermal zoning to significant reductions in the use of energy and water,” stated the jury.

Acknowledgement prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Training center for organic agriculture in Parung, West Java, Indonesia: Organic farm and vocational center on the outskirts of Jakarta metropolitan region. By Kamil Muhammad and Brahmastyo Puji, pppooolll, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Acknowledgement prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Baitasi urban regeneration, Beijing, China: Regeneration of a historic neighborhood deploying minimal means for maximum effect. By Yue Zhang, Liying Wu, Peiming Li, Cong Nie, Mengxing Cao and Yue Wang, Tsinghua University; and Shimeng Hao, Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture, all in Beijing, China.

Acknowledgement prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Multifunctional public space, Thecho, Nepal: A water-treatment and reservoir facility wrapped with social infrastructure. By Miho Mazereeuw, David Moses, Aditya Barve, Larisa Ovalles and Hugh Magee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Risk Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Acknowledgement prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Ban Chang town hall, Rayong, Thailand: Surrealistic pavilion that turns a local waste product into a durable contribution to community. By Boonserm Premthada, Bangkok Project Studio, Bangkok, Thailand.

Next Generation 1st prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Participatory village transformation, Guming near Nanning, China: Low-rise, high-density urban transformation of a rural village. By Mengyuan Zhu, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

Next Generation 2nd prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Water treatment infrastructure, Varanasi, India: Poetic interpretation of a water-purification facility providing public space on the banks of the Ganges River. By Vedhant Maharaj, Rebel Base Collective, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Next Generation 3rd prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Vocational training facility, Ruteng, Indonesia: A school that is more than an educational facility – a hub for multiple communal activities and vocational training on the island of Flores. By Andi Subagio, SASO, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Next Generation 4th prize 2017 Asia Pacific
Exploring resilient ecosystems, Taichung, Taiwan: Exploration of material stocks and flows at multiple scales as an alternative to predominant modes of city development. By Tzu-Jung Huang, Feng Chia University, Taichung City, Taiwan.

A framework for sustainable construction
The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is committed to the underlying principles of sustainability, which assert that long-term development of the built environment requires a balanced interplay of responsible economic, ecological, and social agendas. To achieve this objective, the LafargeHolcim Foundation and its partner universities have identified five “target issues” that aim to clarify principles for sustaining the human habitat for future generations. These “target issues” serve as criteria for projects submitted for the LafargeHolcim Awards and as a road map for other related activities of the Foundation.
  • Innovation and transferability – Progress
  • Ethical standards and social inclusion – People
  • Resource and environmental performance – Planet
  • Economic viability and compatibility – Prosperity
  • Contextual and aesthetic impact – Place

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 – Asia Pacific – GOLD - Home for marginalized children in India
A home for 30 children, this building replaces their existing facility which tends to flood and lacks ventilation. The proposal reacts to the constrained site by leaving a void for ventilation at the back of the site, drawing air upward and providing indirect light. Terracotta louvers are envisioned as scaffolding for greenery that can help cool the interior and potentially provide a small business opportunity harvesting greens. The raised ground floor accommodates services for women and the elderly and the upper floors are reserved for the children and their caretakers. That this is mainly a space for children is reflected in the playful design sensitive to their scale and perception.

The jury was taken with the project’s “Alice in Wonderland”- like approach which re-envisions a small urban building through the eyes of children. In doing so, it also provides them with a dignified and comforting environment. The compact, quirky building form nevertheless achieves a feeling of spatial generosity through the inclusion of a central vertical void for circulation, light, and ventilation. The proposal goes beyond social sustainability to include passive building technology, innovating design measures, and a viable economic model. The next step towards implementation will need to be a further development of the project from compelling schematic design to a convincing translation into construction detailing. The award winners are Avneesh Tiwari, and Neha Rane, architects, atArchitecture, Mumbai, India.

For more details, visit their website.
LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Switzerland
p: +41 58 858 82 92
e: info@lafargeholcim-foundation.org
w: www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org


CI-Premier Pte Ltd is pleased to announce their forthcoming international conferences in 2018 as follows.
  • 14th Inspection, Appraisal, Repairs  & Maintenance of Buildings & Structures –  25-27 April, Singapore
  • 43rd Our World in Concrete & Structures  Conference – 29-31 August, Singapore
  • 1st Hazards-Safety-Risk Management in Underground Environment – 19-21 September, Singapore
  • 7th Protection of Structures against Hazards –  24-26 October, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 1st Resilience and Rehabilitation of Structures –  14-16 November. Singapore
CI-Premier Pte Ltd
p:  +65 67332922  +65 91270094
e: john@cipremier.com
w: www.cipremier.com


Surface & Coating Expo 2018
The confederation of Indian Industry is organizing the 3rd edition of “Surface & Coating Expo” scheduled from 31st August to 2nd September 2018 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. The current edition will focus on Surface Preparation, Engineering ,Treatment, Finishing, Coatings, Environment, Corrosion Protection and Technologies. Surface and Coating Expo 2018 will be a platform to the user Industries to get updates on the latest technologies, equipment, product & service offered. The exhibitor profiles would be as follows:

  • Mechanical Finishing : Abrasion, Buffing & Polishing, Vibrating Buffing, Deburring, Grit / Sand / Shot - Blasting Equipment, Rust - Removing Technology
  • Chemical Finishing Technologies (including plants, equipment and materials) : Cleaning, Pre-treatment, Electro-Washing, Chemical Rust-Removal, Ultrasonics, Acid Dipping, Degreasing (Chemical/Electrolysis), Conversion Coatings, Phosphorization, Silane-Oxide Treatment, Aluminium & Aluminium Alloy Anodising, Electroplating, Plating/ Painting on Plastics, Vacuum Plating, Electrophoretic Coatings (Anode / Cathode), Anodizing, Metallizing, Plasma Technology, Stripping Solutions & Equipment
  • Chemicals & Raw Materials : Additives, Media, Solvents, Industrial Chemicals for Coatings Industry, Oils, Pigments, Synthetic Rubbers,Extenders and Fillers, Plasticisers, Varnishes, Fatty Acids, Polymers / Resins, Waxes, Pre-treatment Chemicals.
  • Plant & Machinery : Dispensers, Instrumentation & Process Control equipments, Storage Facilities, Dosing Equipment, Airless Spray, Material Handling Equipment, Drums, Pumps, Mills /Dispersion Equipment, Labeling, Application Equipment / Automated Application, Powder Coating Applicators, Filters & Mixers, Resin Plant, Filling and Packaging Equipment, Electro deposition, Strainers & Extruders, Electrostatic Applicators
  • Paints : Architectural/Decorative, Powder Coatings, Industrial, Radiation Curable Coatings, Automotive, Fire Retardant Coatings, Marine, Paint Brush
  • Paint & Powder Coating Applications : Coating Applications (including Paint & Powder), Thermal Spraying, Spraying Booth, Conveyor System, Curing Ovens, Automation Control System, Robotic Finishing, Recovery System, Reciprocator, Other Equipment & Accessories
  • Testing Equipment : Accelerated Weathering, Physical Testing of Liquid, Colour Measurement and Control, Paint and Dry Film, Instrumentation, In-Process Control Testing, Corrosion Testing
  • Engineering & Supporting Services : Engineering Design & Services, Turn-key Plant, Full Range of Control, Thickness, Colour & Chemical Characterization Testing Instrument, Consulting, Publications & Other Services
  • Protective Coating : Includes Protective coatings for ships, Shipyards, Refineries, Fertilizers, Factories, Refractories, Aircraft& Railways, Pipelines, Offshore Drilling Platform, Chemical Industry, Anti Corrosion Coatings, Water Proofing Coatings.
  • Industrial Coatings : Auto Refinishes, Industrial Finishes, Wood coatings, Thinners, Glass Coating, Textile coating, Packaging Coating & Speciality Coatings
  • Environmental, Safety and Protection : Washing Devices, Emission/Effluent/Residue Treatment,  Dust and Fume Extraction, Ventilation and Air Pollution Control 

The event is targetted at Agriculture, Airport Operators, Automobile, Balance of Plant suppliers, Boilers, Turbines, Cement, Construction, Consultants, Cooling Towers, Desalination, Plants manufacturers, Fire, Food Processing, Local Government, OEM, Contractors, Petro-Chemical, Industry, Ports, Power Plants, Railways, Ship Building, Steel, Sugar, Waste Water and Desalination etc.

Date and Venue
Start Date: Aug 31, 2018, End Date: Sep 02, 2018
Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Hall 2 & 3, Nandambakkam, Mount Poonamali Road,, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

Confederation of Indian Industry
p: 91-44-42444555
e: kazhal.vendhan@cii.in
w: www.ciisce.in


MoMoWo Symposium 2018
The International Conference on Women’s Creativity will be held during 13th-16th June 2018 at Turin, Italy.
Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement - MoMoWo is a large-scale cooperation cultural project co-funded by the Creative Culture Programme of the European Union, coordinated by the Polytechnic of Turin and launched in 2014. MoMoWo considers an issue of contemporary cultural, social and economic importance, from both a European and an interdisciplinary perspective, women’s achievements in the design professions.

After almost four years of successful project activities, and in accordance with the MoMoWo  mission, the International Conference – Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception – continues to increase the visibility of creative women, to foster in Europe and beyond interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment “from the spoon to the city”, and to facilitate the exchange of research results and professional practices in the fields of architecture, civil engineering and design. 

The topics of the conference are:
  • Women’s education and training. National and international mappings
  • Women’s legacy and heritage. Protection, restoration and enhancement
  • Women in communication and professional networks
  • Women and cultural tourism
  • Women’s achievements and professional attainments. Moving boundaries
  • Women and sustainability
  • Women ”as subjects”. Documentation, methodology, interpretation and enhancement
  • Design drawings
p: +351 213 939 600
e: momowo@iade.pt
w: www.momowo.eu


Inspection, appraisal, repairs and maintenance of buildings and structures including rehabilitation, strengthening and retrofitting
The 14th international conference on  inspection, appraisal, repairs and maintenance of buildings and structures including rehabilitation, strengthening and retrofitting will be held during 25-27 April, 2018 at Singapore.

The themes slatted for discussion include:
  • Physical Inspections for defects/deteriorations/damages on Buildings and Structures of all type of Constructions
  • Studies of Documents and Estimations of loads and Environmental Effects
  • Testing Methods to Establish the in-situ Strength, Serviceability and Durability of the Existing Buildings and Structures
  • Defect /deterioration/ Damage Diagnosis and Forensic Confirmations of the actual causes
  • Repairing Methods (Materials, Technologies) for Rehabilitations
  • Cost Effectiveness on the Repair/Rehabilitation Methods
  • Damages Due to Natural Disasters/Accidents and Other Causes
  • Stiffening and Strengthening Requirements and Methods
  • Post Strengthening Confirmations of Building Structural Adequacies
  • Maintenance/Prevention Strategies/Methods for Long Term Sustainability of Buildings
  • Legal aspects and Insurance issues
  • Case studies and histories
The Conference Secretariat:
p: +065 6733-2922  
e: john@cipremier.com , ci-p@cipremier.com
w: www.cipremier.com


REPORT: 5th Ferrocement Day

EI MSC organized the 5th Ferrocement Day Function at Mumbai. The Ferrocement Day function is organized in India in remembrance of Late Vishu D Joshi, a veteran civil engineer and Architect. Competition awards for the best ferrocement structure are normally given in this function by the Ferrocement Society.

The function started with warm welcome by Dr H M Raje Hon. Secretary, IEI, MSC and introductory speech by Er Vijay Ghogare, Chairman IEI, MSC. Er Ghogare told about activities of the state centre. He said ferrocement is a magical technology in the hands of engineers and architects. Use of wire meshes makes the components more strong and as such thickness id reduced. Properties like water tightness, sustainability in earthquakes high strength to weight ratio make ferrocement popular in civil engineers all over the world.

A lecture and presentation by Renowned Architect Ajay Kulkarni was really amazing. He said engineers and architects must work hand in hand. Natural shapes and emotions can be expressed in architectural designs. He explained his award winning project Vastad Lahuji Salve Health Centre, built in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He could use ferrocement to give the wavy shape of the roof, and could express the personality of Lahuji Salve in the building. He also told some experiences related to Late V D Joshi when he was engaged in Hussain Gumpha ferrocement Project in Ahmedabad.

Ferrocement structures are very often built in many countries. Presentations of some structures were shown by Er Milind Kulkarni Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, Savitribai Phule Mahila Ekatm Mandal, Aurangabad, Ferrotechnologies, Kerala, Brajesh Sengar, Asst Superintending Engineer, MJP, Ankur Khanpara, IIT Mumbai, and Owen Waldschlagal (USA).

Every year national level competition for selecting best ferrocement structure is organized for engineers and architects and the winner gets the Late V D Joshi Award. This is the fifth year. Arch. Anupama Kundoo, Arroville, Arch. Ajay Thosar, Pune, Er. Biji John, Chenganassery, Kerala, Shrishilp Consultants, Aurangabad were the award winners of previous competitions. This year the best structure award was given to Owen Waldschlagel. US based engineer OWEN WALDSCHLAGEL has built a modular building system using ferrocement thin walls in Mexico. The system can be used universally for different layouts of the buildings. This concept is more popular in USA. Use of ferrocement has made it possible to save the material and cost also. The photograph shows the wall and roof thickness of the ferrocement is much less than concrete. The structure is appreciated all over the world. Panel of Juries has selected this project for the award.

Er Girish Sangle Hon Secretary, FS, said that ferrocement is a really old technology which emerged before cement concrete, i.e. in 1847. But due to ease in construction, reinforced concrete superseded and became popular. However when curved shapes and light weight construction is required engineers and architects have no other alternative than ferrocement. Ferrocement Society of India has its head office in Pune. Society is promoting this technology as this also gives solutions for earthquake resistant houses. Ferrocement is one of the components in GREEN housing concepts.

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IABSE Conference Guimarães 2019
The IABSE Conference 2019 ‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment – Risk and Asset Management’ will be held on March 27-29, 2019, in Guimarães, Portugal. This Conference is organised by the Portuguese Group of IABSE (Associação Portuguesa de Engenharia de Estruturas - APEE) in co-operation with the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE), and the University of Minho, Portugal. 

Submission of Abstracts opens September 1, 2017. Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit their abstract related to the conference themes and topics. Authors are expected to use the template available at the online submission platform.

The themes and topics are as follows:
  1. Novel Management Tools for the Built Environment
  2. Lifecycle Quality Control of New and Existing Infrastructures
  3. Advanced Frameworks for a Sustainable Built Environment
  4. Risk Analysis Procedures, from Theory to Practice
  5. Future Trends in Structural Engineering
The Preliminary Invitation and more information is available at: www.iabse.org/guimaraes2019

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ACC Launches a New State-Of-The-Art Green Building Centre in Chandrapur, Maharashtra
ACC Limited, India’s most preferred cement brand, is committed to the concept of sustainable construction and a greener environment in India.  In line with this commitment, ACC launched its Green Building Centre in Chandrapur, Maharashtra in September 2017. The centre was inaugurated by Gopika Tiwari, Cluster Head - West & Central India and Amit Mathur, Director - Sales West.  Danish Rashid, Head- Green Buildings Business, Anish Kundel, Sales Head - Nagpur and Mueen Khan, Regional Customer Service Head, West were also present.

The Green Building Centres are part of a conscious effort towards sustainable construction and maximum utilization of resources without causing harm to the environment. Superior quality materials are usually manufactured using fly ash bricks and maintaining soil and air quality. These projects are undertaken in rural or semi-urban areas where there is a clear need for sustainable construction. The areas benefit from the unique business model and the training and employment of thousands of small scale construction workers.  This clearly meets our objective to facilitate low-cost housing development in India through promotion of sustainable building materials, building techniques and a locally trained workforce.

The production of green building materials at Green Building Centres (GBCs) is carried out in a modern production environment with emphasis on quality and service. A Quality Assurance Test Laboratory in every Green Building Centre ensures thorough quality checks of incoming raw materials and outgoing products.  As a result, GBCs produce building materials of superior quality in comparison to traditional materials. Customers benefit from the quality of Green Building Materials on account of reduced application costs and durability.

Apart from providing rural and semi-urban housing solutions, the project is aligned with the government’s vision of sanitation and the Prime Minister’s Clean India campaign by helping beneficiaries build superior quality washrooms. Local bodies and panchayats in Chandrapur will also gain infrastructural support with these products and skilled applicators in significantly improving village infrastructure.

ACC has already built several such centres in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. There are 30 operational centres and we expect to have as many as 50 by the end of 2017.  ACC’s goal is to facilitate the construction of 1 million affordable houses and toilets in rural India over the next 10 years.

– MSL Group press release


ACC Launches a new State-of-the-art Green Building Centre in Amritsar
ACC Limited is committed to sustainable construction and providing a greener future for India. ACC is mentoring upcoming entrepreneurs who can take on the challenge of procuring excellent & durable construction material across India. In line with this commitment, ACC launched its state of the art Green Building Centre (GBC) in Amritsar, Punjab In September 2017. The centre was inaugurated by Rajiv Kumar, Director Sales- North and Central in the presence of Danish Rashid, Head- Green Buildings Business, Rohit Sharma Head - Sales Unit Punjab, the SU Punjab team, architects, channel partners and government engineers.

This is one of the biggest GBCs in India located on the Pathankot 2–Amritsar National highway and covering an area of approximately 5 acres. Due to the many proposed infrastructural improvements, Amritsar is expected to become a hub of residential, commercial and retail activity in the region. ACC’s new Green Building Centre in Amritsar will play an instrumental role in facilitating the city’s growth and development.
The Green Building Centers are part of a conscious effort towards sustainable construction and optimum utilization of resources without causing harm to the environment. Superior quality materials are usually manufactured using fly ash bricks while maintaining soil and air quality. These projects are undertaken in rural or semi-urban areas where there is a need for sustainable construction. The areas benefit from the unique business model and the training and employment of thousands of small scale construction workers.

Commenting on the launch of the Green Building Centre in Amritsar, Mr. Danish Rashid, Head - Green Buildings Business ACC Limited said, “We are glad to launch our first Green Building Centre in Amritsar today. Green Buildings facilitate sustainable construction, which is the-need-of-the-hour in several regions across India. The Green Building business model meets the objective to facilitate low-cost housing development in India through promotion of sustainable building materials, building techniques and a locally trained workforce. We envision further developments in Amritsar with improved infrastructure and increased employment opportunities”

The production of green building materials at Green Building Centers (GBCs) is carried out in a modern production environment with emphasis on quality and service. A Quality Assurance Test Laboratory in every Green Building Centre ensures thorough quality checks of incoming raw materials and outgoing products. As a result, GBCs produce building materials of superior quality in comparison to traditional materials. Customers benefit from the quality of Green Building Materials on account of reduced application costs and durability.

Apart from providing rural and semi-urban housing solutions, the project is aligned with the government’s vision of sanitation and the Prime Minister’s Clean India Campaign by helping beneficiaries build superior quality washrooms. Local bodies and panchayats in Amritsar will also gain infrastructural support with these products and skilled applicators in significantly improving village infrastructure.

– MSL Group press release


ET ACETECH offers a  platform for manufactures, material suppliers and technology developers to exhibit their products, services and technologies to the widest audience comprising architects, engineers, contractors, developers from across the country. The exhibition is spread over 41,50,000 sq ft area with over 16,37,000+ visitors flocking to review and purchase the latest products in the market. As an exhibitor, you stand to gain publicity for your brand with extensive media coverage and end-to-end marketing solutions offered by ET ACETECH. You can directly meet new partners, existing and prospective customers and interact with target buyers and investors.

An added benefit for all ET ACETECH exhibitors is the placement in WorldBuild365, the B2B online product directory and business platform. It grants visibility to more than 1 million professional buyers worldwide and is an effective tool for companies to increase online visibility and generate new sales leads.

The events will be held at various cities as follows.
Bengaluru - October 6-8, 2017
Mumbai - November 2-5, 2017
Delhi - December 14-17, 2017
Hyderabad - January 19-21, 2018

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Release of SP 7 : 2016 ‘National Building Code of India 2016’
The National Building Code of India (NBC), a comprehensive building Code, is a national instrument providing guidelines for regulating the building construction activities across the country.  It is widely referred and used by state/local bodies regulating development and building construction activities, Government construction departments and agencies, private construction agencies/builders/developers, building professionals and consultants, academic and research institutions, and building material and technology suppliers throughout the country.  The Code mainly contains administrative regulations, development control rules and general building requirements; fire safety requirements; stipulations regarding materials, structural design and construction (including safety); building and plumbing services; landscape development, signs and outdoor display structures; guidelines for sustainability, asset and facility management, etc.
The Code was first published in 1970 at the instance of Planning Commission and then first revised in 1983. Thereafter three major amendments were issued to the 1983 version, two in 1987 and the third in 1997.  The second revision of the Code was in 2005, to which two amendments were issued in 2015.

Due to large scale changes in the building construction activities, such as change in nature of occupancies with prevalence of high rises and mixed occupancies, greater dependence and complicated nature of building services, development of new/innovative construction materials and technologies, greater need for preservation of environment and recognition of need for planned management of existing buildings and built environment, there has been a paradigm shift in building construction scenario.  Considering these, a Project for comprehensive revision of the Code was taken up under the aegis of the National Building Code Sectional Committee, CED 46 of BIS and its 22 expert Panels; involving around 1 000 experts. 

BIS is glad to inform all that, as a culmination of the Project, the revised Code has been brought out as National Building Code of India 2016 (NBC 2016), reflecting the state-of-the-art and contemporary applicable international practices.  The comprehensive NBC 2016 contains 13 Parts, some of which are further divided into Sections, making a total of 33 chapters.  The Code has been formally released and is now available in public domain. 

The Code has been published in two volumes containing all the Parts and Sections, as follows:
Complete Code in Volume 1 and 2 (Parts 0 to 12 – all sections included) - Price (Rs.) 13,760.

The publication may be procured from Sales Counter at BIS Headquarters as well as various Regional and Branch Offices of BIS, information about which may be accessed from the following link - www.bis.org.in/dir/sales.htm

Sanjay Pant, Director and Head (Civil Engineering), BIS
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