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AKC’s OCTOBER 2017 Programs
The October 2017 programs of Ambuja Knowledge Centre include the following.

AKC Andheri
  • “Basic Concrete Mix Design” workshop on 05th – 06th Oct’ 2017.
  • “Material Testing” workshop on 11th – 12th Oct’ 2017.
  • Technical Lecture on “Principles of Geotechnical Engineering in Civil Engineering- Learning from Failures” on 13th Oct’ 17 (Speaker - Dr. Sandip Deshpande, Project Head - Renuka Consultants)   

AKC Thane along with ‘Centre of Excellence’, ACC Thane
  • Technical Lecture on “Importance of CTM in RMC Industry” on 26th Oct’ 17 (Speaker- Er. Sanjeev Raje- VP- Technical Service (Navdeep construction Company)
Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
p: ++91 22 40667620 / 8291885509
e: foundations.mumbai@ambujacement.com

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Renewable Energy Investment Finance Forum 2017
The Renewable Energy Investment Finance Forum 2017 is to be held on 10 November 2017, Hotel The Leela, Mumbai.
The one day forum will focus on the latest financing developments for renewable energy in areas like capital markets, project securitization, funds, green bonds, investment strategies, new market opportunities and many more.

The key topics will be:
  • Financing and Raising Funds for Renewable Energy Projects
  • Financial Asset Optimization
  • Merger and Acquisition : New Opportunity for Changing Scenario
  • Risk Management and Mitigation
There will also be a Re-Finance 2017 Excellence Awards ceremony.

With India’s top  energy companies attending, the event provides a periodic opportunity for the industry to meet with leaders and define the strategic direction for their activities in India. Whatever your budget and requirements, exhibiting at this event is a cost effective, hassle-free means to successfully target the key decision makers in the industry.

REIFF India 2017
p: +91  9920917136
e: register@firstviewgroup.com
w: www.reiffindia.com

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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

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BIS DRAFTS
The following draft Indian Standards is hereby issued in Wide Circulation for eliciting public comments by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

CED53 (10868) Draft Indian Standard for Bar/Wire Wrapped Steel Cylinder Pipes with Mortar Lining and Coating (including Specials) — Specification

Last Date for comments: 08 November 2017 .

CED 13 (11987)WC: Structural Design using Bamboo - Code of Practice - (First Revision of IS 15912)

Last Date for comments:  31 October 2017.

For more details /documents / forms, please visit BIS website at www.bis.gov.in

Bureau of Indian Standards
p: +91 11 23608434
e: ced13@bis.gov.in
w: www.bis.gov.in

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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.

Ferrocement Scoeity India
p: 9422009872
e: ferrocement@gmail.com
w: www.ferrocementindia.com

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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

IABSE
p: +41-44-633 3150
e: niggeler@iabse.org
w: www.iabse.org


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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


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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


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INDIA WIND ENERGY FORUM
The India Wind Energy Forum (IWEF) will be held during 11-12 October 2017, Trident, Chennai, India. This event is possibly India’s largest wind energy event bringing together the leaders from across the globe.

Conference
IWEF is India’s premier wind energy conference, awards and exhibition attracting over 300 delegates from across the globe.  Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials from all the stakeholders of Indian wind energy sector including IPPs, lenders, project developers, service and technology providers, EPC players, investors and other top professionals in wind energy sector.  The conferences will be on these topics.

Track 1
  • Technology For Tomorrow: New Trends
  • Improving Reliability: Latest Developments in Predictability and Project Performance
  • Grid Integration: Improving Grid Stability, Maximizing Revenues
  • Legal, Tax & Commercials

Track 2
  • Financing The Wind Energy Growth In India
  • Repowering & Off-Shore Wind Projects
  • Wind-Solar Hybrid Models: The Rise Of New Opportunities?
  • Future Of O&M And Wind Farm Asset Management

Awards
The annual Awards ceremony is an opportunity for all  to possibly receive the recognition and rewards for your vision, hard work and collaborative leadership in procurement and supply management over the last 12 months.

India Wind Energy Forum
p: +91 7718877914 / 9920917136
e: register@firstviewgroup.com
w: www.iwef.in



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DFI-India 2017
DFI-India 2017, the 7th Conference on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India will be held during October 05 to 07, 2017 at IIT Madras, Chennai, India.

DFI-India will hold its 7th Annual Conference back in Chennai in collaboration with IIT Madras and the Chennai Chapter of the Indian Geotechnical Society, the site of their 2012 conference.

This two day conference will focus on emerging technology developments and case histories on deep foundations, deep excavations and ground improvement featuring presentations of practical importance showcasing latest technologies in the areas of geotechnical investigation, analysis and design including seismic aspects, treated soil properties, computer software, tele-networking, instrumentation, testing, monitoring, installation/construction equipment and methods, with supporting data on improvement of quality, productivity, safety and sustainability. A one-day workshop will precede the conference on October 5th.

The event will be of particular interest to contractors, developers, local and government representatives, designers, consultants and educators involved in geotechnical design and construction. Equipment, material and instrumentation suppliers, contractors and other vendors will present their products and services in the Exhibit Hall.

DFI-India 2017
p: (973) 4234030, 9710222444
e: dfiindiaoffice@gmail.com
w: www.dfi.org


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ET ACETECH 2017
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

ET ACETECH
p:  +91 22 4286 3900
e:  sales@etacetech.com
w: www.etacetech.com



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Housing for All in Urban & Rural Areas
The Indian Buildings Congress will be holding is 22nd Annual Convention & National Seminar in October, 2017. The Annual Convention. apart from conducting business like holding of AGM. Governing Council Meeting & appointment of office bearers for ensuing term, will also include a National Seminar. Members of the Indian Buildings Congress and  professionals of Government Departments. Housing Boards. Development Authorities, Town and Country Planning Organizations. State PWDs. Teaching and Training Institutes. Technical Universities,  Builders, Developers and all others interested in building managements are cordially invited to contribute papers for the Seminar. The theme of the seminar will be housing for all in urban and rural areas.

Since Independence of the country in I947, the subject matter of housing for the poor has always been an ethical and political one.  The present Government is serious to tackle the problem of Housing for All. It has launched two separate schemes. The first scheme is for urban areas. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) is an initiative in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor. Under this, it is proposed to build two crore houses for urban poor and economically weaker sections by the year 2022. This mission has four components viz.. in-situ slum  redevelopment with private sector participation using land as resource. affordable housing through credit linked subsidy, affordable housing in partnership with private and public sector and beneficiary led house construction/ enhancement. 

The second scheme launched is ‘Housing for All‘ in rural areas under which Government intends to provide an environmentally safe and secure pucca house to every rural household by 2022. Named the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin), in its first phase the target is to complete one crore houses by March 2019. The programme provides for over 200 different housing designs across the country based on a detailed study of housing typologies. environmental hazards and the households’ requirements. A large scale use of local materials is envisaged. 

A Technology Sub—Mission under the Mission has been set up to facilitate adoption of modern. innovative and green technologies and building materials for faster and quality construction of houses. Technology Sub-Mission also facilitates preparation and adoption of layout designs and building plans suitable for various geo-climatic zones. 

There is need for building professionals to have an in-depth foresight in planning. development and implementation of such a massive programme of the Government It has therefore been decided to hold deliberations on “Housing for all in Urban 81 Rural Areas” under the following sub-themes including their case studies:  Concept, Design and Planning for Mass Housing;  Slum Development and Rehabilitation; Affordable Housing Technologies; Development of Land and Infrastructure Services for Housing; Case Studies.

Indian Buildings Congress      
p:  011 - 26169531, 26170197
e: info@ibc.org.in
w: www.ibc.org.in



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CII Southern Region’s Technology Conference on Bridges & Highways Construction Technology
India is increasingly on the move towards economic growth. This economic growth triggers the mobility of goods and people, which mark the need for enhanced connectivity and mobility. To meet this, innovative technologies and cost effective methodologies are being adopted for improvising the country’s network. Bridges and Highways are contributing enormously towards this connectivity.

India has the second largest road network in the world (4.87 million kilometres). The length of National Highways is expected to grow from 92,850 kms in 2013-14 to 100,000 kms by end of 2017. NHAI has set a huge target to construct quality bridges & highways at much faster pace. To meet the growing demand, it is important to focus of the latest and newest technology for faster construction of bridges &highways.

Objective
  • To understand the way forward for adopting innovative technology and best practices in developing a cost effective and world class bridges &highway network in the country.
  • Steps to be taken for the concretization, improvements in concrete quality and maintenance of roads, bridges and highways in India.
  • To understand technological advancements for sustainability of roads transportation.
  • Adoption of latest information & technology for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Indian roads.
  • To have a roadmap for calibrated and continuous upgradation of technology, skills and services
The event is targetted at: Road operators; Construction firms and contractors; Government agencies;  Financial institutions; Road product and road development agencies; Toll way companies; State Infrastructure development boards; Tolling technology providers; Construction equipment providers; Infrastructure development organizations; Consultants and Legal firms.

Date and Venue
Start Date: Oct 26, 2017, End Date: Oct 27, 2017
Venue: Hyderabad, ndia

Confederation of Indian Industry
p: 91-44-42444555
e: vedha.murali@
w: www.cii.in









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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
p:  011-23235529 (Direct), 011-23608400  Extn 8401
e: ced@bis.org.in
w: www.bis.org.in





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Excon 2017

The 9th International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair EXCON wil be held during Dec 12 - 16, 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC).

In order to provide the ultimate business platform and to aid India in augmenting infrastrucutre growth, CII organises Excon series of exhibition. The 9th International Construction Equipment and Technology Trade Fair, Excon 2017 is scheduled to be held between 12th to 16th December 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Confederation of Indian Industry
p: +91-44-42444555
e: j.i.maheshkumar@cii.in
w: www.cii.in



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