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AKC’s MARCH 2017 Programs

The March 2017 programs of Ambuja Knowledge Centre include the following.

AKC Andheri
  • Technical Lecture on “Why we fail to deliver specified performance” on 10th march 2017 (Speaker:
  • Dr Chetan Hazaree, General Manager, Hindustan Construction Co. ltd.)
  • Technical Lecture on “Bridge Inspection with case studies” on 24th March 2017 (Speaker: Er. Mahesh Tendulkar, Director, Concrete Research)
  • “Repair/ Rehabilitation & Waterproofing” Workshop on 16th& 17th March, 2017.
  • “Supervising concrete” Workshop -  30th& 31st March, 2017.  
AKC Thane
  • Technical Lecture on “Condition Assessment of structure- Why using non-destructive “ on 31st March 2017 (Speaker: Er. E. Gopalkrishnan, Pidilite).
  • Technical Lecture on –‘Fire Resistance in Concrete’– on 3rd March 2017 (Speaker - Dr. Sanjay Koyende,  Director, R.K. Infra).
  • “Basic RCC Design (High Rise Structures)” workshop on 23rd& 24th March, 2017
AKC Belapur
  • Technical Lecture on “Quality control at RMC plant & Aggregates in concrete” on 17th March 2017 (Speaker Er. Sadanand Govilkar, Technical Head, ACC limited)
AKC North Mumbai
  • Technical on “Versatility of concrete-“ on 23rd March 2017 (Speaker Er. Rajen Mankodi DGM, Ambuja Cements Ltd.)

Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
p: +91 22 40667168 / 9769928022 / 9167131918.
e: foundations.mumbai@ambujacement.com
w: www.foundationsakc.com


Advances in Corrosion in Concrete Structures – Science, Prevention and Repair
CSIR-Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, is organising a One Day Workshop on Advances in Corrosion in Concrete Structures – Science, Prevention and Repair on April 24, 2017 at New Delhi.
Corrosion of metals is a perennial problem and India loses about Rs. 2 Lakh crores per anum due to corrosion of infrastructure, industrial equipment and other vital installations. Corrosion of steel is identified as a major cause of deterioration of reinforced concrete structures such as bridges, buildings etc., resulting in loss of integrity and reduced service life. An estimate by MORTH pegs the losses at about Rs. 36,000 crores per anum due to corrosion in India.

The subject has been in wide study for many decades all over the world. Many practices are in vogue to control the steel corrosion in concrete, such as use of new reinforcement materials, adoption of improved construction methodologies, use of different materials, cathodic protection technique for repair corrosion affected concrete structures, etc. IS 456:2000, IRC SP-80-2010, and IRC 112-2011 have suggested various methods to be followed / materials to be used during construction to control the steel reinforcement corrosion in concrete structures.

To create awareness about corrosion, 24th of April is designated as Corrosion Awareness Day by The World Corrosion Organisation. This workshop aims to disseminate and discuss current knowledge in the field of steel corrosion in concrete structures, its delay / prevention and repair methodologies, and field studies.

The themes of the workshop are
  • Corrosion of steel reinforcement in Concrete
  • Codal provisions / specifications
  • Current construction practices
  • Repair materials & methodologies
  • Field Studies (Investigation and Repair)

CSIR-Central Road Research Institute
p: +91-9899059885
e:  vvlkrao.crri@gov.in  /  vvlkrao.crri@gmail.com
w: www.crridom.gov.in


CII Renewable Energy Summit - Powering North: The Clean and Green Way
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organising a Renewable Energy Summit  on April 21, 2017 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi.

It is estimated that renewable energy potential of India is about 896 GW. The Government of India announced the ambitious target of achieving 175 GW of electricity generation through renewables by 2022. Also, in the Paris Climate Negotiations, India has committed to achieve about 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030. In this background, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing 4th edition of the Renewable Energy Summit with the theme of Powering North: The Clean and Green Way on Friday, 11 November, 2016 at New Delhi.

The focus of the conference would be:
  • Renewable potential & opportunities in the country with special focus on the northern states
  • Policy support & interventions
  • Strategies to scale up renewable energy: rooftop solar deployment, off-grid energy solutions, investment potential, smart grid implementation
  • Development of adequate transmission infrastructure for efficient evacuation and health of Discoms impacting PPA with RE projects
  • Innovative financing models and instruments to fund the projects
  • Success Strategies for Financing Renewable Energy; up-scaling ranging from “Rooftop” to “Ultra Mega” renewable energy Projects by access to working capital at lower rates
  • Current status of equity financing and key challenges in raising equity for RE projects at reasonable cost
  • How to achieve healthy tariff bids
  • Key policy interventions and support mechanisms required to incentivise domestic manufacturing
  • Making competitive the solar equipment manufacturing in the country
Confederation of Indian Industry
p: 91-172-2602365, 2605868, 2607228
e: sreya.majumder@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


Shock & Impact Loads on Structures
Japan’s National Defense Academy and the Kanazawa University is organising the 12th International Conference on Shock & Impact Loads on Structures will be held during 14-16 June, 2017 – Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore

The speakers would be from around the world, including, Asia, Europe, America and the  few of the topics would be:
  • Risk and resilience of shock and impact issues of civil infrastructures: climate change considerations
  • A new generation of simplified models for steel and composite structures under blast loading
  • The mechanics of concrete material under high strain rate loading – recent development
  • Quantitative explosive risk assessment of blast and fragmentation hazards
  • Impact and blast loading of steel and composite structural elements

CI-Premier Pte Ltd
p: +65 67332922  +65 91270094
e: john@cipremier.com
w: www.cipremier.com


LH Awards Update

Project update – Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France - Global finalist entry 2015.
The building provides very different kinds of spaces, ensuring that indoor as well as outdoor areas may be used for very different purposes. Lieu de vie on the new Paris-Saclay university campus hosts a mix of activities including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, food outlets and various public spaces across more than 4,000 sq m of floor area. Conceived as a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games. The Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay was opened in January 2016 and formally handed over to the university on May 31, 2016. Designed by architects Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau and Thomas Wessel-Cessieux from Muoto architects, the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winner for Europe merges economic and aesthetic considerations, and turns the limitation of low-cost construction into one of the building’s great strengths. Conceived as a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the 2,000 square-meter “urban shelf” is organized using the idea of “vertical diversity”. Different activities are superimposed upon one another including a 1,000-seat student cafeteria, fitness and weights rooms, a lively terrace, all crowned with a panoramic sportsground on the roof that is used for football and basketball games. Large windows allow the building to be opened up to create public space, and a thoroughfare on the ground floor encourages easy access and the flow of people throughout this social hub of university life. Dubbed the “French Silicon Valley”, construction of the ambitious University of Paris-Saclay campus after decades of planning brings together a group of 19 higher education institutions on the outskirts of Paris.

“Final call” in two million USD sustainable design competition
Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.


KDK College of Engineering / IFERP in association with Institution of Engineers (I) , Nagpur Local Centre (IEI) , Indian Concrete Institute, Nagpur Chapter(ICI) are organising an International Conference on Emerging Technology in Structural Engineering (ETSE-2017) during 17th - 18th March 2017 to be held at KDKCE Nagpur, Opposite Telephone Exchange, Great Nag Road, Nandanvan, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
The conference plans to provide an opportunity to research scholars, delegates and students to interact and share their experience and knowledge in technology application. IC-ETSE-2017 will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in Emerging Technology in Structural Engineering. The aim of the Conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet the share cutting-edge development in the field.

Structural engineering a part of civil engineering, has emerged as a critical part of the construction process and they are trained to understand and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of built structures for buildings. The basic intention of design is to ensure that the structure/building with stands the entire probable loads for a stipulated period of time with the consideration of aesthetics, economics and environment and constructability.

Any building cannot be designed for unlimited loads may be due to wind, earthquake or blast. Structure’s ability to sustain its safety and serviceability governs the performance of structure. It is designed for an appropriate load calculated, with very careful analysis using advanced software.

The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for exchanging Technological advancements and Scientific research in the Structural Engineering. Engineers, scientist and Researchers, Construction practitioners can share their knowledge, expertise and experiences in various concepts and innovations in the present scenario.

p: +919087388053 /  044-49589038
e: info@icetse.in
w: www.kdkce.edu.in


The Department of Civil Engineering Velammal Engineering College Surapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and the  Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu are organising an international conference on Smart Technologies and Green environment ICSTaGE-2017 (where technology meets commoners)  on March 24th, 2017 at Velammal Engineering College, Chennai, India.

The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity to all stakeholders to interact and share ideas related to the Smart Technologies and Green Environment, so that the latest engineering applications and technologies reach the commoners. The ongoing climate changes, rapid economic transformations, globalization, and their effects on the Culture, Social, Civic needs, National Security and Defense have a greater impact on the built environment. This conference therefore will enable researchers to share on how the recent trends in Civil Engineering and Technology can elevate the living standards of the commoners, while ensuring sustainable development for all.

p: +91-988 4107 703,  91-988 4151 221 
e: rajharajeswaran@velammal.edu.in
w: www.icstage-2017.org 


World Build India will be held during 20 - 22 April 2017 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, Mumbai.

Launching in April 2017, WorldBuild India will showcase the latest products, technologies and innovations available on India’s booming building & construction market.

The country is already on the cusp of becoming one of the world’s major economic powers, with construction industry playing a huge role in securing this bright future for India. For international and domestic industry professionals, this presents huge investment opportunities for infrastructure, housing and other construction projects.  The exhibition presents invaluable opportunities to network with industry peers, showcase your products to targeted audience, and meet with key buyers from all over India and South Asia.

Given below are the details of value added programs WorldBuild-India will offer.
  • Vision India - A pavilion to promote the ideas, insights & planning applied behind the Smart Cities in India.
  • Icon Lectures - Bringing the best of design world to India, an attempt to establish interaction of Indian construction professionals with international icons.
  • Breathing Cities - National competition with focus on design interventions. 
  • Engineering in the State of the Art Built Environment - Conclave for all forms of engineering professionals with Consulting Engineers Association of India.
  • Conclave for Builders & Developers In partnership with Builders Association of India.
  • Constro Vidyarthee Awards - A university level competition for final year architecture & engineering students with PCERF.
  • PCERF - Kumar Beharay - Construction Safety Awards
The list of products and services would be: Exhibitor Profile; Building Materials, Structures & Elements; Doors, Gates, Elevators & Automation Systems; Building Chemicals, Mixtures & Insulation; Machinery, Equipment & IT; Lighting & Electrics; Window & Profile Systems; Hardware & Tools; HVAC, Water Technologies & Energy; Facades & Roofing; Fire Protection & Safety; Landscaping & Urban Design.  The event is targetted at:  Architects & Planners; Building Contractors; Engineers; Distributor & Wholesalers; Electricians & Plumbers; Lighting Specialists; Pool, Spa & Sauna Installers; Hardware Specialists.

World Build India
p: +44 (0) 207 596 5047
e: elena.simonini@ite-exhibitions.com
w: www.buildingshows.com/worldbuild-india


BIG 5 SAUDI 2017
CII with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry are organizing an “India pavilion” at the Big 5 Saudi 2017, international construction technology & building materials trade exhibition from 27-30 March 2017.

The Big 5 Saudi would create an environment for manufacturers and distributors of construction goods and services to showcase their products, network and do business with Saudi’s biggest buyers in a professional environment. The Big 5 Saudi, now in its 6th year, is the Kingdom’s fastest growing and only independently audited construction show. The Big 5 Saudi is the ideal place to source thousands of the latest and most innovative products and technologies from around the world. With a combined portfolio of live civil projects valued at US$587.5 million, the long term potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is outstanding.
The exhibitors profile could include: Building Material & Construction Equipment; Bathrooms, Kitchens & Sanitary ware; Marble, Ceramic & Stone; Metal, Steel & Aluminum; Concrete & Related Products; Construction Tools; Conveying Systems; Decorative Products; Electrical Systems; Facilities Management Services; Finishes (Coating, Painting, Gypsum, Tiling); Fire Suppression & Protection; Glass & Glazing; HVAC; Landscaping Products & Services; Building Services; Communications; Pipelines; Plumbing & Water Technology; PMV & Related Products; Safety & Security Equipment; Scaffolding; Software & IT; Special Construction (Swimming Pools, Fountains); Thermal Moisture, Protection & Insulation; Windows, Doors & Cladding; Wood, Plastic & Composite.

p: +919820422382 | +912226421110
e: mahesh@expoconsult.co.in  ,  gidu2000@gmail.com
w: www.expoconsult.co.in


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


World of Concrete India

The 4th edition of World of Concrete India now opens from August 10-12, 2017 in New Delhi, to welcome suppliers from the commercial concrete and construction industries. World of Concrete India is an offshoot of the industry’s most important annual trade show from Las Vegas, USA with more than 43 years of history, owned and produced by Informa. The Indian edition is organized jointly by Informa Exhibitions U.S. and Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. The enthusiastic response from the last three editions, which drew participation from 100 leading industry suppliers and more than 3,500 professional visitors from India and overseas, has set the pace for the next edition. World of Concrete provides the perfect platform to display your products and solutions to the commercial construction concrete industry during a three-day dynamic and focused business environment.

In keeping with the growing urbanization needs and trends, the Government of India has plans to infuse a massive investment of approximately US $1024 billion during the current 12th Five Year Plan (2013- 2018). As India is modernizing its infrastructure at a fast pace, and concrete is an essential requirement of infrastructural development, it is imperative to have such an event which provides a level playing field for companies in commercial concrete business to showcase innovative technologies and products to modernize the Indian concrete industry. Exhibit your products & technologies and explore business prospects in a focused and dedicated environment for concrete construction.

The products on display (apart from many products) at WOC INDIA 2017 would include: ADA Products, Admixtures, Aggregate Processing, Aggregates, Anchors & Fasteners, Batching Equipment, Cementitious Products, Cleaning Materials & Equipment, Coatings Inspection /    Measurement, Coatings / Stains / Sealers, Computer Hardware / Software, Cranes, Cutting & Drilling, Decorative Concrete, Demolition Equipment & Materials, Dry Shakes, Earthmoving Equipment, Finishing Tools & Equipment, Form Types, Forming Accessories, Foundation / Slab Repair, General Construction Equipment, General Construction Materials    , General Construction Tools, General Utility, Insulation, Joints and Sealants, Landscaping Products, Lifting Equipment and Conveyors, Material Handling for Concrete, Materials for Mortar, Metal Connectors & Reinforcement, Mixer Trucks, Mixing / Mixer, Mixing / Mixer Materials for    Concrete, Moisture Control, Mortar & Grout, Movement Joints, Personnel & Materials Positioning, Placing Equipment , Precast Production Equipment, Precast / Prestressed Products, Pumping Equipment and Accessories, Ready Mixed Concrete    , Reinforcement Tools &    Materials, Repair Materials & Equipment, Safety Equipment, Sawing & Coring, Scaffolding and Shoring, Site Installations, Slipforming, Structural Elements, Surface Preparation Products /, Equipment, Tools & Services, Trailers & Attachments, Trucks, Vehicle Components / Engines, Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Water Drainage / Protection.

 Inter Ads Exhibitions
p: +91-124-452 4207, 452 4200
e:  woc.india@interads.in
w: www.worldofconcrete.com


Environment Preservation in Sustainable Development 

The Indian Buildings Congress, in association with Chandigarh Housing Board will be holding its Mid Term Seminar on “Environment Preservation in Sustainable Development” in April, 2017 at Chandigarh, apart from conducting business like holding of Governing Council Meeting. The theme of the Seminar would be “Environment Preservation in Sustainable Development”

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, Builders, Developers and Private Sector Organizations interested in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and built environment are cordially invited to participate in the Seminar.

A developed society over the last few decades has become synonymous with higher resource consumption. Use of large variety of manufactured building materials, high level of mechanization and high energy resources has put a lot of strain on environment. As the development of human civilization follows in ascending direction, the consumption of land and other resources would increase, causing depletion of the environment and its resources which may not be sustained in future. Today, the sustainability of built environment is hampered by several factors, such as inadequacy of land, water, energy and non availability of clean air  In India, the essential frame work for sustainable development is built on democratic continuity, devolution of power, transparency and people’s participation. The central theme of planning process is better use and management of land and other natural resources. Sustainable habitat design has direct impact on energy and resource consumption. This planning process recognizes the synergy between environment, health and development.

The energy consumption needs to be reduced through conservation, adoption of energy efficiency measures and exploitation of renewable energy generation resources. The energy consumption in developed countries is several times more than that in the developing countries. Available sources of energy cannot sustain this higher consumption by such a large population. Energy and environmental concerns are, therefore, of great importance. Air, water pollution and wastes, entering the environment have an effect of adversely affecting the quality of life. As a result of industrialization and mechanization, global warming is taking place due to increased levels of green house gases. International efforts through Kyoto Protocol, Bali Action Plan and Copenhagen Accords to refix the emission targets have gone some way in compelling sustainable development.

The Seminar will deliberate on various aspects of the theme and evolve policies and guidelines that, could bring improvement in levels of environmental sustainability of the built environment. Deliberations are planned to be held under the following sub-themes:  Environmental Concerns including Impact Assessment; Environmental Legislation; Sustainable Building Materials; Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Resources.

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



Five events at one place
A mega event with five streams running parallel will be held during May 10-12, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This event will promote smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure.  It would be  a platform to discuss and deliberate on issues relevant to: Green and energy efficient buildings; Solar, shaping the clean energy future; Green, intelligent, multi-modal urban transports and mobility; Smart & sustainable cities; Water for all applications. 

Building a Sustainable Future
Sustainable Infrastructure is an integral part of the smart cities mission. Driving a nation’s social and economic development, cities are the centre of resource consumption. Today, as people move towards urban areas, cities are facing the pressure to accommodate the growing population. According to the United Nations (UN), the global urban population surpassed the global rural population in 2007, and it predicts that 70% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050, with many cities having more than 10 million inhabitants.

Solar Energy for a Sustainable Future
Over 300 million people still have no access to electricity, which is why solar power is being seen as a viable, long-term source of clean energy. Solar energy, a clean renewable resource with zero emissions, has tremendous potential of energy to be harnessed using a variety of devices. India is on course to emerge as a solar power hub, and will become one of the largest green energy producers in the world. This can be clearly seen from the fact that India has become the second-biggest solar-energy installer in the world in just two years. Also, according to estimates, Indian solar-energy capacity will get increased by 300 percent this year and the next year.

Smarter Transport for a Sustainable Future
The Indian transport sector is one of the most diverse and large in the world. Catering to the need of around 1.25 billion people across the country, India transport industry contributes about 5.5 percent to the nation’s GDP. Today major Indian cities are home to millions of vehicles, contributing profoundly to traffic congestion and inadequate parking infrastructure & operations. Addressing the current needs of safe public transportation; inadequate capacity of public transportation; road safety concerns; overcrowded road network; poor traffic management; parking issues; theft; poor road conditions and lack of modal options (including pedestrian walkways); the 2nd Transport India 2017 expo will showcase end-to-end solutions for the future smart cities in the country.

Smarter Solutions for a Better Tomorrow
Developing citizen friendly and economically viable cities is an urban initiative by the Government of India. Cities are engines of economic growth, and it is anticipated that 40% of India’s population will live in cities by 2030. With the rapid rise in the proportion of people living in urban areas, there is an increasing requirement for sustainable cities. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Smart Cities is intended to transform the lives and living conditions of the citizens of the country.

Clean Water for a Sustainable Future
India occupies 2 percent of the world’s land area, represents 16 percent of the world population and 15 percent of livestock, whereas it has only 4 percent of the water resources of the world. Furthermore, India ranks 133rd out of 180 nations for its water availability and 120th out of 122 nations for its water quality. It has been evaluated that 80 percent of India’s surface is polluted which results in India losing US$ 6 billion every year due to water-related diseases. Challenges faced by the Indian water sector are due to increasing water consumption and wastage in urban areas, water-borne diseases, industrial growth, political and regulatory disputes, water cycle imbalances, increasing irrigation and agricultural demand, lack of technology, etc. According to estimates, India’s water sector requires investment worth US$ 13 billion.

Exhibition India Group
p: +91 11 4279 5011
e: praveens@eigroup.in
w: www.onemegaevent.com


LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction is open for entries

A unique global competition recognizing sustainable design.

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.

The competition is now open for registration until March 21, 2017 at 14:00hrs (UTC). The competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction.

The LafargeHolcim Awards competition has two categories with different requirements:

Main Category (for professionals, academicians and others)

  • Projects at an advanced stage of design and with a high probability of execution
  • All authors must be at least 18 years of age (date of birth March 21, 1999 or earlier)
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 4, 2016

Next Generation (young professionals and students category)

  • Visionary projects and bold “Blue Sky” ideas
  • Authors must be 18 to 30 years of age (date of birth between July 5, 1985 to March 21, 1999)
  • Execution of the project (if applicable) may not have started before July 4, 2016
Evaluation process

The juries consist of independent, renowned representatives from science, business and society. They evaluate entries against the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

Target Issues for Sustainable Construction

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has identified five principles or “target issues” as being critical for sustaining the human habitat for future generations. These five “target issues” serve not only as criteria for evaluating projects submitted in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition but also 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 Foundation for Sustainable Construction is supported by LafargeHolcim, the world leader in the building materials industry, but remains independent of commercial interests. The Group has a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and is represented in India by Ambuja Cements Limited and ACC Limited.

To enter the competition and for more information visit their website at  www.lafargeholcim-awards.org




The International Conference on 'Advances in Construction Materials and Systems' will be held during September 3 to 8, 2017 at IIT Madras, Chennai.

On behalf of the organizing committee of the International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems (ICACMS-2017), IIT Madras has great pleasure in inviting all to Chennai, the metropolis of south India. Chennai, previously known as Madras (pre-1996), is the fifth most populous city in India, and is a major industrial, technological, cultural, academic, and trading hub in south Asia. Voted one of the 52 best places to visit in the world by New York Times, Chennai has something for everyone – great food, beaches, historic landmarks, culture, and entertainment. All will surely enjoy the history and culture of Chennai, and love the hospitality of its people.

The conference covers several themes related to construction materials and systems, with the objective of providing the state of the art coverage on cement and asphalt concrete, heritage materials, and building systems. Several participants from the industry, both local and international, are expected to set up a large exhibition of construction material related products. The interactions and discussions at the conference are expected to significantly contribute to the process of infrastructure development that is currently in full swing in India.

Besides the conference, there will also be the RILEM Week at Chennai, where all the standing committees and some of the active technical committees will meet. Those who are not yet RILEM members can avail the benefits of membership and get involved in committee work.

The Keynote speakers would be:

  • Jason Weiss, Oregon State University, USA  
  • Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland 
  • Peter Richner, Empa, Switzerland     
  • Paulo Lourenco, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Maria Rosa Valuzzi, University of Padova, Italy      
  • Herve di Benedetto, University of Lyon, France       
  • Hussain Bahia, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA


The themes of the conference are:

  • Advances in supplementary cementing materials
  • Concrete durability and performance specifications
  • Early age behavior and rheology of cementetious system
  • Special concrete and applications
  • Advances in characterization of construction materials
  • Sustainable building systems
  • Bituminous binders and mixtures
  • Repair and conservation of heritage structures
  • Corrosion control and corrosion monitoring in concrete structures
  • Repair materials and repair systems for concrete structures


Prof. Manu Santhanam, IIT Madras
p: +919710490310,
w:  www.concrete2017.org