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Durability and Service Life Design of Concrete Structures
The National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) is organizing a Seminar on ‘Durability and Service Life Design of Concrete Structures, at its Ballabgarh Unit (Faridabad) on 7 April 2017.

Many old concrete structures built in the nineteenth century continued in operational use for over 100 years. The belief that Reinforced Concrete was problem-free and very durable continued in the twentieth century until the late 19605 when various  durability problems became apparent. These included Alkali Aggregate Reaction (AAR), Sulphate Attack and Corrosion of the Steel Reinforcement due to Carbonation and Chloride Ingress. The extent of concrete degradation and corrosion of reinforcement over time period, impairing both serviceability and structural safety is a matter of great practical concern in view of the economic consequences for assessment, maintenance and repair. Many studies are in progress to develop comprehensive engineering approach for assessment of the initiation and the propagation period in uncracked and cracked concrete.

The aim of the seminar is to highlight the importance of Durability and Service Life Design concept of concrete structures with respect to our country’s environmental conditions. The present system of designing concrete structures against durability criteria is based upon control of water cement ratio, cement content and cover in different exposure conditions but is neither linked to design service life nor to type of binder. In India, concept of performance based durability design of concrete structures is still at its budding stage. This seminar will bring out available knowledge and help engineers to gain confidence and enlighten their thinking process to a strategic area of importance which is presently untouched by the construction industry. The seminar is useful for all stake holders, including cement producers, marketing professionals, construction engineers, concrete designer, builders, RMC plants and users.

The event is targetted at Professionals from cement, concrete and construction industries engaged in design of structure, quality control and marketing, students, academicians, faculty members in the fieleld of civil engineering, construction and design engineers, management officials working in the construction industry and any person working in the field of concrete construction.

The following themes will be covered in the seminar :
  • Durability and Service life design of concrete structure — Review of International and Indian Codes/ guidelines
  • Assessment of durability performance of reinforced concrete through test methods
  • Service life modelling
  • Prevention, protection, repair and retrofitting
National Council for Cement and Building Materials
p: +91-129-4192339, 279, 239, 222,   91-9868795977
e: seminar@ncbindia.com
w: www.ncbindia.com


AKC’s APRIL 2017 Programs
The April 2017 programs of Ambuja Knowledge Centre include the following.

AKC Andheri :
  • Technical Lecture on  “Challenges in concrete quality at RMC plant” on 21st April’2017 (Speaker: Er. Sadanand Govilkar – Technical Head (India)- ACC Concrete Ltd.)
  • Advance Concrete Mix Design(Self Compacting Concrete & High Performance Concrete) workshop  -27th & 28th - April 2017.

AKC (Thane) along with ‘Centre of Excellence’, ACC Thane
  • Technical Lecture on “Design & Erection of Formwork / Shuttering” on 20th April’2017 (Speaker Er. Ramnath Bhatt – Managing Partner - A.R. Engineers & consultant – Pune)
  • Basic Concrete Mix Design (CMD)  Workshop on 20th& 21st April’2017.   

AKC Belapur
  • Technical Lecture on “Challenges in Mass Concrete” – 28th April’ 2017 by (Speaker: Er. Mahesh Tendulkar – Director-Concrete Research & Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.)
Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
p: +91 22 40667620 / 8291885509 / 9167334813
e: foundations.mumbai@ambujacement.com
w: www.foundationsakc.com


Workshop on Decoding GST for MSMEs Delhi
In order to prepare for the implementation of GST, companies need to understand GST policy development and its implications for scenario planning and transition roadmap preparation. Tax payers need to be GST compliant to be able to test system changes in time. Depending on the operating geographies, size and sector, the changes would be substantial and may require proactive planning with a time-bound action plan.

GST will be a game changing reform for the Indian economy by creating a common Indian market and reducing the cascading effect of tax on the cost of goods and services. It will impact the tax structure, tax incidence, tax computation, tax payment, compliance, credit utilization and reporting, leading to a complete overhaul of the current indirect tax system.

It will have a far-reaching impact on almost all the aspects of the business operations in the country, for instance, pricing of products and services, supply chain optimization, IT, accounting, and tax compliance systems. With GST, it is anticipated that the tax base will be comprehensive, as virtually all goods and services will be taxable, with minimum exemptions.

Date: Apr 12, 2017
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Magnolia Hall, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India

Confederation of Indian Industry
p : 91-11-45772000
e: perpreet.bedi@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


Training Programme on Energy Efficient System
Experts say cutting down on costs is the easiest and the fastest way to multiply earnings. Also, with the on-going economic downturn, an enterprise can better position itself by reducing costs and maximising margins. Energy Efficiency has been identified as one of the major contributors in bringing down costs. Knowledge of designing energy efficient system not only helps in reducing overall energy cost of operation but also leads to reduced maintenance costs.

Experts say cutting down on costs is the easiest and the fastest way to multiply earnings. Also, with the on-going economic downturn, an enterprise can better position itself by reducing costs and maximising margins. Energy Efficiency has been identified as one of the major contributors in bringing down costs. Knowledge of designing energy efficient system not only helps in reducing overall energy cost of operation but also leads to reduced maintenance costs.

With the intention of helping Industry Members, CII Rajasthan along with CII – AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness is organizing a one-day training programme on Energy Efficient System scheduled on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at Hotel Royal Orchid, Tonk Road Jaipur.

The object of this event is to:
  • Develop knowledge on techniques for effective energy management at design stage, this will result in reducing both thermal and electrical energy consumption in operation
  • Provide information on latest energy saving designs on various energy intensive equipment, commonly used in all type of industries
  • To reduce the operational cost of organization
  • Develop participants on self-energy auditing techniques through actual implemented case studies
  • Highlight tools for energy monitoring on a continuous basis and to highlight benefits of carrying out detailed energy audits
  • Highlight managerial skills required to sustain energy conservation activities and to sustain energy efficient culture at the work place
The topics that will be covered are:
  1. Approach to Energy Efficient System
  2. Energy Efficient Thermal System
  3. Energy Efficient Utility System
  4. Energy Efficient Electrical System
Experienced Energy Auditors (Certified by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India) from CII, with an extensive experience in conducting detailed energy audits in over 450 companies, will be the faculty for this programme. These experts are proficient in conducting workshops and intensive Training programs. Also there would be expert faculty from renowned technology providers. Certificate of Participation will also be given to Delegates.

The event is targetted at CEO’s / COO’s/ Design Managers and Consultants / Project and Maintenance Personnel / Production Personnel / Energy Managers / Auditors / Engineers / Research & Development Personnel.

Date: Apr 26, 2017
Venue: Hotel Royal Orchid, Jaipur, Tonk Road Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Confederation of Indian Industry
p: +91-141-2221441 / 2221442
e : ravina.tekwani@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


Green Building Rating Systems
The Green Building Concept is gaining major importance in India, considering the tremendous benefits that it offers. A green building is one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.

CII-Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) Green Building rating systems launched since 2007 had made rapid strides in the Green Building sector. These Rating Systems have been successfully applied in India in as many as 3,958 buildings, till date with a footprint of 4.48 Billion sq.ft. Many Government, corporate, builders & developers in India have taken lead in constructing Green Buildings. With the growing demand for Green Buildings, there is a need to enhance the knowledge of building professionals on Green Building concepts & equip them on the Green Building rating Systems.

Against this backdrop, CII-Godrej GBC is organizing a two-day IGBC’s Advanced Training Programme on Green Buildings - 27 & 28 April 2017, Mumbai

Date: Apr 27, 2017, End Date: Apr 28, 2017
Venue: Hotel The Orchid, 70/C, Nehru Road, Adjacent to Domestic Airport, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Confederation of Indian Industry
p: 91-40-44185 111
e: vinod.reddy@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


White Cement and Related Building Materials
Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM) Regional Office in Amman, Jordan, is pleased to announce holding the Arab International Conference and Exhibition on White Cement and Related Building Materials – Future outlook in light of new technologies, in cooperation with AUCBM General Secretariat.

Venue: Grand Hyatt Amman, Jordan 
Date: 08-09th May 2017

The event will adhere to the following themes
  • White cement industry in Arab countries and the world
  • Case Studies in Arab cement plants
  • Social Responsibility of mining companies
  • White and colored cement – Decoration, aesthetics and insulation.
  • Concrete roads
  • Alternative energy and potentials of its application in cement and building materials industries; and its positive impact on environment and cost       efficiency
  • General safety systems and their applications in cement and building materials industry
  • Latest technologies in cement industry: maintenance, burning, cooling, grinding, filtration, packaging, handling, and other technologies.

Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM)
p: +962 6 5885711
e: aucbm.roamman@gmail.com
w: www.aucbm.org


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


Our World in Concrete & Structures
The 42nd Conference on ‘Our World in Concrete & Structures’ will be held during 23-25 August 2017 at  Singapore.

The conference will be dedicated to the American Concrete Institute – Singapore Chapter in recognition and appreciation of their significant contribution and support. To mark this auspicious occasion, ACI-SC will present the Conference Lecture, and a guest of honour will be invited.

The major theme at OW17 shall be on “A Sustainable and Resilient World in Concrete”. OW17 intend to celebrate the Singapore Chapter’s achievement of being awarded the ACI Excellent (2013) and outstanding (2014 and 2015) Chapter Award, 3 times, in the last five years. The Chapter would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions of all the past presidents in earning these accolades over the years. The local Singapore Chapter shares with this series of conference the objective of bringing together all those who share a common interest in the area of concrete and structures. As part of the celebrations, besides the ACI – Singapore Chapter 2017 lecture will be one of the major highlights of the conference, the Chapter intends to invite as many of its past Presidents as possible to join in the celebrations. OW17 also wish to have representatives from ACI in the US as well representatives from the regional and other international ACI chapters.

The OW17 conference will feature at least 10 prominent renown professors and professionals, many of whom have supported OWICS for over 15 years like Prof Franco Mola, Italy; Emeritus Professor Shoji Ikeda, Japan; Emeritus Professor G M Sabnis, USA, Emeritus Professor N Otsuki, Japan; Mr Willie Kay, Singapore and Mr Kiat Huat Seow, Singapore.

The OW17 Conference will continue the 12 ‘Highly Commendable Paper Awards sponsored by the Support Organizations and the Industry. Among the twelve are FOUR special Awards in the memory of our good friends, the late Tibor Javor (Czech), late Ken Francis (HK), late HoePeng Lim (Singapore) and the late C R Alimchandani (India).

OW17 cordially invite you to join us in this celebration either with a good, important and interesting paper and your attendance to share and exchange your experience in anything and everything about concrete and structures, especially in the areas of:
  1. Concrete design & analysis for buildings & structures
  2. Concrete mix design, quality control and production
  3. Concrete technology, ready-mix, SCC, RCC
  4. Concrete plant, equipment and machinery
  5. Concrete repairs and rehabilitation
  6. Concrete materials, composites
  7. Concrete construction and safety
  8. Concrete application in roads, bridges, tall buildings, tunnels, underwater, underground, etc
p: +65 67332922; +65 91270094
e: cipremie@singnet.com.sg
w: www.cipremier.com


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


12th Sustainability Summit - 2030 Agenda: Driving Inclusive Growth
The last few decades of globalisation have generated unprecedented growth along with unparalleled levels of inequality. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015 is a key driver of inspiration and remarkable opportunity to reshape the economy and make it more sustainable and inclusive. This requires a global partnership between nations and peoples and in both thinking and behavior. The global community has drawn the plan of action to achieve the equilibrium of economic, social, and environmental sustainability envisioned by the United Nations.

Now as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) move from pledges to practice, a much wider and better-informed deliberation is needed around how business and governments can add the most value for a purposeful shift towards inclusive growth.

It is with this background, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is organizing its 12th edition of The Sustainability Summit. It is a platform for businesses, governments, think tanks, civil society to share experiences, discuss and debate upon global development holistically. The theme for the 12th Sustainability Summit is ‘2030 Agenda: Driving Inclusive Growth’ and it will embark on the collective journey where we initiate to progress and widen the sustainability dialogue in achieving inclusive development by 2030.

Last year, in 2016, we focused on some of the key goals out of the 17 listed SDGs and on building our national competitiveness. In 2016 as well the earlier editions of the Sustainability Summit we have witnessed inspiring discussions and intellectual insights that encouraged innovation and action. The Sustainability Summit has provided a platform to present sustainability solutions and best practices, people have shared their experiences, success stories and exchanged ideas and had built network to enhance their learning experiences.

The 12th Sustainability Summit will strive to facilitate achieving the set targets for Global goals. During the two days, we will run several tracks focussing on Climate Change, CSR, Digital inclusion, Responsible Businesses and Circular Economy. These tracks will see further deliberations focussing on Energy, Infrastructure, Agriculture, INDCs, Mobility, Himalayan Ecosystem, Water, Education, Health & Nutrition, Social Capital, Cashless Economy, Artificial Intelligence, E-Commerce, Ethics, Responsible Mining, Consumption & Production, Waste management, Biodiversity, Circular Cities.

The Summit will feature distinguished speakers, politicians & thought leaders from across the globe, captains of Indian industry & international CEOs, who are the beacon of hope in achieving the SDGs will share their inspiring perspective and intellectual insights on transforming the world.

The Summit will have a wide spread of keynote addresses, plenaries, panel discussions, debates, master classes, workshops, parallel sessions, hard talks/ TED style talks, in conversations and immense networking opportunities spread over two full days on 6-7 September 2017 in New Delhi.
Date: Sep 06, 2017, End Date: Sep 07, 2017
Venue: Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi, , , India
Confederation of Indian Industry
p: 91-124-4346350
e: banajyotsna.baruah@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


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


Shaping Infrastructure, Constructing Opportunities
Organised by UBM India, Concrete Show India will showcase the best practices and newest technologies in Concrete, Construction Machinery, Construction Chemicals, Concrete Flooring, Building Automation, Construction Software and Instruments.

With the government increasing focus on infrastructure development, the construction and infrastructure sector is drawing immense attention from the country’s top policy makers. As the country gears to build new infrastructure and housing projects, the use of concrete and allied construction equipments is expected to progressively increase. This will give a significant boost the entire construction & infrastructure value chain in India.  The growing number of projects across infrastructure segments including roads and highways, bridges, ports, airports, railways and power has enhanced the scope of business for manufacturers and suppliers of Concrete, Construction Equipments and allied products.   The economic requirements today dictate faster construction and minimization of turnaround time & labour costs, thus increasing the demand for precast concrete products and technologies in India. The use of precast technology is expected to change the face of the Indian economy by speeding up the course of action across various infrastructure projects. Expansions of Metro and monorail routes across various Metro’s, Tier I and Tier II cities in India is one example of the utilisation of such products coming in to play.

Every construction and infrastructure project demands the use of a variety of building materials, equipments and tools. Given the scope of work and projects at hand, India now represents an enormous opportunity for end customers and companies who are involved in building the nation’s infrastructure.

Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping, has announced the government’s target of Rs 25 trillion (US$ 376.53 billion) investment in infrastructure over a period of three years, which will include Rs 8 trillion (US$ 120.49 billion) for developing 27 industrial clusters and an additional Rs 5 trillion (US$ 75.30 billion) for road, railway and port connectivity projects. The record allocation of Rs 221,246 crore (US$ 33.07 billion) by the Government of India for several infrastructure projects in Union Budget 2016-17, is expected to provide significant boost to Indian infrastructure sector. This unique situation has demanded the need for an industry expo like Concrete Show India that specializes in showcasing products and technologies in Core Construction & Infrastructure for India. The 5th edition of Concrete Show India will be held between 4-6 May, 2017, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. Exhibitors from China, Italy, Germany, Turkey India and many more have already confirmed their participation. Decision makers, end users and influencers from well known infrastructure, projects and housing companies have been slated to attend the expo and technical conference. The show has received massive industry support through participation from industry bodies including Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (ICEMA), Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), AUMA, Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association (CCMA), Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC), Indian Society of Structural Engineers (ISSE), Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers’ Association (RMCMA) and others. Some of the featured exhibitors include brands like WAM, Atlas Copco, Skyway RMC, Godrej, Masa, Vollert, Elematic among others. The show will feature conferences to showcase the industry’s current status and   the challenges ahead. The conference will deliberate and discuss a wide range of topics like green buildings, high rises, automation, infrastructure projects in metropolitan cities, latest technologies, solutions for concrete road design and construction, tactics to improve and maintain concrete quality, sustainability, and many more. The expo will also feature workshops meant for working civil engineers, architects, consultants, contractors, project managers and other construction professionals.

Concrete Show India 2017
p: +91 22 61727110
e: shannon.andrade@ubm.com
w: www.concreteshowindia.com


LafargeHolcim Awards Update
Submission Status
Registered participants (with project ID) had until March 28, 2017 at 14:00hrs (UTC) to complete their submissions.

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life. The competition was open for registration from July 4, 2016 and closed on March 21, 2017 at 14:00hrs (UTC).

The competition is 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 have two categories with different requirements For more details, visit their website at

Net Zero Energy schools are best in class
Sustainable design across the entire life cycle for Swift Lee Office’s modular school buildings.

Swift Lee Office’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) High-Performing School Prototype has been successfully built on three sites in California. SLO is now a contender to design and manufacture the prototype classroom buildings for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at various school sites, where it is shifting the discussion on building cost away from the short term to examine sustainability across the building’s life cycle.

The NZE Prototype uses “off-the-shelf” components and modular panels to create a system for solar, acoustic, and environmental control that is tailored to achieve a bespoke climate-responsive solution for each individual site. The project won the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver for North America in 2011, and was praised by the jury for its coherent technical concept that retained spatial and conceptual simplicity – but was put on hold when the LAUSD lost funding in late-2013.

With persistence, the design has since been constructed on three sites: as a 1,142 square-meter single-level version for the Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep in San Jose, California. From start to finish, construction took just 14 weeks, and six laborers erected the structural frame in only two days, opening in August 2014. Two more NZE buildings were constructed for the Twin Rivers Charter School near Sacramento, California. A school building with nine classrooms and a gymnasium over 1,770 square meters opened in late 2015; while the 1,950 square-meter elementary school with 12 classrooms, media center and administrative services opened in early 2016.

Gloria Lee confirmed that SLO is currently competing against other modular building firms to design and manufacture the prototype classroom buildings as single or multi-level configurations at various school sites for the LAUSD.

Gloria Lee summarized SLO’s commitment to sustainable construction: “We have always embraced Buckminster Fuller’s maxim of doing the most with the least, which lies at the core of our practice, and which we view as prerequisite to economical and sustainable design. We remind ourselves that with great challenges there are also significant opportunities for change and innovation that can shape the future,” she explains. More details on  the website given below.

Last Updated: March 10, 2017


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


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


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


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




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