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

AKC Andheri
  • “Repair/ Rehabilitation & Waterproofing Workshop” on 14th & 15th Mar’ 18
  • Technical Lecture on “Application of BIM software for Architect, Structural Engineers, Builders & Quality Surveyor” on 16th Mar’ 18 (Speaker-Patricia Solomon-In charge Computer Centre- Institution of Engineers, Belapur Local Centre)
  • Technical Lecture on “Principal & Properties followed in Design/ Execution of Tall Structures” on 29th Mar’ 18 (Speaker- Hemant Gaur-Structural Consultant, Dubai)

AKC Thane along with ‘Centre of Excellence’, ACC Thane
  • Technical Lecture on “Concept of Approach Slab Construction” on 9th Mar’ 18 (Speaker- Gururaju- QA/QC Specialist, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.)
  • Technical Lecture on “Industrial Flooring” on 30th Mar’ 18 (Speaker- Er. Santanu Sankaramoorthy- Sr. Executive, Sales CS- BASF India)

AKC Navi Mumbai
  • “Basic Formwork/ Shuttering Design Workshop” on 22nd Mar’ 2018
  • Technical Lecture on “Chemicals Solution for Underground Construction & Chemical Consolidation” on 23rd Mar’ 18 (Speaker-Er. Sourish Nanda- Technical Head, Normet India Pvt. Ltd.)
Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
p: ++91 22 40667620 / 8291885509
e: foundations.mumbai@ambujacement.com


Build n Design 2018
A Building Material, Interior And Exterior Building Expo will be held during 27th April to 29th April, 2018 at Hotel Sepal, Goniana Road, Bathinda (Punjab, India)

The organisers are presenting  a meeting point for all the companies that involve construction, exterior and interior designing bring innovative and fresh ideas to the table in the world of architecture. With the help of such an expertise, one can lead the businesses to the heights of success by making long lasting relationships. One can establish, improve or reinforce one’s corporate identity by getting the best competitive advantage that will lead one to their customers by ensuring potential visitors at each and every booth

The list of exhibitors include: CAD Services n Building, BPO & Auditorium Services, Construction Project, Consulting Engineers Corporate & Mnc’s, Electrical Contractors & Engineers Structural Fabricators, Kitchen & Bath Production equipment, Landscape, Painting, Contractors Plumbing & Sanitation and Fine Arts., Aluminum Windows, Aluminum Composite Panel, Antiques & Curios, Anti-skid, Flooring & Tiles Aquariums, Artifacts, Bath Tubs, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Faucets, Bathroom Fittings & Accessories, Bathroom Hardware, Bathroom Sinks, Batteries & Inverter & Generators, Bidets, Blinds, Building Construction, Material Cabinets & Closets, Carpets, Ceramics & Stones, Tubs Cleaning, Equipments Construction & Interior Software, Cooking Appliances, Cooking Utensils, Counter Tops, Curtain, Wall Systems Decorative, Lighting & Chandeliers, Designer Lamps & Fans, Dishwasher & Dryer, Door, Closer Doors & Frames Doors, Window Electrical & Lighting, Electrical Accessories, Facades & Roofing, False Ceilings, Fasteners, Fencing, Films, Fixtures Floor Coverings, Flooring, Flyscreen Fountains, Furniture, Furnishing, Geysers & Water Heater, Glass & Glazing, Glass & Mirrors Grill Works, Handles Hardware & Tools, Hinges Home Accessories, Home Decorative Lighting, Insect Repellents, Kitchen Blinds & Accessories, Kitchen Hardware, Kitchen Interior & Design Kitchen, Kitchen Sinks, Kitchen Ware, Landscaping & Gardens Lighting, Locks, Mattresses, Modular Kitchens, Mosquito Nets, Picture Frames, Paints & Coats, Plumbing Equipment, Plywood & Veneer, Pottery & Vases, PVC Windows, Roofing, Safety, Lockers, Suna Shower, Curtains, Shower Enclosure, Solar System & Lighting, Stained Glass, Steel Windows, Storage, Tanks, Tableware, Termite & Pest Control, Tiles & Sanitary ware, Vanities Wood, Veneers, Ventilators Wall, Hangings & Paintings Wall Papers, Wash Basin and many more.,

Build n Design 2018
w: tradeshows.tradeindia.com/buildndesign


World Build India 2018
A B2B exhibition for the building industry will be held during 19 - 21 April 2018 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai.

The list of exhibitors include:  Building Chemicals, Mixtures & Insulation; Building Materials, Structure, and Elements; Electrical and Lighting; Elevators and Escalators; Facades & Fenestration; Gates and Automation; Hardware and tools; Plumbing and Pipes; HVAC, Water Technologies & Energy; Safety, Security and Fire Protection.

World Build India


Concrete Show India 2018
UBM India is organising Concrete Show India 2018 during 24-26 May 2018 at Hall no 4, BEC, Goregaon, Mumbai.

Concrete Show India is a part of UBM’s global exhibition portfolio held in continents across the America’s and Asia. The expo provides a unique platform to corporations in the core concrete, construction and infrastructure space to present the latest developments in technology, practices and policies. The show has seen tremendous growth in industry participation from both visitors and exhibitors since its inception 2012 and is rapidly becoming the keystone for the Indian Infrastructure Industry. The show’s unique industry categories and mix of engaging platforms make it a perfect destination to commence new business, and partnerships through insightful interactions with the entire value chain of the Concrete & Infrastructure industry.

The profile of exhibitors include those from: Concrete & Construction; Construction equipment; Construction Chemical; Commercial & Industrial flooring; IT Programs & Systems; Construction Tools & Instrumentation; Automation, etc.

Concrete Show India 2018
p: +91 22 61727000, 9819339318
e: shannon.andrade@ubm.com
w: www.concreteshowindia.com


Architect & Interior Expo 2018
The Architect & Interior Expo 2018 wil be held during May 11-13, 2018, at Hall-1, Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai.

The exhibitors profile could include: Architects & Designers - Historical Architects - Decoration - Exterior - Interior - Landscape - Hardware - Structures - Walls - Ceiling - Roof - Furnishings - Garden & Terrace Fittings - Commercial Kitchens - Building & Construction - Building Materials - Insulation & Sanitation - Drainage - Foundations Structures - Construction Systems - Roofing - Facades - Renewable Energy - Staircases - Elevators - Windows - Shutters - Blinds Doors - Garage Doors - Gates Flooring & Wall Covering - Paints - Glass Technology - Adhesive Technology - Glass Finishing Equipment - Safety Glass Technology - Glass processing equipment - Raw Materials - Wallpaper Tile - Mosaic - Paver - Carpet - Resilient Flooring - Ceiling Lighting - Architectural Lighting - Outdoor Lighting - Urban Lighting Ventilation - Air Conditioning - Boilers - Heat Pumps - Ventilation - Air Conditioners - Fireplaces - Automatic Doors & Windows - Access Control - PVC Doors & Windows, Wood Treatment Products - Machines & Cutting Machines - Modular Kitchen - Kitchen & Bathroom Fittings - Sinks - Showers - Kitchen Appliances

Architect & Interior Expo 2018
p: 044-45050099, +91-9884036873
e: jsathish@big3exhibitions.com
w: www.big3exhibitions.com


CONFAIR 2018 will beheld during 18 - 20 May 18 at Codissia Trade Fair Complex, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.

The Exhibitor Profile would include : Bathroom fittings & Accessories, Building Automation, Construction chemicals, Construction equipment, Construction machinery, Civil Engg. software, Doors & windows, Electrical & Electronic systems, Facades & Wall cladding, Furniture, Hardware & fixtures, Interior decoration, Landscaping, Pre- Fab Pre-Engineered building, Property developers & promoters, Rain water harvesting, Solar systems, Safety Equipment,  Tools & Plants, Tile & sanitary wares.

p: +91 98947 77771, +91 92444 02339
e: confair2016@gmail.com
w: www.con-fair.in


One Mega Event
One Mega Event will be held during 23-25 May 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Hosted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) & Exhibitions India, Group, this Mega Event incorporates five expos with the view to develop attractive, safe and smart cities, that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens:
  • Buildings India expo
  • Solar India expo
  • Transport India expo
  • Smart Cities India expo
  • Water India expo
One Mega Event is a large trade show and conference in the country to attract industry, experts and leaders from the city, government and community to share their views and proposals to make, cities more sustainable, efficient, transparent, and, above all, enhance the quality of life of its residents. From ground-breaking start-ups to blue-chip multinationals, companies from 40 countries unveil the, latest in technology products and services across 20,000 square metres of exposition space.

One Mega Event features action-packed conference sessions, panel discussions, plenary sessions, and, provides opportunities for one-to-one meetings, group discussions and networking activities. A full lineup, of over 50 conference sessions enables delegates to collaborate and share best practices across a, wide range of smart technology areas. A world-class exhibit space ensures an experiential trade show, for all those involved in promoting efficient buildings, solar power, smart transportation, smart cities, and smart water management. This trade show brings together global industry leaders, exhibitors, industry associations, speakers,, government administrators, municipal bodies, urban planning experts, investors, pioneers, technology, innovators, architects, academia and the media to envision the cities of tomorrow. Government and, business delegations from all across the globe will attend the expo.

One Mega Event
p: +91 11 4279 5000
e: praveens@eigroup.in
w: www.onemegaevent.com


IACCM - 2018
The second Industry Academia Conference on Construction Management, IACCM – 2018 will be held during 27th and 28th July 2018 at NICMAR,  Shiksha Vihar, Jagganguda, Aliabad, Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy (Dist), Hyderabad, Talanaga.
This conference aims to bring together researchers from academia and professionals from construction industry spanning the real estate sector, infrastructure and facilities management sectors as well as project management consultancies under one roof to share their experiences, new ideas, research results, discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. The conference will provide a platform for a healthy exchange of ideas relating to current practices in the industry and research in the areas of Construction Management and all related areas.

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

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

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

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

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


GBC#GreenCo Summit 2018
To further advance the need & importance of Green initiatives in Indian industry and share the latest green concepts & technologies, CII is organizing the 7th edition of the GreenCo Summit which aims at fostering and promoting sustainable models.

The following concepts would be discussed and deliberated extensively by leading National and International experts
  • International experiences & world class practices in Green
  • Transforming supply chains - logistics, procurement, packaging
  • Design for environment - resource conservation, recyclability and zero toxicity
  • Development of green products through life cycle approach
  • Green initiatives driving innovation
  • Green Marketing & Branding
  • Experiences of GreenCo Champions
Date and Venue
Start Date: Jun 27, 2018, End Date: Jun 29, 2018
Venue: ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

GBC#GreenCo Summit 2018
p: 91-40-44185 111
e: n.muthu@cii.in
w: www.cii.in


ACCE(I)-AWARDS 2018 Call for Nominations
Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) has been conferring yearly Awards for outstanding work of persons / organisation / firms, for excellent / innovative design, excellence in the field of construction, significant contributions to civil engineering consultancy, best software package in civil engineering, best publication in civil engineering etc.

Some of the categories for the awards are for outstanding design of Industrial Plant/ Structure using special /advance /new Technique, specialized foundations; or moving structures or design of facilitating structure; for Innovative design of Structure other than Industrial structure; for Excellence in construction of Industrial Structure; for Excellence in construction of High Rise Building; for Excellence in Construction of Highway Project; for Excellence in construction in the Field of Civil Engineering ; for Best Software Package for Civil Engineering Consultancy; for Best Publication (Book) in Civil Engineering (Useful to Consultants); for Effective Use of Pozolona or Blended Cements in Design & Construction of Civil Engineering Projects; for Best Construction by Budding Company of India; for Effective Use of Construction Materials/Systems in Construction Resulting In National Savings; for Best Use of Formwork In Civil Engineering; for Appropriate use of Construction Chemicals Epoxy for rehabilitation/ Retrofitting of Civil; Engineering Structure by Consultants; for Innovative Structural Design by Upcoming Structural Designer; for Excellence in the use of Rectangular/Square Hollow Sections In Steel Structures; for a person from the field of engineering, preferably, civil engineering; and more. For more details get in touch with ACCE.

Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE)
p: 080-26770365, 26770366
e: manager@acce.in
w: www.acce.in


Event Report
The following are the recommendations  of the  22nd Annual Convention & Seminar on “Housing for All in Urban & Rural Areas” held by the Indian Buildings Congress at NDMC Auditorium  on 22-23, December 2017.

  1. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) launched in June 2015 aims to build 20 million houses in urban areas for EWS, LIG and BPL categories by 2022. The progress so far upto March 2017 has only been 41,000 houses. This calls for revisiting the PMAY for removing the hurdles in implementation.  It is desirable that all schemes district wise, are led preferably by the Collector of the district, with concerned central and state government officials working in close coordination.  This could ensure speedier implementation of the projects.
  2. Housing is a state subject which involves close interaction amongst Central, State and Local Governments and entails cross sectional co-ordination of social, economic, environmental and governance system.  The important aspect to be dealt with include, access to lands, regulatory and planning control and clearances, slum development and  rehabilitation, housing upgradation and renewal, infrastructure services development, outsourcing processes and managing financial resources through loans, subsidies and grants.
  3. Partnerships and Community Participation are new models, which should be community led and participatory based on principle of equitable allocation of resources.  The aim is to create inclusive housing which provides everyone with a house with linkages, livelihood, water, electricity, toilets and security.  The community acts as the core actor in the shelter process, controls the money and resources, promotes a broader concept of upgradation and improvement of existing structures and optimizes utilization of urban land with focus on brown fields, capacity development, community empowerment including PPP mode of implementation.  
  4. According to TCPO estimate, the land requirement for 20 million houses is around 100,000 hectares of additional land.  Accordingly, a GIS based inventory and total station survey of all potential lands suitable for housing redevelopment and settlement should be prepared including the master plan of the concerned city.  Land parcels  in government possession, unused lands in SEZs, potential agricultural lands etc. should be explored for housing  development, and digitized inventory prepared for all townships for long term planning and development.
  5. Compulsory reservation of lands for social housing for BPL/EWS/LIG is required.  For making social housing affordable and viable, there is need to subsidize the cost of land. New options of access to lands such as land pooling, transferable development right (TDR), land banking and mixed land use should be considered.
  6. Out of total housing shortage of 20 millions, about 80% dwelling units comprise of dilapidated and congested houses under PMAY thus involving urban renewal, upgradation, regularization, redevelopment, rehabilitation and retrofitting.  About 25% of the population in major cities of the country resides in unauthorized colonies, often built on public land lacking basic infrastructure, open spaces and facilities. As such rather than greenfield development, it is necessary to focus on upgradation and redevelopment of old, dilapidated housing areas, urbanized villages and unauthorized colonies. 
  7. Government needs to develop proper schemes for such rehabilitation and redevelopment of viable unauthorized schemes and implement them with a view to achieve the target by 2022.  Additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and Floor space Index (FSI), can make slum development projects more financially viable.  Slum rehabilitation projects can have a free sale component for market sale so as to cross-subsidize the project.
  8. National Urban Rental Housing Policy (NURHP) 2015 was formulated with a view to provide social Rental Housing especially for BPL, EWS and LIG groups, and also shelters for hostels, PG, dormitories etc. Under the scheme, urban local bodies are to distribute rent vouchers for identified families eligible for such concession. 
  9. Government should construct large scale ‘Night Shelters’ on vacant Govt. lands along with community toilets for below poverty line population and pavement dwellers to provide them with roof over their head till such time they are provided housing under various schemes over a period of time.  This could be done by State Govts. through their own funds in all townships.
  10. A critical concern in redevelopment, re-densification, and slum rehabilitation projects relates to infrastructure services such as water supply, sewerage, power and other services which are under severe stress.  These require strategic interventions such as (i) Preparation of services plan of redevelopment, slum rehabilitation and regularization (ii) Water recycling, water conservation and energy efficiency (iii) Checking of leakages, theft and transmission losses. 
  11. There is an urgent need to simplify procedure and processes for land acquisition and conversion of land use to encourage mass Housing Projects. Authorities should introduce single window online clearance mechanism which would facilitate speedy clearance of projects.
  12. To encourage construction of appropriate infrastructure by private sector, Govt. should grant ‘infrastructure’ status to construction industry and accord further suitable tax incentives.
  13. Lot of innovative Building materials and Technologies like GFRG etc. are coming up. There is need for Government to give financial support for their manufacturing units.
  14. Government could finance and make available extensively semi developed land with roads, water and electricity to prospective private builders to construct mass housing projects. 
  15. Developed countries solved their housing problem, by industrializing the building industry.  Industrialization of building involves the mass manufacture of components in factory and their erection at site using mechanical appliances.  It needs total integration of production, transportation, erection through competent management using mechanization.
  16. Functional design, rationalization of specifications, optimal structural design of buildings with integrated approach of mass housing construction would optimize cost.  Mass housing technologies like Monolithic concrete construction system using plastic/aluminum formwork, Expanded polystyrene core panel system, Industrialized 3-S system using cellular light weight concrete slabs and precast columns, light gauge steel framed structures, factory made fast track modular building system, etc. are feasible solutions for mass Housing.
  17. Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode is in nascent stage as far as low cost housing projects are concerned.  The Govt. could consider creating a robust PPP model to attract private capital for low cost housing. 
  18. Housing finance is a long term investment and asset liability mismatch is a major problem for housing finance. Such financing of the social housing besides government grants and private sector funds can be supplemented by mortgage guarantee fund, social housing fund, micro financing, pension funds, real estate mutual funds and the like. National Housing Bank could be allowed to raise funds through capital gains bonds.  Housing Finance companies could provide funds at subsidized interest rates.  Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts could be alternate sources of funding.
  19. Training Institute may be opened by State Govt./PWD’s at District Headquarters under skill development schemes of GOI. On the job training may be given by PWD to artisans at their construction sites free of cost at various locations to augment availability of skilled labour for urban and rural housing.
  20. In respect of Rural Housing: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Gramin caters for providing financial assistance to one crore dwelling units from 2016-17 to 2018-19.  Implementation mechanism of Gramin Yojna needs to be streamlined and strengthened, including proper input from National Technical Support Agency at national level.
  21. Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) caters to providing rural hubs physical connectivity by providing roads, energy self sufficiency, drinking water and communication network. This has to be carried out in an integral way on a war footing so that economic activities including housing get properly facilitated.
  22. There is need to enhance the availability of financial resources for procuring lands for BPL as well as APL households through additional instruments – grants as well as interest subsidy based, to address different needs of rural households.
  23. State Govts. should make available adequate number of home plots in terms of locality and size to meet basic livelihood needs of the family in rural areas, preferably to be made available on annual lease hold basis.
  24. Strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institution through appointment of secretary cum CEO, and engineers through State Public Service Commission as suggested by Expert Panel headed by Sumit Bose needs to be carried out.
  25. NGO’s have been playing an important role in facilitating rural housing through promotion of community based process and alternative technologies. NGO’s could be professionally engaged to facilitate infrastructure and housing development.
  26. Central Govt. could support the States to prepare State Housing and Habitat Plan and schemes giving a roadmap of actions required.  A well equipped PMU is needed to be set up at the state and district level to lead the process of implementation of rural habitat schemes.
  27. In conclusion, for realizing the goal of ‘Housing for All’, public sector and private sector both, need to work together.  Central and State Governments should proactively develop and make adequate land and infrastructure available for housing at a fast pace.  The building industry must be modernized, technologically upgraded, made environmentally conscious and globally competitive, to meet the housing challenge in the country.
-- IBC Press Release


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


REPORT: 5th Ferrocement Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

– MSL Group press release


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

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

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

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

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

– MSL Group press release


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