Pune 30 November 2018: Indian Concrete Institute Pune Centre (ICI-PC) is organizing a national level conference, CEMCON on topic Defect Free Construction Emerging technologies and Materials at C.V. Raman Auditorium, IISER Campus, Baner, Pune on 7th and 8th December 2018. Gautam Chatterjee (IAS) Chairperson, MahaRERA has consented to be the Chief Guest for the event. He will deliver the key note speech at the inaugural session.

Ujwal Kunte Chairperson Indian Concrete Institute Pune informed that CEMCON 2018 is being organized in the era of rapid developments in housing, infrastructure and smart cities with the challenge of speed, minimum carbon foot prints, maximum safety and quality. So, construction with minimum defects becomes need of this hour. It would be golden opportunity for all to meet on a national platform to the see the integration of the research, theory and practice. CEMCON 2018 also includes exhibition and demonstration of live products.

Defect free construction has been a challenge to the industry due to lack of skills, technology and knowledge. Industry not only spends enormous amount of money and man-hours on rectification and rework, but it also impacts the credibility of the civil engineering fraternity. The new regulations like RERA are adding further to the responsibility of civil professionals towards defect free construction. This makes the topic very relevant for the Civil Engineering Community.

Topics for the conference include, Legal and Contractual Aspect of Defects in Construction, Structural Health Monitoring of structures for long term performance, Design Life & Durability of Structure, Construction defects and its remedies, Total quality management In Construction Industry- A need of the hour, Roles of Stakeholders in construction of Structure- Client, Contractor, Consultants, Costing of poor quality v/s Benefits from Quality (Defect Free) Construction, Strength and Durability of Concrete for Life-Long Structures, Construction Defects & life cycle costs. Speakers for the CEMCON 2018 are Er. Kamal Hadkar Managing Director, Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd, Dr. J.D. Bapat Independent Professional, Academic Advisor & Cement- Concrete Technoloist, Er. Anand Gosavi Partner, A A PMC & ENGG, Structural Consultant, Ar. Christopher Benninger Director Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd, Ar. Pramod Beri Architect and Structural Designer, Chairman, Beri Architects and Engineers Pte. Ltd. Er. Satish Marathe Director, Satish Marathe Consulting Engineers, Er. A.B. Dongre Director, Dongre Project Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Er. Khaled Awad Ex. President, American Concrete Institute. Er. C.M. Dordi Ex. Vice-President, Ambuja Cement, Gujrat. Ar. Milind Randive, Architect and Partner, Synthesis Design Workplace. Er. Sarvesh Javdekar, Partner, Vilas Javdekar ECO Homes.

Students from any college/institute can submit papers on any topic relevant to the theme of the conference or any other topic related to cement, concrete, construction materials and techniques. Papers would be shortlisted from the submitted entries by the ICI-PC Technical Committee and top three contestants would get an opportunity to present their papers at the conference on 8th December 2018.

Secretary of Indian Concrete Institute Pune Centre -Prasad Sevekari said Indian Concrete Institute Pune Centre (ICI-PC) has been successfully organizing a national level conference, CEMCON for past several years based on the needs of industry. It has received wide appreciation for the topics selected which are very relevant to the industry and are presented by respected professionals. CEMCON has become a flagship event in western India towards knowledge dissemination.