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Concrete Day & Engineers Day Celebrations

The Senate, Hotel Dolphin, Visakhapatnam
15 September 2002

A Seminar on “Latest Developments in Concrete Technology” was held at The Senate, Hotel Dolphin to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visweswaraya. The Day was observed as Concrete Day and Engineers Day.

The Seminar was organized by Indian Concrete Institute (APLC), Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers, Builders Association of India, Department of Civil Engineering – Andhra University, Gayatri Vidhya Parishad College of Engineering, GITAM Engineering College.

VC delivered inaugural speech at the Seminar

The Seminar was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University Prof. YC Simhadri was present as the Chief Guest, lit the light with a ‘Jyothi Prajvalan’ followed by a prayer. Giving the inaugural address, Prof. Simhadri reminded of the classical story of the Ramayana in which Lord Sri Ram who took the help of monkeys to build a bridge across the ocean in just six days time. He gave a detailed note on the life of Sir M Visweswaraya in which he highlighted the ‘vision and principles’ of the great man who made Indian Engineers proud.

Sri A Bhima Rao who had 14-years experience in the Industry and rendered service to Indian Construction Institute took over as the Presiding offer for the seminar.

Durability is the need of hour – says Dr. Iqbal Ali

Dr. Iqbal Ali attended the Seminar as the Guest of Honor. He highlighted the need for more durable concrete and that IS 456 standard was an attempt to reflect this. He said that importance is gradually shifting from structural designing to more durable constructions. He said that today, Engineers have the flexibility of choosing from among various types of cements, mixtures etc. which was not possible a decade ago.

He said that a typical concrete technology is today displaying 10-year half life period and that its time to welcome new generation concrete mixtures such as Polymers, Polymer mixed concrete, self-stressing concrete, self-healing concrete, self-curing concrete, free fall concrete and self-compacting concrete.

Quality has to be looked after – says Sri Satyanarayan Singh

Sri Satyanarayan Singh gave the key note at the Seminar and stressed that Quality is a prime candidate in Concrete and Building technologies. He drew out examples from his career and said that Builders who are the real people who execute a project are the key people who can promise on quality of good or service. He said that a ‘Code of Conduct’ has to introduced and that Regulatory body should be set up by the State and Central Governments to look and implement Quality measures including Quality Check, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Quality Assessment. He also said that Concrete mixtures have to be done by trained people and felt sad that even implementing Government projects, this was not looked at. Since Private Colleges may not enter into the scene, Universities can take up the change to provide testing mechanisms, design of better concrete products and offer such other consulting services. Quality should come at the minimum cost.

Book on Water Resources Engineering released

A book entitled “Book on Water Resources Engineering” authored by Sri Challa Satyanarayana Murthy was released by Sri Satyanarayan Singh. The Author was felicitated.

Felicitation of eminent personalities

Engineering Day Celebrations wont be of any good unless eminent Engineers were felicitated. Sri B Kantha Rao (Gayatri Vidya Parishad Engineering College), Janab MAR Ansari (Visakhapatnam Port Trust), Sri UAN Raju (M/s UAN Raju Constructions), Sri MRK Prasada Rao (M/s MVR & Sons), Prof. PSN Raju (Dept. of Civil Engineering, Andhra University) and others were felicitated. Sri KLN Rao Centenary Gold Medal was presented to Ms. Sri Devi (SKBR College, Bhimavaram). Gold Medals were also presented to Mr. P Rama Kanth (GITAM Engineering College) and Ms. Ch Anita (GVP College of Engineering)

Technical Notes

Prof. PS Rao (Principal, Gayatri Vidya Parishad Engineering College) gave a technical talk on best practices on concrete mixing and other practices. He said that concrete pumping has to be used rather than on-site mixing of concrete.

Prof. DL Narasimha Rao spoke on sustainable development and trends towards supplemented cements in which waste materials that come out of industries are used as cement-replacements such as in slag cement. He said that the Government of India has made it clear that CC roads were to be laid for major projects instead of the conventional black tar roads which require frequent maintenance.

Dr GVK Prasad (Andhra Cements) spoke on the need of usage of Slag cements and drew out examples from the Industry where it was used. He said that Visakhapatnam being near the Sea shore should use Blended cement. He said that the HiTech City in Hyderabad was constructed using 100% slag cement and that the Parliament House Extension project was also using the same.

Prof. DL Narasimha Rao (Dept. of Civil Engineering, Andhra University) gave a technical note on Cracking of Concrete – Reasons and Precautions to be taken. He said that Sulphates and Chlorides were the prime agents that accelerate cracking in constructions, Magnesium Sulphate being a prime candidate for this effect. He explained in detail about various types of crackings and how to avoid them. He also explained about the IS 456:2000 Standard and various points in it including the classification of environments, minimum and maximum covers, cements and water proportions to be used etc.

Other eminent experts in the field also gave technical notes.

The Seminar was Co-sponsored by Andhra Cements Ltd, Grasim India Ltd, Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd, UAN Raju Constructions Ltd and Vijaya Nirman Company.

About Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visweshwaraya

Born at Madanahali in Karnataka, Sri Visweshwaraya rose to be an eminent Indian Engineer. Having lost his father at a very tender age, Sri Visweshwaraya grew up at his uncle’s place. In 1880, he got his B.E degree and studied at the Poorna Science College for the LCE Diploma. In 1884, he joined the Madras Government and rose to be the Assistant Engineer of the Public Works Department – the highest rank at those times (Britishers used to hold the Chief Engineer post). Between 1884-1908, he worked on several Water and Irrigation projects and was responsible for the design of automatic shutters which were used in popular bridges.

When Muri River floods filled Hyderabad, the Nizam Kings asked for the help of Visweshwaraya who accepted the job as the chief Engineer. His Master Plan was the idea behind the technique that avoids floods for Hyderabad even today.

He also served the Mysore Maharaj with whose help, found the Mysore University. His vision for Automobile and Shipping Industries were however suppressed by the British Governments. These experiences were presented in a book “Government of India: Hindrance for Automobile Industry during the British Rule”.

He also advised Visakhapatnam Port Trust in various projects. He lost his wife at a very young age and remained to live as a single for the rest of his life. Though an Engineer, Sri Visweshwaraya has no house of his own and lived with his nephew. He was given the title ‘Sir’ and later the Bharat Ratna – the highest title that is given to a citizen in India. Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who recognized the efforts of Sri Visweshwaraya recommended the then President of India Babu Rajendra Prasad.

Sri Visweshwaraya always lived a simple and humble life. He always gave importance to Merits and followed strict rules giving no rules to relatives in Projects. He always used to ask his sub-ordinates not to indulge in gossips but to work hard. Hard work always pays was always his slogan.

About Dr. Iqbal Ali

Dr. Iqbal Ali is a leading Researcher in Concrete and related fields. Aged 79, Dr. Ali settled in Hyderabad. He did his Bachelor of Science at Madras University, Engineering at the Osmania University, Ph.D in Chicago, USA. He served as the Director of top-notch Research labs in the country.

About Sri Satyanarayan Singh

Sri Satyanarayan Singh served for the Government of Andhra Pradesh at various levels including as a Chief Engineer, Secretary as well as Consultant to World Bank. He also studied the Bhakra Project, Hirakud Project and was the chief person who engineered the Nagarjuna Sagar Project in Andhra Pradesh.

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