National workshop on concrete technology organised at GEC

Goa College of Engineering FarmagudiPANAJI: The Goa Engineering College (GEC), Farmagudi jointly with the Government Polytechnic Mayem and University of Bath, UK organised a two-day, national workshop on ‘Advances in Concrete Technology and Materials (AICTM2015) that was well attended by industry and academic experts.

The workshop organised recently   under the auspices of United Kingdom India Education Research Initiatives (UKIERI) was inaugurated by Georg Dirk and Dr Ivana Dirk, chairmen of Dirk Group of Companies & Milbank Ltd. Vivek B Kamat, director of technical education,  Goa, Dr V N Shet, principal, GEC, Subhash Borkar, principal, Government Polytechnic, Bicholim were present. The workshop was co-ordinated by Dr Purnanand P Savoikar, professor, GEC and Dr John Orr, assistant professor, University of Bath.

Principal Borkar welcomed the gathering and Dr Savoikar laid down the objectives of the workshop. Speakers during the occasion advised delegates to learn the latest trends in the technology and keep abreast with advancements in the field. A souvenir containing technical articles and a CD containing the research papers of the resource persons was also released during the workshop by the chief guests.

Dirk delivered the keynote address on “Increased utilisation of fly-ash in India” which was well appreciated by the delegates. Prof Smita Aldonkar compered the event and  Dr Savoikar proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural ceremony was followed by technical talks by the resource persons invited to conduct the workshop. Dr R Manikandan, ACC Ltd, spoke on “Influence of physical and chemical characteristics of fly-ash’ while Dr Nirmalkumar Rajmane from SRM University Chennai delivered a talk on Geopolymer Concrete and self- curing concrete.

Dr Purnanand Savoikar delivered talk on advanced testing of concrete, while Dr John Orr delivered talks on Optimised structures, fabric formwork and carbon fibre reinforced polymers. Dr David Miranda from Bath University delivered talk on “design and analysis of non-conventional concrete structures” while Graham Mustard from Bath University, UK delivered talk on “municipal solid waste incineration residues for use as secondary construction materials”. Deepali Mahto from Sunil Chemicals, Mumbai delivered corporate talk on Bonar fibres. Prof Prasannakumar, Dr Ganesh Hegde and Prof Smita Aldonkar co-ordinated the technical sessions. The workshop was attended by over 70 delegates from academics, industry and government offices from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra and PG students from GEC.

The valedictory session was chaired by Dr Nirmalkumar Rajmane and Dr Savoikar both of who urged students to come together, learn the latest technologies and take up the research activities.  Certificates were distributed to all the delegates at the workshop.