26 September 2023, Mumbai: Ambuja Cements and ACC, the cement and building material companies of the diversified Adani Group, hosted a national webinar on September 13th. Themed ‘Modern Technologies for Ultra-Rapid Building Construction’, this event was a part of its Adani Knowledge Initiative, showcasing a strong commitment to fostering innovation and progress within the construction sector.
The webinar’s primary aim was to create a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing and technology exchange among professionals within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community. It was a day to celebrate both the 161st birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and the 55th Engineer’s Day in India. The event marked a poignant tribute to the legacy of Visvesvaraya, a true engineering luminary.
With an astonishing turnout of over 2600 dedicated professionals, the webinar brought together a diverse and influential audience. This inclusive gathering featured practicing engineers, architects, structural engineers, concrete technologists, project managers, QA/QC officials, government representatives, and academicians from every corner of the nation. Their presence exemplified a shared aspiration to delve into the latest developments in construction technologies and practices.
Mr. Amit Barde, M.S., P.E., LEED AP, a luminary in the realm of precast construction was a keynote speaker at the webinar. With over a decade of experience in precast construction both in India and abroad, Mr. Barde shared invaluable insights into the cutting-edge construction technologies that are shaping the industry today. His presentation emphasised the critical importance of staying at the forefront of the industry’s technological evolution, particularly in the post-COVID era. Mr. Barde's expertise extended to rapid construction systems, highlighting their efficacy and relevance in the current Indian construction landscape. In particular, he shed light on offsite construction techniques, which have garnered significant interest due to their ability to expedite project timelines.
The distinguished personality is engaged in the construction of the CIDCO Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) housing project in Navi Mumbai. Highlighting the role of digitalisation and innovation in modern construction Mr. Barde during the webinar shared the case study of ‘Mission 96’, where Larsen & Toubro (L&T) successfully built 96 flats in just 96 days using precast technology. This achievement was made possible through effective mechanisation, digitalisation, and the application of cutting-edge technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D Concrete Printing, among others.
Mr. Ajay Kapur, CEO, Cement Business, said, “We are of the firm belief that innovation is the cornerstone of progress within the construction industry. Ambuja Cements and ACC are dedicated to fostering a culture of continuous learning and sharing of knowledge. Through the Adani Knowledge Initiative, we aim to empower professionals with the latest insights and tools that transcend traditional boundaries and redefine established construction norms. We believe that by nurturing talent and embracing innovation, we can not only build remarkable structures but also leave a sustainable legacy for generations to come. Our commitment to advancing modern construction technologies and sustainable practices is a testament to our vision for a brighter, more efficient future for the entire industry.”
As leading players in the construction materials industry, Ambuja Cements and ACC continue their unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. The companies have consistently demonstrated their dedication to sustainable construction practices, pioneering technologies, and the promotion of knowledge-sharing initiatives. With a shared vision for an environmentally friendly and prosperous future within the construction sector, Ambuja Cements and ACC remain at the forefront of driving positive change and growth in the industry.