India Chapter of American Concrete Institute’s (ICACI) two-day conference on ‘Modern Trends in Construction Technology’ was a resounding success as it effectively brought together India’s leading technocrats on one platform to present, discuss and deliberate the latest technology innovations of the construction industry.

The conference, which was co-sponsored by American Concrete Institute (ACI) and a host of like-minded technical associations, drew a robust audience of over 250 professionals, designers, consultants and academicians from the government and private sector who came to network and learn the best practices.

The highlight of the conference was its interactive format and outstanding subject matter, with stalwarts such as Dr. Manu Santhanam of IIT, Chennai, speaking on the technology, sustainability and future of 3D Printing for Mass Housing. This was followed by a powerhouse presentation on Supertall Building Design and Execution by Er. Vinay Gupta, CEO of Tandon Consultants and President of Indian Concrete Institute.

High-impact technical presentations on Use of Construction Demolition Waste by Dr. Sivakumar Kandasami of L&T, The Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, by Er. Sandeep Sharma of Afcons and a talk on post pandemic recovery and use of smart materials by Dr. S. K. Manjrekar, Past President ICACI, provided unique insights to the latest technological advancements.

Precast Pavements, The Mumbai Trans – Harbour Link, The Mumbai Coastal Road, Execution of massive oil and gas facilities by EIL, Passive Fire Protection, Practical 3-D Printing, Modern Structural Design, BIM, Fast Track Precast Construction and Modern Prestressing Methods, and Modern Demolition Techniques rounded up the wide scope of Modern Technologies.

Mr. Chetan Raikar, Conference Convenor noted: “We are absolutely delighted by the overwhelming response we have received for this conference – our first in-person event post the COVID pandemic. The star attraction and pivot of our conference was its superlative technical content – combining the best of contemporary Indian works and vigorous academic research – delivered by an array of industry experts. Hence, while it might not have come as a surprise, but it was definitely rewarding to see people travelling from all parts of India including Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat etc. to attend our event and learn about the country’s engineering marvels.”

Mr. Sunny Surlaker, President ICACI added: “Rich technical content, networking opportunities, support of the worlds’ most renowned professional and private organizations, student activities and the prestigious Constructions Awards programme made our in-person conference a decisive success with the industry. Invigorated and refreshed, we have already commenced our planning activities and will soon roll out yet another stellar event.”

The show-stopper event for Day One of the conference was the glittering awards ceremony celebrating distinguished winners of ICACI’s ‘Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards’ over the past 3 years. More than 30 illustrious projects including the 351 feet tall Shiva Statue at Udaipur, The Motera Cricket Stadium, The Cave that Travelled, Buildings, Metros and other iconic structures in over 7 categories were honoured in the august presence of industry stalwarts.

The student fraternity is an integral stakeholder for ICACI, and Day Two of the conference closed with ICACI honouring student winners of its yearly Concrete Cube Testing and Essay Competitions. 15-plus teams participated in the Chapter’s Student Awards programme.


India Chapter of ACI, one of the largest ACI Chapters, is in its 43rd year of operations and is privileged to receive the ‘Excellent Chapter’ award from ACI for over two decades. It is a stated objective of India Chapter of ACI to gather, correlate and disseminate information for improvement in the design, manufacture, use and maintenance of concrete structures and products.

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Mr. Pushpam Kumar

Mr. Pushpam Kumar

Pushpam Kumar is currently working as Target Market Head – Refurbishment at Sika India Pvt. Ltd. He is academically an engineer with masters in International Marketing from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

He has been with Sika India since 2011 at various position to support TM – Refurbishment products for Concrete Repair, Grouting & Fixing, Structural Strengthening with CFRP and Protective Coatings. He has been instrumental in various repair & rehabilitation projects of Bridges, Flyover, Buildings, Industrial Structures like Cooling Towers & Chimney etc. He has been actively involved in renewal energy projects and has successfully done Wind Tower Grouting projects.

Prior to Sika, he has been associated with an Austrian company TYROLIT and has contributed to Structural retrofitting & controlled dismantling using new generation technologies like Diamond Saws with Hydraulic machines like Wall Saw & Wire Saw. With his 23 years of overall experience, he has worked for more than 18 years in Concrete Repair & Rehabilitation Industry.

Dr. Chetan Patil

Dr. Chetan Patil

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, M. E. Civil (Structure)

Dr. Chetan S Patil is presently working as Assistant Professor, Sanjay Ghodawat University, Kolhapur. Chetan S. Patil completed ME in Structural Engineering from Shivaji University, Kolhapur and subsequently Ph.D. in faculty of Civil Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka and. He is having more than 15 years of experience in educational field. He has published more than 15 publications in International and National Journals in field of Concrete Technology and Structural Dynamics. He has also attended 15 International and National workshop and has worked as Organizing Secretory of various workshops.

He has delivered technical session on Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures, Advanced Concrete Technology, NDT, Outcome Based Education etc.  He is member of ACI, USA (from 2016), life Member, ISTE, New Delhi, Member of IEI, India. He has worked as Co-opted Director of India Chapter of ACI, Mumbai from June 2018 to June 2019.

He has been awarded for mentoring student for the Concrete Cube Test Competition by India Chapter of ACI, Mumbai. Under his leadership, ISTE Student Chapter of Sanjay Ghodawat Institute received Best ISTE Chapter Award in 2012 by ISTE, New Delhi.

Mr. Amit Barde

Mr. Amit Barde, M.S., P.E., LEED AP



Mr. Amit Barde joined India’s leading construction company M/s Larsen & Toubro Ltd as a part of the “Precast Initiative” of the Residential Buildings SBG in 2012 with over a decade of Precast Construction experience in the United States with a leading precast concrete manufacturer. He is currently heading the Precast Initiative for Buildings & Factories IC and is actively involved in developing and promoting Precast Technology adoption in the Residential and Commercial Buildings Sector.

Mr. Amit is known for his expertise in a variety of residential, commercial and industrial precast concrete buildings. He has designed and managed several precast concrete projects such as data centers, office buildings, schools, warehouses, industrial plants, stadiums and parking structures.  Currently, he is actively involved in the construction of the CIDCO PMAY Housing Project, Navi Mumbai, the largest order of the Residential Building group.

With penchant for modern construction technologies, Mr. Amit has spent extensive time in exploring state-of-the art construction technologies for rapid and cost-effective construction during his stint in India that brings a unique mix of overseas precast construction expertise complimented with a thorough understanding of Indian Construction Industry and current requirements and capabilities.

Mr. Amit graduated with honors from Government College of Engineering, Pune and later pursued higher studies at the prestigious Purdue University, USA to complete MS in Civil Engineering. Recently, he also completed his Executive MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is a member of ICI (India). He is a licensed Professional Structural Engineer in the US & Navi Mumbai and is also a USGBC, LEED Certified Professional.


Abhishek Salkar

Abhishek Salkar is the currently a Senior Project Engineer at Kuvelkar Salkar Associates (KSA), an engineering design consultancy firm established in 1994 with operations all over India and outside India in countries like Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Zambia.

Abhishek completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from NITK Surathkal in 2015, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2016. He worked at Liftech Consultants as a Project Engineer in California, USA before joining his father, Dr. Raghuvir Salkar at KSA.

Abhishek currently handles marine and industrial projects at Kuvelkar Salkar Associates (KSA), and is also a professionally licensed engineer in California, USA. He co-founded the ASCE student chapter at NITK Surathkal in 2015 and is an active member of professional organizations like ASCE, ACI, and SEAONC.


Dr. Rampradheep G.S. is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India.

He has completed his graduation in Civil Engineering from Kongu Engineering College in the year April 2008 and completed his Masters in Structural Engineering from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology on May 2010. He was awarded two Gold Medals for his outstanding performance in Structural Engineering. He did his Ph.D in the field of Internal Curing Concrete under the Anna University, Chennai and completed successfully in the year May 2017. He has published more than 20 papers in reputed conferences and 07 papers in a reputed International journal.

He is the recipient of various awards includes ACI International Travel Stipend, ACI Chapter activities award, Best mentor award, best paper award, IEI Young Engineer Award (Erode Chapter), Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Award, IEEE Consumer Society etc., from the Government agencies and reputed organisations. He has successfully awarded and completed a research and seminar grant over a lakh from various agencies like AICTE, CSIR, TBI-KEC etc., Recently his project team was sponsored with an amount of Rs.6.69 Lakhs from IIT, Madras-US Consulate, Chennai Fellowship as a Startup Grant in the theme of Carbon Zero Challenge and won Innovation Excellence award, a highest recognition from IITM & USA Consulate General, Chennai. He has awarded a Patent (Patent Number: 305934) for the project “Carbon-di-oxide curing chamber” under Government of India. Recently his project “Eco-friendly Construction blocks from C&D Debris using the Innovative CO2 Sequestration Technique” was selected by IITM Incubation Cell & EngSUI, Engineers India Limited, a Government of India undertaking Company for an amount of Rs.19.95 Lakhs at New Delhi.

Dr. Yogini Deshpande

Dr. Yogini Deshpande holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Mumbai University.

Prior to pursuing a PhD she worked as a Research Fellow at the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Department of Defense, India. Today she is a well-known consultant, practicing engineer and educator in the field of construction and infrastructure engineering. She has extensive research and application experience in development of high performance concretes by waste utilization, recycling of concrete and development of smart materials. She has taught at Michigan Technological University and University of Alabama in USA. She has published over 40 research papers and given over 100 talks in many International Conferences in the field of Civil Engineering. Currently she heads Renuka Consultants a unique end-to-end infrastructure assessment and consulting company that provides research, engineering testing and consulting solutions in the field of construction.

Under her leadership the company has grown rapidly technically and received various accreditations including the prestigious NABL accreditation for testing laboratories. She has been involved in many prestigious projects such as nuclear power plants, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, Thane Creek Bridge-3, Chattrapati Shivaji Statue etc.

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3rd R.N. Raikar Memorial International Conference and Gettu-Kodur International Symposium                             Paper Number XX

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Space step dz (cm) time step, dt (d) ode15s run time


SIM run time (s) SIM  time as % ode15s time εr
2 1/500 1.13 0.15 13.7% 6.41%
2 1/1000 1.22 0.33 26.9% 3.20%
2 1/2000 1.25 0.67 53.8% 1.59%
2 1/5000 1.34 1.64 122.0% 0.61%
1 1/500 4.18 0.26 6.1% 13.26%
1 1/1000 4.08 0.48 11.9% 4.02%
1 1/2000 4.13 0.99 24.0% 1.99%
1 1/5000 4.22 2.45 58.1% 0.77%

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Brew, D.R.M., Glasser, F.P., 2005. Synthesis and characterisation of magnesium silicate hydrate gels. Cement and Concrete Research, 35(1):85-98.

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BSI, 1994. Methods of testing cement. Determination of setting time and soundness. BS EN 196 Part 3.

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Mr. Shashank V. Mehendale

Shashank V. Mehendale is the founder and Principal Consultant of M/s Shashank Mehendale & Associates (SMA) – a multi-disciplinary organization that has been serving the construction industry for the last two decades.

 Shashank has been a Gold Medalist and National Merit Scholar and has lot of other firsts to his accreditation. He is B.E. (Civil) from SPCE, M.S. (Structures) from University of New Brunswick, Canada and is pursuing PhD in Structural Engineering from VJTI Mumbai. He is also Master in Construction Management from NICMAR, Mumbai Campus.

Due to his expertise in Forensic Engineering, Shashank has been on several committees constituted by the MCGM and Government of Maharashtra to conduct investigations post failure, collapse and fire damage.

His organization, SMA, has been bringing ideas to life; ideas that convert houses into homes, offices into institutions, centers of learning into centers of excellence.  Projects designed by SMA include residential, commercial, institutional buildings, warehousing facilities and industrial buildings. Furthermore, SMA was appointed by the Asian Development Bank to monitor 2500 heritage structures and three World Heritage sites for Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (JMRCL).

Shashank is a Fellow of the Indian Institution of Engineers and an active member of various professional organizations like India Chapter of American Concrete Institute (ICACI), Practicing Architects, Engineers and Town planners Association (PEATA), Indian Society of Structural Engineers, etc.

Mr. Shishir Bansal

Mr. Shishir Bansal belongs to the 1988 batch of Central Engineering Services. He is presently working as Chief Project Manager of Signature Bridge Project at Wazirabad – under execution by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Ltd.

Mr. Bansal is both, a Civil Engineering graduate, as well as a Law graduate.  His post graduate studies focussed on Highways – design, construction and execution.

With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Bansal’s expertise in the construction of Flyovers, Underpasses and Bridges is well known.

Sustainability in Urban Environment is his favourite subject, and he ensures construction projects under his command meet the sustainability criteria to the extent possible.

He has authored more than 25 papers on Infrastructure Projects, Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling and Sustainability. These have been presented at national and international forums like the International Conference on Concrete Sustainability, International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering, Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers, and FIB (Fédération internationale du béton) amongst others.

Besides IC-ACI, Mr. Bansal has been involved with ICI for over a decade and is presently Chairman of ICI-New Delhi Centre.

Dr. Vishal Thombare

Dr. Vishal Ramesh Thombare is currently Executive Engineer Roads in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). He has completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T) Bombay. Before joining MCGM he worked with Indian Rayon and Industries Ltd cement Division now Ultra-Tech Cement for about four years. During his tenure in cement division he worked on Shoppee concept in cement industry and developed various Mixes for High Performance Concrete.  He joined Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in the year 1997. He has worked in Quality Control, Planning and Research department (Hydraulic Engineer’s Department) for about eight years where he played a key role in making Master Plan for Mumbai City for next 25 years.  Looking to his expertise in Cement Concrete he was transfer to Road department. He has about 26 years of experience in Civil Engineering field. He is Chartered Engineer from Institution of Engineers.

Dr. Vishal R.Thombare had introduced many mineral and chemical admixtures in Concrete which is used in various MCGM projects. Dr.Vishal R.Thombare was the instrument behind implementing Ultra-Thin White Topping in Mumbai, Thane, Bangalore, Chennai and different parts of our Country. He is the first Engineer in India to use M60 grade of Concrete in UTWT and TWT.  Dr.Vishal R.Thombare was awarded two times as an Outstanding Engineer in the year 2008 & 2009 on the occasion of Engineer’s Day.  Recently Dr. Vishal Ramesh
Thombare was awarded Bharatratna Mokshagundam Vishweshwarayya Engineering -2018. In the same year he received Samaj Bhushan award.

He has vast experience in Cement, Concrete, Ultra-Thin White topping, Thin White Topping and Asphalt roads. He has been associated from last 25 years with Construction Supervisor course conducted by India Chapter American Concrete Institute.

He has presented many papers, webinars and attained number of National and International conferences/seminars, on various topics related to concrete pavements. Dr. Vishal Ramesh Thombare is committee member of H-3 and H-9 for Indian Road Congress and TXD 30 committee member of Bureau of Indian Standards. Dr Vishal Thombare is member of various committees like Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) appointed by Hon’High Court, Specifications committee for Cold Mix, Expert technical Committee for Malabar Hill Land Slide etc.

Dr.Vishal R.Thombare is Secretary of American Concrete Institute (India Chapter) AND Indian Concrete Institute-Mumbai Chapter. He is Chairman of Environment Management Cell for Mumbai Coastal Road Project. He is Executive Committee member of Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers, IGS. He is life member of various Institutes like Institution of Engineers, India Chapter American Concrete Institute, Indian Concrete Institute, Indian Road Congress, Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers, ISSE and so on.

Mr. Suhas Barve

Mr. Suhas R. Barve completed his Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) from IIT Bombay in 1983. At present he runs his owns consultancy firm, M/s. Barve Consultants, which specializes in Structural Designing, Architectural Planning, Interior Designing, Consultancy for Structural Repairs and PMC for Re-Development etc.

Suhas is also a registered and Government of India approved Valuer and Arbitrator.

With a stellar career spanning 30 years, spent in the design and construction of industrial residential, commercial and educational complexes, it is no surprise that Suhas was handpicked to be on the panel of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), LIC Housing Finance Ltd., prestigious banks and other noteworthy organizations.

Apart from construction of new buildings, Suhas also specializes in structural repairs of old buildings. Furthermore, design of Auditoria buildings involving Acoustics, Audio-Reinforcement, Stage-Lighting, Fire-Fighting & Detection for special buildings, HVAC etc. is his other forte.

Suhas serves as visiting faculty to leading Engineering & Architecture colleges.

Mr. Subrato Chowdhury

An internationally acclaimed authority on several aspects of cement, manufacturing and concrete technology, Dr. Subrato Chowdhury is the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Concrete Technologist’ Award from Indian Concrete Institute in 2012.

Having devoted over three decades to the research of cement and concrete in Larsen and Toubro Ltd., Dr. Chowdhury has developed a fine expertise in Cement Manufacturing Technology & Concrete Technology, Material Science and Newer Characterization Methodology, Rheology and Processing, Durability Design, High Strength Concrete, Self-Compacting Concrete, and waste utilization and refinement.

Dr. Chowdhury has published several papers in national and international journals and delivered many key-note addresses at conferences.

He has also held the prestigious post of Chief – Research and Development, at Aditya Birla, Cement Business Group.

His technical affiliations include:-

Mr. Satish Dhupelia

A renowned Consulting Structural and Civil Engineer, Mr. Dhupelia has for the past 45 years designed Structures of various kinds and complexities. He has adopted both conventional and modern technologies of construction in his projects spanning large housing and commercial complexes, industrial projects, high rise buildings, sewage and water treatment plants for private and public bodies and for World Bank aided projects.

Owing to his vast expertise, various state government agencies have appointed Mr. Dhupelia for specialized engineering and professional services, notably:-
• The Government of Maharashtra appointed him as Structural Engineer Member of the Technical Committee on High Rise Buildings.
• Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai leaned on his consultancy for the Mumbai Sewerage – II Project aided by the World Bank.
• Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA) appointed him to several Technical Advisory Committees.
• Government of Maharashtra and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has appointed him on several committees to suggest and implement measures to avoid Building Collapses.
• On special appointment by local authorities, Mr. Dhupelia has served as Chairman and Member of many Committees for Collapse Investigations of Structures within Greater Mumbai.

Leading philanthropist organizations too, like the ‘Times of India Relief Fund’, have worked with Mr. Dhupelia for the development of a new village ‘Chincholi Kate’ and for building a school after the devastating Latur earthquake of 1993.

A Member of American Concrete Institute (ACI), and Past President of India Chapter of American Concrete Institute, Mr. Dhupelia received the prestigious ‘Chapter Activities Award’ for his ‘Outstanding Contribution and Dedication to the Growth of India Chapter of ACI’. This honour was conferred upon him by ACI.

Mr. Dhupelia is a Civil Engineering Graduate (1962) from the Gujarat University, with Special interest in Structural Design and Engineering.

Mr. Sourabh Manjrekar


Mr. Sourabh Manjrekar, Director at Sunanda Specialty Coatings Pvt. Ltd. (, is an expert on corrosion mitigation in steel and concrete structures.

Sourabh is regularly invited as a keynote speaker by apex industrial bodies such as Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and has traveled to over 20 countries as part of his technical knowledge dissemination efforts. Most notably, he was invited to be part of the American Concrete Institute, ANSI & ISO joint initiative of ISO TC 71 for making a unified umbrella global code for concrete. Sourabh’s papers on sustainability, corrosion mitigation and soil stabilization have been published in reputed national and international journals.

At Sunanda, his specific focus is on developing sustainable solutions for large industrial and infrastructure projects, besides overseeing the company’s global operations from its Dubai office.

Sourabh has worked with some of the most reputed global structural engineering firms to provide innovative materials solutions for projects of international repute, including:
• Hotel Cabana, Florida, USA
• Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, UAE
• Al Yaquob Tower, Dubai, UAE (World’s tallest clock tower)
• Palais Royale, Mumbai (India’s tallest tower)

Sourabh has completed his BS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and his MBA from S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

Mr.Umesh Magar

photoSince 1984 Umesh Magar has been in the construction industry building some of India’s most successful ‘Sustainable Integrated Townships’.

His first project, the Magarpatta City in Pune boasts one of the largest IT parks in India, housing over 100 international companies besides 7500 residential apartments and 8 million square feet of commercial space.

Since 2010 Mr. Magar has been managing the construction of Nandedcity – another integrated Township project spread over 700 acres, and comprising over 43,000 apartments and 6 million square feet of commercial space.

Another Integrated Sustainable Township project called the River View, covering over 500 acres and consisting of 36.000 apartments plus 6 million square feet of commercial space will begin construction activities by end-2017.

Numerous other construction projects in and around Pune city have been managed by Mr. Magar. His responsibilities cover a large canvas including Design and Development, Planning, Estimation, Purchase, Material Logistics, Execution, Quality Control, Security, Post-possession Operation and Maintenance, and Sales and Marketing.

Dr. Raghuvir K. Salkar


Ph.D. (Structures) – University of Maine, USA, 1992
M.E. (Structures) – University of Poona, 1987
B.E. (Civil) – University of Bombay, 1985


Sole Owner of Kuvelkar Salkar Associates (KSA) – an Engineering Design Consultancy Firm established in 1995, with Head Office in Goa and a branch in Mumbai, with operations all over India and past operations in Indonesia and Ivory Coast.


Professional Engineer – Engineering Council of India Chartered Engineer – Institution of Engineers (India) Member – American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Member – American Concrete Institute (ACI) Member – Institution of Engineers (India)


“Web Crippling Under Edge Loading” , Elgaaly, M. and Salkar, R. (1991), Proceedings of AISC National Steel Construction Conference , Washington, D.C..

“Crippling of Webs with Partial-Depth Stiffeners under Patch Loading”, Salkar, R., et al (2015), Engineering Journal, 4th Quarter, 2015, 221, USA.

Recommendations in the above Papers have been adopted in the U.S. Steel Design Code (2016 AISC Specification). Use of this Code is mandatory for all practicing structural engineers in the US, in design of steel structures. Only a handful of Indians have this to their credit.


 Member, Goa State Higher Education Council.  Member, Board of Studies (civil engineering) Goa University.  Member, Campus Development Committee of Goa Institute of Management.  Consultant to Govt. of Gujarat’s Alcock Ashdown (India) Ltd., Bhavnagar, for development and expansion of their Chanch and Bhavnagar yard.  Consultant to Economic Development Corporation of Goa.  Consultant to Industrial Development Corporation of Goa.  Presented and published technical papers at International Conferences in the U.S.A., Canada, Czech Republic, Singapore, Japan.

Mr. Sunny Surlaker


Sunny Surlaker completed his B. E. In Civil Engineering from V.J.T.I Mumbai and his Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is a noted concrete and materials technologist and is proficient with the construction chemical industry in India, Europe and Brazil. He currently heads the Technical and R&D Division for Assess Build Chem Pvt. Ltd. and is the Director of Institute for International Talent Development, a training organization specializing in construction related training.

He worked for over 12 years Internationally in the field of and Building Chemicals (across the USA, Europe, Brazil, Middle East and India). He currently works and trains in Concrete, Waterproofing, Repair and Rehabilitation, Public Relations, Marketing Strategies, Technical Selling and is accomplished in Laboratory Setups, Raw Material Sourcing and Development of Construction Chemicals. He developed many innovative materials and non-destructive test methods for project applications.

He has presented at over 75 Seminars and Technical Symposiums on concrete, waterproofing, flooring, repairs and innovative building chemicals, arranged by Indian Concrete Institute, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, FICCI, Ambuja Knowledge Centre, etc. and trained over 1500 professionals in these areas.

He is a Fellow of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE) and an active member American Concrete Institute (ACI), Institution of Engineers India, Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), Indian Society of Structural Engineers (ISSE) and India Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. He is currently Vice President at India Chapter of ACI, Managing Committee Member at ICI – Mumbai Centre and Editor of “Concrete India – Journal of the India Chapter of ACI”. He is also a member of ICI – Committees for Handbooks on Admixtures and Waterproofing.

Radhika Markan


Young, confident and vivacious, Ms. Radhika Markan, is the latest entrant in the Indian infrastructure industry. In a short span of less than seven years she has already made her mark. Acclaimed for her robust international experience, deft project execution capabilities, strong leadership qualities, excellent communication skills and charming personality, Ms. Markan, Immediate Past President – India Chapter of American Concrete Institute (ICACI), has been appointed CEO, Thermex Rebar Manufacturer’s Association (TRMA).

Under her leadership, H&K India has embarked on many new management initiatives. Some of these include new business development, building skill sets of the second-generation engineers, client relationship-building programmes, introducing checks-and-balances in project execution, and re-pricing of products and services. Each of these initiatives has had a direct, positive impact on the company’s bottom-line.

Ms. Markan is admired for her media management skills – a quality that assists her in brand building exercises for THERMEX. the proprietary Quenching and self Tempering technology licensed by H&K India. Ms. Markan is a multi-faceted personality: deeply religious, an animal lover, and a good athlete. She spends her Sundays in honorary service, teaching students Journalism & Mass Communication.


Ishita Manjrekar


One of the new generation leaders in IC-ACI Ishita Manjrekar works at Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd. Since 2010 and oversees Sunanda’s R&D, with a specific focus on developing and marketing Sunanda’s line of sustainable construction chemicals. In this role, Ishita draws on 4 years of rich experience in sustainability at Primary Global Research in San Francisco and New York. While at Primary Global Research Ishita led the “Cleantech and Green Technologies” business unit. She has been invited to feature on Bloomberg TV as well as Bloomberg Radio numerous times as a subject matter expert on sustainability and green technologies. Ishita’s expertise has also been sought by multiple print media including Reuters, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, BBCNews and Marketwatch.

Ishita is a member of ACI International and works actively on various international board appointed as well as technical committees. She currently serves on the ACI International Board Committees for International Advisory Committee, ACI Membership Committee, ACI Marketing Committee, and Student & Young Professionals Activities Committee.

Ishita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (erstwhile UDCT). She also holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) in New York, USA.

Mehul Parikh


Mr. Mehul Parikh holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from D. Y. Patil College of Engineering, Pune and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Construction Management. He has experience of over 15 years in the field of Civil Engineering, with a special focus on waterproofing, fibre-reinforced concrete and retrofitting. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Nina Concrete Systems Private Limited. He has had a long association with IC-ACI and is currently a Director.

K. P. Pradeep


He is the editor of the International Journal of Structural Engineers World Congress (SEWC) and Editor-in-Chief of The Masterbuilder, one of the most prominent civil engineering and construction techno commercial magazines in South East Asia. He currently is member of governing councils and member of Board of Directors of many professional bodies including Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), American Concrete Institute (India Chapter 0, Structural Engineering World Congress (SEWC), ASCE India Section and secretary of American Society of Civil Engineers, India Chapter, Southern Region. Besides he is a member                of many professional institutions such as Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE), Builders Association of India (BAI), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

He has organised and chaired numerous International and National conferences throughout India ans a few abroad. He is recipient of many awards and recognitions including Udyog Rattan and excellence award from institute of Economic Studies, four Vishwakarma awards from construction Industry Development Council, Builder Association of India, International Quality Summit Gold Category Award, New York etc. He is the Co-Chairman of Precast Concrete Committee of ICI and member of the committee on Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling, Constituted by Central Public Works department. (CPWD), ICI.

Prof. A. K. Tiwari


Prof. Tiwari is Vice President – R&D and Head – Concrete Research at Ultra Tech Cement Ltd. He is past Vice President of the ICI. He has worked with ACC – RCD, a premier research and Consultancy Centre in the country. A postgraduate Civil Engineer, he has over 30 years of experience in the field of Concrete Technology and Construction. His experience encompasses construction, teaching, research, consultancy and product developments for concrete industry. He has guided and examined over 20 postgraduate research dissertations in the field of concrete and construction technology. He has set-up modern academic and industrials laboratories at various institutions. He has been in the field of consultancy related to concrete technology, structural diagnosis and repair. He has authored about 66 research papers in various national and international conferences & journals.

During his tenure as Vice President (North), ICI he was instrumental in starting the Bhopal and Jaipur Centre and activating other dormant centres. He was also instrumental in starting about 10 student chapters in the northern region. He has been invited and chaired many sessions in national international conference and delivered invited talks at various forums.

He is member of ACI, Concrete Society UK, FIB, Institute of Concrete Technology and Fellpw of ACI, Institute of Engineers etc. He is also member of many committees of BIS and ACI on Cement and Concrete. He is also attached with academia as AITCE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur. He has been in past Director on Board of IC-ACI during 2009-11.

Jeevan Patgaonkar


Mr. Patgaonkar actively served the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai for 36 years in various fields including Building materials Testing, Soil testing, Structural design, Construction and Repairs of Municipal Buildings such as Schools, Hospitals, Residential/ office buildings, Sewerage Pumping stations, storm water drains, Bridges, Water treatment Plants, etc.

He was in charge of approvals and permissions of building plans as per D. C. Regulation. From 2008 to 2011, he was on deputation to Govt. of Maharashtra and worked in Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) and Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP).

He has held the important responsibilities in the development of Mumbai city in the capacity of Chief Engineer (Development Plan), City Engineer of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Engineering). He is presently a Trustee of Vajreshwari Devi Sansthan, Vajreshwari, Thane and ex-Trustee of Shree Bhimeshwar Sadguru Nityananda Sanstha, Ganeshpuri Dist. Thane.

Mr. Samir Surlaker


Mr. Samir Surlaker is a Civil & Structural Engineer from VJTI having 35 years of National and International experience in Construction Chemicals, Rehabilitation Concrete, and Injection Systems etc. from Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and India. He is the Managing Director of MC-Bauchemie (India) Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture with MC-Bauchemie, Germany.

He specializes in R&D in Cement-Concrete Technology especially for admixtures and compatibility. He has delivered seminars and is a speaker for many professional bodies like IEI, ACI, ICI, MES, ISRO, IRICEN, etc. in the fields of Construction Chemicals, repairs, waterproofing, concrete technology, etc. He has authored over 100 articles, papers and training notes for national and international Engineering Journals in the field of Construction Chemicals. He-is Co-Author of the Handbook of Advanced Concrete Technology. He is Fellow of The Concrete Society (UK), IEI, Indian Institute of Valuers, ICI, IASE, Indian Association of Technical Arbitrators, IIBE, IWWA, Indian Geotechnical Society, etc. He is an active member of several Professional Bodies like ACI, ASCE, IRC, Indian Construction Association, Architectural Engineering Institute, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Deep Foundation Institute (USA), and Society for Protective Coatings etc.

He is member of the BIS in CED 2 ,CED 5 & CED 42 committee for Waterproofing and heads sub committees for forming IS Codes for advanced techniques and materials in Waterproofing and Concrete Protection. He is member of the committee for ICI for admixtures and of several technical and organizing committees conducting seminars in the field of Civil and Structural Engineering and Concrete Technology. He received several National and International awards including “Outstanding Contribution to Concrete Technology, 2006 award by ICI, Mumbai. He is Chairman of ICI, Mumbai Centre, Director IC-ACI and President of the Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association.

: Dr. S. K. Manjrekar


Dr. S. K. Manjrekar is Chairman and Managing Director of M/s. Sunanda Specialty Coatings Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, manufacturers of construction chemicals and offering consultancy services in related fields for its use for last three decades. He obtained hi Ph.D. in 1977 from University of Bombay. He is a fellow Of the ACI – Parent Body. He is fellow of several other institutes like ICI, CECRI, and Institution of Chemists, etc. He has been conferred with the “CHAPTER ACTIVITIES AWARD” in 2003 in Vancouver Canada, for his dedicated service to the ACI India Chapter.

He is working on several technical and admin committees of ACI as a voting member as under : 1) Committee 364 (for Repairs And Rehabilitation), 2) Sub Committee On International Certification 3) International Partners/Publications Committee 4) International Committee (IC) 5) Chapter Activities Committee 2000-2003. He served IC-ACI in various capacities including President. He was invited to participate in ISO/TC 71 meeting, a Joint  initiative of ACI, ANSI & ISO working together for making unified umbrella codes on Concrete across the globe. He has been invited as Keynote Speaker at many forums including “Kuwait Cement & Concrete” in 2010 & 2007, the international forum on Sustainability with special focus on BRIC countries & many others. He is the Principal Convener for the ACI Certification Course (India Chapter of ACI). He has actively promoted the Field Technician’s certification course of ACI in India.

L. D. Shah


One of our senior-most supporters and pillars, Mr. L. D. Shah is a doyen of the Construction Industry and needs no introduction. He has been professionally active since 1969 across a multitude of fields relating to construction and has been an active member of IC-ACI for the last few decades. Apart from consultancy from his practice at L. D. Shah and Co., he is also actively involved in training and teaching, sharing his experience with the next generation of engineers. He has held many posts with IC-ACI and is currently a Director with us.

Mohan A. Jacob


Our past president, Mohan A. Jacob received his B. E. In Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune in 1962 and his post-graduate degree in Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering in 1964. He also received a diploma in Specialized Building Construction from ACTIM, Paris, France in 1974.

He has worked in various capacities for 36 years in the C. P. W. D. on many buildings and bridge projects all over India and also in Nepal. He retired as ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL of Works, Western Region C. P.W. D. Mumbai in June 2001.

Presently he is working as a Consultant for corporate firms and also as Arbitrator for the last 10 years, including being involved as a Consultant for a major construction project of a large public sector Bank at Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. He is also active in many professional and technical institutions like The Institution of Engineers (India), ACI, ICI, IIBE, ICA, etc.

Mr. Jacob has been actively involved in the activities of the IC-ACI for over 2 decades and has served the in various capacities. For his consistently outstanding devotion and Involvement in the ACI India Chapter, he was awarded the prestigious International Chapter Activities Award by ACI, USA on 26th March 2006, during the ACI Convention at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Prof. V. B. Vanvari


Prof. Vinod B. Vanvari, is Graduate of Civil Engineering from M. I. T. Pune, 1988 and Postgraduate of Civil Engineering – Engineering Construction & Management from V.J.T.I., Mumbai 1994. He is currently the Head of Civil Engineering department at Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Shri Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic (SBMP) for over a decade and is dedicated to teaching for the last 25 years. His areas of expertise are construction management, project management, contract administration, construction safety, concrete technology and building repairs and redevelopment. His areas of operation are teaching, training, research and consultancy. He is a member of many professional associations such as IEI, ASCE, ACI-USA, ICI, ISTE, and Association of Structural Rehabilitation.

Prof. Vanvari has actively contributed to programmes related to technical training of engineers, young professionals and professional development courses. For SBMP he supervises the students’ in plant training and the Continuing Education Programme on Construction Site Management. He is the Course Director, Construction Supervisors Training course conducted by IC-ACI.

Prof. Vinod Vanvari besides having presented over 12 technical papers in national and internal conferences has co-authored five modules for working professionals under CEP scheme of AICTE. He was instrumental in evolving the curriculum for Building Maintenance Repairs & Services, Project Management and Transportation Engineering at Polytechnic. Prof. Vanvari was Honoured Professional by Mumbai Centre of Builder’s Association of India, in 2006, for taking initiative in conducting orientation programme for professional development of fresh Civil Engineers. He was awarded Best Project Award by University of Pune, 1988 for project titled “Improvement of bathing Ghats at Alandi” while his studies at M. I. T., Pune.

Pankaj Shah




Graduated in Civil Engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai in the year 1982, with a Special interest in Soil Engineering .

He has been a member of a leading Professional Association viz. Practicing Engineers Architects and Town Planners Association (PEATA)(India).

He is Life Member of the Indian society of Structural Engineers, Indian Institution of Valuers (India) and alsolife member of Indian Concrete Institute, Association of Structural Rehabilitation.
He is member of American Concrete Institute(ACI USA), and current Past President of India Chapter of American Concrete Institute (ICACI). He has been on Board of Direction of ICACI for 13 years.

He is in independent Profession as Consulting Structural and Civil Engineer for over last 30 years, providing Repairs & Rehabilitation consultancy to Large Housing & Commercial Complexes, Industrial projects for Private & Public Bodies. He has also been providing Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services for Redevelopment of Housing societies.

Pankaj has his office in a fast growing prime commercial area in Lokhandwala, Mumbai equipped with latest infrastructure of Computer System with most of the advanced softwares& backed up with Senior Supervisory Engineers and AUTO-CAD Draftsman, with necessary back-up facilities.

He is CEO in M/s S.P.CONSULTING ENGINEERS PVT LTD and other group companies , providing Construction & Project Management services to Government & Private Sector Projects of Large Housing & Commercial Complexes. Currently he is managing construction projects for more than 30 Lac Square feet.
He has authored a number of papers on various aspects of Civil engineering and Project Management & Construction and has attended many Seminars and Conferences.

He Presented his company at ACI/KCI 2000 International Conference on Repair, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance of Concrete Structures, and Innovations in Designs and Construction held between September 18-22, 2000 at Seoul, Korea.

He has been on the Consultancy panel in various Private & Public corporates like ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company, Shri Vile Parle KelvaniMandal, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Oriental Insurance Company, SBI, Central Bank, Bank of Baroda.

He is actively involved with Repairs / Restoration / Stabilization of various structures of various complexities, both for privately owned Buildings / structures, as well as structures belonging to Public Bodies and Corporate Houses.

Chetan R. Raikar


Chetan Raikar is a Chairman & Managing Director of Structwel Designers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd, an engineering consultancy of 50 years of glorious standing; apart from being on the panel of many international and national forums and institutions.

Chetan is a professional Structural Engineer with a Bachelor degree in B.E. Civil from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat and Master degree of Science in Conservation of Heritage structure from Herriot – Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

Although he is a remarkable Structural Engineer, his true passion lies in Conservation of Heritage Structures. He has achieved great heights of success by crediting some of the notable heritage conservation projects to his stride; making him one of the renowned conservationists in the country today. These restored structures are the living evidence of his expertise in the field and these include CSMT (earlier knows as V.T. station), Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Gateway of India, Rajwada of Indore and Mani Mandir to name a few.

Chetan has to his credit many awards and rewards from several organization and Govt. of Maharashtra. Some of them are Young member award for professional achievement in 1999 by ACI, Excellence vocational award by Rotary International District in 2009 and Maharashtra cha Kohinoor award in March 2013 by Govt. of Maharashtra, ACI Chapter Activities Awards in 2018 and ‘Industry Captain Award’ in 2018 instituted by CIDC (Construction Industry Development Council), Govt. of India.

Chetan is Lead Auditor and Technical Auditor for the National Accreditation Board of Laboratories, Quality Council of India in accordance to ISO/IEC 17025. He is also an ISO 9001 -2008 Lead Assessor. Chetan  is an Accredited Mediator certified by Indian Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators.

Chetan  is a member of many professional bodies that includes Institute of engineers, Indian institute of bridge engineers, International Association of Bridge Management & Safety ( IABMAS),  Indian Heritage Society, Indian society of structural engineers, Engineering Council of India, Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee of the MCGM etc.

Chetan  is the Chairman of the Course Committee of Civil Engineering Group & member of Academic committee (An apex committee) of the MSBTE (Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education)

Chetan has published several research papers in national and international journals. He is key note speaker for Galloper, young India and Swayam.

Chetan  has two patents in innovation in machine development to his credit.

Socially, Chetan is associated with SAATH, a trust supporting children suffering from Thalassemia, as a trustee. He is also a trustee in Saisha foundation involved in nation building through Musical programs on Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.