Friday, 17 February 2012


Dr J D Bapat, consultant, started in his career in 1975 at the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB), New Delhi (India), an apex body of the Government of India engaged in testing, training, research and development and consultancy in cement and concrete. He worked there for 16 years and rose to very senior positions of Unit Head and the Programme Leader.

Later he joined Walchandnagar Industries Limited (WIL), Walchandnagar (India). There he received valuable experience in designing, costing and marketing of modern cement plants.

In the year 1994 he joined academics but continued his association with the cement industry and also his research in cement and concrete, through consultancy work. He was engaged in product development and techno-marketing of cement manufactured by reputed cement companies. He organises and  participates in number of national and international conferences and has good number national and international publications. He also advises reputed ISO certification agency during the audit at cement plants. He taught the subject of concrete technology, at the Civil Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as a visiting professor.

His book: “Mineral Admixtures in Cement and Concrete” is currently under publication with     CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group.

One of the important aspects handled by Dr Bapat, during techno-marketing assignments was to train the engineers working in cement marketing on the benefits and application of blended cements. Such training is essential, because marketing engineers are required to present their case before the core customers and satisfy their queries on strength and durability of concrete, subjected to different surroundings.

The addition of mineral admixtures, which are primarily industrial and agricultural wastes, to cement and concrete effectively increases the production of cement, without actually adding to the manufacturing capacity of Portland cement. That goes long way fulfilling the requirement of the valuable building material without corresponding increase in the greenhouse gas emissions.  As the demand for cement grows, that for mineral admixtures also follows. Besides the commonly used varieties, like fly ash and blast furnace slag, relatively less known varieties, such as rice husk ash, metakaolin and silica fume are also increasingly used. The suppliers of these admixtures are also required to appraise and update their marketing executives on the application aspects.

Keeping these aspects in view a training programme has been designed to fulfill the requirement of civil and cement production and marketing engineers. The course content is essentially based on the Book under publication, mentioned as above. It will periodically revised to incorporate the latest developments in the field.   

Course Content: The course includes the aspects related to the manufacturing and processing, physical characteristics, chemical and mineralogical composition, quality control of the mineral admixture and the reported experiences as well as the provisions of national Standards on its addition to cement and concrete. The discussion on hydration, besides presenting the practically relevant aspects of chemistry, covers the impact of the addition of mineral admixtures. The lectures on strength and durability present mechanisms, models, standards and mitigation of concrete deterioration due to carbonation, alkali-aggregate reactions, chloride attack and corrosion of reinforcement, external as well as internal sulphate attack, decalcification and freeze-thaw action. The mineral admixtures covered are: pulverised fuel ash (PFA), blast furnace slag (BFS), silica fume (SF), rice husk ash (RHA) and metakaolin (MK)

Corporate: Trainng Course with 1 to 5 days duration will be organised, with minimum 20 participants. The course content shall be tailor-made to the duration and the client's requirement. The venue will be Pune (Maharashtra, India) or other suitable place in India or other country. Send in your specific requirements. 

Distance Education: Training course of 3 days duration will be organised in distance education mode, through Skype. Send in your requirement.

General:  One-day General Training Course will be organised at the Institution of Engineers Hall, Shivajinagar, Pune. The minimum required strength is 20 participants. The course content will mainly include pulverised fuel ash (fly ash) and blast furnace slag, commonly used in blended cement and concrete. The participation fees: INR 2500/- per head. Confirm your participation, to help organisers ensure minimum number of participants (no payment is required at this stage). Once the minimum participation is ensured, all will be informed about the date, sufficiently in advance.

Who should attend: Fresh BE/Diploma (civil), engineers working on construction sites, RMC plant, cement production and marketing executives. 

The cement and concrete supplier companies may get the course tailor-made for their executives or customers.

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