Roundtable meet on quality concrete

Renowned architects and structural consultants converged at the India International Center on January 29, 2016 to discuss concerns about the quality of concrete being manufactured by various companies in the industry. The meet was organised by RMC Awareness Building Committee ( RABC - NDC)

This Round table was an initiative of Quality Council of India (QCI) and was sponsored by Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers' Association of India (RMCMA).

Following a welcome address by Mr. Supradip Das, Technical Advisor, RMCMA, New Delhi, the roundtable took off with the address by Chief Guest Dr. A. K. Mullick, former Director General, NCCBM, he spoke about the pressing need for quality certification to ensure consistency and uniform production of good concrete.

In his opening remarks, RMCMA President Mr. M. Ravishankar spoke about his organization's resolute efforts to bring the best of the standards and practices in RMC manufacturing in India. He said the plant certification process, a self regulatory scheme introduced and practiced by RMCMA, had graduated into the current QCI RMCPC Scheme.

Mr. R.D. Khatri, Consultant, QCI Quality Council of India (QCI), gave a short presentation on QCI and its role in the RMC Quality scheme. He also addressed various aspects of QCI's certifying and accreditation schemes and how they benefitted the industry and consumers. He also clarified how the RMCPC scheme is governed by QCI and its role in accrediting the certifying bodies, which certifies RMC Plant.

Mr. Vijay Kulkarni, QCI Technical Advisor, discussed salient features of the QCI Scheme. He explained that the QCI Scheme encompasses audit-based examination of all aspects of quality assurance of concrete, covering control of incoming materials, checking main features of plant and equipment, verification of the performance of testing lab and personnel involved in production control, etc. The six-monthly surveillance audit of the facility ensures that here is a continued assurance about the production controls measures being in order. Mr Kulkarni informed that a number of government/semi-government bodies and many leading consultants have specified the adoption of the QCI scheme for the concrete used in their products.

This was followed by an Interactive Session, wherein many ideas and a lot of interesting information were exchanged. There was a general agreement that the QCI Scheme is certainly a step forward. Some consultants, narrating their own experience, wanted the scheme to have more teeth. The QCI team assured that their views will certainly be considered in the revision of the scheme.

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