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Mumbai - Sept 2017- IEI MSC organized the 5th Ferrocement Day Function at Mumbai. Ferrocement Society of India officials and members were also present.

 

The Ferrocement Day function is organized in India in remembrance of Late Vishu D Joshi, a veteran civil engineer and Architect. Competition awards for the best ferrocement structure are normally given in this function by the Ferrocement Society.

 

The function started with warm welcome by Dr H M Raje Hon. Secretary, IEI, MSC and introductory speech by Er Vijay Ghogare, Chairman IEI, MSC. Er Ghogare told about activities of the state centre. He said ferrocement is a magical technology in the hands of engineers and architects. Use of wire meshes makes the components more strong and as such thickness id reduced. Properties like water tightness, sustainability in earthquakes high strength to weight ratio make ferrocement popular in civil engineers all over the world.

 

A lecture and presentation by Renowned Architect Ajay Kulkarni was really amazing. He said engineers and architects must work hand in hand. Natural shapes and emotions can be expressed in architectural designs. He explained his award winning project Vastad Lahuji Salve Health Centre, built in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He could use ferrocement to give the wavy shape of the roof, and could express the personality of Lahuji Salve in the building. He also told some experiences related to Late V D Joshi when he was engaged in Hussain Gumpha ferrocement Project in Ahmedabad.

 

Ferrocement structures are very often built in many countries. Presentations of some structures were shown by Er Milind Kulkarni Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, Savitribai Phule Mahila Ekatm Mandal, Aurangabad, Ferrotechnologies, Kerala, Brajesh Sengar, Asst Superintending Engineer, MJP, Ankur Khanpara, IIT Mumbai, and Owen Waldschlagal (USA).

 

Every year national level competition for selecting best ferrocement structure is organized for engineers and architects and the winner gets the Late V D Joshi Award. This is the fifth year. Arch. Anupama Kundoo, Arroville, Arch. Ajay Thosar, Pune, Er. Biji John, Chenganassery, Kerala, Shrishilp Consultants, Aurangabad were the award winners of previous competitions. This year the best structure award was given to Owen Waldschlagel. US based engineer OWEN WALDSCHLAGEL has built a modular building system using ferrocement thin walls in Mexico. The system can be used universally for different layouts of the buildings. This concept is more popular in USA. Use of ferrocement has made it possible to save the material and cost also. The photograph shows the wall and roof thickness of the ferrocement is much less than concrete. The structure is appreciated all over the world. Panel of Juries has selected this project for the award.

Er Girish Sangle Hon Secretary, FS, said that ferrocement is a really old technology which emerged before cement concrete, i.e. in 1847. But due to ease in construction, reinforced concrete superseded and became popular. However when curved shapes and light weight construction is required engineers and architects have no other alternative than ferrocement. Ferrocement Society of India has its head office in Pune. Society is promoting this technology as this also gives solutions for earthquake resistant houses. Ferrocement is one of the components in GREEN housing concepts.

Er Chandramohan Hangekar, Fellow of IEI and President of Ferrocement Society, Er Ulhas Paranjape, G B Nannor, Vice President of FS, Er Rajendra Pawar, Managing Director, Water Conservation Corporation of Govt of Maharashtra were also present for this function.

Dr H M Raje expressed vote of thanks and the function concluded with hi tea.

 

 

Ferrocement members visited Sri Lanka.

Recently a ten member team visited Sri Lanka. Prof Sunil Kute discussed many things like opening a ferrocement chapter in Sri Lanka with Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, Senior Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya. Girish Sangle, Hon Secretary, presented some ferrocement publications to this University. Members also visited National Engineering Research & Development Centre of Sri Lanka, Ekala, Jaela where W. P. R. D. Weerasinghe, Principal Research Engineer showed all the ferrocement activities. A foot bridge is already constructed and tested in this campus. Many small houses, silos, shells etc are developed by the researchers in the technology park. Er Weerasinghe assured to participate in the FS2017 event in Kerala. Kiran Rajurkar, Jayant Murudkar, Chandrashekhar Hangekar, Nandkumar Jadhav, Namdev Warade were also present in the study tour.

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SHORT NEWS-

On 15th Oct.2016 at Pani Parishad organised by Dr. Hedgewar Smarak Seva nidhi at Nagar, a Book Titled "Let us Collect Water Using Ferrocement Technology" was released By Dr. Madhavrao Chitale, RSS Kshetriya Prachrak Dr.. Ravindra Joshi, Kshtriya Seva Pramukh Dr. Upendra Kulkarni

 

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This is a Book published by Jalvardhini Pratishthan and is in English and Marathi language.

 

 

Ferrocement Day 2016.

Results of All India Competition for best Ferrocement Structure

Shrishilp Consultants, Aurangabad has been declared as the winner of the competition for constructing a ferrocement small dam near Satara village in Aurangabad.

Ferrocement is a really old technology which emerged before cement concrete, i.e. in 1847. But due to ease in construction, reinforced concrete superseded and became popular. However when curved shapes and light weight construction is required engineers and architects have no other alternative than ferrocement. Ferrocement Society of India has its head office in Pune. Society is promoting this technology as this also gives solutions for earthquake resistant houses. Ferrocement is one of the components in GREEN housing concepts. Ferrocement Society has decided to celebrate 3rd September as the Ferrocement Day every year, in the memory of Great Engineer Late V.D.Joshi.

Every year national level competition for selecting best ferrocement structure is organized for engineers and architects and the winner gets the Late V D Joshi Award. This is the fourth year. Arch. Anupama Kundoo, Arroville, Arch. Ajay Thosar, Pune, Er. Biji John, Chenganassery, Kerala were the award winners of previous competitions.

Shrishilp Consultants have built a small water conservation dam attached to a road culvert. Normally so many culverts are constructed to pass the rain water below the road. But if a small bandhara is built so as to pass the overflowing water over it and storing the excess water, it acts as a conservation dam. The ground water table is increased in the adjacent area. This concept is more popular in Gujarath. Use of ferrocement has made it possible to save the material and cost also. The photograph shows the wall thickness of the ferrocement wall is much less than concrete. The structure is appreciated by many people.

Shri Girish Sangle, Hon Secretary of India Ferrocement Society said that, the award will be given to the winner, Shrishilp Consultants in Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai on 2nd September 2016. This year Reliance Foundation, Mumbai, Amaltas Niketan, Bihar, Amrutvahini College of Engineering, Sangamner, Archivista, Pune, were the other competitors who will also be felicitated for their contribution.

 

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Winner of the 3rd Late V D Joshi best ferrocement structure competition declared.

Biji John, Ferrotechnologies, Kerala has been declared winner.

Ferrocement Society of India having headquarter in Pune has announced results of the third best ferrocement structure competition. This is All India Level competition and the structures built using the ferrocement technology are eligible to enter.

This year Prakash Nagnath for using ferrocement in building elevations, Arch Anupama Kundoo and her associate Alba Balmaseda from Madrid who built portable box type ferrocement houses and Ms Biji John, Ferrotechnologies, Changanacherry, Kerala for building a 2 story house in Pathanamthitta, Kerala had submitted their entries. The result is recently declared and Ms Biji John from Changanacherry, Kerala has succeded in grabbing the award. The award is named after the veteran Late Vishnu Joshi, Strctural Enginerer and pioneer in ferrocement technology. After his demise in 2011 the competition of such structures is being conducted by Ferrocement Society, an NGO working to promote this technology.

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The society has conducted 27 workshops for students in Engineering and Architecture colleges in India. This technology is different from RCC and is very useful to build earthquake proof houses. Government of Maharashtra has started working on a Building manual from the engineers of Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute, Nashik, where MERI has already done experiments on Boat Building, Canal Lining, water tanks etc

 

 

27-28 January 2015

2 day workshop was conducted at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Architecture

Kharghar, Mumbai. Prin Mankar and Prof Nandedkar took efforts for the successful workshop.

Students made themselves the hyperboloid structure with tying of meshes and pressfilling the mortar in it.

 

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9th February 2014. Dhule Maharashtra.

 

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FERROFIB 2013 – Success of GCE Salem

   An AICTE sponsored two week staff development programme on “Behaviour and Applications of Ferrocement and Fibre reinforced Composites” was conducted in the Department of Civil Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Salem from 3.6.2013 to 14.6.2013 with the objective to promote research in the field of ferrocement and fibre reinforced composites which has great scope and potential in the near future. The information brochure of the staff development programme was circulated to all the engineering colleges and also hosted in the Institution web site. There was unexpected response for this event as about 50 faculty delegates from various engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Description: Description: DSC02605 (1)Karnataka participated.

The Staff development programme was inaugurated on 3.6.2013 by the Chief Guest Prof. P. Paramasivam, Professorial fellow, National University of Singapore who also released the proceedings of the SDP.

The technical sessions were elaborated by renowned Professors in the field of ferrocement and fibre reinforced composites  from various reputed institutions including the host institution and also by a few industrial experts. Some of them were Dr. K. Subramanian, Professor and Head  of Civil Engg., CIT,  Coimbatore, Prof. Dr. A. R. Santhakumar, Emeritus Professor, IIT Madras, Chennai, Dr. N. Ganesan, Professor, NIT, Calicut, Dr. G. S. Thirugnanam, Professor, IRTT, Erode, Sri. S. Sundarkumar, Scientist, SERC, Chennai,  Dr. R. Balamuralikrishnan, Asst.Professor of Civil Engineering, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Sri. KRS. Narayan, GM, Reliance Industries, Chennai, Dr.V. Rajkumar, Associate Professor, GCE, Salem,  Dr.S. Kandasamy, Associate Professor, ACCET, Karaikudi, Mr. Kingsley. J. D. Ernest, Head, CQMT, CCCLIndia,Chennai,  V. Kumar, Associate Professor, ACCET, Karaikudi, Dr. V. M. Shanthi Associate Professor, GCT, Coimbator, Dr. D. ShobaRajkumar,  Associate Professor, GCE, Salem.

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The Valedictory function was held on 14.6.2013 at 3.30 p.m. with the Principal R S D Vahida Banu being the Chief guest. Certificates were distributed to all the participants by the Principal. The fully enlightened participants expressed their fulfilment of expectations by SDP during the valedictory function.

 

 

ISLAMPUR- 3 Feb 2012. One day workshop on ferrocement.

One day workshop on “Ferrocement in Civil Engineering Structures” was organized on 3 February 2012 by department of civil engineering, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, Rajaramnagar (Islampur, Dist. Sangli, Maharashtra) in association with Ferrocement Society.

Description: Description: 2012-02-03 11The objectives of the workshop were learning the basics, unique features of the constituent materials, designs, techniques of fabrication and construction, various fields of applications. Very nice brochure was printed by the organizers for inviting the participants. Prof. H.S. Jadhav, HOD, Civil Department was the convener. The write up of the workshop was given to all participants in CD form. During discussions, Prin. Dr. Mrs. Sushama Kulkarni expressed her interest for such new technologies and new research projects for the PG students.

 

 

 

ROORKEE-Discussion with the Scientists at CBRI, Roorkee. Er. Rajeev, Er S.K.Singh, Er. Dave had discussions with Dr. Divekar, President, FS on 23 Nov 2011.

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Roorkee- Dr. Divekar President, FS had a meeting with Dr. V.K.Gupta, IIT, Roorkee on 23 Nov 2011. Dr. Gupta donated some books to the library of FS.

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One- Day Ferrocement Workshop at Amrutvahini College of Engineering, Sangamner(Coordinated by Prof. Sable) on 29 September 2011.

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One day ferrocement Workshop organized by Architects and Engineer’s Association, Nashik.(Coordinated by Dr. Sunil Kute) on 30 September 2011

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CHENNAI-The one day ferrocement Workshop was jointly organised on 22nd July, 2011 by Ferrocement Society and the Civil Engineering Department of Jerusalem college of Engineering (JCE), CHENNAI.

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Registration of the faculty members and the students started at 9 AM. Students of Jerusalem College of Engineering and other colleges viz., Pondicherry Engineering College, Bharath University, Dr. M.G.R. University, S.R.M. University, Panimalar Engineering College, Easwari Engineering College, Dr. M.G.R. Educational & Research Institute, Valliammai Engineering College, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering. The entrance lobby was well decorated and everybody was welcomed with the traditional gandh, kumkum and flowers.

 

The inaugural function started by 10 am with traditional prayer in Tamil. Then welcome speech was given by Dr. P.B.Sakthivel, Professor of Civil Engineering, JCE, who coordinated this workshop on behalf of Ferrocement Society. Dr. S. Poornachandra, Principal, Jerusalem College of Engineering delivered the introductory speech. 

 

The Chief Guest for the workshop was Dr. P.Paramasivam, Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore. Among the dignitaries present were Dr. B.N.Divekar, President, Ferrocement Society, Mr. Pushyamitra Divekar, Mr. Prakash Nagnath, Dr. A. Jagannathan, Associate Professor, Pondicherry Engineering College, Dr. Neelamegam, Professor & Head, SRM Easwari Engineering College,  Dr. Shoba Rajkumar, Associate Professor, Government College of Engineering, Bargur; and Dr. B.Vidivelli, Professor, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, Annamalai University. Lightening of the lamp was done with hands of all the dignitaries on the dais.

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In the 1st session, Dr. P.Paramasivam's presentation was very informative. He impressed upon the application of Ferrocement which are normally used as secondary roofs in Singapore. There is a low cost housing concept for which Government of Singapore spent money. Use of ferrocement in precast sunscreens and other building components has proved cost-saving in buildings. Cellular concrete 50mm thick is now being replaced by ferrocement with 30 thick panels through interlocking system. Precast industry is making millions of dollars. While discussing case studies of ferrocement, Prof. Paramasivam mentioned that stainless steel water tanks on the buildings are now being replaced by ferrocement tanks in Singapore. Impact resistant doors are also tested for blasting effects. In tidal zone ferrocement vertical sea wall along the sea protects the bank. In Trivandrum, a floating restaurant with ferrocement is built. He also showed the photos of Yugoslavia terrestrial structures, Zoo entrance in Indonesia and low cost houses in Malaysia. He also brought out that only mosque built out of ferrocement survived in the tsunami in Indonesia.

 

Er. Pushyamitra Divekar, Ferrocement professional in Pune, discussed so many buildings which he has constructed using ferrocement technology during the last 10 years. He said ferrocement walls can save 40 to 60 percent cost against the traditional RCC walls. Right from bungalow entrance gate, swimming pools, pergolas, doors, walls, lintels, stairs, water tanks, and decorative elements can be constructed using ferrocement. He said ferrocement use has minimised construction time, use of timber and soil, making it a green material.

 

The demonstration of ferrocement technique was arranged at the central open space of the college building. The skeleton with weld mesh and chicken mesh layers tightened on it was explained to the participants by Dr. Divekar. He showed the mortar and the filling method of mortar while Dr. Neelamegam assisted him. Students also tried the filling process using cement mortar.

 

After the lunch Er. Chandramohan Hangekar, Hon. Secretary, Ferrocement Society explained the functioning of the Ferrocement Society.

 

Er. Prakash Nagnath, Pune base ferrocement techie explained the potential of ferrocement precast industry. He explained his experiences in pergolas and fins. He said any shape is possible with ferrocement. While explaining the architectural applications he said ferrocement as a medium for sculpture proves its versatility and the unlimited dimension to which it can be used.

 

Dr. B. Vidivelli explained various tests on ferrocement and the formulation of methodology for rehabilitation of the beams. Performance of the beams were evaluated by the factors f1(energy approach) and f2(deflection approach). Ferrocement laminates can increase the flexural strength of the beams by 21 to 26 percent.

 

Dr. M. Neelamegam, former Director-Scientist, SERC-CSIR, Chennai and currently the Professor & Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Easwari Engineering College, Chennai explained polymer ferrocement composites where polymer forms one of the ingredients of the matrix. He said polymer ferrocement composites are very cost effective in applications requiring high degree of durability and chemical resistance and quick repairing works. Stainless steel and other steels can be replaced by this method in building industry. He expected the engineers to frog-leap in the beneficial use of polymer ferrocement composites.

 

Dr B. N. Divekar explained the all-in-one method for which he has got patents. He explained the advantages and construction details of the cavity wall, floor construction. He said there is huge potential for the precast industry for the fresh engineers after there graduation for becoming entrepreneurs instead of searching any employment.

 

There was a question and answer session in which lot of technical questions on ferrocement and its applications were asked by the student participants and all the questions were answered by Dr. Paramasivam and Dr. Divekar.

 

The workshop was fruitful as the students gained a new area where they have a chance for becoming an entrepreneur and starting a small business or taking-up contracts using the above ferrocement technology instead of a job.

 

Certificates were issued to all the participants after the workshop.

 

The workshop concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Anne Ligoria, Professor  & Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Jerusalem College of Engineering. She thanked all the experts and participants who attended this workshop and made a grand success. Prof. Anne mentioned special thanks to Dr. P.B. Sakthivel, Convenor of the Workshop. She congratulated the arrangements made by Prof. N S Elangovan and Prof. S. Sellappa, faculty members and all the student volunteers of the Jerusalem College of Engineering, Chennai.

 

It finally ended with the national anthem.

 

Two day National Conference held at PUNE, INDIA

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1)  Dr. Anupama Kundoo 2) Audience 3) T.p.Singh with B.V.Bhedasgaonkar at Ramkrishna Math, Pune.

 

फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटीतर्फे जलसंपदा सचिव मुंढे यांचा सत्कार

पुणे दि. ८ जाने. २०११- अखिल भारतीय स्तरावरील फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटी या स्थापत्य तंत्रज्ञांच्या सोसायटी तर्फे जलसंपदा सचिव इंजी. एम. एस. मुंढे यांचा सेवानिवृत्तीनिमित्त सत्कार करण्यात आला. नाशिक येथे मेरी या संस्थेत ३ वर्षापूर्वी मुंढे यांनी या विषयाची २ दिवसीय परिषद भरवली होती. त्यानंतर भारतातील अनेक तंत्रज्ञ एकत्र येऊन या सोसायटीची स्थापना झाली व इंजी. मुंढे या सोसायटीचे पहिले अध्यक्ष होते.

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(फोटो- डावीकडून- इंजी. रमेश कुलकर्णी, ए.जी. जोशी, इंजी. एम.एस.मुंढे)

फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटी चे उपाध्यक्ष इंजी. राजेंद्र पवार यांनी सोसायटीची वेगवान वाटचाल कशी सुरु आहे त्याचा आढावा सांगितला. येत्या मी महिन्यात राष्ट्रीय स्तरावरील परिषद पुण्यात आयोजित करण्यात आली आहे. इंजी. मुंढे यांचा परीचय करून देताना इंजी. चंद्रमोहन हंगेकर यांनी सांगितले की शासनाचे सचिव यासारख्या अत्यंत व्यस्त पदावर असताना सुद्धा इंजी. मुंढे सी ++ किंवा आनंदी जीवनाचे रहस्य, अशा प्रकारचे प्रशिक्षण वर्ग स्वतः घेत असत हि विशेष बाब आहे.

इंजी. मुंढे हे स्वामी विवेकानंद यांच्या विचारांचे गाढे अभ्यासक आहेत. अनेक धर्मांच्या ग्रंथांचा अभ्यास ते सातत्याने करत असतात. इंजी. मुंढे यांनी आपल्या भाषणात आदिवासी शाळांमध्ये शैक्षणिक मदत करण्याची तसेच स्वामीजींच्या विचारांवर व्याख्याने देण्याची आपली इच्छा असल्याचे सांगितले. फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटी च्या ३ वर्षातील प्रगती बाबत त्यांनी समाधान व्यक्त केले. फेरोसिमेंट चा वापर शासनाच्या विविध बांधकाम खात्यांनी जरूर करावा यासाठी जरूर ते मार्गदर्शन करण्याची त्यांनी तयारी दाखवली. कार्यक्रमास फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटी चे उपाध्यक्ष प्रा. ए. जी. जोशी, फेरोसिमेंट सोसायटीचे सचिव रमेश कुलकर्णी तसेच इंजी. पुरी, इंजी. राजपूत, इंजी. रवी रानडे, इंजी. वांकर व अनेक मान्यवर उपस्थित होते.

SEA, PUNE organised the 2 day workshop at PUNE

October 04, 2009 was day -one; around 945 pm the delegates, Ferro Soc members and S EA officers/engineers initiated the welcome function.

Mr Aravind Ranade, founder of Sahyadri Engineering Academy, Pune – a senior structural engineer of Pune, in his speech declared that the Workshop is inaugurated. He extended best wishes to the Ferrocement Society . Mr. Ranade Sir further desired that  Ferrocement Society and Sahyadri Engineering Academy, Pune be working  together for more such events to come. Mr. Aravind Ranade also released the souvenir  by cutting the ribbon of the book package.

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IN THE AFTERNOON

In the afternoon of Oct 04, 2009, there was demonstration and hands- on- practice of making a ferrocement member. The laboratory of S E A Pune is well equipped for all tests and making of concrete. Using the welding apparatus of and with the help of technicians of Dr Divekar  and also 4 trainee diploma engineers, the demo was arranged. The garden –plant-in a row -box was to be made .The delegates could witness  and understand the importance of keeping tight/taut  the chicken mesh, the wire mesh. The skeletal steel was placed ; the supports were welded.  Wire-mesh was placed and tied . Chicken mesh in three  layers was clad on it and ,tightly held and welded. After this an used/old  newspaper was laid down on floor; cement mortar was made with minimum water and its base-  layer of less than ½” was spread on paper sheet. The cage or skeleton was placed on it . The expert workers of Dr B.N. Divekar Consultant and  construction group did that toweling and placing  cement mortar on both faces of the cage rectangular piece. Placing mortar on both sides needs some skill.

Delegates participated in the tying up the chicken mesh and pressing the cement mortar –applying from both faces or from one face of the surface.

OLD NEWS 

January 2007- Maharashtra Engineering Training Academy working at MERI – Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute, Nashik, India held a ‘Workshop on Theory and Applications of Ferrocrete’ on January 19 and 20 at MERI Nashik, India. About 110 delegates attended it mostly engineers from Water Resources Department and PWD of state of Maharashtra. There were private participants [of Hindustan Construction Company] and students from Architectural Colleges. Full CD of the proceedings and photos is available to the members on request.

 

29th January 2008

 

The society has got the registration.

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Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)14th April 2008

A one day workshop was conducted by Institution of Engineers(India). Ahmednagar local center and Ferrocement Society, Pune. 70 participants could interact on ferrocement technology. Dr. B N Divekar, Dr N R Patwardhan, B V Bhedasgaonkar, A G Joshi were the main speakers in the workshop. Demonstration was shown by G P Dhotre (ferrocement professional at Ahmednagar) Er M S Mundhe, DG , MERI, Nashik and President of FS, inaugurated the workshop

PUNE: Er. Vishnupant Joshi visited FS Office.