The Genesis of ICI dates back to the year 1982, when SERC Chennai and Anna University jointly conducted an International Seminar on Modern Concrete Construction Practices. The overwhelming response to the seminar prompted the Organisers to start the Indian Concrete Institute. Thus, the ICI was born in 1982 with around 500 members from 5 regional centres . Since then, there is no looking back and ICI has grown in leaps and bounds. Today ICI is a strong professional body having more than 10,400 enrolled members, from 30 regional centres in all Major cities, spread across the entire length and breadth of the country. Of these, more than 250 are Organisational members. All segments of cement and Concrete Industries are widely represented in the membership.
To meet the objectives of ICI, the regional centres conduct varieties of programs like Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, Exhibitions, etc. throughout the year. These are at both National and International level. The Branded International events of ICI, namely ACECON and IWC, celebrated once in five years, are known for their Grandeur. These events prove to be an unique platform, for all the stake holders in the concrete industry, wherein Practicing Engineers, Manufacturers, Academics, Consultants and Researchers make their Global Participation, to share their views and experience. Thus, ICI derives the synergy amongst the various categories of people associated with concrete.
Any professional Body is recognized by the technical documents it creates. Today , at ICI, more than six technical committees are striving hard to bring out technical documents , to frame guidelines, to standardize, to fix norms for various specialty concretes and construction practices, to create unified code and to bring out Hand Books etc. The outcome of these committees gives ICI justifiable pride.
ICI works in close coordination with Government of India. ICI conducts several seminars and workshops in association with BMTPC which comes under Ministry of Urban Development. A certification programme on Concrete Testing is being jointly conducted through various centres of ICI. CPWD has signed an MOU with ICI to train their engineers in Concrete. ICI members represent in several Codal Committees of BIS.
ICI is an active participant in ACF activities and several programmes are jointly conducted by the two Organisations. A seminar on ‘Sustainability of Concrete Construction’ was jointly conducted by ICI and ACF, at New Delhi in 2012. ICI has signed MOU with other concrete institutes like Singapore Concrete Institute, Concrete Institute of Australia, Korea Concrete Institute and American Concrete Institute for exchange of technological Information, technical documents and to Organise Programmes jointly. ICI works with Norwegian Institutes and SINTEF to organise ICDC, an international Conference on Durability of Concrete.
A professional body has got its responsibilities towards society. So also ICI is committed to the society for its well being. ICI is focused towards advocating the concept of sustainability in construction practices. Many of ICI events are focused on achieving sustainability through innovative materials and techniques. Response to such programmes from Government Bodies is quite encouraging.
ICI embraces budding civil engineers thro ICI students Chapters. There are more than 96 students chapters, started all over the country and this number is on the increase. The very objective of these students’ chapters is to bridge the gap between their theoretical knowledge and what is being practiced in the field. Their involvement in ICI activities help them shape themselves to face the challenges in the field, when they come out of the institutions and enhance their Employability Quotient.
ICI identifies, recognizes and rewards the experts in the field of Concrete for their contributions to the development of concrete technology and Concrete Construction. Fourteen such awards are presented every year at the time of AGM. ICI brings out several publications, proceedings of all the important events for the benefit of members and others. Work is on to bring out a journal of international standard, through one of the world renowned Publisher.
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