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One day workshop on Ferrocement Technology

Organised by: RTC, Dapodi At Quality control circle hall, Yerawada, Pune on 1st Dec 2010.

Present were 1 EE, 25 Assistant Engineer-1 and 10 SDE.

The workshop was inaugurated at 0930 hrs by Er. K.M. Shah, Superintending Engineer, Quality Control Circle, Pune in presence of Er Chandramohan Hangekar Superintending Engineer, Vigilance Unit, Pune.

Ferrocement is not a new technology but it is less applied. The difference between RCC and Ferrocement is the bond strength due to number of small diameter wires instead of few large diameter bars. Also in Ferrocement there is no use of metal and elimination of formwork material due to self shaping and skeleton characteristics of Ferrocement.

Dr. B.N. Divekar is professional Ferrocement techie. Trainees appreciated the basics and the load and strength relationship of the Ferrocement. He explained 4 materials,3 men and 3 stages procedure of any Ferrocement construction. “Your dreams will “ was the catch line for discussions. He showed so many photos of constructed structures in Ferrocement. He also invited all the trainees to his own house built with latest application of Ferrocement.

Dr. N. R. Patwardhan is a Senior structural consultant. He explained the history and developmental activities of Ferrocement. He explained how to arrive at rate structure of any Ferrocement construction. He explained the works contribution of Er Vishnu Joshi and Er Bhedasgavkar in Pune. He told that shapes do matter and concept of “strength from shape”

Prof. A. G. Joshi is a senior structural designer. He explained the basic material selection and properties required for Ferrocement. He also told the construction procedure and precautions to be taken during Ferrocement construction.

Er. Prakash Nagnath is a Ferrocement practitioner in Pune. He has done a lot of applications in buildings and interiors of bungalows and residential flats in Pune using Ferrocement. His photographs really impressed the trainees. Curved walls, slant roofs, chajjas, benches, flower beds and so many Ferrocement components were explained by him.Demonstration of the actual mortar mixing and pressing the mortar in the wire meshes of the Ferrocement was explained to all the trainees. Some trainees voluntarily took the tools in hand for experiencing the creation of a job.

Visit to various structures built in Pune using Ferrocement technology is also arranged.

Trainees are expected to have further PG studies in this subject and suggest some new project components where Ferrocement technology can be applied.