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Inaugural Session

• Inaugural started by National Anthem and Lighting of

Sacred Diya by guest of Honor.
• As a first step towards developing smart cities and
sustainable infrastructure all guests of honor were
presented with saplings as a go green initiative.
• Welcome Speech by Mr. Arvind Shah (President , ASCE -
India Section) & Mr. Ravi Sinha (President , ASCE - India
Section Western Region)
Sacred Diya Lighting after National Anthem
Introduction of ASCE
ASCE President India Section – Mr. Arvind Shah & Mr. Ravi Sinha - ASCE
President India Section Western Region
Inaugural Address by Mr. Surendra Hiranandani (Guest of Honor)

Key notes in Inaugural Address briefed by Mr. Surendra Hiranandani:

1. Smart Cities must have high density of population in smaller area extent so that
better allocation of services can be done. So vertical expansion should be favored
2. In smart cities, all kind of businesses, corporates, industries should be there for
sustainability of all kind of population.
3. Pedestrian focus should be favored by adding up footpath, walkway and cycle
track, etc.
4. Emphasis should be given on private vehicle limitation so that streets are less
congested with traffic and local infrastructure is fully used with planned
improvement in current setup. Car park restrictions should be imposed to control
the expansion of private vehicle use.
5. High street shopping should be emphasized to add up social life and make cities
vibrant and lively which mall culture is killing.
Key notes addressed by Mr. Robert Stevens (President - ASCE)

Key notes briefed by Mr. Robert Stevens:

1. Mr. Stevens briefed about the ASCE. (Refer link for more details ,
2. ASCE is working in 8 technical regions currently like
a. Architectural Engineering; b. Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers; c. Construction;
d. Engineering Mechanics; e. Environmental and Water Resource; f. Geotechnical
Engineering; g. Structural Engineering; h. Transportation and Development.
3. Mr. Stevens presented the report on the American infrastructure as compared to
the infrastructure existing in the other developing countries.
4. On a survey held in 2013 on American Infrastructure, the average rating given for
the infrastructure was ‘D+’ on a range of rating from A to E. (A – Exceptional; B –
Good; C – Mediocre; D – Poor; E – Failing)
Key notes addressed by Mr. Robert Stevens (President - ASCE)

Key notes briefed by Mr. Robert Stevens:

5. Critical issues in sustainability:

• Sustainability is most important issue but poorly understood by the people.
• It is drastically changing with evolving time and lifestyle.
• Sustainability has its own opportunities and challenges that need to be tackled in a
efficient and planned way.
• Natural resources are consumed faster than their production.
• Due to it there is faster degradation of ecosystem.
6. Even in developed country like America basic instances of problem like breaking of
water pipeline happens every 2 minutes.
Key notes addressed by Mr. Robert Stevens (President - ASCE)

Key notes briefed by Mr. Robert Stevens:

7. Factors stopping us in moving for sustainability:

• Lack of leadership.
• Initiative to evolve.
• Resistance to change
• Control of wastage
• Research in new methodology.
8. Smart solutions should be involved in planning, implications and maintenance.
Session 1
Speech by Mr. Ramakant Jha (Managing Director – GIFT City Ltd)

1. Brief Introduction on GIFT City is given by presenting video (Kindly refer

2. The basic concept of GIFT City is developing a self sustainable smart city
with its own system, infrastructure, state of the art services, surveyallance
wherein you walk to work.
3. Information about the gift city refer links
4. Video & document can refer in attachment.
Session 1 Cont.…

GIFT - City stand for Gujrat International Finance Tec – City

• Globally benchmarked International Finance Centre.

• Strategically located
• Central business hub
• Targeting financial services & IT sectors
• First of it’s kind development in scale, scope & quality
• State of the art infrastructure.
Session 1 Cont.…

Basic Information on GIFT – City

• Located on the bank of Sabarmati River in Gandhinagar
• Land Area – 3.58 sqKm.
• Construction Area – 8.5 Million sqm.
• Greenbelt - 1183 K sqm.
• GIFT is the only approved IFSC (International Finance Services
Centre) in India.
• Modern Transportation System
• Water systems
• Power Generation & Distribution
• District Cooling System
• Water Management System
• Utility Tunnel
• Landscaping
Session 1 Cont.…

Basic Information on Buildings in GIFT – City

• 1 Tallest building above 400 m.
• 2 Landmark Buildings (Height – above 350 m)
• 18 Buildings (Height – 150 m to 300 m)
• 73 Buildings (Height – 100 m to 140 m)
• 2 Schools – International & Domestic Board
• 200 Beds Hospital
• Hotels (5000 rooms)
Session 1 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. S. M. Ramchandani (Joint Managing Director – MSRDC)

1. Brief Introduction on the road networks been developed by MSRDC was

2. Key achievements of MSRDC were listed as below:
• Construction of Bandra - Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
• Construction of 50 flyovers in Mumbai Traffic Improvement Mega Project.
• Mumbai Pune Expressway and Panvel Byepass road.
• Suman Nagar Flyover.
3. Upcoming Projects of MSRDC were listed as below:
• Versova – Bandra Sea Link Project.
• Formula 1 track in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
• Development of NH 17 state highway into 4 lane from 2 lane.
4. MSRDC has already entered from been a State level organization to
National level organization and further in line for international exposure
Session 1 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. Sanjay Bahadur (Chief Executive Officer – Pidilite Industries

1. Brief Introduction on the Pidilite products given and innovative products

briefing given which would initiate smart and speedy process of
2. Dr. Fixit Flexshield: It’s a waterproofing material with tilt towards green
construction having high degree of resistance to ozone, UV rays,
weathering abrasion, extreme temperatures, acids, alkalis and oxygenated
solvents. It has advantage of providing energy efficiency and sound
3. Dr. Fixit Heatshield: It’s a heat reducing and energy saving elastomeric
coating composed of acrylic polymers, microspheres, properly selected
and graded inert fillers, light fast and weather durable white pigments
additives with water as medium. It can be used as heat insulating coating
in building rooftops and exterior walls with additional function of
Session 2
Speech by Mr. Jay Shah (Director – Access Architects)

1. Brief Introduction of Access Architects firm given by Mr. Jay Shah

2. Mr. Jay Shah informed regarding the BIM technique been used by his firm
for design of his projects whether its in bungalows projects in Lavasa city
or SRA project in Mumbai the BIM technique helped their firm give actual
representation of the site.
3. BIM technique means Building Information modelling. Building
information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and
management of digital representations of physical and functional
characteristics of places. Building information models (BIMs) are files
which can be exchanged or networked to support decision-making about a
place. BIM software is used by individuals, businesses and government
agencies who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse
physical infrastructures, such as water, wastewater, electricity, gas, refuse
and communication utilities, roads, bridges and ports, houses, apartments,
schools and shops, offices, factories, warehouses and prisons.
4. With the use of this technique Access Architects were able to plan and
design for their bungalow project in Lavasa city having sloping contour by
generating the final view which the prospective clients would get from
their individual units without blocking each others views.
Session 2 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. Jay Shah (Director – Access Architects)

5. In one of the large SRA project they were able to generate the phase wise
construction plan of how to proceed with the construction of SRA building,
transfer the tenants and further move on with the construction project
sale part with keeping in thought the requirements of the tenants.
6. In another project, Access architects were able to save on the huge
excavation and rock cutting cost by developing the actual contour plan of
the site status with geotechnical survey data and designing the car parking
basements within optimum cutting – filling requirement.

Refer link for further information:
Session 2 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. Narayan Nayak (Principal Advisor – Gammon India Pvt Ltd &
Managing Director – Gammon Realty Ltd.)

1. Mr. Narayan’s brief speech emphasized on production of sustainable concrete

which doesn’t impact the environment by releasing the CO2 gas and achieves
the objective of producing high strength concrete with minimum use of
2. Mr. Narayan suggested 7 simple steps to achieve the object.
a. Make compulsorily use of Secondary Cementing Material (Saving roughly 60-
b. Produce more durable concrete (Increase life of structure almost double)
c. Use of Ultrafine Secondary cementing material.
d. Prefer use of High Strength Concrete (Saving roughly 30%)
e. Use Higher size of aggregate in concrete (Saving roughly 10%)
f. Use optimum cement content in Concrete.
g. Use recycled material and other industrial waste (for ex Copper slag etc.)

With steps a, d, e, f, we can produce 4 times more concrete for given amount of
cement manufactured than what is produced today
Session 2 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. Ashwin Moghe (Ultratech Cement Ltd.)

1. Mr. Ashwin Moghe briefed all about Ultratech and its various products ranging
from cement, concrete and blocks etc.
2. Ultratech is the 2nd leading player in cement production in India and 8th largest
producer in world
3. Mr. Ashwin informed all about the range of products available in the concrete
namely listed below:
• Ultratech Hypercom (High Strength Concrete)
• Ultratech Freeflow Concrete
• Ultratech Colourcom Concrete
• Ultratech Stainless Concrete
• Ultratech Thermocon Concrete
• Ultratech Pervious Concrete.

Mr. Ashwin claimed that the above mentioned products would help in a smart way
of constructing structures and producing sustainable structures.
Refer link to find out the products
Session 3
Speech by Mr. S Vijaykumar (Sr. General Manager (T&A) - CIDCO.)

1. Mr. Vijaykumar briefed all about the history of CIDCO. Why CIDCO was
developed, what its role was how it planned and executed work and
shaped up the Navi Mumbai development.
2. Landmarks achieved by CIDCO till date like development of roads,
infrastructure, affordable housing etc. were briefed by Mr. Vijaykumar.
3. Now upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport in pipeline was briefed
by Mr. Vijaykumar how CIDCO went ahead securing the necessary
clearance in all respects right from land acquisition to securing the
permissions for its construction, etc.
4. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) will soon build a
modern township. It will take up the pilot project of 38 sq km on the 600
sq km of the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), close
to the new airport in Panvel taluka.
The plot earmarked for the pilot project, is as big as four nodes in the civic
area. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Goa highway (NH 17) and the old
Mumbai-Pune road (NH 4) cuts through the land. Several of the 24 villages
in the pilot project area are described as already developed with new
settlers looking at a promising future.
5. Video can refer in attachment.
Session 3 Cont.…
Speech by Mr. Chetan Shah (Director – Simplex Prefab Infrastructure (India)
Pvt Ltd.)
1. Mr. Chetan Shah briefed every one about Simplex Prefab Infrastructure (
India ) Pvt. Ltd. Which is engaged in providing precast solutions to the
construction industry in the Residential, Commercial & industrial sectors
on turnkey basis.
2. Its product includes pre stressed prefab hollow core slabs, pre stressed
beams, columns, solid walls, partition walls. staircases, railway sleepers,
highway elements, sound barriers and boundary walls for SEZ and Large
3. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Mumbai,
Maharashtra. Simplex Prefab Infrastructure (India) Pvt. Ltd. promoted
jointly by Simplex Group of Companies, Sarda Energy & Minerals Ltd and
Betoni Mestarit (Finland).
4. In the quest for developing Smart cities and Sustainable infrastructure,
definitely Prefab products are the way to go since they provide the benefit
of speedy construction, less space requirement of site, strict quality
control measures, etc.
Question & Answer Session
Q. GIFT City being ultra modern, will it accommodate middle &
lower class people?
A. During the planning phase, thought process was done. So
even lower class people can be live in the city as small budget
flats will start from range of 7 Lacs.

Q. Is there any requirement of new rules & regulations to

develop the city or existing rules are sufficient?
A. There is no requirement of any new rules & regulations,
existing rules can suffice for the smart city development. And
government & local regulating authorities do amend their
rules frequently as per the new requirements.
Question & Answer Session
Q. The major component in the design of structure is the dead
load of structure itself. We are currently using AAC block
instead of Bricks to reduce the weight. But is there is any
concrete available which is Light in weight without
compromising strength in India?
A. Currently High Strength Light Weight Concrete is not available
in India but it is available in some of the developed countries.
And the same can be come in India in near future. At present
density of concrete is around 2450 kg/cum which can be
reduced up to 1800 kg/cum
Learnings from the Seminar
1. With the interest of the Indian government in developing Smart cities, the onus
lies on the construction industry with all its involved disciplines like
architecture, laisioning, planning, regulatory authority, developers, vendors and
suppliers, engineers, designers etc. to put their step forward to make the idea a
huge success.
2. Innovative thinking in the planning, production, execution and use of smart
sustainable products & structures would make up the base of this cities.
3. A practical and futuristic approach to the structures planned should be kept in
mind so as to make them durable, self-sustaining and eventually contribute to
the environment, society and country as a whole.
4. Dedicated well planned services tunnel of required sizes should be run in the
mega project .
5. Innovative evacuation system for disasters management should be conceived
like connecting Refuge area with folding bridge in gap between 18 to 30
meter between adjacent buildings. These will be more advantageous
particularly above 60 meter height of building as currently Mumbai Fire Brigade
is having ladder up to 60 meter.
6. Use on modern technologies like BIM & simulation software should be
emphasized in entire field.
Thank You