INSEE Cement Spearheads Innovation and Growth in Sri Lanka’s Construction

February 14, 2022

Offers a growing portfolio of Value Added Services for construction companies and contractors to regain momentum and business continuity

INSEE Cement – Sri Lanka’s largest and leading cement manufacturer is powering the local construction industry’s steady recovery with a portfolio of value added services, offering performance-based design solutions, technical capabilities and industry expertise to contractors and construction companies, enabling industry stakeholders to expedite projects and meet construction schedules impacted by the pandemic.

“Our foresight enabled us to focus on developing highly innovative and sustainable-performing construction solutions that create value for stakeholders who invest in our cements and concrete solutions portfolio,” Dr. Moussa Baalbaki, Head of Products and Solutions Portfolio at INSEE Cement commented. “Now, as we recover as an industry, we must focus on existing capabilities and capacities that can expedite the recovery process. INSEE Cement is happy to invite our industry stakeholders to leverage our expertise and collaborate to gain the momentum and confidence our industry lost during the pandemic.”

A strong advocate of open collaboration and knowledge sharing, INSEE Cement established the INSEE i2i Innovation to Industry Collaboration Space as a dedicated state-of-the-art centre to engage industry stakeholders in collaboration driven by openness, speed and connectivity. The centre focuses on creating shared value and collaboratively developing innovative and efficient sustainable construction solutions for Sri Lanka.

Located in Peliyagoda, the i2i Collaboration Space is a knowledge exchange hub and idea incubator for engineers, researchers, innovators, architects, construction companies, contractors and also competitors looking to collaborate on industry transforming construction solutions. Equipped with over 50 testing and measurement tools including 15 tests that are new to the Sri Lankan construction sector, the INSEE i2i Collaboration Space enables contractors, builders and construction companies meet stringent economical, structural and performance criteria for construction projects.

When it comes to optimizing concrete mixes, INSEE i2i offers comprehensive solutions using simulations, advanced technologies, testing equipment and expertise to evaluate numerous parameters for concrete mix designs. The Space offers pre-project mix design evaluations during planning stages, consulting site engineers, architects and contractors to develop the mix design that will best meet their construction needs. INSEE’s i2i team of expert consultants also offer recommendations for improvements of on-going constructions, based on modelling, testing and result evaluations, achieving the perfect balance between performance and cost-optimization.

INSEE’s i2i trademarked INSEE ConTemp™ thermal modelling simulation software creates thermal mock-ups of mass pouring projects prior to the mixing, benefiting contractors by enabling critical decision making that greatly cuts down on budget and construction times. Contractors and construction companies are also offered personalized workshops to address project-specific construction challenges, ranging from basic technical presentations to tailored concrete mix design trainings.

Stakeholders are also set to benefit from INSEE’s environmental investments and commitment to reduce emission levels and lower the collective industry carbon footprint. From acres of quarry rehabilitation and reforestation, to producing Sri Lanka’s first superior blended composite cement that is currently one of the most environmentally friendly cement products in the market, INSEE Cement’s eco-friendly initiatives guarantee contractors, builders and construction companies resulting high-performing sustainable structures with lower carbon footprints.

Quick to recover from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, INSEE Cement rapidly adapted to shifts in logistics, distribution channels and supply chains, introducing more economically viable, eco-friendly and sustainable solutions to the market in the months following the outbreak with far-sighted investment in research, innovation and product development. Quality consistency of our cement and concrete products has remained a key focus area from pre to post pandemic, with a company mandate to elevate the standard of the entire local construction industry and ecosystem. INSEE recorded some of the highest monthly sales volumes in 2020, a testament to the company’s thorough understanding of the local cement market, and in developing products and solutions that create and add value to industry stakeholders.

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess fresh and hardened concrete properties

  • Specified Tests for Self-Compacting Concrete
    • Flow Table Test – BS EN 12350-5:2019
    • J-Ring Test – BS EN 12350-12:2010
    • V Funnel – BS EN 12350-09:2010
    • L Box – EN 12350
  • Slump test – BS EN 12350-2 and ASTM C143
  • Density of fresh concrete – ASTM C138
  • Air content in fresh concrete – ASTM 231
  • Concrete bleeding – ASTM 232
  • Concrete setting time – ASTM C403
  • Compressive Strength up to 180 MPa – Testing Machines (3000 & 4000KN) – Double the existing strength standards in Sri Lanka
  • NDT for Compressive Strength up to 130 MPa – Impact Rebound Hammers – Double the existing equipment capacity in Sri Lanka
  • Flexural Strength – ASTM C78 / BS EN 12390-5-2019
  • Splitting Resistance – ASTM C-496 / EN 12390-6 / EN 1338
  • Concrete Specimen Grinding Machine – BS EN 12390-2 2019/ ASTM D4543

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess and ensure your aggregate grade meets the demand and requirement of your concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Blue™ – Assess clay content as key quality indicator for manufactured and natural pit sand
    • INSEE Shape™ – Assess the grain shape particles as key quality indicator for manufactured sand
  • Coarse and fine aggregate particles size distribution – ASTM C136 / C136M – 19 & BS EN 933-1
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Coarse Aggregates – ASTM C127-12
  • Aggregate Impact Value (AIV) – BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Flakiness Index & Elongation Index – BS EN 933-3:2012
  • Soundness Test of Aggregates – SN EN 206-1
  • Aggregate Crushing Value (ACV)- BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Test – ASTM C 131-06

A range of tests to assess properties of fresh concrete that go beyond the traditional ‘slump test’, improving the quality and consistency of concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Flow™
    • INSEE Heat™
    • INSEE Color™
    • INSEE ConTemp™
  • ICAR Rheometer for paste, mortar & concrete toassess pumpability, flow resistance, thickness, slump retention, admixtures compatibility
  • Grout for Pre-Stressing Tendons – BS EN 445 2007
  • Electrical Conductivity for paste & mortar
  • Cementometer™ latest microwave technology for the determination of fresh concrete water to cement w/c ratio

Advanced testing with durability indicators to optimize structural performance and extend the service life of concrete structures exposed to severe environments.

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - ASTM C1202
  • Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Hardened Concrete - ASTM C1760-12
  • Specific Resistivity - RILEM TC154 - AASHTO T358
  • Concrete Carbonation - Swiss SIA 262-1/1 CEN/TS 12390-12
  • O2 Permeability - RILEM 116-PCD CEMBUREAU Method
  • Capillary Water Absorption/ Sorptivity - Swiss SIA 262/1:2013 ASTM C1585-04
  • Initial Surface Absorption (ISAT) - BS 1881 Part 5
  • Water Permeability - EN 12390-8:2000
  • Concrete Sulphate Resistance - SIA 262-1/A