INSEE i2i Collaboration Space hosts first-ever webinar to boost Sri Lanka’s Collaborative Construction Platform

May 11, 2020

The premier local cement manufacturer INSEE Cement Sri Lanka together with the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), successfully hosted the first large two-part Webinar forum recently, on ‘Overview of International Cement Standards for Performance-based specifications’.

The Webinar organised by INSEE i2i (innovation to industry) Collaboration space marked the first time in which industry experts led an online knowledge sharing session to promote open innovation and collaboration in the local construction industry. 

The keynote presentation  conducted by Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd. Head of Products and Solutions Portfolio Dr. Moussa Baalbaki, focusing on creating a virtual collaboration space, saw over 200 online participants comprising  university students, academics, engineers, contractors, local cement and concrete manufacturers, and members from government and other professional institutions, from across nine countries such as Switzerland, Germany, UK, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam, including Sri Lanka. 

INSEE Cement Sri Lanka Marketing, Sales and Innovation Executive Vice President Jan Kunigk

The keynote program was followed by an interactive panel discussion with guest panellists in the likes of University of Moratuwa Department of Civil Engineering Senior Professor Prof. Anura Nanayakkara, University of Peradeniya Department of Civil Engineering Senior Professor and IESL Civil Engineering Sectional Committee Chairman Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, INSEE Cement Sri Lanka Marketing, Sales and Innovation Executive Vice President Jan Kunigk and keynote presenter Dr. Moussa Baalbaki. 

Speaking at the webinar, Dr. Moussa Baalbaki said: “It is all about creating shared knowledge space for developing sustainable cement and concrete based product solutions. At a time of need, leveraging on our digital capabilities – INSEE i2i Collaboration space swiftly transformed its monthly knowledge sharing sessions to a virtual collaborative platform, to be productive during COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are committed to reshaping the local construction industry to international standards by continuously engaging with the young students, industry experts, academics, designers, masons, contractors, engineers and members from private and public institutions.”

INSEE/Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd. Head of Products and Solutions Portfolio Dr. Moussa Baalbaki

The knowledge-sharing sessions are held on the last Thursday of every month. Introduced by INSEE in collaboration with IESL, since June 2018, every session has benefitted about 150 persons of the ‘industry community’. The space allows to share experience and knowledge transfer to the Sri Lankan construction industry and seamlessly connect to different stakeholders through an informal environment that now has transformed into a digital platform. 

Jan Kunigk addressing the online participants stated: “Leading through innovation and sustainability, at INSEE, we are focused in shaping a smarter future for Sri Lanka’s Construction industry. Every day we challenge our own concepts and ideas on new product solutions, research and development to become the best version of ourselves. 

“Our people have been the biggest asset to our success of the company and in producing Sri Lanka’s most-loved cement brands such as INSEE Sanstha and Mahaweli Marine plus. This is why, we invest in people’s knowledge and skills today, to build a better economy and life for our people tomorrow. At INSEE, we believe in ‘Build for Life’ – building a life worth living’.” 

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