Masons Loyalty

The mason of the future

Empowering Sri Lanka’s Masons, the Backbone of our Construction Industry

An industry can only evolve as fast as its stakeholders. This is why INSEE Cement invests in the sustainable development and empowerment of Masons, one of the largest key stakeholder groups of our industry. Through a two-fold approach, INSEE Cement is helping masons elevate their living standards, increase knowledge and capacity, and explore better employment opportunities, progressing themselves while also contributing to the progress of the local construction industry.

Networking and engagement

By leveraging our island-wide market reach, we engaged with Head Masons and Masons across Sri Lanka and identified how to best address their most pressing challenges. This gave us the opportunity to collate data and create a growing database of active masons across Sri Lanka, laying a strong foundation to nurture lasting relationships through:

Mason Chat
Mason Meets

INSEE Concrete Society (ICS)

Sustainable capacity development

INSEE Cement found like-minded partners in national and non-profit organizations to nurture an educated and skilled workforce with industry-recognized credentials, who will be best positioned to advance the construction industry of Sri Lanka to be on par with global industry standards.

National Vocational Qualification

INSEE Cement collaborated with the National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA), Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of Sri Lanka and USAID funded skill development initiative YouLead for skill mapping and strategic up-skilling of a total 2,500 masons from across the island. Masons are recommended by Divisional Secretariats, ensuring participation of deserving individuals.

Upon successful completion of this 3-day course, masons receive a level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ3) upon successful completion, a recognized and credible certification creating opportunities to further not only their careers, but also their professional education.

Mason Apprenticeship Program

INSEE Cement partnered with the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan arm of Germany’s Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to launch a special Mason Apprentice Program. The 120-day on-site training provides new and aspiring masons to learn on the job, specialize skillsets and prepare to enter the workforce after successful completion of the program.

INSEE Cement continues to strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship with the growing mason community across Sri Lanka, empowering them to elevate the local construction industry and contribute to the economic stability of Sri Lanka.

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