Nigeria launches first Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Vic­to­ria Onehi

Nigeria has launched its first Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual. The man­ual was launched by the Coun­cil for the Reg­u­la­tion of En­gi­neer­ing in Nigeria (COREN) along­side other stake­hold­ers in the ce­ment in­dus­try such as La­farge Africa Plc at the 26th En­gi­neer­ing Assem­bly at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre Abuja yes­ter­day.

The Pres­i­dent of COREN, Engr. Kashim A. Ali said the man­ual for prac­ti­tion­ers us­ing con­crete must now re­place the for­eign man­u­als which pro­duced the dan­ger of nonuni­for­mity be­cause of its di­verse sources.

“The Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual for Nigeria, there­fore, pro­vides ho­mo­gene­ity for all con­crete de­signs,” he said.

The Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor, La­farge Africa Plc, Mr Vipul Agrawal, said the launch­ing of the Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual meant a lot to Nigeria.

“Nige­ri­ans for the first time have their own guide for mix­ing of con­crete in build­ing and in­fra­struc­ture.

This was through the painstak­ing ef­fort of stake­hold­ers led by COREN, Nigeria Build­ing and Re­search In­sti­tute, ce­ment com­pa­nies and other stake­hold­ers.

“Ev­ery­body prac­tic­ing civil en­gi­neer­ing and build­ing can use this in the se­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als. It of­fers you very good prac­ti­cal guide on good con­struc­tion.” Agrawal said.

The chair­man of the tech­ni­cal team which pro­duced the man­ual, Engr. Prof. Charles Uko, said Nigeria now has a Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual which is uniquely Nige­rian.

“At the end of the day we were able to pro­duce a Nige­rian Con­crete Mix De­sign Man­ual. We looked at what was done in the UK, In­dia and Ger­many, and we came up with some­thing uniquely Nige­rian, as it is unique in its pro­cesses,” he said.

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