San­deep Chaudhry & Dixit Ba­jaj, Water­proofers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (WAI)


What are the ob­jec­tives of the Water­proofers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (WAI)?

Ev­ery in­dus­try has its own col­lab­o­ra­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions like Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (BAI), Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cal Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (CCMA), Con­fed­er­a­tion of Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ers' As­so­ci­a­tions of In­dia (CREDAI), As­so­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Real­tors of In­dia (ACRI) and so on. How­ever, there was no such as­so­ci­a­tion to take care of the in­ter­ests of the wa­ter­proof­ing in­dus­try, which is a most cru­cial so­lu­tions provider in any build­ing or struc­ture.

WAI was formed with the aim of bring­ing qual­ity wa­ter­proof­ing and in find­ing the right so­lu­tions for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. WAI seeks to bring in some nec­es­sary changes in the wa­ter­proof­ing in­dus­try through stan­dard­iza­tion, train­ing for­mats and through con­duct­ing sem­i­nars for bring­ing greater aware­ness on the im­por­tance of wa­ter­proof­ing.

“Don’t ask what is the cost of wa­ter­proof­ing, but ask what will be the cost of not hav­ing wa­ter­proof­ing,” say San­deep Chaudhry (Pres­i­dent) & Dixit Ba­jaj (Vice Pres­i­dent) of the Water­proofers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (WAI), as they share with Maria R, the ob­jec­tives and longterm plans of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

WAI also looks at the well-be­ing of wa­ter­proof­ing ap­pli­ca­tors and con­trac­tors as their growth and de­vel­op­ment will pro­pel the growth of all those as­so­ci­ated with the wa­ter­proof­ing in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers and the petty labour con­trac­tors. More­over, we want to en­sure that any mal­prac­tices in terms of ex­ploita­tion of the water­proofers is taken care of legally and that they are not looked down upon. We are also try­ing to rope in some con­struc­tion chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers as mem­bers.

What are the ma­jor is­sues and chal­lenges in the wa­ter­proof­ing in­dus­try?

The ma­jor hur­dle in the in­dus­try is the lack of stan­dard­iza­tion of the wa­ter­proof­ing meth­ods and also the nu­mer­ous over the counter (OTC) prod­ucts. If peo­ple ran­domly go for prod­ucts en­dorsed by a celebrity and do not know the ex­act ap­pli­ca­tions, then it is a mat­ter of con­cern. How­ever, such ads are ac­tu­ally bring­ing aware­ness about the im­por­tance of wa­ter­proof­ing.

Nowa­days, wa­ter­proof­ing is not be­ing done se­ri­ously, which has caused many build­ings or struc­tures to de­grade in qual­ity at an alarm­ing rate. Wa­ter­proof­ing to­day ac­counts for a mere 0.75 to 1% of the to­tal cost of con­struc­tion. How­ever, it must be un­der­stood that it is this mi­nus­cule per­cent that will save the 99% of the con­struc­tion cost. If this 1% is com­pro­mised, the en­tire struc­ture loses its life at al­most 1/4th the time of its ac­tual life; in other words, if the struc­ture has been built to last for, say 100 years, its strength will de­grade in just 30 years. A big is­sue is that peo­ple are more con­cerned about the cost of wa­ter­proof­ing and not about the cost of not hav­ing their build­ing prop­erly wa­ter­proofed.

Wa­ter­proof­ing in­volves a lot of tech­ni­cal­i­ties in terms of site lo­ca­tion, cli­mate, fac­tors af­fect­ing the strength of the ma­te­rial, and so on. All of these have to be con­sid­ered when de­cid­ing on a proper sys­tem of wa­ter­proof­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, build­ing de­sign­ers and, most im­por­tantly, the builders do not give much im­por­tance to wa­ter­proof­ing as they do not re­al­ize that im­proper wa­ter­proof­ing ul­ti­mately leads to fail­ure of the en­tire build­ing. The man­u­fac­tur­ers sim­ply sell their prod­ucts ei­ther to the ap­pli­ca­tor or to the client with­out giv­ing them the know-how on the right prod­uct and ap­pli­ca­tion.

This is where the prob­lem lies, and when the blame game is played, it is the ap­pli­ca­tors who are made the scape­goats. We plan to un­der­take skilling of the ap­pli­ca­tors in for­mal train­ing ses­sions at the state-of-art train­ing cen­tre in Goa un­der the guid­ance of Samir Surlekar, the present head of CCMA and for­mer head of MC bau­chemie.

CCMA is an as­so­ci­a­tion which pro­vides qual­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion while the role of WAI is to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Water­proofers. We both are work­ing hand to hand with each other be­cause if ap­pli­ca­tors will grow than only that of man­u­fac­tur­ers.

In In­dia, chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers are giv­ing su­per­fi­cial train­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tors and not cer­ti­fi­able train­ing of 7 or 15 days. Our aim is to pro­vide the tech­ni­cal know-how and ap­pli­ca­tion train­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tors as we want to main­tain the qual­ity stan­dards in the in­dus­try, with a fo­cus on new ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques and prod­ucts that are rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing wa­ter­proof­ing in In­dia.

How has the in­dus­try re­sponded to WAI?

Though there were talks of form­ing such an as­so­ci­a­tion for many years, it was only in 2017 that the ini­tia­tive was taken, and we got WAI reg­is­tered in March 2018. In such a short time, we have al­ready got over 100 mem­bers and are re­ceiv­ing an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the in­dus­try. It is ex­pected that by the end of July 2018 we’ll have over 200 mem­bers.

No doubt, bring­ing all stake­hold­ers in the wa­ter­proof­ing in­dus­try un­der one

WAI aims to bring aware­ness of the im­por­tance of wa­ter­proof­ing, stan­dard­iza­tion and qual­ity through ap­pli­ca­tor train­ing, work­shops and sem­i­nars con­ducted by in­dus­try ex­perts for dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est wa­ter­proof­ing prod­ucts and so­lu­tions to ar­chi­tects and builders.

um­brella is a daunt­ing task. We’re us­ing many plat­forms and ex­plor­ing oth­ers to reach out to more and more stake­hold­ers. We are con­duct­ing sem­i­nars, work­shops, con­fer­ences etc for bring­ing all the stake­hold­ers on a com­mon plat­form and we are in touch with global events like Con­crete In­dia, World of Con­crete, bauma etc for par­tic­i­pa­tion.

What is WAI’s cur­rent struc­ture?

WAI has been con­cep­tu­al­ized as a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the up­lift­ment of the wa­ter­proof­ing fra­ter­nity. Our mis­sion is to have a cred­i­ble, trust­wor­thy, na­tion­wide or­ga­ni­za­tion, which will help in el­e­vat­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion to a higher level of recog­ni­tion and re­spect for one and all. Though the main mem­bers of WAI are the water­proofers, the mem­ber­ship is open to other stake­hold­ers such as lead­ing con­crete re­pair, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & al­lied con­trac­tors, man­u­fac­tur­ers (of all lev­els), ma­te­rial & equip­ment sup­pli­ers, im­porters, con­sul­tants, and oth­ers re­lated to this in­dus­try. WAI of­fers dif­fer­ent types of mem­ber­ships such as Pre­mium, As­so­ciate, Cor­po­rate and Plat­inum Cor­po­rate.

The prime ob­jec­tive of WAI is to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of water­proofers in­volved in pro­vid­ing com­plete wa­ter­proof­ing so­lu­tions to up­com­ing projects and in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of old build­ings. WAI will pro­vide a uni­fied voice and a dig­ni­fied plat­form to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The busi­ness agree­ment or con­tract for wa­ter­proof­ing is based on both tech­ni­cal and busi­ness de­ci­sions. At times, we have to take tough de­ci­sions to en­sure bet­ter ser­vice. We mon­i­tor the progress of the project on a daily ba­sis and make the nec­es­sary changes as and when re­quired.

Mem­ber­ship in WAI will serve as a plat­form to con­nect the mem­bers to a na­tion­wide net­work of pro­fes­sion­als and ex­perts who will sup­port each other and will share up­dates and in­for­ma­tion at ev­ery step. Cur­rently, we have mem­bers in Delhi, Chandi­garh, Nasik, Ahmed­abad, Hy­der­abad, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chen­nai, Goa, etc. We have the sup­port of BNI (Busi­ness Net­work In­ter­na­tional) which has 2 lakh mem­bers world­wide with 20,000 mem­bers in In­dia, and are in talks with FICCI, ASSOCHAM, the PHD Cham­ber of Com­mers, CII, and some oth­ers. We’re also look­ing for me­dia part­ners for WAI’s bi-monthly jour­nal. We en­vis­age at least 25 Chap­ters in In­dia and 5 Chap­ters in the SAARC coun­tries with over 500 mem­bers.

has gained the con­fi­dence to take rigid frame de­sign to the limit and to lead the growth of en­gi­neered steel build­ings to world­wide ac­cep­tance and favour. The brand is built on in­no­va­tion and at­ten­tion to cus­tomer re­quire­ments. By pro­vid­ing timely con­struc­tion and a su­pe­rior so­lu­tion, it has achieved a re­mark­ably high re­peat cus­tomer rate.

Con­struc­tion chal­lenges and how they were ad­dressed

Tata BlueS­cope con­struc­tion team played a vi­tal role in shap­ing this project for Tata Boe­ing. Due to de­pen­dency on var­i­ous ex­ter­nal pa­ram­e­ters, the team faced nu­mer­ous chal­lenges while man­ag­ing the site.

• Erec­tion of mez­za­nine struc­ture be­low main build­ing struc­ture was the main chal­lenge which our team ex­e­cuted safely by ad­vance plan­ning

• On time han­dover of the en­tire project was car­ried out through ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion erec­tion step plan method­ol­ogy

• Ex­tra ef­forts were taken by project man­age­ment team to de­liver the ma­te­rial ac­cord­ing to the erec­tion se­quence.

The re­sult

Tata BlueS­cope Steel de­liv­ered a sta­teof-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity with on time com­ple­tion in June 2017. This is one of In­dia’s mar­quee projects for the Indian de­fense sec­tor un­der the aegis of Make In In­dia ini­tia­tive. With su­pe­rior qual­ity ma­te­rial, skilled work­man­ship and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy em­ployed in the area of engi­neer­ing, project man­age­ment, fab­ri­ca­tion, roll form­ing and con­struc­tion; Tata BlueS­cope Steel was not only able to meet the tar­gets, but ex­ceeded the expectations of Tata Boe­ing Aerospace Lim­ited.

Tata BlueS­cope Steel through its cus­tomer-cen­tric prod­ucts and so­lu­tions has found its pres­ence in In­dia’s pres­ti­gious projects span­ning var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions. Over the years, the com­pany has grown as a pre­ferred part­ner for roof­ing and cladding so­lu­tions to top ar­chi­tects in the coun­try. Trust is at its core as the busi­ness is backed by the parent­age of Tata Steel and BlueS­cope Steel, Aus­tralia. where qual­ity and com­mit­ment are para­mount. Tata BlueS­cope Steel is poised to de­liver best in class coated steel prod­ucts for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in In­dia. Aus­tralia’s tried and time-tested prod­uct bril­liance com­bined with Tata Steel’s man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence; has en­abled TBSL to be­come the first choice for its cus­tomers.

San­deep Choudhry

Dixit Ba­jaj

Ac­tual im­age of work in progress

Tata Boe­ing Aerospace Lim­ited, Hy­der­abad

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