National University of Sciences and Technology organized a two-day International Conference on Advanced Concrete Technology and its Applications (ACTA-2012) from Nov 6 to 7. The chief guest of the closing session of the conference was Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.
The conference aimed at promoting awareness, transferring technology and benefitting from the extensive work of reputed foreign research scholars. Enhancing awareness on exploitation of modern concrete and promoting collaboration between industry, academia and practitioners were few of the agenda points of the conference. The conference was organized with valued cooperation of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and aci (American Concrete Institute).
The Chief Guest Secretary MoST Mr Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar urged all the researchers to work on such a significant issue which is often considered a non-issue. He commended the endeavours of all the concerned who made the conference really a success. Mr Tarar considered the conclusions of the conference really significant and was of the view that the recommendations would definitely prove helpful while formulating future policies.
The keynote speaker of the conference Dr Thomas A. Bier, chair of Construction Material Technology at University of Freiberg Germany addressing the participants, accentuated the use of modern concrete in cementitous materials and highlighted its tremendous growth.
He further explicated how conventional concrete was being steadily replaced by the modern one being inevitable in future applications.Dr Bier was of the view that a complete shift to this novel technology could be witnessed throughout the globe.
Dr Thomas Ditt, Head Cultural Section German Embassy, emphasized the exigency of inter-cultural academic relations. He further said that promotion of academic pursuits of students may result in a revolutionized world. Ms Ursula Saarbeck, Local Representative Pakistan mentioned the academic exchange scholarships specified for the students pursuing their higher studies and briefed how academic exchange programmes pave the way for educational affluence within academia.
Pro Rector NUST Dr Asif Raza graced the inaugural session of the conference as the chief guest. Addressing the participants, he asserted that environmental friendly and less energy consuming concrete was the need of the day. He further highlighted the efforts NUST was extending to promote awareness for advancement in modern concrete technology and its application in various civil engineering projects.