Eminent speakers at the Workshop were Er. Samir Surlaker of Assess Buildchem, Mumbai, Er. Vivek Naik of Applechemie, Nagpur, and Er. B.S. Nagaraj of Fosroc, Bengaluru. The Workshop was supported by Ultratech Cement, Fosroc, Assess Buildchem, ACC and McBauchemie, and was attended by around 120 delegates from all over India. The Chief Guest was Dr. Vinay Gupta, President of ICI and Guest of Honour was Er. R. Radhakrishnan, Secretary General ICI HQ.
Waterproofing is the process of making a structure water resistant so that it remains relatively unaffected by water and can resist the ingress of water under specified conditions. The roof covering, sidings, foundations must also be water resistant or waterproof. Rain water is not the only cause of concern here. Damp proofing is another aspect of waterproofing. The moisture rising from the basement and the walls are important areas for waterproofing. Water seepage can lead to mould, causing significant damage and air quality issues. Waterproofing of foundation walls will prevent their deterioration due to water seepage.
Waterproofing systems include cementitious waterproofing, liquid waterproofing membrane, bituminous membrane, bituminous coating, polyurethane liquid membrane etc. Waterproofing systems have become more sophisticated and are a very specialized area. The success of complete waterproofing lies in choosing the right product for right application. The failure of waterproofing systems may be attributed to use of improper products and specifications and not following the correct application procedures.
Further, expansion and contraction of waterproofing systems due to variation in temperature causes a lot of stress on waterproofing membranes, leading to their failure. Engineers need to know that understanding application procedures, methodology and choosing the right waterproofing products are essential.
“The Workshop was aimed at providing insights on waterproofing systems and methodologies to the participants such as civil & structural consultants, architects, academicians, builders and developers, government agencies. It gave an opportunity to these industry professionals to learn and practice the use of special materials and techniques and where delegates could meet experts in the waterproofing domain and gain knowledge through interaction and social networking events,” said Joseph Silveira, Chairman ICI Goa Centre.