ASCE Making Its Global Vision Relevant to IndiaKathy J. Caldwell
A high-powered technical team of ASCE was in India last month to explore further technical collaborative opportunities between the Indian Civil Engineering Community, institutions and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The team visited various technical institutions and related organizations and had a number of workshops and meeting events in different parts of the country. During the team's visit to Delhi, Kathy J. Caldwell, ASCE President; Patrick J Natale, Executive Director; and Dr. Anil K Kar, President ASCE India Section had a meeting with S.K.Khanna.

Kathy explained that ASCE provides opportunities for civil engineers to network with all members of the project team. The benefit is really the benefit to the profession of producing well trained professionals who share a commitment to advance engineering and construction practice to bring about an improved quality of life for citizens. ASCE's work is guided by a global Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, which focuses on creating a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life. This vision offers a framework to guide the work of those dedicated to providing infrastructure essential for life. Kathy said, "As President of ASCE, I am excited to experience how the India Section is poised to lead the contributions of your vibrant civil engineering community helping to achieve this global vision."

It is indeed heartening for the Indian Civil Engineering community to know that the President of ASCE came to India herself to promote ASCE. What would be your focused promotional agenda for the civil engineering community in India?
ASCE has about 1,500 members in India and its leadership came here to visit the ASCE India Section and to provide guidance and assistance to the Section's leadership in extending ASCE offerings throughout the country. We participated in a workshop to brainstorm the future of the India Section and what it might look like throughout the country. What we wanted to do was leave the decision making to the local leadership as, ultimately, the local entities know better what services are sought after by the members and how to deliver those services. One outcome of the meetings and the workshop was to form four branches of the India Section, which will allow ASCE to serve its members better at the local level. We were able to share how this type of governance is working in the United States and in other countries. The India Section is currently based in Kolkata and the establishment of branches will enable the local member to have closer ties with ASCE and attend networking opportunities provided by the branches, including seminars and other continuing education for the membership.

Please tell us in brief about ASCE activities and functions and its missions relevant to the Indian civil engineering sector.
ASCE's presence is already established in India. The ASCE India Section was formed in 1988 and has functioned successfully by offering several technical programs every year since then. It is important to note that a key part of ASCE's mission is to provide value to its membership, including the provision of opportunities for lifelong learning on the latest technological and professional advances within civil engineering. In addition, ASCE provides opportunities for networking with other civil engineers and for mentoring the younger members as they develop their careers. The benefit to ASCE is really the benefit to the profession of producing well trained civil engineers who bring about an improved quality of life for citizens, wherever they may reside. Sharing solutions across the globe ultimately results in a better engineer and better engineering.

What is your overview of the technological status of the Indian civil engineering sector? Are its methodologies and business practices compatible with those ASCE has observed abroad?
There are many good universities that are producing gifted engineers in India. They are making use of the latest technology in their course work. What is important is that they are trained to become influential leaders in creating a sustainable world and providing a better quality of life for the people of India. Business practices are different in different parts of the world. Civil engineers are generally versatile, adapting to local practices with a core sense of purpose to improve the quality of life.

The manpower crunch is looming large globally in all industries, and the Indian construction sector is no exception. What needs to be done at the macro and micro level to make a comfortable position in India?

ASCE Making Its Global Vision Relevant to IndiaASCE President during a group meeting with the Institution of Engineers (India)

Investing in infrastructure creates jobs and stimulates the economy. In the U.S., for example, every billion dollars invested in infrastructure creates 30,000 or more jobs, for engineers, managers and for skilled tradesmen. In India, there is a huge market to develop infrastructure and thus there will be continued demand for a skilled workforce.

India is fortunate that her children embrace science and engineering. Yet, civil engineering enrollments have recently been declining as those students instead pursue the high technology sector in greater numbers. On the macro level, educational planning may need to anticipate a continued shift away from engineering, construction and the skilled trades. Programs can be put in place to identify promising students and demonstrate that those careers are among the best jobs for the 21st century, offering strong employment prospects and high pay. On the micro level, organizations like the ASCE India Section can support workforce training and development programs to help retain experienced professionals and educate and train new recruits.

How can ASCE's important Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century contribute to the development of skills and expertise in the civil engineering profession in India?
The knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an engineer in the 21st century far exceeds those demanded of 20th century engineers, but the time available within an undergraduate engineering program to develop these attributes has substantially diminished over the last 30 to 40 years—at least in the U.S. Civil engineering is a demanding field that requires a broad knowledge base and a combination of skills to practice successfully as a professional. Engineering education in India is currently highly technical. India needs to evaluate the role of the civil engineers in its society and tailor its professional educational program accordingly. The purpose of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, Second Edition is to define the following:
  1. What are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to enter into professional practice?
  2. How can the Body of Knowledge be fulfilled by tomorrow's aspiring engineers, and
  3. Who should guide the learning of the engineering student and engineer intern?
What this means is that globally, the manner in which civil engineering is practiced must change. And that implies that civil engineering education must change. This change is necessitated by such forces as globalization, sustainability requirements, emerging technology, and increased complexity with the corresponding need to identify, define, and solve problems at the boundaries of traditional disciplines. As always within the civil engineering profession, change must be accomplished mindful of the profession's primary concern for protecting the public health, safety, and welfare.

The profession recognizes the need for change as evidenced in the aforementioned Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025. This Vision articulates a global vision for the future of civil engineering. The Vision sees civil engineers as entrusted by society to be leaders in creating a sustainable world and enhancing the global quality of life. As ASCE visits with its sister societies, sections and groups around the world, the discussion about the necessary changes and additions to the training of civil engineers is addressed. Many societies have endorsed the Vision document with a commitment to work alongside ASCE and others to ensure that civil engineers attain the necessary body of knowledge for the practice of civil engineering at the professional level and to become leaders within society.

We hope that sharing this information with the engineering profession in India will enable the profession to make the necessary adjustments to its core curricula going forward, which will reform the manner in which tomorrow's civil engineers are prepared— through education and early experience—to enter into professional practice.

What message would you like NBM&CW to convey to the construction fraternity in India reiterating ASCE's commitment to the members to navigate issues currently affecting the profession and strengthening their expertise through technical exchange and collaborative effort?
ASCE Making Its Global Vision Relevant to IndiaInterchange in Dallas Texas
ASCE provides opportunities for civil engineers to network with all members of the project team. The benefit is really the benefit to the profession of producing well trained professionals who share a commitment to advance engineering and construction practice to bring about an improved quality of life for citizens. Through ASCE's journals, publications, and continuing education programs, we provide world-wide access for professionals to learn from, and contribute to, professional practice. We routinely receive submissions from authors in India and regularly have international attendees at many of our conferences. We strive to offer many of our education programs on-line so that distance is not a barrier to individuals advancing their knowledge or gaining desired credentials. Several of ASCE's technical specialty Institutes are working with engineers in India and in time may establish local chapters, which will help further advance the relationship and synergy between the professions in our two countries.

ASCE's work is guided by a global Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025. This Vision states: Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as master:
  • planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society's economic and social engine—the built environment;
  • stewards of the natural environment and its resources;
  • innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors;
  • managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and
  • leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.
Endorsed by a number of global engineering organizations, including the Institution of Engineers, India, this Vision offers a framework to guide the work of those of us dedicated to providing the infrastructure essential for life.

ASCE Making Its Global Vision Relevant to IndiaHoover Dam 2011 panoramic view from the Arizona side showing the penstock towers, the Nevada-side spillway entrance and the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, also known as the Hoover Dam Bypass

"As president of ASCE, I am excited to experience how the ASCE India Section is poised to help lead the contributions of your vibrant civil engineering community in working to achieve this global Vision."
Moteurs Baudouin
We are fully geared up with the technological advancements required to meet the CPCB IV+norms with our flexible and dependable power solutions. Gurunath Kulkarni. For over 100 years, Baudouin has been designing the highest quality diesel and gas engines for

Read more ...

Builders Association of India: Bridging the Gaps
Nimesh Patel, President, BAI & Managing Director, Maruti Infrastructure Limited, discusses the challenges and issues faced by the construction and real estate industries of India; why BAI is propagating a Unified Standard Contract Document, and how the

Read more ...

Volvo CE India: Designing Machines to Give Power & Precision
Volvo machines are 10-15% more fuel efficient, they comply with CEV IV emission norms, and can run on alternative eco-friendly fuels such as biodiesel. We lay strong emphasis on operator training for efficient use of every machine that we sell, avers Dimitrov

Read more ...

Tata Hitachi India: Developing Indigenous High-Tech Machines
To serve the Indian infra development sector more industriously, we will continue to undertake extensive R&D and introduce machines with high-tech features, cost-effective solutions, high performance, and fuel efficiency, avers Sandeep Singh, Managing

Read more ...

L&T: Industry Leading Initiatives & Achievements
Arvind K Garg, Senior Vice President and Head, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery, enumerates the technologies and products introduced by Komatsu and L&T, the company’s extensive customer service programs, and proactive skill development initiatives which

Read more ...

ACE: Electrifying the Industry
Sorab Agarwal, Executive Director, informs that the company is set to become India’s first ‘swadeshi’ manufacturer of electric construction equipment with the launch of a fully electric mobile crane, whose technology has been developed indigenously at their

Read more ...

Terex: Strengthening Foothold Across India
Jaideep Shekhar, Managing Director, Asia & EMEAR, informs that the company will continue to strengthen its foothold in the Indian market by bringing in new technologies, expanding its product portfolio, and entering new construction territories. Its aim is to

Read more ...

Schwing Stetter India: Formulating Plans to Adapt to Demand Trends
V.G.Sakthikumar, Managing Director, informs that since sustainability is an integral part of the company, they are pursuing collaborations and R&D to bring innovative solutions, increase usage of green energy in its facilities, and reduce carbon

Read more ...

Escorts Kubota: Prioritizing Customer Benefits
Sanjeev Bajaj, Chief Executive, Escorts Kubota Limited, is confident that 2023-24 will be a great year for the CE business and demand may be more than the current capacity, largely led by domestic consumption due to the infra push by the Government before the

Read more ...

Puzzolana Group: Increasing Operational Efficiencies
Abhijeet Pai, President, informs that the company’s wide ranging value-added services for its customers has positioned it as a total solution provider in the Crushing & Screening Industry. The focus at bauma this year will be on M-sand, aggregates, railway

Read more ...

Sany India: In Sync With Changing Trends
Dheeraj Panda, Chief Operating Officer - Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Sany India, informs that the company has taken a significant step forward towards sustainability with its B-V biodiesel machines, and is also testing electric technologies for

Read more ...

CRCHI: Making Tunnel Construction Smarter & Safer
CRCHI is positioned in world markets as a large enterprise with a strong focus on research, design, and manufacturing of customized underground engineering and rail transit equipment, informs Song Shuang, Vice Managing Director, Overseas

Read more ...

Manitou South Asia: Widening Industrial Footprint in India
Hafeez Khan, Managing Director, informs that the company is well-equipped to meet the higher anticipated demand in FY23-24 with its versatile material handling solutions, value-based services, and strategic partnerships with rental companies. Bauma is the perfect

Read more ...

KYB Conmat India: Focus on India-Centric Equipment
Premraj Kashyap, MD, informs that the company is fully geared up to meet upcoming demand in FY23-24 and has added a lot of innovative products to their Concrete Equipment portfolio, including a new range of Self-Loading Concrete Mixers. The government intends

Read more ...

JCB India: Committed to India’s Growth Story
Sales of construction equipment, a barometer of economic activity, is expected to increase in double digits in the ongoing financial year on the back of increased government spending on infrastructure projects, especially in rural areas, observes Deepak

Read more ...

Wirtgen India: Enabling Sustainable Construction
The Wirtgen Group and John Deere are working on various smart technologies, including electric machines, and on sustainable construction through its recycling business, informs Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO. Wirtgen’s production systems are

Read more ...

Ammann India: Forging Ahead
Anand Sundaresan, Managing Director, discusses the grey areas in the construction equipment industry of India and how the company’s technologically advanced systems and processes can help meet many of the challenges; and factors that are differentiating

Read more ...

CDE Asia: Sourcing Sand Ethically for the Construction Industry
With the advanced recycling solutions now available, it is possible to achieve a self-reliant, circular economy where different waste streams can be recycled and converted into high-quality sand and aggregates for use in construction, informs Manish

Read more ...

Etrack: Offering the most Advanced & Green mobile Crusher & Scalpers in India
Keestrack is introducing the most advanced and innovative technology for crushers and scalpers through its manufacturing facility in Neemrana, Rajasthan. Swaminathan Dhandapani, CEO, discusses the company’s strategies to drive business in India

Read more ...

LiuGong India: Committed to Make in India
Nischal Mehrotra, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, informs that the company has expanded its product offerings with large tonnage excavators, mini excavators, dozers, electric wheel loaders and trucks, and is geared up to meet the anticipated higher

Read more ...

×
Sign-up for Free Subscription
'India Construction Week'
Weekly e-Newsletter on Construction Industry
Get the latest news, product launches, projects announced / awarded, government policies, investments, and expert views.
Click here to subscribe.
×