Lafarge, COREN collaborate on concrete mix design manual

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Lafarge Africa Plc has partnered the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria for the research and development of Nigeria’s first concrete mix design manual.

The company said it was the country’s only cement and concrete manufacturer that contributed to the development of the manual which was launched in Abuja recently.

Other partners included the Nigeria Road and Building Research Institute, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and the University of Uyo.

The Director of Marketing, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Vipul Agrawal, said the manual would help in building durable structures.

He added, “We commend COREN for ensuring that Nigeria now has a credible well researched concrete mix design manual to be used for concrete work in buildings and infrastructure projects in the country.

“We call on all those involved in the manufacturing and use concrete for infrastructure development in Nigeria to use the manual to make quality concrete in building durable structures.”

The COREN President, Mr. Kashim Ali, said the concrete manual was based on local environmental conditions and raw materials and did not have to depend on reference manuals of other countries.

“It will be constantly upgraded in line with improvements in building technology,” he said.

According to him, the manual provides step by step guidelines on the selection and proportioning of concrete ingredients such as cement, sand and aggregates, and the mixing and placing of concrete.

He said the manual was a product of exhaustive research and testing with concrete materials in different parts of the country.

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