JCI's Wide-Ranging Activities
JCI, as an organization that promotes concrete science and technology, conducts investigative research on a wide range of subjects including concrete materials and production, the design, construction, and management of concrete structures, and new concrete technologies, through the mutual understanding and cooperation of all its members, and works to widely disseminate findings.
1. Study, Research and Standardization Activities
JCI actively conducts studies and research on concrete every year. Study and research themes are annually solicited from members and selected through an impartial deliberation process by the JCI Research Committee. Research findings are either released in JCI journals or committee reports and/or announced at reporting sessions.
Furthermore, as a domestic organization deliberating proposals for ISO standards and as a JIS standard drafting organization, JCI prepares new and revised drafts of these standards and establishes also its own standards as JCI standards.
2. Academic Lectures, Symposiums, and Workshops
Since 1979, JCI has been holding an Annual Convention once a year (over three days), which is attended by concrete researchers and engineers from various fields, giving them the opportunity for lively exchanges of information through reports on research findings, question-and-answer sessions, and so on.
Symposiums and seminars on specific concrete-related research themes are held to coincide with the publication of Research Committee reports, offering a forum for research presentations and discussions for participants, regardless of whether they are JCI members.
Concrete technology seminars are held every year in major cities across Japan for the purpose of spreading concrete technology, teaching new techniques, and fostering human resources.
3. Publication of Journals and Proceedings
JCI publishes monthly Concrete Journal and presents a multifaceted range of information including commentaries, technical reports, construction records, and international information on a regular basis. Our three annual special issues have been met with a favorable reception for their topical themes covering various perspectives. Concrete Research and Technology and ACT (Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology) are posted on the website of “Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic” (J-STAGE) at the same time that they are published for uncharged access.
- See also...
- Concrete Journal
Concrete Research and Technology (J-STAGE)
Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology (J-STAGE)
The Japan Concrete Institute have published guidelines such as "Practical Guideline for Investigation, Repair and Strengthening of Cracked Concrete Structures", "Guidelines for Control of Cracking of Mass Concrete" and "Guidelines for Assessment of Existing Concrete Structures, and books like "Fundamentals of Concrete Technology" and "Concrete Diagnosis Techniques", based on the results of the activities of its various kinds of committees.
- See also...
- Publications in English
5. Awards and Grants
JCI awards include the Honorary Membership Award, Lifetime Membership Award, JCI Fellow, the Japan Concrete Institute Awards (Best Paper Award, Technology Award, Encouragement Award, Work Award, and Meritorious Deed Award), and the Annual Paper Encouragement Award, which is presented to outstanding young speakers by the Annual Convention Planning Committee. The Honorary Member Award and various Concrete Institute Awards conferment ceremony is held as a regular event following the ordinary general meeting of JCI, and the Annual Paper Encouragement Award is conferred at the closing ceremony of the JCI Annual Convention.
Additionally, we are implementing a grant project to provide support for conducting research on superior concrete engineering and for the participation fees for international conferences for presenting papers.
6. Authorized Concrete Engineer and Authorized Chief Concrete Engineer Certification System
JCI established in 1970 the Authorized Concrete Engineer and Authorized Chief Concrete Engineer Certification System for the purpose of raising the technical level of concrete engineers, and since then has been administering qualification tests every year, certifying thus far a total of approximately 56,100 people.
The majority of the authorized concrete engineers and authorized chief concrete engineers certified by JCI are working in various positions in ready-mixed concrete production, product quality control, construction, and soon, across Japan, and have earned a high level of trust as engineers with concrete expertise gained through many years of work in their respective fields.
7. Authorized Concrete Diagnosis & Maintenance Engineer Certification System
The importance of adequately protecting and maintaining the enormous stock of concrete structures built over more than half a century will only increase as time passes. To ensure that this need can be met, JCI has been promoting the systematization of engineering knowledge in new fields such as the diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of existing concrete structures, and along with the publication of Concrete Diagnostic Techniques, a textbook for authorized concrete diagnosis & maintenance engineer workshops, established the Concrete Diagnosis & Maintenance Engineer Certification System in 2001. Since then it has been administering qualification tests for concrete diagnosis & maintenance workshop graduates (who are eligible to take the qualification test within 2 years of graduating), producing over 12,900 certified Authorized Concrete Diagnosis & Maintenance Engineer.
8. International Cooperation and Exchange
JCI has established collaborative relationships with concrete-related organizations throughout the world.
1. ACI (American Concrete Institute)
JCI having been originally established with the Japanese chapter of ACI, it continues to have to this day a particularly friendly relationship with ACI, and concluded an international partnership with ACI in 2004.
2. RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures)
JCI joined RILEM as an organization in 1982. JCI signed an international partnership
agreement with RILEM in 2007.
3. ISO/TC71 (International Standards Organization/Technical Committee 71 (Concrete, Reinforced Concrete and Prestressed Concrete))
JCI is the deliberative organization for TC71. (1988: O member, 1994: P member)
4. KCI (Korea Concrete Institute)
JCI concluded an exchange agreement with KCI in 1993.
5. fib (International Federation for Structural Concrete)
JCI became a Delegation 4 Class fib member along with the Japan Prestressed Concrete Engineering Association in 1998.
6. ACF (Asian Concrete Federation)
JCI actively supported the establishment of ACF and is serving as its first chair country.
7. IMCYC (Mexican Institute of Cement and Concrete)
JCI signed an international partnership agreement with IMCYC in 2005.
8. IBRACON (Brazilian Concrete Institute)
JCI signed an international partnership agreement with IBRACON in 2006.
9. TCA (Thailand Concrete Association)
JCI signed an International partnership agreement with TCA in 2016.
10. CIA (Concrete Institute of Australia)
JCI signed an International partnership agreement with CIA in 2016.
11. TCI (Taiwan Concrete Institute)
JCI signed an International partnership agreement with TCI in 2018.