Japan Concrete Institute 50th Anniversary 50 Years with Concrete On to the Future

50th Anniversary of JCI

50th Anniversary Executive Committee
Chairman Kyuichi MARUYAMA

The Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its establishment this year on July 12 (Sunday). To celebrate this milestone, the Executive Committee has planned a number of events, as follows.

(1) On July 12, an Anniversary Ceremony and a Celebratory Party will be held.
(2) Under JCI's new membership scheme, Fellow Members who have been members for 50 or more years and Fellow Members will be designated.
(3) Representatives of overseas organizations that have academic agreements with JCI have been invited to the Anniversary Ceremony and Celebratory Party to further promote exchanges.
(4) A 50th Anniversary event consisting of an international conference and three symposiums will be held. From June 1 to 3, the International Conference on the Regeneration and Conservation of Concrete Structures will be held in Nagasaki, and international symposiums on the three themes of "Systematization of Concrete Engineering and Science via Multi-Scale Model," "New Potential of Construction Materials Recommendations for the Effective Use of Unused Resources for Concrete", and "Seismic Strengthening and Resilience Enhancement of Concrete Structures" (Second ACI-JCI Joint Seminar) will be held at the Toshi Center Hotel in Tokyo on July 13.
(5) A newly produced DVD that introduces JCI, the basics of concrete technology, and new technologies, will be distributed.
(6) A 50th Commemorative Booklet will be published.

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Anniversary Ceremony

JCI will hold an anniversary ceremony at Toshi Center Hotel (Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) from 14:00, July 12, 2015 (Sunday). Following an address by the President of JCI, congratulatory speeches will be delivered by guests from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. This will be followed by congratulatory speeches by representatives from ACI, fib, and ACF, overseas societies with which JCI has exchanges.

A newly produced DVD to introduce JCI will be screened, followed by an award ceremony recognizing lifetime members with 50 years of membership. Upon completion of this anniversary ceremony, a celebration banquet will be held at the same hotel. The anniversary ceremony and celebration banquet will be free of charge.

Toshi Center Hotel Hirozo MIHASHI, President of JCI
Toshi Center Hotel Hirozo MIHASHI, President of JCI

International Symposiums & Seminars

As part of the 50th anniversary of its establishment, JCI will hold the following three international symposiums on the theme of "strategic initiatives focused on concrete engineering of the next generation" on July 13, 2015. The International Symposiums & Seminars will be free of charge. Registration is necessary for your participation.

1. Systemization of concrete science and technology through multi-scale modeling (Program)* (Presentaion materials are here)
Outline: This seminar provides an overall view of concrete materials and the micro and macro phenomena pertaining to the structural behavior and performance of concrete.

2. New Possibilities for Construction Materials: Proposals for application of underutilized resources as construction materials (Program UPDATED)*
Outline: This seminar introduces JCI's initiatives over the past 50 years for the promotion of the utilization of unused resources such as admixture minerals and the development of related technology.

3. Second ACI-JCI Joint Seminar (Program)* (Presentaion materials are here)
Outline: The first seminar was held on Hawaii Island (photo) in July 2014. The programs will be updated until the event. The upcoming seminar will consist of six lectures on seismic-related themes and four lectures about the resilience of concrete structures.

*The programs will be updated until the event.

Participants at the 1st joint seminar Image
Participants at the 1st joint seminar in Hawaii

International Conference (Nagasaki)

International Conference on the Regeneration and Conservation of Concrete Structures (RCCS)

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, JCI will hold an International Conference on the Regeneration and Conservation of Concrete Structures over three days from June 1, 2015 in the city of Nagasaki. The themes covered by this international conference include durability design of concrete structures, deterioration mechanisms, deterioration simulation, deterioration monitoring, non-destructive inspection, repair and reinforcement, and regeneration and conservation. Two invited lectures, two special lectures, six keynote lectures, 120 or so general lectures, and 20 or so technical exhibits will be held on these themes. A tour of a group of heritage building surviving on Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) will also be held for all participants.
Gunkanjima image
Gunkanjima image

Commemorative Publications

  • Commemorative Publications
    Two commemorative publications, a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet and a Photo Book, will be published on the JCI website. The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet features the history and organization of JCI, its former presidents and officers, changes in membership and budget, the evolution of academic research activities and international cooperation activities, the evolution of the certification system, a list of publications, a list of special Concrete Journal issues, and a list of award recipients, among other things, along with a chronology of concrete technology. On the other hand, the Photo Book consists of photos of concrete structures featured in 100 Years of Concrete in Japan, published on the occasion of JCI's 40th anniversary, various famous concrete structures built in the ensuing ten years, concrete structures that have won a Japan Concrete Institute award (Work Award), and prominent overseas concrete structures.
    Example of Work Award winner (Kakamigahara Bridge) Image
    Example of Work Award winner (Kakamigahara Bridge)
  • DVD
    Through the medium of a DVD, we introduce JCI, the foundation of concrete technology, and new technologies. The "Education" section of the DVD, which consists of a revised version of the educational video "Good Concrete, Bad Concrete," deals with the basics of concrete technology and is aimed mainly at students and young engineers.
    It includes new footage of ready-mix concrete manufacturing, concrete testing scenes, and so on. The "New Technology" section of the DVD, consists of footage showing the latest technologies of various JCI related companies in various areas including high-performance concrete, long life, environmental considerations, and maintenance technology.
    DVD image