DELHI: The Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) (ACCE (I)) today announced the appointment of Mr. P Surya Prakash as its new National President. With around 28 years of rich experience in the civil engineering sector, Mr. Surya Prakash will be responsible for the operations of ACCE (I) until 2015 and takes over from Mr. B S C Rao whose term ended in (Month) 2013.
Mr. Surya Prakash is a Post Graduate in M.S structures from IIT Madras and Founder Director of Satya Vani Projects and Consultants Pvt. Ltd, a Hyderabad based organization that has rendered professional engineering expertise to over 300 clients in India and abroad. He is also Founder President Pre-Engineered Structures’ Society of India (PSI). In a career spanning 28+ years, Mr. SuryaPrakash has handled a number of prestigious projects, authored a book on Design and Implementation of Communication Towers, published papers in his area of expertise, and visited top colleges as a guest faculty. Mr.Surya Prakash has also organized a number of civil engineering workshops and conventions, and guided projects for M.Tech and B.Tech students. He brings _ decades of valuable experience in the industry and will look at taking ACCE(I) to higher levels of excellence during his tenure.
Speaking about the appointment, Mr. P Surya Prakash said, “It is an honor to take over as National President of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India). I believe India needs civil engineers who are not only talented and capable but those who are filled with passion and fortitude to build a sustainable urban landscape. For close to three decades, the association has been working towards advancements in the industry. I hope to build on the work that has already been done and take it forward with assistance from the board.”
Passionate about reform in the Civil Engineering sector in India, Mr. SuryaPrakash shared his vision for civil engineering reform in India, stressing on the need to improve processes within the civil engineering community and its affiliates and calling for the inclusion of stakeholders such as the Government and civil body associations in the roadmap. He underlined the need to unite all associations of consulting civil engineers – software, researchers, academicians and technologists – under one umbrella and impresses upon embracing technologies like cloud computing and shareware to enhance the vast civil engineering domain. The issue of uniformity in norms regulating the industry including procurement, HR policies and engineering practices is also close to his heart.
Speaking at Urban Ace Aqua 2013, a two-day National Seminar on (topic) in Davangere, Surya Prakash addressed the need for working in close proximity with institutions such as CREDAI, IIA, IEI, COA and others. One of the requirements in the civil engineering domain is the need for brand consulting civil engineers what will help produce good civil engineers for the nation. To create a greater public profile, the idea of awarding ACCE(I) members in different categories was proposed in the areas of innovation, management and projects.
Mr. SuryaPrakash also spoke about the payment disparity between civil engineers and other engineering graduates because of frequent market changes and the need to bring change. According to Mr. SuryaPrakash, the association will create a code of conduct mandate for all members of the community, and stress uniform procurement norms for the members and work with CREDAI to nurture the profession of consulting civil engineers.
To meet objectives, Mr.Surya Prakash intends to create a Task Force that will look at creating brand value for the civil engineering domain and ACCE(I) by encouraging membership of the association and inculcating patrons within it. The creation of student partnership by offering internships, summer training and projects was also suggested apart from creating a database of civil engineers and updating their profiles regularly. The intended changes in the industry are to be assimilated in the next two years.
Making a presentation on sustainable building, the President also shared views on the need for green technology in construction, carbon emission and energy consumption, materials versus O&M, USGBC – IGBC – GRIHA OF TERI, Green Home Rating System – IGBC – GRIHA, the need for rationality, and about the Energy Conservation Act.
ACCE was formed in 1985 with aims that included fostering ideals of professionalism, introducing to members latest technological advancements in the area, acting as a spokesperson for consultants to deal with Government, Corporations and other agencies regarding policy matters, and identify areas where consultants can contribute to betterment of the country. During his tenure as National President, Prakash intends to reexamine the association’s objectives and contribute towards building a sustainable urban India.