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Training Courses

Upcoming Courses

Below is our program of seminars for this year. Send an email to cvbt@cvbt-web.org if you wish to apply to attend a seminar.

ORNAMENTAL PAVING SLAB ENTERPRISE AND COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK ENTERPRISE FEASIBILITY STUDY SEMINAR

11-12 May 2017
Cost: 1,800 baht/person Space Available: 18 people This includes doing marketing surveys, production cost calculation, break even point and payback period analysis.

INTERLOCKING COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCK PRODUCTION SEMINAR

18-29 September 2017
Cost: 17,000 baht/team Space Available: 2 teams of 4 people

ACTS – APPROPRIATE CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGIES SEMINAR

6-9 November 2017
Cost: 10,000 baht/person Space Available: 10 people
This will focus on basic production and use of Interlocking Compressed Earth Blocks, Concrete Roof Tiles, and Curved Interlocking Concrete Blocks for Water Tanks.

ORNAMENTAL PAVING SLAB PRODUCTION SEMINAR

20 November - 1 December 2017
Cost: 17,000 baht/team Space Available: 3 teams of 4 people

RAIN WATER HARVESTING SEMINAR (CURVED INTERLOCKING CONCRETE BLOCK PRODUCTION AND SELF-FLUSHING DOWNSPOUT USE).

11-13 December 2017
Cost: 6,000 baht/person Space Available: 4 people These blocks are used for building rain water storage tanks.


The CVBT offers training in appropriate building material production. Small scale production can help to create new jobs locally: that is the main mission of the CVBT.

Course Content  All production courses cover raw material selection and preparation, mix design and mixing, forming, curing, quality control, and equipment maintenance. We believe in learning by doing. Courses are hand-on with some analysis and book work. Students can expect to be dirty and tired at the end of a day's training. Quality control is a part of all training. Simple methods (many developed at the CVBT) are used to assure an accurate mix and an accurately formed product. A gender awareness module is part of every training.

Standard Courses  These standard courses are offered on demand at the CVBT. Most courses need a minimum of three students. Students are recommended to have a high school education.

Course Name Duration Size Cost
Rhino Block Production 10 days 12 students 51,000 baht
Rhino Block Construction 5 days 16 students 25,000 baht
MCR Production 10 days 12 students 51,000 baht
Roof Tile Laying 1 day 8 students 7,000 baht
Roof Tile Marketing and Sales 6 days 18 students 25,000 baht
Paving Slab Production and Use 10 days 8 students 51,000 baht
Paving Slab Feasibility Study 1+1 day 18 students 18,000 baht
Curved Water Tank Block Production 3 days 2 students 18,000 baht
Rice Husk Ash Cement Production and Use 3 days 5 students 18,000 baht

Custom Courses Courses can be tailored to your needs. Courses can be held on-site. On-site course fees are 200 dollars per day plus expenses. The number of students are limited by the amount of equipment you have. The CVBT will loan equipment for a modest fee. Technical consultant services (such as for building design) are 250 dollars per day plus expenses.

Cal Poly at the CVBT - Photo Gallery

Facilities

CVBT workshops have production equipment and basic laboratory facilities for raw material and product testing. There are also areas and roof frames for practice in construction. Students have access to our library of publications from around the world, some in French and Spanish as well as Thai, English, Khmer, and Lao.

Accomodations

The CVBT dormitory will hold 15 people. A good sleep is had on a kapok mattress under a mosquito net with a fan to cool. 100 baht/night per person. The Poborn Country House, 7 km away, has 2-person bungalows with fan or air conditioning. The Nong Khai Grand offers single rooms or doubles.

Meals

Catered meals taken at the CVBT are 70 baht. Native Isan sticky rice is often served with fresh fruit. We are happy to serve vegetarians.

Facebook album of Justin Groom's (a Cal Poly student) of a Carabao concert. Carabao is a popular country/rock group in Thailand