The 6th Annual Conference on ‘Bridges, Flyovers and Elevated MRTS Structures: Needs, Requirements, Plans & Projects’ saw Anoop Singh Jangi, Head of Structures, Ramboll India Transport share his insights on bridge design and engineering practices followed in India and globally.
Speaking at a session on ‘Bridge Design and Engineering’, Anoop said that the industry is moving towards modelling and analysing the entire structure – including the superstructures, substructures and foundations - as one unit. “At Ramboll, we use software that help develop a single model that takes into account flexibility of the whole structure,” mentioned Anoop. Citing its usefulness, he added that “this model goes closer to the exact analysis by using flexibility of the structure as a whole. This also allows estimation of effects with higher accuracy and thus helps in eliminating conservative approximations.”
On the formulation of codes required for the design of the structures, Anoop said that there is a need to create awareness about the background and application of the guidelines mentioned in the codes. “World-wide, the formulation of the codes are guided by research and development work carried out on ground-zero issues of the projects. Hence, the need of the hour is to create a synergy between the industry and institutions carrying the research,” stressed Anoop. He added that the quality of engineering and drafting work done by the experts can only be up to the mark of the market if they are regularly trained and endorsed with latest certifications.
The conference was attended by more than 100 delegates including industry experts and analysts, who discussed the opportunities for the development of bridges, flyovers and elevated Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) structures in India. The sessions also showcased the latest technologies, best practices and noteworthy industry projects as well as discussed the key challenges in the segment.