GUWAHATI: The Indian National Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (ING-IABSE) in association with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, National Highways Authority of India and NHIDCL, organized a two day workshop on “Quality Assurance in Bridges and Flyovers - Design and Construction” on March 8 and 9 at Guwahati.
The government of India has embarked upon a massive road development programme in the country through Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, National Highways Authority of India and NHIDCL. A large number of major bridges and flyovers are being constructed as a part of this programme, particularly in the Northeastern states, including Assam. While design and construction of these structures, which serve as vital links in the road network, are normally done by the experienced consultants, there are several areas of concern of the client and the users regarding their quality of design and construction, including use of materials and testing, keeping in view their long design service life of 100 years, based on limit state method of design.
The objective of this workshop is to develop more awareness among the engineers of the state PWDs and other executing agencies about the importance of quality control and quality assurance in design and construction of these structures, keeping in view their long design service life. As per a press release, the knowledge and experiences gathered from various presentations in this workshop are expected to be utilized by the client engineers in monitoring the quality aspects of these structures.
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