Port Blair, Jan. 12: The two day workshop on ‘Advanced Training in Civil Engineering Testing Equipments’ got underway in the conference hall of DBRAIT here today. The Chief Secretary, Mr Anindo Majumdar inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest while the Chief Engineer, APWD, Brig. Amit Kathpalia graced the occasion as the guest of honour. The workshop is being jointly organized by DBRAIT ALMA, AIMIL Pvt. Ltd., DBRAIT and Institute of Engineers India (IEI), Andaman Chapter.
Addressing the workshop, the Chief Secretary underlined the need for maintaining quality in construction works. He said that the Civil Engineering community should take care of the quality while executing any project. These Islands are located in the high seismic zone and have experienced earthquake of the highest magnitude that triggered tsunami in 2014. Hence important should be given to higher quality construction works, he said citing example of Japan.
The chief guest said that there are many conditions, which need to be taken into consideration while carrying out construction works, be it road or building. The Islands are exposed to long rainy season besides soil condition is fragile. It is important to maintain quality of work so that the structure can stand any situation, he said mentioning the road condition in the Islands. “However, our buildings are much better than those of the mainland”, he said stressing that much more needs to be done to improve the quality.
Complimenting the engineering fraternity for organizing the workshop, the Chief Secretary advised the engineering students to ponder quality aspects and abreast themselves of the latest and innovative technology in the engineering fields. This will equip them in their future career as engineer; he said and expressed hope that they will take maximum benefit of the workshop.
Brig. Kathpalia, while speaking on the occasion said that instrumentation and field test are the most important before executing any projects. He expressed gratitude to the organizers, especially AIMIL for the workshop, which he observed was very much requirement of the Islands. AIMIL can associate itself with Islands’ projects by providing civil engineering instruments and consultancy, he opined.
Mr. Kandarp Bhatt, National Manager, M/s AIMIL Ltd. highlighted the services offered by AIMIL through a power point presentation.
On the first day of the workshop, two sessions were held today. In the first session, presentation was made on Instrumentation & Technology services on Dams, Structures & Geotechnical investigation while presentation on Non-Destructive Testing on concrete and Hands on Training on Products were held in the second session.
Earlier, Ms. Puja Mishra, Gen. Secretary, DBRAIT ALMA welcomed the gathering and the inaugural function concluded with the vote of thanks, proposed by Ms. Shakeela, Member ALMA.