On 25th March 2014, School of Engineering organized an Industrial visit to the Signature Bridge construction site in Delhi for a group of twenty students of the First year Civil Engineering programme. The trip was accompanied by faculty member Mr. Abhishek Kumar Pandey (Asst. Prof., School of Engineering). The purpose of the visit was to make students familiar with the principles of bridge engineering which includes design, construction and standard specifications.
Signature Bridge is being constructed by DTTDC (Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation) across the Yamuna River at Wazirabad in Delhi and promises to be a great attraction of the capital city. The bridge will link the National Highway No. 1 on western bank to eastern bank of Yamuna River, connecting north Delhi to east Delhi. It will have a bow-shaped steel pylon 154 metres high. It will be twice as high as the famous Qutub Minar. The main deck of the bridge will be supported by cables which in turn will be connected to a central pylon.
The students reached the DTTDC site office and were welcomed by Mr. Kapil Deo Narayan (Chief Engineer, DTTDC). They were briefed by the Safety Officer Mr. P. K. Singh, (Manager, Safety) and were provided with safety gadgets for the site visit.
Site Engineer, Mr. Rishi, escorted all the students to the main bridge construction area and explained about the methods which they were using in the construction of the Signature Bridge. He also briefed the students about the latest techniques of bridge construction.
The students were then taken to the seminar hall of DTTDC where Mr. V. K. Gupta (Executive Engineer, DTTDC) briefed them about this project and also explained different aspects of this project like economy and techniques. Students were visibly very happy after his presentation as it enhanced their knowledge on bridge engineering. Mr. Gupta also answered the queries of the students on technical as well as other aspects. Students were then taken for a high tea there they had an opportunity to interact with different officers of this project. It was indeed a fruitful educational trip for the students at such an early stage of their undergraduate engineering programme.