Director-General of the Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers (IIBE) M.C. Bhide has expressed concern over the declining quality of bridges, especially those built using reinforced cement concrete (RCC), in the recent years across the country.
He was inaugurating a seminar on ‘Total quality management in construction and maintenance of bridges' organised by the Hubli Dharwad Centre of IIBE here on Friday.
Mr. Bhide said that unless quality was ensured while constructing bridges using RCC, the strength and durability of such bridges would come down. “It is necessary that extra care is taken while constructing such bridges. More than the machines and the materials, it is the person supervising who has a major role to play in ensuring quality,” he said.
Mr. Bhide said that quality control was of utmost importance if a bridge had to become strong and durable and for that to happen, training engineers was also important.
He said he preferred steel bridges as these were more durable.
S. Vishwanath, Chairman of the Task Force for Quality Assurance in Public Constructions, said that real advancement in the recent years had taken place in civil engineering.
He said a whole gamut of new construction materials and equipment was now available in the construction sector, which had made it easier to ensure quality in construction.
In the olden days, strength was the priority during bridge construction while today, durability had an equally important role to play, he said.
Quality was required not just in the construction materials but also in the technical design, structure and maintenance, Mr. Vishwanath said.
A souvenir brought out by the organisers was released on the occasion.
Office-bearers of the Hubli-Dharwad Centre of IIBE and several bridge engineers from across the country participated in the technical sessions.