Construction World: The Big Book - 2016
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Overview: CONSTRUCTION WORLD (CW)’s journey has been impressive –`and momentous. A significant milestone along the way has been the launch of the second edition of the Big Book. The first one was brought out in the year 2000. It’s time to look at the decade that was, with pride. Construction is scaling new heights of innovation after its marriage with science and technology. We showcase industry stalwarts who brought in winds of change.
of Line 1 from Dilshad Garden to the new Ghaziabad bus stand. Delhi Metro was adjudged ‘the most improved metro’. For this Sreedharan says, “The technology has improved. We have been able to incorporate frontline technologies in areas of functioning. We are ahead of advanced metros like Hong Kong or Singapore in certain matters. Our ticketing system is the most advanced in BB the world.” BENEFITS OF DELHI METRO RAIL ■ Apart from these lines in Phases I to IV, plans have been mooted to construct
cables, and is 457 metre long and 115 metre wide. Its graceful structure stands on four pylons on a 100 metre deep foundation. Besides easing Kolkata’s traffic woes it offers a panoramic view of the skyline of the city. Construction of the bridge took 88 THE BIG BOOK 22 years and cost Rs 3.88 billion (Rs 388 crore). It was officially opened to traffic on 10th October 1992. Maintenance of the bridge is undertaken by the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioner. Indeed Vidyasagar Setu is an engineering
buying systems and equipment even before construction began. The project management team spent eight months planning out everything on the drawing boards, right down to the position of the cranes on the site. Construction began after a soil test at a depth of 100 metre below ground. Each tower was calculated to weigh 300,000 metric tonne, which would be spread over a large 15 ft thick concrete slab called the raft. But the pressure that would be exerted would be 1,140 kilopascals, exceeding the
cast iron and 580 tonne of lead. The metal work was shipped from Glasgow to London to the barges half a mile below the bridge site at the rate of 50-100 tonne each week. The site engineer JE Tuit had to assemble these pieces. No single piece weighed more than 5 tonne. Each tower had four 120-ft-high octagonal columns. These were fabricated from plates, angles and T-sections. Octagonal steel base plates -14 ft across and 3 ft thick - were bedded on the stone base to support these columns. The
interior design of Burj Khalifa public areas was also done by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and was led by award-winning designer Nada Andric. It features glass, stainless steel and polished dark stones, together with silver travertine flooring, Venetian stucco walls, handmade rugs and stone flooring. The interiors were inspired by the local culture while staying mindful of the building’s status as a global icon and residence. The tower has been divided into sections with