NHSRCL organizes training programmes for engineering students in Asia’s biggest Geotechnical Investigation Lab in Surat

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In line with National Skill Development Program, NHSRCL is organizing training programmes for the civil engineering students at the Geo Technical investigation lab, which is set up by M/s L&T in Surat for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (M/s L&T is executing the civil works between Vapi and Ahmedabad).

  • The laboratory is considered as Asia’s biggest Geotechnical Laboratory and has generated employment for about 900 (500 at field and 400 at laboratories) persons including Engineers, Technician and skilled laborers. 
  • This lab is equipped with state of the art investigation equipment. 
  • The facility can conduct 3500 tests per day through 20 geotechnical engineers and 188 lab technicians.
  • During the training, the students are familiarized with the instruments being used for various geotechnical investigations.
  • Besides lectures, field tests like Plate Load test, Pile load test to determine the soil characteristics through laboratory testing are also demonstrated. 
  • First batch of 35 students from Sardar Vallabh Bhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) Surat have already received training in this facility. 
  • The MAHSR project has also given a boost to the local Geotech investigation setup in upgrading their old equipment. 
  • About 15 Laboratories at Valsad, Surat, Vadodara, Anand and Ahmedabad have upgraded their infrastructure to comply with international standards required for the project. 
  • Fully Automatic and Semi-Automatic ground testing machines have been deployed at project sites.

About MAHSR:

The first High Speed Rail corridor to be implemented in the Country, with technical and financial assistance of the Government of Japan, has been identified from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

  • With a total twelve stations in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the corridor will have a length of 508.17 Km.
  • Where high speed rail will cover 155.76 kms in the state of Maharashtra (7.04 Kms in Mumbai sub-urban, 39.66 kms in Thane district & 109.06 kms in Palghar district), 4.3 kms in union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and 348.04 kms in the state of Gujarat.
  • High speed rail will cover a total 12 stations namely Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, (in Maharashtra), Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (in Gujarat). 
  • Where a limited stop (in Surat & Vadodara) service will cover this distance in 1 hr. and 58 mins and all stops service will take 2 hr. 57 min to cover this distance.
  • High speed rail will be operating at a speed of 320 Km/hr at an elevated (10 to 15 m) track above the ground on a viaduct all along except 26 kms in Mumbai, which will be underground. 
  • All stations will be elevated except Bandra Kurla Complex station (Mumbai), which will be underground.

Source: NHSRCL-Press Release

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