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

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