Your inspiration to take up engineering as a profession…
Engineering, for me, was never just a career choice; it was a calling deeply ingrained in my passion for problem-solving and innovation. From a young age, I was captivated by the marvels of engineering that surrounded me – towering skyscrapers, intricate bridges, and modern infrastructure shaping the world around us. The prospect of contributing to such transformative endeavours fueled my desire to pursue engineering as a profession.

Your learning curve from a student to a pro today…
Transitioning from a student to a seasoned professional has been an enriching journey marked by continuous learning and growth. As a student, I absorbed theoretical knowledge, laying the foundation for my understanding of engineering principles. However, it was through hands-on experiences, mentorship, and real-world projects that I truly honed my skills and evolved into the proficient engineer I am today. Each challenge I encountered served as a stepping stone, sculpting my expertise and shaping my approach to problem-solving in the dynamic field of structural engineering.

Challenges you face as a structural consultant…
As a structural consultant, I confront a myriad of challenges, ranging from regulatory complexities to client expectations and technological advancements. Balancing between design innovation, structural integrity, and budget constraints requires meticulous planning and strategic decision-making. Moreover, navigating building codes and standards demands a proactive approach to ensure compliance while delivering optimal solutions tailored to the unique needs of each project.

How do you see the adoption of built-up sections…
The uptake of built-up sections in Indian construction marks a significant shift, providing structural, economic, and design benefits. Formed by welding steel plates or sections, they offer tailored shapes for various needs, enhancing versatility. These sections boast superior strength-to-weight ratios, reducing costs in material, transportation, and installation. They allow for complex designs, driving architectural innovation.

This trend is fueled by the demand for efficient and sustainable solutions, advancements in manufacturing, and increased awareness of steel’s advantages. Engineers, architects, and construction pros must stay updated on materials and techniques. Embracing built-up sections unlocks creativity, efficiency, and excellence in construction.

If you can change one thing in the construction practices of India…
If I could change one thing in our construction practices in India, it would be to foster a culture of sustainability and resilience. Embracing environmentally conscious design principles, promoting resource efficiency, and prioritising resilience against natural disasters is paramount for the long-term viability of our built environment. By integrating sustainable practices into every facet of construction, we can mitigate environmental impact, enhance durability, and create healthier, more livable spaces for future generations.

How has your relationship been with steel…
My relationship with steel is characterised by admiration and reliance on its exceptional properties as a structural material. Steel’s unparalleled strength, ductility, and versatility make it an indispensable component of modern construction. Working with steel allows me to push the boundaries of design, unleashing creativity while ensuring structural robustness and longevity. It is this symbiotic relationship with steel that fuels my passion for engineering and drives me to explore innovative solutions in every project.

Your best work in steel so far…
One project I’m particularly proud of is the Century Ply facility in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. This large-scale development comprises two distinct structures: a 44,899 sq m unit for MDF production and a 24,956 sq m unit for HPL. The project’s complexity lies in its multifaceted design, incorporating elements like high and low bays, mezzanines, crane support systems, jack beams, and cable trays. To further enhance functionality, we’ve included roof monitors and fascia, along with provisions for future expansion on the side walls. What truly sets this project apart is the successful marriage of design elegance with structural efficiency. By leveraging advanced steel technologies and craftsmanship, we were able to achieve a high-performing facility that is also aesthetically pleasing.

An international project in steel that inspires you…
The Empire State Building in New York City stands as a true inspiration for its structural elegance. Completed in 1931, this iconic skyscraper pushed the boundaries with its innovative steel frame, a staggering 57,000 tons supporting its immense height. But beyond size, it’s the intricate design and cutting-edge equipment, like early power units, that showcase the forward-thinking approach to functionality. The Empire State Building remains a timeless testament to the potential of steel construction.

How do you update and upgrade yourself with the changing times…
Staying abreast of emerging trends, technological advancements, and industry best practices is essential for staying relevant in the ever-evolving field of engineering. I embrace a lifelong commitment to learning and professional development, actively seeking out opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, I ensure that my expertise remains at the forefront of the industry, ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Quick Fire:
Your College: Visveswarya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, B.E Civil Y.C.C.E, Nagpur
Total Experience: 19 Years
Your mantra for success: Adhere to fundamentals, and your challenges will be resolved
You want to be remembered as: A visionary engineer who reshaped the skyline with sustainable and resilient structures.
Steel Projects you are currently working on:
– HAL Offshore
– Total 11 Buildings, Guwahati
– Tata Steel Nestin Division
– Gym and Auditorium, Champua
– Mahavir Jain Banquet Hall, Amravati