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Press Release No. 42026-02-2020


                                                                 SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

                                      Press Release No. 420  Dt. 26.02.2020



International Technical Seminar


  1. Optimizing and   improving output  of  track machines  during  traffic  blocks.
  2. Accelerated  construction of Doubling  Projects

The International Technical Seminar under the aegis of the Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) will be held o­n 28thand 29th Feb 2020 at Goa o­n the above mentioned topics. 

The seminar is likely to be inaugurated by Hon Minister for Railways Shri Piyush Goyal, and the Guest of Honour is Minister of State for Railways (S) Shri Suresh Angadi. Chairman Railway Board Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav will be the special guest. Member Engineering Railway Board and President of IPWE(I) will deliver the key note address.

In this seminar delegates from all over India and overseas too belonging to Permanent Way fraternity are participating. We have in our fraternity Railway Board Member, Additional Members, former Chairmen Railway Board, General Managers and Principal Chief Engineers of Railways, Chief Commissioner and Commissioners of Railway Safety, Managing Directors and Directors of our Public Sector Undertakings, Director and Professors from Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering,  Executive Directors and Directors from Railway Board, Executive Directors and Directors from Research Design and Standards Organisation, senior serving as well as retired officers from Railways and other Government and Public sector undertakings, Delegates and representatives from various Zonal Railways, other organizations and firms.

Deliberations o­n the seminar topics will take place. Thought provoking papers supported by extensive field data will also be presented. At the end of the seminar Director Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering will make a summary of deliberations for further action.

Indian Railways is embarking o­n a massive up gradation and expansion of its infrastructure for higher speeds and increased axle loads. With increasing number of passenger and freight trains over the years, the maintenance corridors are no longer available or are inadequate in most of the sections, more so in busy sections where the requirement of maintenance is also more. Optimum utilization of the blocks, therefore, by optimizing the output of machines in the available maintenance slot is the need of the day to ensure safety and mobility in operations. At the same time quality assurance in maintenance and laying of track is of prime importance. 

For capacity expansion, Railways are going in a big way for doubling, tripling and quadrupling. The second topic of the seminar will discuss the improvements for accelerated construction of doubling projects. Cultural change is needed to execute these projects faster by adopting newer methods of contracting, designing, supervising and executing. The seminar will deliberate o­n these issues.

Institution Of Permanent Way Engineers:

The Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) is a technical body set up under the auspices of Railway Ministry for sharing knowledge and experience of various Railway Engineers connected with Permanent Way (Railway track), bridges and other structures. The Institution was formed o­n May 18, 1967 with its Headquarters at Pune and was subsequently registered as a Public Trust Office at Pune o­n 28.7.1972.

The Institution has been playing a vital role in disseminating knowledge of permanent way, bridges and other structures amongst various Railwaymen for the past more than 50 years.

Aims of Institution:

The aim of the Institution is to facilitate dissemination and sharing of technical knowledge relating to design, construction and maintenance of Permanent Way, bridges and other structures amongst the persons associated with it. To this end, the Institution promotes and arranges seminars, lectures, discussions, exhibitions for the information and benefit of the members of the Institution and also publishes and circulates Technical information to facilitate interchange and sharing of ideas.

The institution is administered by the Governing Council. The Secretarial Office is headed by the Executive Director of the Institution with necessary infrastructure under his charge. This Secretarial office is in NCRPU building in New Delhi. The president of the institution is Member Engineering Railway Board and the Vice President is Additional Member Civil Engineering.

The activities of Institution are spread over Indian Railways. There are 17 centres with their jurisdiction over the respective Zonal Railways. In addition, there are also Centres at the RDSO, Lucknow and Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering, Pune with Jurisdiction over these respective organisations. Each zonal centre is subdivided into sub-centers, located at the Divisional Headquarters of all the Zonal Railways. The Principal Chief Engineer of each Zonal Railway is Ex Officio Chairman of the Zonal Centre.

The Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) of each zonal railway is the Ex-Officio Co-Chairman of the zonal centre.

The Institution arranges seminars, lectures, discussions and exhibitions to disseminate the knowledge of Permanent Way, bridges and other structures amongst all railway men, members of the institution as well as amongst suppliers and manufacturers of track components and other consulting firms associated with design, construction and maintenance of permanent way, bridges and other structures.

The Institution publishes a quarterly Journal containing technical articles to share the knowledge among the Railway men.

The institute runs a Diploma course o­n “Railway Engineering” through distance learning. A web site for e- learning has also been launched. This web site contains study material for Diploma Course o­n Railway Engineering in an effort for skill development of Railway men as well as those connected with Railway Engineering.

                                                     (E. Vijaya)

                                                          Chief Public Relations Office

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