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Gems of Structural Engg - S. B. Joshi - (Post-6)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Gems of Structural Engg - S. B. Joshi - (Post-6) Reply with quote

S. B. Joshi

Shri S. B. Joshi is considered to be a Father of Bridge Engineering in India. Shri S. B. Joshi completed his formal engineering Education from College of Engineering Pune in Yr. 1927.

He then joined Govt. Services on Sakkar Dam Project. All senior engineers and administrators were British Officers. Shri Joshi with his patriotic spirit, could not get along with the Govt. service. He Left the Job and a truly Nationalist spirit took wearing 'Khadi' a white Pyjama, Kurta and Gandhi Cap. He used a simple villagers dress "barabandi" throughout his life.

After leaving prestigious and remunerative Govt. job, he joined the Construction Company M/s Phatak and Walchand Hirachand; very soon decided to start his own construction company. One of his early construction projects in Pune is the guest house in Bhandarkar Institute campus know as "Hyderabad Guest House". This is the first R.C.C. Building in Pune, planned, designed and constructed by Shri S. B. Jashi.

He later shifted to Mumbai and entered the important and onerous filed of BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION. His special choice was to provide alternative for the proposed bridge with his own design and technique. Although he started his construction business with construction of bridge in Nashik and Konkan regions, the works of M/s S. B. Joshi & Co. spread to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, AP and literally all over India.

Shri S. B. Joshi carried out advances in the technique and methodology by adopting bold designs such as balanced cantilever, R.C.C Box Girder, bowstring girders, prestressed concrete bridges. He has shown courage in suggesting self-anchored suspension bridge for Barak Bridge in Assam and 150m long stayed girder bridge on Ganga river at Allahabad. He had always in mind to propagate furtherance of latest technology, materials, aesthetics and have economics in construction in India.

He encouraged and trained young enterprising engineers to come forward and shoulder the responsibilities of executing construction of the bridges. Shri Joshi inspired them and developed confidence in them to undertake the large responsibilities. About 8 to 10 engineering firms engaged at present in bridge construction emerged due to his greatest contribution to construction industry in India. The engineers of these firms are trained in S. B. Joshi's school. All of them are quality conscious.

Shri. S. B. Joshi's another contribution is to formulate codes and standards for concrete and bridges. He was a very active member of various codes and standards committees of Indian Road Congress and the Institute of Engineers (India). He was President of Institute of Engineers (India) in Yr 1954-55.

Shri. S. B. Joshi, by nature was a great teacher. He would have attained highest honors in teaching profession, if he had continued the same. Shri S. B. Joshi, was responsible to help new engineering college to be established at Sangli. In the early days of the college in spite of his busy schedule he used to visit it periodically to teach the students (The monthly salary at time time was Rs. 1/-) He had a good command over Law and Sanskrt. He has translated in chaste Lyrics Marathi, literatures like 'Ajvilap' and 'Ritusanhar'.

Later in the memory of Shri S. B. Joshi, COEP Alumni started a 'S. B. Joshi' award for the landmark Design and Construction works in the filed of Bridge Engineering. His daughter (Mrs. Shakuntala Joshi) is the first lady civil engineer passed out from India. The knowledge Shri S. B. Joshi was later supported by his Daughter and Son-in-law.

references :-
* COEP Alumni report of 9th S. B. Joshi Award
* Quadricon profile
* COEP website
* other bridge group sites
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Er. Vivek,
Thank you very much for giving very nice information about Shri S.B. Joshi Sir & his achivements.

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