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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DR  VRINDRA K RAINA (1940) - STILL ACTIVE
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Dr VK Raina ,as per his thoughts shared in an interview at IT BHU CHRONICLE and available at internet   :

Advise to Engineers
Engineering is not just doing sums , nor it is a matter of blind adherence to graphs and formulae .

It is more meaningful to have approximate solution to an exact problem , than exact solution to approximated problem.

A useful book is one which is NOT graveyard of dead Phd's.

Real time practice must subordinate pure theory to carry out practice.

Practical engineers must be conceptual  more than perceptual ; Creative more than analytical  ; and more logical than merely mathematical .

Good engineering judgement comes out of experience and yet experience comes out of bad engineering.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DR VRINDRA K RAINA (1940)- STILL ACTIVE

A DISCUSSION ON  FORUM - TOPIC : DR V K RAINA WORLD CLASS ENGINEER  ( SEPTEMBER 03 , 2010 )

My views about Dr Raina & UH Varyani  Sir's post initiating the discussion -


Dr VK Raina

He is definitely a gem of Bridge engineering,I think,still serving as Technical Advisor  
for the United Nations funded projects .
He is beyond description because of his accomplishments .
A Very dynamic ,living genius of structural engineering  
He has written many books and papers .His presentation of bridge designs was unique


My association with him was short,during late seventy, but has lasting effect on me and
still a guiding force.

He commanded respect from everyone because of his flamboyant personality,
clear oration and clarity of concepts. He is born technocrat and great practitioner


A hard task master with compassionate heart and always lived by example

I express my heartiest appreciation, gratitude and regards to this living legend
who was crowned as Prime Advisor in the technical position in UNDP ,a pride
for our Nation.


vikramjeet


Dear Sefians,
Dr.V.K.Raina,Ph.D,D.I.C,B.Sc(eng),is a top class bridge engineer of
world-wide fame.He is the author of nine books.I have recently read
his book'The World of Bridges'.
It is a pictorial journey through the history of bridge design.His
brief commentary is worth reading and meditating upon.He has proved
that brevity is the soul of wisdom.
He presently resides at NOIDA,near Delhi.We all would like to offer
him our best wishes and regards.I would request those engineers who
have worked with him to give more
details of his work and personality,for the benefit of us all.
with best wishes and regards,
uhvaryani







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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2021 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAHENDRA  RAJ (1924) - STILL ACTIVE

Born in Lahore ,in Undivided India , Mahendra Raj ,a towering & Legendary STRUCTURAL ENGINEER who outshined all leading Architects with whom he worked through his extraordinary oeurve as an artist combining creative passion , imagination , mathematical precision and technical dexterity to empower buildings with structural rigour to stand the test of times.

Generally Structural engineers are unsung heroes , mostly forgotten professionals , but Mahendra Raj changed this ,and Buildings designed by him as structural designer are known merely  by his name  . He worked with,  and advised leading Architects of Country like Le Corbusier , Raj Rewal , BV Doshi, Charles Correa , Kuldip Singh , and many others.

His combination of mathematical sensitivity with aesthetically strong imaginative capability made him an acclaimed craftsman with whom  Architects wished to work to fulfill their design visions.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAHENDRA RAJ (1924) - STILL ACTIVE
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Born in Lahore , in undivided India , Raj was fortunate  to travel to East Punjab ( this side ) on 11th August 1947 on last unattacked train.
  Raj came from a family of engineers as his father and two elder brothers were engineers. His love for mathematics made engineering as natural choice. After graduating , he joined Punjab PWD as Assistant engineer and was in Simla to oversee Hill Road construction. His aptitude on structural design was known in the Department and  he was posted to assist Architect Le Corbusier in Chandigarh .

He attained Masters in structures from University of Minnesota , later taken advanced course in Structures at Columbian University on Scholarship.  He returned back to India and established own Practice in Bombay in 1960.

His Structural design excellence  reverberated in the structures created by various Architects with  Mahendra Raj 's  pivotal role , advice and concepts giving Country many - firsts. Be it Hall of Nations , NCDC Office Building , Hindon River Mills , Akbar Hotel , (Delhi/NCR) , Tagore Hall , Municipal Stadium (Ahmedabad), Indoor Stadium Srinagar and many more structures during his seven decades professional working.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAHENDRA RAJ ( 1924) - STILL ACTIVE
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Mahendra Raj  gave space structures at times , when there were no softwares ( not even a simple software like axle to carry sums/multiplications/formulations    ) ,  electronic calculators were not there , only Log tables and Slide rules were available  for calculations.  In the manual design era , Raj   gave complicated structural formations , speaks volumes about his excellence in structural creativity   and deep  imaginations.

He established his Consultancy office in Jang pura , Delhi  after moving from Bombay long back. The office is named as MAHENDRA RAJ CONSULTANT S.

He is an active member of International Federation of Civil Engineers.  He wholeheartedly helped in setting up of Consultancy Development Center ,CDC, at New Delhi. He received many awards and recognitions.

Though , due to paucity of time , I think , he has not penned any book  , but his son Rohit Raj Mehendirratta  & Vandini Mehta (wife of Rohit Raj) - both Architects  alonwith Ariel Huber  gave a book on Mahendra Raj's Structural works . The name of Book is ' THE STRUCTURE WORKS OF MAHENDRA RAJ'.

As learnt , one can always see him on evening walk in Lodhi Gardens but very  few can match his pace.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DR  NARAYNAN  SUBRAMANIAN ( Aged around 70 yrs *) - VERY  ACTIVE
(* Year of birth not  available on net , just guessed from yr of graduation)

Born in Srivilliputhar , Tamil Nadu  , Dr N Subramanian is a NAME highly respected by engineers  across the Globe by virtue of his  knowledge sharing  and mentoring the generations of budding Civil & Structural engineers , sparing hours and hours for discussions on various engineering  forums , providing solutions to their problems , encouraging and correcting design engineers , conceptually.

His father credibly served in Govt of Tamil Nadu and retired as Joint Director. His early education schooling was in Chennai , after which entered Thiagarajar College of Engg Madurai  to seek Graduation in Civil Engg. in 1972. His quest for higher education resulted in him joining  College of Engg Guindy , Chennai to seek Master degree in Structural Engg., In 1974  and  further  Doctorate degree (Steel Frame Folded Plate Structures ) in 1978  from IIT Madras  .Always keen to study &  learn more , Dr NS carried post doctoral work at Technical University Berlin from 1980 -82  by earning Alexander von Humboldt's Fellowship in west Germany.

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DR NARAYAN SUBRAMANIAN ( Aged around 70 YRS) - VERY ACTIVE
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Dr N Subramanian is highly reckoned name in the Republic of Structural engineering world with his specialisation and acumen to identify intricacies and pitfalls in design and detailing. The passion for automation in Analysis and Design of Structures over past few decades is the hallmark of this great Structural Scientist and Practitioner.

After return from Germany , Dr NS served as Asstt Professor at College of Engg ,Guindy  for a brief period and chosen Practice over Theory  to start  Structural Consultancy  in name as 'Computer Design Consultant's in 1982 ,on a much  tougher soujorn compared to  teaching profession . He was CEO of the Organisation and till 2008 , advised Consultancy on over 650 Civil Engg Design Projects in India and abroad on MULTISTOREYED BUILDINGS in Conc and Steel , Communications and Microwave Towers (20 - 120 m ht) , Space Frames , Industrial structures , Hospitals and many more.

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DR NARAYNAN SUBRAMANIAN (Aged around 70yrs) - VERY ACTIVE
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Dr N Subramanian is Consulting Engineer , Author  and  a   Mentor with  large following from Structural and Civil Engineers fraternity on various Engg forums and platforms , Indian & Foreign . He is currently based in Maryland USA .  He has given over 200 Technical papers and penned 25 books.

He is former CEO of Computer Design Consultants , and also Director of Technological Institute. He is former Vice President of ACCE (India) and  VP of ICI . Dr NS is a regular in Indian Concrete Journal , and on editorial /Review Committee s of ICJ and other Journals on Structural/ Civil Engg.

Dr N Subramanian received many awards and recognitions.

Even at times when softwares  were not available on Structures Analysis & Design  , Dr NS developed 20 programs on FORTRAN - C LANGUAGE for structural analysis and design , these were used by over 120 Organisations ,India & Abroad.

On Structural Engg Forum  of India  here , Dr NS sir is top  contributor with over 5500 postings since 2003 , making the forum highly useful , vibrant , helpful to budding engineers as well as veterans ,equally, to enhance technical knowledge in a free discussion atmosphere.

Dr N Subramanian Sir , is definitely  Dronacharya of Structural Engineering due to his technical knowledge , as also Daan veer Karna in respect of knowledge sharing attitude .
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