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Dr A. Ramakrishna-Outstanding construction Engineer

 
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Dr. Anumolu Ramakrishna


Dr. Anumolu Ramakrishna obtained his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Andhra University and M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai. He started his career in 1962 with Engineering Construction Corporation Limited (ECC), then a wholly owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited. ECC was subsequently amalgamated with the parent company and is widely known as ECC Construction Division of Larsen & Toubro.  In 1966, Government of India sponsored him for practical training in Structural Engineering in the erstwhile German Democratic Republic.

His specialized knowledge in structural engineering - precast and prestressed concrete and industrialized methods of construction - has been recognized through scores of projects for which he contributed design & construction services.  His specialized knowledge in structural engineering - precast and prestressed concrete and industrialized methods of construction - has been recognized by Andhra University by conferring upon him Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Science in 1997 and by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University through an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2004.

After serving in various capacities Dr. Ramakrishna was inducted into the Board of Directors of L&T in 1992 and was appointed as operational head of the ECC Construction Division.  He provided the leadership for the construction of scores of cement plants, steel plants, power projects, refineries and petrochemical complexes besides outstanding buildings, roads, bridges, harbours, airports, water supply projects and nuclear power plants.  He was elevated to the position of Deputy Managing Director in March 2000. Under his leadership, revenues of L&T-ECC Division grew manifold - from Rs.450 Cr. in 1992 to over Rs.6,900 Cr. in 2004 when he retired from the services of the Company.  

Dr. Ramakrishna is actively associated with many prestigious International and national bodies like American Society of Concrete Contractors, American Society of Civil Engineers, International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) and Institution of Engineers (India). He has played an important role in founding of Industry associations such as Indian Concrete Institute, Construction Industry Development Council, National Academy of Construction, Construction Federation of India, etc.

Due to his long association with engineering and construction, he is widely recognized as an authority in construction. He is/has been associated with many apex industry associations like CII and FICCI – as Chairman / Member of various committees, premier academic institutions like IITs, Structural Engineering Research Centre, National Institute of Construction Management & Research (NICMAR) and Anna University, Chennai.

He has been the President of Indian National Academy of Engineering – INAE - a peer group of over 500 of India’s distinguished engineers, scientists and technologists.  He had been the Vice-Chairman of Construction Industry Development Council – CIDC - an autonomous institution established by Government of India and Planning Commission to bring together diverse players in construction sector to a common platform. He has served as Vice-Chairman of National Academy of Construction - NAC, established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, for providing training to Workmen, Contractors and Engineers.

Dr. Ramakrishna is credited with introducing in India system formwork, which has improved concrete forms and raised productivity levels at construction sites. His pioneering role in application of pre-cast, pre-stressed and tunnel form techniques has given the much needed technology dimension to Indian construction. This has helped the industry meet challenging timeframes, adherence to quality and costs and actively contribute to the country’s overall economic progress.  

More than a decade ago when the Central and State Governments were slowly moving away from their traditional role of being infrastructure ‘providers’ to becoming infrastructure ‘facilitators’ and ‘regulators’ Mr. Ramakrishna took the lead in implementing projects under the public-private partnership (PPP). Notable among the PPP projects executed by L&T under his leadership include the HITEC City in Hyderabad, Kakinada Deepwater Port, Jaipur-Kishangarh Expressway and Bangalore International Airport.  

In the highly fragmented Indian construction industry Mr. Ramakrishna helped bring in a touch of professionalism through standardized evaluation criteria for pre-qualification and award of construction contracts.  As a step in the direction of segmenting the large construction industry based on individual strengths, Dr. Ramakrishna actively advocated Grading and Rating of contractors.   He believes that competition within equal groups would bring about realistic prices and facilitate healthy development by ensuring jobs for all. Consistent successful completion of projects and adequate technical, plant & machinery and financial resources should help the contractors gradually move up the value chain. Dr. Ramakrishna is closely associated with grading and rating of construction entities as a member of “Committee of Elders”.  

In the absence of any proactive efforts to raise customers' aspirations by educating them to be more discerning, Indian construction industry’s potential had remained mostly underutilized. Dr. Ramakrishna has always emphasized industrialized construction through standardization of designs, application of modular concepts, application of mechanized forms of construction and development of innovative construction materials. This helped in achieving savings in both cost and time.  

Right in the early days of Information Technology, Mr. Ramakrishna introduced the application of IT in L&T’s construction operations.  Under his leadership and guidance L&T opted for implemention of an Enterprise Information Portal to bring together different phases of  construction cycles – design, development, tendering/bidding, budgets, planning, scheduling, etc.  By collaborating and bringing together on a single platform the different stakeholders – architects, designers, vendors, sub-contractors and clients - Enterprise Information Portal provides a solid backbone to project execution. Using Microsoft Project 2000 and Visual FoxPro based CeMa (Construction Enterprise Management) at the back end; complete job details from concept to implementation and completion are automatically uploaded on to the portal. This has helped speed up access to all information including financial status seamlessly across all business processes.

Dr. Ramakrishna is inspired by the vision of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to make India a developed nation by 2020 and firmly believes that Government Departments, Indian Industry and Public Institutions can work on a matrix mode for technology development and towards enhancement of public awareness of engineering.  Construction sector can play a key role in the development of social and physical infrastructure to foster India’s economic growth.  Standardisation of design and de-centralised production of building elements could help in speedy execution of projects in addition to providing large-scale employment opportunities in rural areas.

Some of the many prestigious awards Mr. Ramakrishna has won are:  

    * Award for Outstanding Concrete Technologist - 1993 from Indian Concrete Institute
    * Outstanding Contribution to Construction Industry – 1993 from Builders’ Association of India
    * Prestressed Concrete Design Award - 1995 from Institution of Engineers (India)
    * Eminent Engineering Personality award - 1998 at the Indian Engineering Congress
    * Davidson Frame Award - 1997 from Project Management Associates
    * Outstanding efforts in Business Ethics award - 2000 from Rotary International
    * For the Sake of Honour’ Award – 2001 from Rotary Club, Chennai
    * 2007 Hassib Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence from the World Federation of Engineering Organisations
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