MORTH India launches Indian Bridge Management System(IBMS) to ensure Safety of Bridges

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A major step was taken towards ensuring safety of bridges in the country, when the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari formally launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi. IBMS is being developed to create an inventory of all bridges in the country and rate their structural condition so that timely repair and rehabilitation work can be carried out based on the criticality of the structure.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that a lack of any data base on bridges in the country has led to a situation where we are neither clear about the exact number and location of nor have we been able to maintain this asset in proper working condition. Poor condition of bridges hampers efficient transport and has also led to accidents and loss of lives on several occasions. He said IBMS aims to fill this gap by preparing a data base of all bridges in the country and detailing their structural condition so that timely action can be taken to repair the structures or build new ones in their place.

IBMS is the largest platform in the world owned by a single owner, with database that could exceed 1,50,000 bridge structures. So far 1,15,000 bridges have been inventorized, of which 85,000 are culverts and the rest are bridges. During inventory creation each bridge is assigned a unique identification number or National Identity Number based on the state, RTO zone and whether it is situated on an National Highway, State Highway or is a district road. Then the precise location of the bridge in terms of latitude-longitude is collected through GPS and based on this, the bridge is assigned a Bridge Location Number. Thereafter, engineering characteristics like the design, materials, type of bridge, its age, loading, traffic lane, length, width of carriage way etc are collected and are used to assign a Bridge Classification Number to the structure. These are then used to do a structural rating of the structure on a scale of 0 to 9, and each bridge is assigned a Structural Rating Number. The rating is done for each component of the structure like integral and non integral deck, superstructure, substructure, bank and channel, structural evaluation, deck geometry, vertical clearance, waterway efficiency etc. In addition to the structural rating, the bridges are also being assigned Socio-Economic Bridge Rating Number which will decide the importance of the structure in relation to its contribution to daily socio-economic activity of the area in its vicinity.

Based on this inventory IBMS will analyse data and identify bridges that need attention. Further inspection will be carried out wherever required to improve the operational availability of the structure, enhance its life and prioritize repair and rehabilitation work. The data will help to decide which bridge needs critical attention, or which needs to be rebuilt.

Shri Gadkari also informed that the states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra have taken initiatives to work on Railway Over Bridges. He also stressed upon the need for technological innovation in the area so that functionally useful and appropriate structures can be built at reasonable costs. He stressed upon the use of waste material and locally available raw material for construction so that costs can be brought down. There is a need for extensive research in this direction he said, for which we have to involve IITs and other Engineering colleges.

Via: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India

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Indian Govt is in talks with Tesla motors; Offered land to establish a factory.

Nitin Gadkari visits the Tesla electric car manufacturing unit, in San Francisco

Indian government was committed to encourage pollution-free transport by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles. And also encouraging Indian carmakers to make investments in that direction.

Less than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla’s state-of-the-art factory in Fremont, California, his government has invited American electric car maker to set up a manufacturing hub for South and South East Asia in India.Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways, who visited the company’s San Francisco factory on Friday, offered land near major Indian ports to facilitate exports, an official statement said.The minister offered to promote joint ventures between the global leader in electric car technology and Indian automobile companies to introduce pollution-free road transport in India.Gadkari not only showed interest in electric cars but also battery-powered commercial and public vehicles. He said Indian government was committed to encourage pollution-free transport by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles.

The official statement quoted a senior Tesla executive as saying, the Indian government’s offer would be considered at an appropriate time.Replying to a query from the highways minister regarding manufacturing of electric trucks, buses and two-wheelers, Tesla said they plan to manufacture trucks and pick-up vans but not buses and two-wheelers. Tesla team evinced interest in knowing about subsidy on electric vehicles in India. Gadkari asked the company executives to outline their proposal for entry into India.

As part of his Silicon Valley visit last year, Modi had toured Tesla factory in California. Tesla CEOElon Musk showed Modi the cutting-edge robotic auto assembly plant. The PM was also shown the inside of a lithium-ion battery pack, which powers Tesla’s cars.

Musk and Modi had said they saw batteries and solar panels as the future of electricity generation in India. Musk, also CEO of SpaceX, had said, just like India skipped landlines and went straight to cell phones, it could skip traditional grid power and adopt distributed solar and battery packs.

Even though Tesla cars have become quite popular among some of the wealthiest Indians, there is still no infrastructure of electric cars in India. According to analysts, there was a huge potential for Tesla’s batteries combined with solar panels in India. Tesla’s grid batteries have also found overwhelming demand across the world.

“Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk had told reporters after Modi’s visit. Electric cars use lithium ion batteries and a manufacturing facility for such batteries is called Gigafactory.

Indian carmakers have also shown keen interest in partnering with Tesla to popularize electric cars and develop infrastructure. On the other hand, In China, Tesla has 15 stores and there are about 350 Superchargers and more than 1,600 destination chargers.

On Thursday, Musk, announced that he was close to releasing “Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2.” The new corporate manifesto is likely to connect the dots between Tesla’s myriad projects, including its proposal to acquire solar installer SolarCity Corp. Tesla’s website, which historically has focused on clean transportation, now said the mission was to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Speculation about the future of the company — a potential green conglomerate that integrates rooftop solar, energy storage and increasingly autonomous, fully electric cars — has sparked imaginations of analysts and boosted confidence. That’s despite a customer using Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist technology being killed in a crash in Florida, subsequent safety and possible securities investigations, the defection of a manufacturing executive to Facebook and missing yet another sales target.

In August 2006, Musk published “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan,” which laid out the rationale for building increasingly affordable electric cars while also providing zero-emission electric-power generation options. But it’s not just about the cars. Tesla has always focused on the vehicles as well as their fuel — in this case their growing network of Supercharger stations and efforts to increasingly clean the electric grid that powers them.

And while the mission of the company has historically been to “accelerate the advent of electric transportation,” Tesla’s website now said the mission is about sustainable energy.

“Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation,” says the website. In a call with analysts last month, Musk talked about the need for the Tesla Powerwall for the home to be designed in tandem with solar panels, as one integrated, Tesla-branded system. He was as bullish on solar as he has been on electric cars.

“Like, only about 1 per cent of US homes have solar, so you have a massive addressable market that’s unserved and there’s at least 40 million to 60 million households that where solar — where they could do solar if they wanted to,” said Musk. “So if the economics were right and they like the aesthetics and it was easy to do, then they would do it. So the future market there is really gigantic.”

In 2013, India introduced a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) to have six million electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, by 2020. Government aims to provide fiscal and monetary incentives to popularise the nascent technology. If this plan becomes a reality, India could save 9,500 million litres of crude oil equivalent to Rs 62,000 crore savings.

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* Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers, including Elon Musk, in Silicon Valley. Before Tesla, Musk founded X.com in 1999, SpaceX in 2002
* Musk made headlines in May 2012 when SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station
* In late 2014, Musk unveiled two dual motor all-wheel drive configurations of Model S that further improve the vehicle’s handling and performance
* Over 50,000 vehicles were manufactured by Tesla, till last year. They are produced at the company’s factory in Fremont, California
* The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week, according to information on the company’s official website. The same factory was previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors
* Tesla is expanding its manufacturing footprint into other areas, including in Tilburg, the Netherlands, where it has an assembly facility, and Lathrop, California, where it has a specialized production plant
* According to some international media reports, Tesla plans to double its total production output to 500,000 vehicles in 2018 and 1 million in 2020

Source: Business-Standard