Bidhan Chandra Roy, India
Interview (Video) Presentation
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, former Board of Director – CES and former visiting Professor of IIT Mumbai & JU, Kolkata, M.D. RUPL, receives IABSE’s Honorary Membership ‘in high appreciation of his outstanding and dedicated services to the Association’. B.C. Roy has been a IABSE member since 1990, fellow since 2003. Past member of Technical Committee and Working Commission V, former Vice President. He was also the Scientific Committee Chair of Kolkata Symposium (2013), Member secretary of Scientific Committee Delhi Conference (2005), Member of Scientific Committee in Phuket (1999), Seoul (2001), Antwerp (2003), Dubrovnik (2010), Chicago (2010) and Cairo (2012). In addition, Dr. Roy attended IABSE-JKSS Conference at Dhaka (2010) on behalf of President- IABSE. B.C. Roy also co-chaired one session in Phuket and Scientific Committee, Indian National Group-IABSE Seminar on Tunnels and Underground Structures New Delhi, 2006 and regularly presented papers to IABSE’s national and international conferences. Participated in first Basaar, organised India’s first stall in Rio (1999), also in first poster session in Lucerne (2000).
B.C. Roy worked on all types of structures including buildings, Auditoriums, Mass Rapid Transit Systems (both road & rail based), large span roofs including shell roofs, underground structures including metros, bridges, elevated and underground corridors, industrial structures, sports structures, earthquake affected structures mass scale housing (3600) for rehabilitation in Turkey and others. He has been conferred fellowship in several institutions and associations, including the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK, Institution of Structural Engineers, UK, for his contribution in Structural Engineering, Chartered Structural Engineer (UK), the Institution of Engineers India, and in the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, Zurich. He was awarded Engineer of the year by IIE (India) and Eminent Engineer by IIBE (India).
He has worked on several notable projects. Out of many, some of them are designing the strutted diaphragm wall with semi-integrated and integrated with underground box-structures, Kolkata Metro, first metro (1974) in India for N-S corridor, Joint Project Director/Project Director, of General Consultant to E-W Kolkata Metro, for Metro Rail Corporation Limited passing below river Hooghly >1000 m (first time across river in India), Prestressed voided slab (first time in India), for Hooghly Cable stayed bridge approach, followed by continuous voided slab for river bridges; pioneered contiguous prefabricated I-girder system for flyover superstructure accommodating various types of curvatures for flyovers in Delhi and Mumbai, Lead member of team introduced 8 span continuous extradosed concept with widest and heaviest single cell box for the Nivedita Setu across River Hooghly in Kolkata, which was judged as the most innovative international design, by the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI); He was also Project Director/Team Leader of many projects like Sports Structure for highly acclaimed Commonwealth Games. Number of elevated corridors in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. He was pioneer in precast segment subway design & built system for Delhi and Mumbai. First four level structure in India, in one of the most congested intersection. Also was leader for preparing Transit Master Plan of Nairobi.
B.C. Roy researched on "Loads in Bin Walls due to Side Discharge" - that entailed Innovative freezing technique and using advanced analytical procedure to develop rational design procedures and received his PhD in Engineering for this research—carried out in Australia. He also worked as a part-time Lecturer in Civil and Architectural Departments in New Castle University, Australia and visiting professor for IIT, Mumbai and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He has always advocated innovations, time and cost savings through fast track construction.