October 2016: IBMS dedicated to India by Hon. Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari.
Indian Bridge Management System was launched on 4th October 2016 during the opening ceremony of IBMS 2016- 1st Biennial Conference on Bridge Management held at NDMC Convention Center, New Delhi. Over 250 delegates attended this function and the conference.
20 Technical papers were presented on various aspects of Bridge Management System. 4 authors from UK, USA, Singapore came to make their presentations. 2 papers were reserved for student category and the same were presented by students from IIT(B) and IIT (Gawahati)
IBMS is the largest platform in the world and has data for over 120,000 bridges and still growing. Having the largest database, Indian Bridge Management System aims to conduct a biennial Conference every two years. The second Biennial conference will be held in 2018 and will aim to have focus only on Bridge Management.
February 2017: Indian Express Technology sabha awards IBMS as the Outstanding Digital Monitoring System.
On 18th February 2017, IBMS was recognised as the Outstanding Digital Monitoring System at the Technology Sabha held at Vizag organised by Indian Express group. The award was presented to Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways and Director General and Special Secretary MORTH Shri S. N Das along with our Managing Director Shri Sagi received the award.
This is one of the first recognition that has come from a third party. We are great full to the Ministry for empowering us to do the project and all staff of S & R (Bridge) zone of the Ministry, All ADG, Chief Engineers and Regional Officers of MORTH along with all 18 field consultants who made this possible.
March 2017: Hon’ble Ms. Aiysha Mohammad Minister of Construction, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Visted IBMS office.
On 14th March Honorable Minister of Construction, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ms. Aiysha Mohammad visit Indian Bridge Management System office at Indian Academy of Highway Engineers. She showed keen interest in the work being done in IBMS. We were able to show her and explain to her the various aspects of IBMS.
March 2017: H.E. Engr. Dave Umahi The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State The Federal Republic of Nigeria Visits IBMS office.
On 14th March 2017, HE Engeer Dave Umahi, Executive Governor of Ebonyi State of Federal Republic of Nigeria visited IBMS office to understand the way Bridge Management is being implemented in India. He was keen to have a similar system established in Nigeria. His showed keen appreciation of the work being undertaken and the mammoth task of handling over 140,000 bridges on National Highway system of India.
April 2017: WELCOME TO IBMS 2018 at TAJ KRISHNA, HYDERABAD- 22nd Oct to 26th Oct 2018.
Today IBMS 2018 Conveyor Shri Sitaram Sagi Raju signed an MOU with Taj Krishna to host the upcoming conference IBMS 2018 from 22nd October to 26th October 2018. The venue offers an unique advantage of holding an exhibition along with the Conference. Something which we could not do at NDMC for IBMS 2016. The venue has a capacity
of about 500 for the main technical sessions and about 150 for Parallel sessions. IBMS 2018 website (www.inidanbms.org) is fully functional. So is our Twitter handle @sachinibms also provides instant updates of events as they happen in the run-up towards IBMS2018
IBMS 2018 is now supported and promoted by Ministry of Tourism Government of Telengana through Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau (HCVB). Their supports make it possible for IBMS 2018 to reach a wider audience world over.
With the venue now frozen, the focus of our Organization now shifts to enabling quality technical papers. Papers can be submitted online on our website and so can sponsors and delegates register for the event online. Being an digital initiative IBMS 2018 conference promises to be zero paper conference where all things will be managed online.
April 2017: FIRST INTERACTION WITH CHIEF ENGINEERS (NH) REGARDING IBMS.
On 28th April 2017, Chief Engineer Bridges (S & R) MoRTH had invited all Chief Engineers(NH) from all over the country to a meeting to discuss various issues related to implementation of Setu Bharatam.
We were given a time slot to introduce IBMS to all the attendees. We made a presentation on the Bridge Management System and its decision making capabilities. We also exposed the all the CE(NH) to the various data mining scenarios and how such huge data base of 152,000 structures can assist them in planning and internal decision making during the course of working.
IBMS also showed to the CE(NH) the pictorial video of the most distressed bridges in each state. We made an urgent plea to the CE(NH) to ensure that all 18 consultants commence the testing of distressed bridges in their respective states in the next few weeks to enable the repair work start in next season.
IBMS will thus see the rehabilitation of bridges commence sooner. This will bring more responsibility on our team and to ensure that we have the best practices, Team IBMS is working with Indian Road Congress to establish guidelines for repairs and rehabilitation of bridges.
June 2017: ON COMPLETION OF TWO YEAR; HON MINISTER NITIN GADKARI TAKES REVIEW OF IBMS.
On 30th June 2017, Hon. Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari took a review of the working of IBMS. He proudly informed that the database of all structures on National Highways is over 160,000 and that IBMS has now identified the distress in structures and it is time to ensure that we move ahead and compete the testing of these identified structures.
He also suggested that it is time to inform all state PWD ministers to implement bridge management using the IBMS platform. He was critical about the delay being caused due to procedures and that he suggested that we should be more proactive and move ahead. He also suggested use of new technologies in Health monitoring systems and inspections.
Pilot projects for health monitoring should be taken up on priority and then 3 to 4 bridges on congested corridors which witness heavy OWC movement should be undertaken for health monitoring.
Hon Minister suggested that the fast, cost effective and innovative technologies should be encouraged in Bridge Rehabilitation and construction. He stressed the need to involve research experts from advance countries like USA, Europe and Australia by inviting them to India and then have interactive discussion relating their expertise.
IBMS 2018 shall undertake this theme. COST ACTION from Europe has agreed to depute delegation to IBMS 2018 and an interactive session with IRC.
Speaking to press post the review he mentioned about IBMS which was published in Financial Express.
August 2017: Over 100 bridges on the lens of MORTH for immediate action" Hon. Min Gadkari.
Hon. Minister Shir Nitin Gadkari was to reply to questions on IBMS in Lok Shabha. On 27th June 2017 Hon Minister Nitin Gadkari in reply to questions on IBMS replied that Due to development and implementation of IBMS the Ministry is able to confirm that as per inventory figure that National Highways have more than 162,000 bridges and culverts.
He also informed that IBMS is the largest database of bridges and that based on the completion of first cycle of inventory and two cycles of inspection, over 147 bridges have been identified as having distress and need further attention.
Hon Minister also informed that immediate attention shall be paid by the Ministry to these bridges and officers shall have to be vigilant to ensure no loss of life occurs during monsoon due to failure of any bridges.
He further emphasized that new technologies are being encouraged to make inspection of bridges more reliable and authentic. He also mentioned about the need to have bridge health monitoring systems, use of drones, nano technology and similar technologies when bridge inspection or rehabilitation takes place.
Where does this lead to?? Bridge testing, inspection agencies will now work overtime to ensure that these identified bridges are properly inspected and remedial measures defined. Rehabilitation of Bridges will be taken up in the coming season and that will lead to a continuous cycle of this happening every year till all bridges on National Highways are rendered safe.
Finally that is the goal of IBMS: Protecting Indian Bridges
November 2017: Imparting training to African Delegates.
On 3rdNovember 2017 IBMS Operation Team Leader Saurabh Chaturvedi and Asst Bridge Engineer Nagaraju Naga provided an insight into IBMS to Delegates from African countries during their 3 weeks training at Indian Academy of Highway Engineers, Noida
November 2017: Presentation at Indian Road Congress Conference - Bangalore.
On 5thNovember 2017 IBMS research Team Leader Sachin Joshi presented the Findings of IBMS study on National Highway Network at Indian Road Congress Conference was well received and appreciated by many.
November 2017: Steel Day Celebration - Mumbai.
On 15thNovember 2017 IBMS presentation at Steel Day Celebration in Mumbai where IBMS Team Learder Sachin Joshi brought out the importance of Socio Economic parameter in IBMS to prevent tragedies like the recent Elphinstone bridge stampede.
November 2017: Reconnecting India Conference - New Delhi.
On 24th November, IBMS was presented to the delegates of Reconnecting India conference held at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. We elaborated on innovative technologies being adopted with IBMS and also shared the futuristic journey of IBMS that could involve online application of SHM and also BIM to convert IBMS into a predictive platform for bridge management.
November 2017: ICACI Conference - Mumbai.
On 25th November, Indian Chapter of American Concrete Institute organized a conference. Team IBMS was solidly represented by Sachin Joshi and supported by Naga Nagaraju, Rajesh Unnam and Kirankumar Tumati. We presented the entire flow from testing to identification of cause of distress and definition of remedial measures. All four papers were well received.
December 2017: International Seminar on Repair, Rehablitation and Retrofitting of Bridges and Structures - Jaipur.
IBMS findings initiated the proceedings of the two day seminar at Jaipur. Presentation attracted a very good interactive interaction. The process and logical protocol to be used from inventory data to definition of MRSR module was presented. Appreciated by the delegates for the detailing in the logic. Such deliberately interactive session and presentation only help to sustain IBMS project.