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Bridges & Structures Directorate was formed in April, 1986 by carving it out from Civil Design Directorate. Subsequently Bridges & Flood (B&F) wing, which had earlier been working under Research Directorate, was brought under Director Standards (B&S) with effect from April, 1987. Research (B&S) unit, along with functions of field trials and bridge laboratory was also brought under Director Standards (B&S) w.e.f. 01-6-92 and the post had been subsequently re-designated as Executive Director (B&S).




* Evolving new standard designs of bridges (Steel, RCC, PSC and Composite etc.) for the latest loading standards.
* Development of new loading standards as per the needs of Indian Railways.
* Speed clearance of new rolling stocks and locomotive for permitting it?s use on existing bridges.
* Design of platform shelters, microwave towers? and other structures of standard nature.
* Formulation, updation and revision of Code of practices for the Design of Steel/RCC/PSC and Arch Bridges as well as Sub-structure.
* Investigations and rehabilitation schemes of old bridges for running of heavier trains.
* Inspection of welded plate girders and open web girders during their fabrication for use on the railways.
* Study of structural characteristics of bridge girders. Effect on bridges due to train load including longitudinal forces.
* Field trials and laboratory tests for validation of existing provisions and evolving new criteria for design and strength assessment technique.
* Preparation of manuals and guidelines on aspects related to inspection and maintenance of bridges.
* Study of bridge hydraulics, scour and river training works.
* Represent Indian Railways in various committees of Bureau of Indian Standards and Indian Road Congress.
* Rendering consultancy services to the Zonal Railways concerning bridge structures in gauge conversion project.
* In house software development for analysis and design of bridges and other structures.
* Proof checking of designs of bridges submitted by consultants through Zonal Railways.
* Developing list of competent manufacturers of girder bridges and bearings.
* Any other function assigned by Railway Board

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