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Geotechnical Engineering

About Geotechnical Engineering Department:

Geotechnical Engineering Directorate of RDSO deals with Geotechnical Engineering matters of Indian Railways. It has well equipped laboratory with all conventional and latest modern soil testing facilities. Main areas of activities  involves  Advise on matters concerning Geotechnical Engineering to Indian Railways,  Framing and updating Guidelines/Manuals/Specifications for Earthwork, Ballast and Tunnels, Super check of earthwork in new constructions, Consultancy on Geotechnical Engineering problems to various Zonal Railways, Training of Railway personnel in Geotechnical Engineering. Adoption of new products/technologies pertaining to Geotechnical Engineering.




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Brief achievements of the Department during last one year and current year:    

  • Development of Specification for Track Ballast as ‘National Standard’ along with BIS Identification
  • Guidelines for Use of Coir Geo-Textile for slope protection in  Indian Railways
  • Guidelines on Soft Soils & Methods of Ground Improvement
  • Guidelines on Soil Nailing
  • Revision of Guidelines for Cuttings in Railway, No. GE: G-2
  • Solutions to Field problems-Consultancy/Reports
    1. Normalisation of traffic speed in Pilibhit-Shajanhapur Gauge converted track & Formation rehabilitation using geosynthetics in Rampur-Rudrapur section, NER
    2. Cutting related problems in Ghat section of Huballi division, SWR
    3. Settlement of High Bank between Solur- Thippsandra stations in Bengaluru- Hassan Section, Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway’
    4. Settlement of Railway Formation in KM 44/14 to KM 46/0 Rajsunkhala   (RSKA) -  Bolgarh Town (BORT) block section of Khurda – Balangir New line, Khurda Road Division, ECoR
    5. Settlement of formation between stations Amargarh and Panch Piplia of Ratlam-Godhra section, Western Railway
    6. Rehabilitation of formation between Balasore-Haldipada stations in Kharagpur-Bhadrak section, Kharagpur  division, South Eastern Railway
    7.  Rehabilitation of unstable formation between Begusarai & Naugachia stations, Barauni-Katihar section, Sonpur Division, East Central Railway
    8. Landslide at Km 202/23-31 between stations Manabar-Jarati on Kothavalsa-Kirundul section (KK line) of Waltair division, East Coast Railway

Current assignments in hand:

  • Development of suitable Design of Bridge Transition system for 25t axle load for freight (upto 100Kmph) and passenger traffic (upto 160/200 Kmph operational speed) for IR , with IIT/Delhi 
  • Development of Methodology and Specifications for Utilisation of Steel Slag as Blanket Material in Railway Track with Indian Steel Association
  • Indian Railway Tunnel Guideline (IRTG) & Indian Railway Tunnel Manual (IRTM)
  • Review of booklet on Geotechnical testing for railway engineers for quality control (GE:G-3, Dec. 2004)
  • Review of Guidelines for Geotechnical engineering organization in Zonal Railway (RDSO/2007/GE:G-0011, Jan., 2008)
  • Review of Guidelines for rehabilitation of weak formation (GE:G-6, June, 2005)



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