Archive for November, 2015

Design and Digital Transformation

Friday, November 27th, 2015

ET Now, India’s most-watched business news channel, will telecast a special Intellect feature this weekend, titled “Hands-on Digital Transformation at 8012 FT Design Center”. I am sharing a link to the promo video of this telecast.

You can watch the full 23-minute feature on November 28, Saturday, at 8:00 pm IST and a repeat telecast on Sunday at 7:00 pm IST. Through interviews and footage of the facility, It shows how Design Thinking weaves business, technology and operations to drive tangible benefits for our customers.

My Diary – Importance of Bold and Comprehensive Planning

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The story goes like this – London was the largest city in the world in 1848 housing over 3 million people. In 1848, Cholera struck London. No one found the exact reason, but few inferences were around open sanitation.

London was a densely populated city like Old Delhi or Shahukaar pet, but Sir Joseph William Bazalgate – a English Civil Engineer designed five huge tunnels to carry the load of London sewage from one corner to other. It was an expensive project. It was during the time when James Watt invented the first steam engine and local trains were introduced in London. Joseph Bazalgate connected the dots and proposed the plan to British Parliament.

London Sewage

Rejected once,
rejected twice,
rejected thrice and again for the fourth and fifth time.

Ten years later, in 1858, Cholera broke out again and the whole city of London in hot summer was smelling extremely foul. At this point of time, a decision was taken to go ahead with sewer system which is called as Sewer King.

Though there are some struggles of political insensitivity in social infrastructure but still a PROACTIVE, READY, and a DETAIL PLAN WITH COST will get the nod sometime. British parliament cleared 3 Million Pounds for the Sewer King project, which is surviving till date.

Wisdom prevails when it is supported by detail and accurate plans.

Data from Wikipedia

The intercepting sewers, constructed between 1859 and 1865, were fed by 450 miles (720 km) of main sewers that, in turn, conveyed the contents of some 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of smaller local sewers. Construction of the interceptor system required 318 million bricks, 2.7 million cubic metres of excavated earth and 670,000 cubic metres of concrete. The innovative use of Portland cement strengthened the tunnels, which were in good order 150 years later.

Gravity allows the sewage to flow eastwards, but in places such as Chelsea, Deptford and Abbey Mills, pumping stations were built to raise the water and provide sufficient flow. Sewers north of the Thames feed into the Northern Outfall Sewer, which feeds into a major treatment works at Beckton. South of the river, the Southern Outfall Sewer extends to a similar facility at Crossness.

 

The Three Wonders of Industrial World

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Today, as I was watching the seven wonders of the industrial world I witnessed three of the seven wonders.

1. The Great Eastern Ship, UK – started in 1852

2. The Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA – started in 1869 and completed in 1883

3. The Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland – started in 1807 and completed in 1811.

The Three Marvels

The Three Marvels

All the three wonders are marvel of dreaming – big, big and big.

All the three projects didn’t have any previous precedence of any kind.

All the three projects are engineering beyond par and the Chief Engineers of each of these projects have overcome critical situations at their individual level.

All the three projects are marvels of superior Design Thinking with human commitment and loyalty to purpose.

I am inspired by what the UK, US and Scotand has done for humanity.