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tional companies have failed to win a major construction or systems contract, DMRC honored Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Asia, a subsidiary of New York Citybased PB International, by appointing the firm as general engineering consultants. PB Asia is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the architectural design of stations, track, parking facilities, transit centers and systems, including traction power, communications and fare collection. "One of the reasons for having consultants like Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia is to ensure that DMRC

in the world, is our natural choice as consultants," Dayal says. PB International, which has more than 9,500 professional and administrative workforce on board and 200 branch offices worldwide, is America's number one civil engineering firm. It has acquired multidisciplinary capabilities in all phases of project delivery, from planning and design through construction management and operations. PB has planned, designed and managed the construction of more miles of rail and transit systems than any other firm. During the current phase of activity with DMRC, PB Asia translates cl ient needs into a feasible design and construction plan and identifies and screens local companies and suppliers. "Our primary challenge was to meet the deadlines. DMRC Managing Director E. Sreedharan is an outstanding person and he sets goals that are hard to reach. We have to coordinate very carefully among contractors, both men and material, on time. We have to acquire all certifications that are necessary for running the metro. Through teamwork we have been able to meet the challenges. We worked very well as an integrated team," says Delhi-based John D. Triplett, deputy project director of PB Asia. a: "The New Delhi office has been estab~ lished to provide a base for develcping our ~ involvement in submban metro. It will beal j; come the focus of om enterprise in this deÂŤ ~ veloping market, utilizing all our special skills and knowledge from all areas of the Top: A worker busy at the construction site business. It will be multidisciplined. We have of an elevated railroad. Above left: Delhi the capability to provide today's solutions for Metro Managing Director E. Sreedharan, tomon'ow's problems," says Triplett. known for keeping a disciplined staff. PB Asia is working with DMRC and Above: John D. Triplett, deputy project its contractors on a plethora of small dedirector of Parson Brinckerhoff Asia, tails that will help make the metro rail engineering consultants of Delhi Metro. journey smooth and safe. It supervises and monitors the work of more than a dozen maintains international standards. We contractors who have been working on would like to build the best metro but various corridors. The design and construction of -civil works and ventilation we are not very familiar with the best technology available in the world. PB and air conditioning contracts have been International, which has experience in awarded to Kumagai Gumi Company, Shimizu Corporation, Itochu Corporation, every kind of rail and mass transit project

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