A delegation from India visits the major Italian and European bridges

The “Study Tour” coordinated by Italferr, with the support of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, dedicated to a delegation of representatives of two Indian companies, the Northern Railway of India and IRCON LTD, has been successfully completed

The opportunity for the study tour arose from the awarding to Italferr of an international contract by the Indian company IRCON LTD, on behalf of Northern Railway of India, for the design and construction of supervision in the Country of the Anji Khad Bridge, a 750 m long bridge, with a central bay of over 260 metres long, spanning a gulley. The project, worth 40 million euros, concerns one of the most important infrastructure works of the rail line across the north-west region of India, running along the slopes of the Kashmir range to the border with Pakistan. It is the largest railway bridge ever designed by Italferr in its over-30 year long history.

Our excellent relations with the Indian-based Clients convinced the latter to also award us a further assignment: organising a “Study Tour” for the representatives of the two companies (IRCON and Northern Railway), to collect information on and further their knowledge of this type of bridge, present in Europe, but which had never before been adopted by the Indian railways.

The project began on 2 May and ended on 9 May 2017 and included: the Reggio Emilia HS Mediopadana station and the 3 road bridges designed by the starchitect Santiago Calatrava; the  cable-stayed bridge spanning the Po river on the HS Milan – Bologna railway line, designed by Mario Petrangeli with the supervision of Italferr; the Elsa Research Centre in Ispra (Varese), financed by the European Union; the Oresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, where the tour included a viewing of the tests carried out in the wind tunnel of Svend Ole Hansen ApS in Copenaghen and, last but not least, the Millau Viaduct in France, 2.5 km long, with 7 bays of about 350 m each (higher than the Eiffel Tower), which has been declared a world heritage site by Unesco.

The CEO Carlo Carganico, at the end of the project, declared: “the parties to a project or a contract become partners when they are able to establish a relationship of cooperation and growth based on trust and mutual satisfaction, therefore, this study tour – organised for a client from one of the largest economies worldwide and a strategic market for the Italian business system – also based on the results achieved, has come an effective best practice and a model that Italferr intends to replicate in the future, in order to achieve full and shared Customer Satisfaction”.

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