Adani Institue
Adani Institute of Infrastructure (AII)

Training Programme on Learning from Past Failures

Failure and defeat are life’s greatest teachers.  All design theories are developed on the basis of past failure analysis, but it doesn’t mean that to learn more we should fail in life.  A smarter engineer learns from the failures of others. Failure is well defined as:

  • Failure is a deviation from the status-quo.
  • Failure is not meeting target expectations.
  • Failure is any secondary defect.

The training was organized on October 31st, 2017 & November 1st, 2017. The two day program includes eight different modules of one and half hour each. There were 24 participants from across ADANI group participated of Senior Managerial and Managerial level.

The first session was taken by Dr. Mitesh Popat, professor in mechanical engineering on “Introduction to failures and methods of analysis”. The session includes few methodology to analyze failures, seven quality tools for analysis along with fundamentals of potential failures modes and effects analysis (FMEA) with few case study.  Second session was conducted on “failures and analysis of Buildings” by Dr. V. M. Patel, principal & professor in civil & infrastructure engineering. The session includes design, contract, execution & maintenance of concrete structure. Various case study on failures and its remedial action were taken care. It includes formwork failures and material failures case study both. Third session on “failures and analysis of substructure” was taken care by Mr. Bhavin Shah, CEO VMS consultants. It includes relational analysis of geotechnical and structural engineering based on which safety and stability of structure with different case study was included. The last session on day one was on newly introduced topic viz. “design for utilization (DFU)”. It was conceptualized by Dr. V. M. Patel and few less famous points but very important in engineering projects were included. It includes floor space utilization, machine utilization, stringent follow of timeline schedule and material planning. It also covered proper utilization methodology for non-structural elements.

Day two again was started by Dr. Mitesh Popat and he has taken session on “failures and analysis of infrastructure machineries”. He has included explanation of use of various machineries for infrastructure development. He has taken care about few case study of failures of cranes and other machines. He too explained various maintenance schedule. He has included few case study explanation with cause and effect diagram. Module six was again taken by Dr. V. M. Patel on “failures and analysis of steel structure”. Detailing of joints and importance of member of steel structure are part of presentation. Primary cause of steel structure failures along with precautionary measure was part of this module. (Dr.) Sameer patel, Assistant professor Civil & infrastructure engineering has taken third module of day two on “failures and analysis of bridges”. He has covered various types of bridges. He also has taken few famous bridges and its construction criteria. Famous failures from India and abroad of bridges was were narrated by trainer. He has analyze reasons of failures in his case study part along with latest construction codes to be followed. Last session was taken by Dr. V. M. Patel on “failures and analysis of earth quake damage”. We cannot predict earthquake or stop earthquake event to happen but we can prevent collapse of the structures by adopting good technologies & good practices. In this session, not only past earth quake events were discussed with specific examples of failures but remedies and precautionary steps also discussed during the session.

According to the feedback of participants about this two days training programme, it was very much clear that all the participants were highly satisfied in this training and they are suggesting to arrange the same training again for their team mates also.