After completing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, Amit Sagar is completing his PhD researching highway bridge assessment and management.
PhD (Civil Engineering)
Highway bridge management.
My research is related to highway bridge management. I am proposing a quantitative assessment method to evaluate the present structural condition of bridges to enhance the decision making process.
Civil engineering encompasses a broad range of structures and I always enjoyed studying bridges. Bridges play a vital role in today’s world and are considered very crucial structural component of civil engineering.
A bridge is designed for a certain life time, so aging is definite. As a bridge ages, deterioration starts taking place and it becomes the responsibility of the owner to control the degradation process to a certain limit and prevent any failure. I decided to do research in this sector and design a cost effective method to quantitatively assess the condition of structures, so that, bridges can remain in service for a desired time without any major issues.
I decided to undertake my PhD at RMIT as I knew that research work is not just limited to books and publications. At RMIT they talk about the application aspects of research in day-to-day life.
When deciding on my thesis topic, I conducted an intense literature review and met with industry. We decided to do something which was beyond the laboratory work and computer simulations. Hence, we picked up some existing issues with bridges with the help of industry and started finding out possible solutions.
The application for my research is very simple and can be performed by a bridge owner by just change some variables of the bridge asset. This tool is cost effective and can be upgraded without any additional cost. It will help owners to take informed decisions and develop future programs based on quantitative facts.