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  • CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARD for Excellence in Structural Engineering Design (Consultants) in Tamil Nadu.    -     Mar 19, 2016

    CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARD for Excellence in Structural Engineering Design (Consultants) in Tamil Nadu.
    MAHIMTURA CONSULTANTS PVT. LTD., Consulting Structural Engineers, since 1949. Head Office at Mumbai with 9 Branch offices all over India.(Including CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU) Chairman – Mr. RAMANLAL H. MAHIMTURA B.E.Civil ( 1946 ), P.I.E., F.I.A. (LONDON), M.A.C.I. (USA), Chartered Engineer Directors – Mr. SAILESH R. MAHIMTURA B.E.M.S. (U.S.A.), F.I.E., M.A.C.I., M.A.S.C.E. (U.S.A.) Chartered Engineer Mr. HITEN R. MAHIMTURA. B.E. Civil, M. S. Civil (Structures) F.I.E., M.A.C.I. (USA).M.A.S.C.E. (USA) Chartered Engineer With a Technical Team of 5 Retired Professors ( Ex IIT & VJTI ) & Experience dedicated Over 500 Structural Design Engineers. MANY HRB Projects Completed/ ongoing details of 3 Projects ( TN) as follows with structural Towers of more than 100Mtrs. in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Outstanding Structural Engineering Design for ongoing /completed projects in Chennai, Tamil Nadu-till 2015. 1) 2 Basement + Stilt ( Podium) + 31 & 40 Floors MSB Residential Structure @ OMR, Chennai. FLAT PLATE SLAB STRUCTURAL DESIGN with NO EDGE BEAMS 2) 2STILT ( PODIUM) + 29 Floors ( with HELIPAD) for AWHO, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. SHEAR WALLS MIVAN Form work STRUCTURAL DESIGN with all 160mm SHEAR WALLS. Project Structure vetted & approved by IIT – MADRAS. 3) Structural Consultants & Design for 170 Acres Insitutions Campus Development. IIM – TIRUCHY, World Class 170 Acres Insitutions Campus Best in India. Tamil Nadu. A) The Academic Buildings, Class rooms, B) Libraries, C) Students Hostels Blocks, D) Faculty House & Staff Housing building, E) Differently abled facility housing, F) Auditoriums, G) Admisnistration Block, H) Sports Complex, I) Day care Centre J) Students MESS & Canteen Building, K) Laundry Building, L) Dispensary building, M) Directors residence N) Complete other infrastructure facilities for 170 Acres Insitutions Campus. Project Structure vetted & approved by IIT – MADRAS. Many more proposed / ongoing projects under various stages of construction & Developments in Chennai, Bangalore & Cochin(SMART CITY project) and other States / Cities of INDIA. We invite and request you to please visit our website : www.mahimtura.com for more information regarding our organization and ongoing /completed projects development services in different cities of India and Aborad. Thank you, For MAHIMTURA CONSULTANTS PVT. LTD.,
  • Hidustan Times    -     Mar 07, 2016

    Hidustan Times
    Hidustan Times
  • Speak at STEEL DAY 2015    -     Dec 02, 2015

    Speak at STEEL DAY 2015
    Dear Sir, Greetings from MX Business Media ! We take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being an integral part of the wonderful gathering of structural steel experts at the recently held STEEL DAY 2015 - BENGALURU on 2ND December at The Lalit, and contributing your bit in making it a success. Must admit, that your presentation/viewpoint were thoroughly appreciated by the audience who attended the event. It indeed was very much within the theme of the summit, and the delegates were benefitted to a greater extent - going by the feedback that we received from them. Please be assured that our next edition of STEEL DAY will be much better and bigger than this one, and we foresee you playing another vital role in its success. You are hereby requested to kindly give your candid feedback on the event, and your able suggestions to take it to the next level. Now that we have started a new association, we wish to extend this further by showcasing some of your esteemed work in steel in our publication: Steel Structures & Metal Buildings. Our editorial team would be privileged to have you on board - and in sync with your technical workforce would relish upon the opportunity of covering your projects in a greater magnitude. Hereby, please find attached some of the relevant photographs of the STEEL DAY 2015. Once again thanking you, With warm regards, TEAM MX MEDIA
  • Invitation for Engineers day Celebration    -     Sep 30, 2015

    Invitation for Engineers day
  • Hiranandani Constructions    -     Sep 18, 2014

    Hiranandani Constructions - Press Release
  • Times of India    -     Sep 17, 2014

    Times of India - Press Release
  • Lokmat    -     Sep 16, 2014

    Lokmat-Press Release
  • The Financial Express    -     Aug 27, 2014

    The Financial Express - Press Release
  • Upper Crust India    -     Dec 03, 2013

    "I love my job. I am a very thorough person, very exacting, very accurate. I am aware of my responsibility. I can't afford mistakes happening. The enormity of the nature of our work does not elude me."
  • Mid Day    -     Jul 20, 2007

    “Mumbai’s humid climate and sulphur dioxide leads to corrosion of steel inside beams and columns. So they have to be checked periodically. Plus some interior designers compromise on safety. The structural audit for societies, which is mandatory, is often not done.”

    Renovation can kill you

    Date:  2007-7-20

    MiD DAY lists some dos and don’ts you should follow to prevent another Laxmi Chhaya

    BMC sources say Laxmi Chhaya’s basic framework was modified, which led to the crash. Structural consultant Shailesh Mahimtura of Mahimtura Consultants lists these DON’Ts.

    - If your building is not designed for a terrace garden, don’t make one. A terrace garden is the load of one additional floor. Gravel for the garden would add more load.

    - Make space for toilets. If your bedroom does not have an attached toilet, don’t turn the balcony into a toilet. Also, do not make a kitchen into a bedroom and the toilet into a kitchen.

    Apartment rooms are designed for specific purposes and changing the basic layout could be dangerous.

    - If you want to go for concealed wiring, make sure you are not drilling holes in the beams. Same goes for the split air conditioners, do not dig holes in columns and beams for wiring.

    - Do not create extra rooms by building additional walls or breaking some. If you have a two-bedroom house, making it three bedrooms by building another wall is a complete no. If you want, you can create wooden or synthetic partition walls.

    - Do not touch the columns, slabs and beams of the building under any circumstances. They are the elements, which transmit, through compression, the weight of the building above to other structural elements below.

    - Do not rely on interior designers who sacrifice safety under the pretext of aesthetics. They may suggest that a particular column or beam is looking ugly and is better removed. This is unsafe.

    - Ground floor is where the maximum load of the building is. Residents living there should make sure that if any modification is inevitable, including that of walls, a structural engineer should be consulted.

    - Simple plastering cannot replace concrete for holes or cracks in walls or beams and columns. If there is any damage, consult a structural engineer.

    - Mezzanine floors are dangerous for older buildings.

    A three-storey building could actually become a six-storey, which means twice the load.  False ceilings made out of Plaster of Paris are okay.

  • Los Angeles Times    -     Feb 02, 2001

    "It's like you're a strong man but have weak legs"

    Building Flaws Cited in India's Quake Deaths

    Disaster: Some structures withstood shaking, but cost-cutting in many others may have doomed tenants.

    February 02, 2001

    AHMADABAD, India — When India's great quake shook this city last week, the four-story Shantanu Residency collapsed like a sandcastle buffeted by a wave. Next door, a building like it rode out the seismic shocks unscathed.

    Although Ahmadabad is more than 200 miles from the epicenter of the Jan. 26 earthquake, 191 buildings here, some as high as 10 stories, tumbled to the ground, said Rajindra Trivedi, a local government spokesman. Firefighters estimate that 1,500 people in Ahmadabad were crushed to death, out of the country's total confirmed death toll of 14,241.

    http://articles.latimes.com/images/pixel.gifSlipshod construction, lax enforcement of national building codes, infrequent use of architects and the economic drive to build at the lowest price possible were clear factors in the collapse of some high-rises in Gujarat state's leading city, officials and professionals in the building trades said.

    Jayindra Patel, whose three daughters died when the Shantanu Residency crashed to earth, is a measured, quiet man. But he seethes with anger when he speaks of the two brothers who constructed the building, where 42 people were entombed last week.

    "If I catch these men," the 42-year-old sound engineer said, "I will bury them alive."

    But Dhruv Developers co-owners Kamlesh and Raju Patel--no relation to Jayindra--can't be found.

    Jayindra Patel and other owners in the almost-new building, all now homeless, formed a posse to track down the brothers, but the men's house is empty, their office says their whereabouts are unknown, and their mobile phone has been switched off.

    In its revelation of construction shortcuts, India's tragedy is sadly reminiscent of other recent quakes in developed areas, such as Turkey in 1999 and Armenia in 1988.

    "Look at this concrete, how light in color it is," Mehernosh Dastoor, station officer with the Ahmadabad Fire Brigade, said as he surveyed the pillars of another four-story building, the Maruti Apartments, that fell to the ground in the quake, killing three girls. "If you use the proper amount of cement, it should be dark gray."

    Instead, the interior of the pillars, which had broken like pencils, was the light gray of cigar ash.

    Criminal investigations have been opened against some local real estate moguls whose cost-cutting and flouting of building regulations may have doomed many of their tenants. In the Mahinagar neighborhood of Ahmadabad, Rakesh Shah had built three four-story apartment complexes in the last 1 1/2 years. All three were leveled in the quake. Nine people died, 20 others were injured, and 40 families lost everything, or nearly everything, they owned.

    "I think Mr. Shah used too much sand when making the concrete, to save money," said Uday Bhasvar, who owned a small graphics arts shop in the basement of one of the buildings. In a hole in the rubble gouged by excavators, he can spot his computer, which lies smashed under a concrete beam.

    Shah's company, Jai Estate Developer Pvt. Ltd., was closed Thursday, an iron gate barring access to its fifth-floor office. Storekeepers in the building told a reporter that Shah had vanished.

    There were specifically Indian factors, however, in why the magnitude 7.9 quake caused such vast destruction in Ahmadabad. In the last half-decade, this city of 4 million, capital of the country's textile industry, has experienced a building boom, in large part because of India's liberalizing economic reforms.

    In many cases, government regulation of the resulting construction has been pro forma, if not nonexistent. At the same time, many of India's highest-skilled construction workers have been lured overseas to the Persian Gulf and other regions by higher salaries, leaving jobs on building sites to be filled by untrained migrants from the countryside.

    Many of the stricken edifices in Ahmadabad date from this boom phase and had been destined to provide more comfortable and prestigious addresses for India's burgeoning middle class. Particularly at risk, initial surveys have shown, were three- and four-story apartment blocks perched on concrete stilts to provide parking underneath for another coveted badge of India's rising prosperity, the private car.

    "It's like you're a strong man but have weak legs," said Sailesh R. Mahimtura, a structural engineer from Bombay and member of a four-person team summoned by Ahmadabad officials to investigate why some buildings here crumbled and others didn't. "It's like the whole building was snapped off at the ankles."

    He pointed out that a similar building collapsed in the 1994 Northridge quake. Sixteen people died when the Northridge Meadows apartment complex fell down in that temblor.

    In some instances, Mahimtura said, the vertical pillars were sunk without being linked with lateral beams, which would have helped distribute the enormous stresses caused by a quake's ground motion.

    Some Water Tanks Built Over Staircases.

  • The Indian Express    -     Sep 23, 1999

    "HC orders panel to probe collapse"

    MUMBAI, SEPT 23: Poonam Chambers at Worli might have collapsed two years ago. But its residents, it seems, are still picking up the pieces.

    The Bombay High Court last week directed that a three-member commission comprising civil engineers and RCC specialists would go through the existing rubble at the site and give a report on whether the building collapsed due to structural changes undertaken by its society members, mostly companies that had offices there.

    The directions of Justice F I Rebello -- which he has stayed for a period of four weeks -- came in a suit filed by Cavery Software Engineering Systems Ltd claiming damages to the tune of Rs 64 crore against Wockhardt and Stanchart Ltd accusing them of ``tampering with the structure of the building'' which collapsed in 1997.

    Cavery Software, which had its office on the third floor of the building has charged that the wilful structural changes -- cutting the pillars and columns of the building -- which according to them caused the collapse haddestroyed their valuable assets like equipment, tools, and software, apart from records, documents, computers and other machinery.

    While Stanchart Ltd had its office in the basement, Wockhardt had its office in the fifth floor of the seven-storeyed building. Seventeen people had died and over 50 injured in the collapse.

    The BMC had appointed a two-member commission of enquiry on the day of the collapse headed by structural engineer Satish Dhupelia and including Sailesh Mahimtura. The commission which submitted its report to the corporation in December 1997 said that the building was in a poor state of maintainence and suspected that alterations to the structure could have accelerated its collapse.

    The plaintiffs had moved a chamber summons in their suit recently since they had found workers putting up barricades around the side of the ``Poonam Chambers B wing'' to carry out the work of the demolition of the remaining part of the building to facilitate reconstruction. Apprehensive that the existing RCCskeleton and pillars and beams of the building, which still stands and could offer substantial evidence of their charges, the plaintiffs had moved an urgent application. An ad interim order for a status quo on the building had already been granted.

    The plaintiffs through their counsel M M Sakhardande had contended that the evidence in this rubble was relevant for proving the ``tortuous and negligent actions of the defendants.'' It was argued that if the demolition was allowed to be carried out, the only evidence to prove charges of negligence would be defeated. The plaintiffs then prayed for a commission to look into the remaining structure.

    The contentions and prayers of the plaintiffs were hotly contested by the defendants who argued that an expert committee instituted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had gone into the collapse and had not found anybody culpable. Counsel Viraj Tulzapurkar argued the question of appointment of a commission does not arise since the plaintiffs had alreadymentioned the various acts committed by the defendants in their suit and it was their responsibility to prove it. They also argued that this suit was an act to prevent the co-operative society from putting up a new building at the site.

    In his order, Justice Rebello held that even if it was true that an expert committee report had been submitted on the collapse by the local authority, ``what is material is to note is that the committee was appointed to find out if there was any culpability of any persons for the purpose of taking action against them.'' ``To my mind even if there is any culpability in an action for damages, the plaintiffs can independently show that even if the acts would not amount to culpable acts, nevertheless they are entitled for compensation for wrong done to the property,'' Justice Rebello has noted in his order.

    Holding that the cooperative society cannot be prevented from putting up the construction, the court accepted that the evidence at the site had to be removed. ``It wouldthen be in the interests of justice to have the material before the court to find out the tortuous and negligent acts as pleaded by the plaintiffs,'' the order says, adding, ``the need for appointing a commissioner has much relevance in this aspect.''

    The court then directed the Prothonotary and senior master of the High Court to appoint a commission of three persons, civil engineers experts and/or RCC specialists from the list of architects on the panel of the High Court. The commission is to submit its report within a period of eight weeks from the date of appointment.

    The order has clarified that the commission is to ``inspect the structure as it exists today and submit its report as to the structure, load and other aspects considering the pleadings of the plaintiffs.'' The commission, the order adds, is not authorised to examine any persons or individuals.

    Since the defendants then pleaded for a stay on the order, the directions on the appointment of the commission have been stayed for a period offour weeks.