Diary… of an Engineer

By Anil Seth

Larson & Toubro Engineering

Faridabad, India

At times a project comes to the stage when reality seems to be failing theory. Many times this confuses engineers at a site; I remember an interesting incident which was resolved by one of our young structural engineers Mr. Lokendra Kushwah and this has reconfirmed my belief that the job of the engineering team is to also manage peoples’ emotions in the construction phase.

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

-John Kenneth Galbraith

The quote turned out to be the reality on one of our projects. The problem started with the photograph shared by the site team where in the sagging was observed after few days of bridge erection. Sometimes it is felt that the seventy percent of the job of engineering team is to manage peoples’ emotions in all Engineering, Procurement and Construction phases.

By the site photograph and the subsequent hand sketch, the problem seems to be in engineering design. Before analyzing construction engineering we will look into the engineering mail log; you may find the discussion interesting:


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About the Author

Anil Seth


Mr. Anil Seth is Assistant General Manager in the Project Engineering Department of Larsen & Toubro Engineering at Faridabad, India and manages the Project Engineering Manager Portfolio for hydrocarbon projects. Before joining Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Engineering and construction division he has worked for Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. He holds B.E. degree with Honors in CHEMICAL Engineering from Panjab University Chandigarh India and has also done Diploma in Environmental Management. He is Certified for Harvard Manage Mentor and specializes in Building High Performance cross functional Task Force as well as Converting Breakeven Projects to Profitable scenario. He can be reached at [email protected]  or [email protected].