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PoorFan
July 15, 2011, 03:10 AM
Anwar Zahid, a proud deshi working his way to make a mark.

BSS, Dhaka
A Bangladeshi engineer has earned the repute of being the coordinator or principal engineer of the ever-largest project in US civil work's history to save its coastlines from hurricane onslaughts.

The United States army selected Anwar Zahid, a graduate of Bangladesh University of Engineers and Technology (BUET), to lead the construction of the two multi-billion dollars giant structures for the protection of its New Orleans and Louisiana states coastlines from hurricane and storm surges.

"As the super hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Louisiana, United States Army Corp of Engineers has taken the mega project at an estimated cost of around US$ 11 billion to build various types of mega engineering structures to protect the two states from future upsurge," Zahid said on Friday.

Talking to BSS on the sidelines of a technical presentation at the Institution of Engineers (IEB) in Dhaka where he shared his experiences with Bangladeshi engineers, 40-year-old Zahid said he was selected as the designer of record (DOR) or lead coordinator and project manager of these complex projects for his research background on the issue.

"I was offered the task to rebuild the Twin Tower in New York, but I preferred the task of using my expertise in building the structures to prevent hurricane or cyclone damages thinking that it may benefit Bangladesh someday or someway as the coastlines of the two states are largely identical to that of Bangladesh," he said.

He said the US army chose him as the appropriate person on the basis of his Ph.D thesis on "wave propagation" which was considered crucial for the mega project that also needed expertise on electrical and electronics, mechanical engineering, social studies alongside the civil constructions.

"Under the project, we are constructing complex hydraulic structure ranging from floating steel gates, steel sector gates, vertical lift gates, closure gates, pump stations, concrete T-walls, levees, bridges and complex foundations," he said.

Zahid added that he needed to deal with alternative study phases for cost proposal preparation, alternative selection and later developing plans and specifications while his background encompasses project management, designing complex hydraulic structure and foundations, transportation projects and forensic analysis.

Asked how he thought Bangladesh could replicate the project considering the cost involvement, Zahid said the project he designed allowed the constructors to build them in phases taking a long time while deltaic Bangladesh could also partly replicate it to protect the most vulnerable or economically sensitive parts of "our southern coastlines".

"My experiences can be implemented, at least, to mitigate partly the recurring cyclone and flooding problems of Bangladesh," said Zahid, who had won the gold medal from Bangladesh government for his excellent academic performance in BUET.

A former associate professor of BUET, Zahid obtained a BS and MS from the same university and a Ph.D in structural engineering and mechanics from the US North Carolina State University and a researcher fellowship from the world's top Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Electrequiem
July 15, 2011, 08:25 AM
Finally, a news about a BUET alum who didn't savagely beat his wife or try to sexually exploit a worker.

Congrats, Mr. Zahid!
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bujhee kom
July 16, 2011, 10:21 PM
"As the super hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Louisiana, United States Army Corp of Engineers has taken the mega project at an estimated cost of around US$ 11 billion to build various types of mega engineering structures to protect the two states from future upsurge," Zahid said on Friday.

Talking to BSS ...

"I was offered the task to rebuild the Twin Tower in New York, but I preferred the task of using my expertise in building the structures to prevent hurricane or cyclone damages thinking that it may benefit Bangladesh someday or someway as the coastlines of the two states are largely identical to that of Bangladesh," he said.

New Orleans is a city in the state of Louisiana...it is just one state.

This is a great news! Very proud of Engr Zahid..!

rashed411
July 16, 2011, 10:39 PM
New Orleans is a city in the state of Louisiana...it is just one state.

This is a great news! Very proud of Engr Zahid..!

haha are bai ke bolche apni kom bujhen ?

bujhee kom
July 16, 2011, 10:49 PM
haha are bai ke bolche apni kom bujhen ?

Hahahhaa..arrey dear Rashed bhai Khita khobor? Tumar premik life kemon cholche? Ekhono full force Prem chaliye jaccho ? Tips/suggessions jaa diechilam hob kajey ashchey tow?

Antora
July 17, 2011, 12:47 AM
wow :)
Congrats Mr.Zahid!

Ahmed_B
July 17, 2011, 10:13 AM
:up: :up:

Trigger_Tiger
July 21, 2011, 02:12 AM
I know him very, very well since I was a kid...tough guy with very high ambitions, never thought he was THAT big until I read this :)! Nice Bhaiya, nice, nice :)!