Jogesh Singh Sondhi, P.E., F.ASCE, Additional Director General, RDSO, Indian Railways, has been named a Fellow by ASCE Board of Direction.
Sondhi joined the Indian Railway Service of Engineers in 1982 and thereafter served in various technical and managerial positions on four different zonal railways across India. His 35 years of experience includes deputation to Delhi Metro Ph-I Project, a hi-speed rail project in Malaysia, and two years in DOT freeways/expressways urban planning for the Bay Area, San Francisco. His reputation rests strongly on planning, design reviews, contracts, and asset management of track, bridges, and service buildings; construction oversight of megarail projects for new lines, doubling, important rail bridges and grade separator works (ROB/RUBs/LHS); project monitoring; and design-construction interface and bid evaluation for metrorail works.
A career highlight was his position as Pr.CE & CAO/Construction, Engineering Head on WCR Zonal Railways with over 3,000 route km; he was credited with an annual outlay of $100 million and completion of 100 km of new rail line, 66 km of third line on main N-S route, Bhopal Division, and 15 km of rail-doubling works in a rock-cutting stretch. He directed DPRs for six major projects costing over $800 million, finalized over 300 km of alignment of new rail line for the cement/coal freight route in Central India, and planned contract strategy for new projects, including EPC type. As chief track engineer, SE Zonal Railways, he coordinated track renewals for iron-ore-intensive 3,000 km routes (up to 25t axle load).
Sondhi has also been administrative head for a DRM (Lucknow) rail division; executive director (bridges & structures), Railway Board, responsible for the Program of Safety Works; and technical head and advisor to a design-build group. At Delhi Metro Phase-I he developed Project Baseline Schedule, as well as Contract Interface dates and milestones, as Program Expert in Core group GC-DMRC and was part of the bid-evaluation team. Other significant technical contributions include “Track Subgrade Specifications” for Heavy Axle Load (25t) adopted for Dedicated Freight Corridors, and Member-Technical Committee Review for Long 11 km Road Tunnel, Border Roads of Defence.
He has authored technical papers on track issues for high-speed MG Track, design of two-layered track subgrade for heavy axle loads, bridge condition monitoring, and design for high speeds. At Systems Research Center, University of Maryland, he developed a C/UNIX-based interactive analysis program (FERA/Aladdin) and algorithms for an optimized base-isolation system for buildings. Sondhi has received many awards, including the GM Shield for Best Improvement in a Division and personal citations from public and nonprofit organizations for outstanding public service. In addition, he has been involved with educational awareness with input from government.
With the RDSO Ministry of Railways he coordinates research projects with leading technical institutions like IITs and oversees implementation involving new rolling stock and high-power locomotives, among other duties.
Sondhi is a licensed professional engineer in California. He obtained his B.E. in civil engineering from the University of Roorkee, India, and earned his MS.CE from UMD, College Park, MD.