Since its creation, BRRL and its field offices has been performing tests on different road and bridge construction materials sampled and supplied by field divisions. In addition the necessary soil investigation and testing for bridge foundation design is carried out. These practices is not enough to improve the quality of RHD works as presently needed. To meet the present needs, the laboratory must be given sufficient authority and support with manpower and resources. This Circle Operational Plan (COP) has been prepared considering all these factors so that the laboratory can play proper role in quality control of RHD works.
The objective of the BRRL Circle is to contribute to the overall strategy of the Technical Services Wing by:
Providing research, testing and advisory services to the Department in connection with all aspects of construction materials and road pavement designs to ensure that all construction is carried out using the most appropriate materials and to the required quality.
a) Quality Control Monitoring Reports from all Zones.
b) Soil Investigation Reports for design purposes and road pavement designs.
c) Publication of research reports on materials related issues.
d) Periodically updating Standard specifications item and standard test procedures.
The BRRL Circle is headed by a Director (SE) supported by 3 Executive Engineers who are in charge of Division, namely:
a) Soil Investigation Division.
b) Material Testing & Maintenance Division.
c) Quality Control Division
(including responsibility for 16 Field Circle Laboratories)
Current laboratory staff are not sufficient to meet the present requirements of RHD’s volume of testing work. It is considered that as a minimum there should be one field laboratory in each field Circle, this will require 6 new laboratories Nationwide. Alternatively the operations of the field laboratories should be outsourced. The laboratories need to be re-organized with greater efficiency and increased manpower and equipment. The field laboratories will be headed by an Assistant Research Officer (ARO) instead of an Assistant Engineer although there will be a number of AEs who will each be responsible for 3 or 4 Circle laboratories. It is proposed that the post of ARO be upgraded from Class III to Class II.
Certain officers in the BRRL Circle are to be designated as specialists. Specialist posts for engineers with specialist training are hash marked thus, EE #. Specialist posts for engineers, or non-engineers, with specialist qualifications are shown together with the equivalent engineering grade thus, Exec. Transport Economist (EE*).
The number of personnel in the Circle are shown in the attached table which shows the total proposed number of personnel to be 171 which is greater than the sanctioned strength. However the increase is mainly due to the need for a laboratory in every Circle. Of these 6 will be completely new establishments. The proposed number of personnel of the Circle is 16 Class I, 22 Class II, 71 Class III and 62 Class IV staff.
The budget for the BRRL Circle is shown on the attached table. The budget table shows both the annual operation and maintenance costs and the capital costs of purchasing new, and replacing old, equipment. The BRRL is responsible for ensuring that the quality of works is to the approved standards and the appropriate construction methods are used on all works. This requires constant research and investigation on all on-going works. Most of these investigations and research studies, designs etc. will have to be out sourced. An annual figure of Taka 150 lacs is included in the recurring costs for this purpose. As not all equipment will be purchased or replaced immediately the capital cost has been annualised depending on the average life of the various items of equipment. In order to equip the 6 new field laboratories an additional initial capital expenditure of 100 lacs will be required in the first year.
On this basis the annual recurring cost for the Circle is Taka 210.48 lacs and the capital cost on an annualised basis is Taka 86.85 lacs. A total cost of Taka 297.33 lacs per annum.
The BRRL Circle requires resources for Head Quarter and field laboratories to enable the Circle to undertake necessary surveys, investigations etc.