Third Rock Consultants Private Limited is a Professional Engineering and Planning company.
We provide Turnkey Solutions in the fields of Infrastructure and Land Development. Our areas of expertise include Urban Infrastructure, Highway Engineering, Urban Planning / Urban Planners / Urban Traffic Engineering / Transportation Planning, Land Development Engineering and Turnkey Solutions. Based out of Hyderabad, Telangana, India, we are providing services throughout India, and selected projects internationally. Some of the major cities where we worked include Hyderabad / Secunderabad, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Chennai, Trichy, Pune, Tirumala / Thirupathi, Guntur, Ananthapuram (Ananthapur), Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor, etc. Strategically we focus on cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Vijayawada, Amaravati (the proposed Capital of Andhra Pradesh), Nellore, etc. Geographically we have worked on projects all across India including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, north-eastern states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, etc.
From a humble beginning, today we are one of the reputed consulting companies in Hyderabad and have achieved 100% client appreciation in all the projects we handled, several times exceeding expectations. We work with several leading organizations in both private and public sectors. We have worked on projects of significance that are recognized widely including Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC), Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, Malls & Multiplex, Commercial Buildings, etc. Some of our clients include National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways Wing under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL) / Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), L & T Metro Rail for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project (HMRL), Andhra Pradesh Road Development Corporation (APRDC), Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA), World Bank, Nagarjuna Constructions (NCC), Raheja Coporation, Microsoft, Major Contractors, etc. We are empanelled by NHAI New Delhi as Road Safety Audit Consultants, and MoRTH Empanelled Consultants.
We are committed to High Quality Work and Timely Response. Our quality benchmark is based on international standards with an eye for micro detailing. No project is too small and every Client is important!
Our technical knowhow is unparalleled in the industry, drawing our strength from international experience, keen sense of observation and logical thinking. We have a rich library of international codes, books, reference manuals, latest software and publications. We are actively involved in several organizations, both locally and internationally, (such as Indian Roads Congress, Institute of Urban Transport, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) USA, etc.) to stay ahead of the latest technology and research. We are constantly invited by several organizations and institutes as Experts to speak at their Technical Events including the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), Hyderabad, Institution of Engineers (India) Andhra Pradesh State Center, etc. on various topics such as Road Safety Audit, Road Safety Engineering, Road Accident Investigation, Road Accidents Prevention, Highway Engineering, Pavement Markings & Signages, etc.
Our Specialty: There are many consultants in the market that can provide Traditional Engineering such as Surveying, Highway Designs, Layout Planning, Utilities Design, Cost Estimates, etc. However, very few of them are qualified in providing a "Tailored Solution" that meets the demand of the site and the client's requirements. We pride ourselves in providing such extraordinary solutions with advanced understanding of the business cycle, cost effectiveness, time efficiency and with a pinch of personal touch. We had prepared Project Evaluation Reports for several projects with projections into the future and each such prediction came true. We earned our respect through such time tested measures. We are experts in providing such specialized services such as Value Engineering, Project Management, Project Evaluation, and higher-level engineering and planning services. Our other services include Pre-Bid Engineering Consultancy, Highway Designs, Post Bid Detailed Design, Road Safety, Proof Checking, etc. in the field of Engineering for Roads, Highways, Bridges, Culverts, Traffic Studies, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Development Studies, Urban Design, Urban Traffic Engineering Studies, Urban Planners, etc.
Experience in Urban Planning and Engineering. Our experience in Urban Planning includes roads, water, sanitary sewer and storm water facilities. We have worked on projects involving regional planning such as the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road including Travel Demand Modeling which considered several factors such as urban population trends, master planning, land use planning, zoning, economic development, urban bodies and boundaries, neighborhood connectivity, impact of local habitats, etc. In several projects we have been termed as Urban Theorists due to our vast knowledge and applications. Whenever we design a project we work on integrated planning / strategic planning considering the various elements that would make the project sustainable. As the trend for Smart Cities / Urban Informatics / rural planning develop, we are developing further regularly in this area through extensive research / training and knowledge update.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently Empaneled by Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), as Engineer / Consultants for Highways Bridges and Tunnel Projects on National Highways and Other Centrally Sponsored Schemes under the following:
CATEGORY I (A) Feasibility study and Detailed project preparation for highway projects up to 50 km length consisting of RCC/PSC superstructure bridges up to 60m length.
CATEGORY I (B) Feasibility study and Detailed project preparation for all type of highway projects consisting of all types of bridges/grade separators except bridges with innovative design such as cable stayed, suspension bridge, etc.
We are pleased to announce that we have been Empaneled as Road Safety Consultants for all Highway Projects under NHAI. This includes Road Safety Audit for all projects under BOT / EPC / OMT / Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM).
Mar 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Road Safety Consultants for Canacona Bypass, Goa. Road Safety Audit / Engineer for the proposed road, bridges, flyovers, etc. would be conducted.
Mar 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Road Safety Consultants for Vizag Port Road. Road Safety Audit for the proposed road, bridges, flyovers, etc. would be conducted.
Apr 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic Analysis & Parking Design consultants for Raheja Mindspace Campus at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Analysis, Parking Review, etc. would be conducted.
May 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic & Parking Analysis consultants for Microsoft Campus at Gachibowli. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Analysis, Parking Review, etc. would be conducted.
June 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic Engineer & Parking Design consultants for Raidurgam Mall & Multiplex at Madhapur, Hyderabad, by L & T. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Analysis, Parking Review, etc. would be conducted.
June 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic Engineer & Parking Analysis consultants for Rasulpura Mall & Multiplex at Begumpet, Hyderabad, by L & T. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Engineer, Parking Analyze etc. would be conducted.
July 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Road Safety Consultants for Arunachal Pradesh Kanubari to Longding section of NH-52B (New NH-215). Road Safety Audit for the proposed road, bridges, flyovers, etc. would be conducted.
Aug 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic & Parking Design consultants for Embassy Splendid Tech Zone at Chennai. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Planning, Parking Study, etc. would be conducted.
Aug 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Highway Design Consultants for Purvanchal Expressway, Lucknow by NCC Ltd . The work includes Expressway Design, Service roads design, BOQ, etc.
Sep 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic & Parking Design consultants for Phoenix SEZ at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Analysis, Parking Review, etc. would be conducted.
Sep 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Traffic & Parking Analysis consultants for SLN Terminus Building at Kondapur, Hyderabad. Campus Traffic circulation, Traffic Analysis, Parking Review, etc. would be conducted.
Oct 2016: We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as Consultants for Design of Entry Roads, Pedestrian Facilities and Entry Features for Warangal, by GWMC.
Oct 2016: We are pleased to announce that we are working with Engineering Staff College of India, Gachi Bowli, Hyderabad, as Advisors on the training programs "Road Accident Investigation" / "Crash Analysis", Sponsored by The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Road Transport Division), New Delhi, from October 2016. This subject is a very much needed subject in India, which would help in analyzing Road Vehicular / Pedestrian Accidents, identify the underlying causes, and take preventive measures. It is well known to everyone that Road Accidents are a major concern claiming thousands of lives across the world. This subject, though popular in developed countries, is yet to be formally developed in India. We are pleased to be associated in providing training in this subject for the past two years along with ESCI.
Review of Engineering Software
Several times we are asked questions by our Clients regarding the various Engineering Software in the industry. Due to the huge number of software, many persons are confused as to the capabilities of Software and appropriate situation where such software can be used. It is not possible to discuss all available software. However, we will review as many software as possible. Disclaimer: The views expressed here are meant to be informative, and not necessarily to support or disapprove any software. Each Software is unique and may be required for different occasions, yet, each software has certain limitations, for which certain reasonable assumptions / workaround have to be made, which is acceptable by the industry. The views expressed here are limited to utilizing these software specifically for the various services that we perform.
MxRoad is a Road Design Software. It is primarily used for design of Highways and is capable of creating Horizontal & Vertical Alignments and Cross-Sections. It is very dynamic in nature and can help the designer visualize the changes in 3D format. When a design element is changed, all its corresponding drawings will also change dynamically. The output from the MxRoad is usually taken into AutoCAD software and then prepared for printing which also requires adding other relevant information to the drawing.
AutoCAD software is a primarily drawing tool. This software has additional packages such as AutoCAD Civil 3D which are design software. However, basic AutoCAD is primarily a drawing tool and cannot be used for design. Compared to most other software, AutoCAD has been found to be a powerful tool for drawings.
Land Development Engineering
Many people are unaware of "Land Development Engineering" in India. In most cases, Land Surveyors provide a "drawing" that shows the proposed plots. In some cases, Architects provide such Plotting drawings. The remaining infrastructure such as Roads, Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Water, Street Lighting, Electrical Supply, Communication Cables, Landscaping, Hardscaping, etc., are addressed on a Ad_hoc basis. Very few Developers engage Professional Engineers do provide such designs. In some cases, some of the Professional Engineers have "disappointed" the Developers due to their lack of knowledge or lack of commitment. All this has led to non-professionals and contractors working on providing such infrastructure for layouts / gated communities or large scale development. Land Development Engineering is a well-developed Engineering subject that is widely practiced in developed countries such as USA. Due to our background and experience in USA including developments of more than 1000 acers, we were able to provide such services in India, and have assisted a few developers in successfully preparing and constructing the Land Infrastructure in a Professional manner, which resulted in savings of time, material and costs.
Traffic Impact Study / Traffic Impact Analysis / Traffic Impact Assessment
Traffic Impact Study is a new subject to India. Several Professionals, Professors and Government officials are unaware of the subject. Most of them get confused by Traffic Study and Traffic Impact Study. Traffic Impact Study is conducted exclusively for Proposed Developments, primarily to see if the proposed development can be approved or not. Whenever a development occurs (i.e., new buildings are built or existing buildings are expanded), they add traffic to the surrounding road network. This traffic is considered as "new" traffic and will have a negative impact on the surrounding road network. Even one extra car has a negative impact, but such a small impact is considered De-Minimis (i.e., minimal impact) and is ignored. A Traffic Impact Study will help in identifying significant traffic, their impact on the surrounding road network, and in case of significant negative impact, the potential solutions to mitigate such impact. Unfortunately most cities (and to the best of our knowledge, no city) has any Standards or Guidelines or Codes for conducting a Traffic Impact Study. We have handled more than 100 such projects in USA, and have wide experience in the subject. Utilizing our international experience, we have handled several projects in India and have conducted Traffic Impact Study for several clients successfully and so far have achieved approval for all the projects we have undertaken. It may not be out of place if we call ourselves pioneers in this subject at least within our Geographic region. Very few urban planners can boast of such credit.
Road Safety Audit
Road Safety Audit has become an important Engineering Tool to make roads safer and save lives. This subject is misunderstood by many to be a different discipline. Road Safety is involved in all aspects of a road design such as Geometric Design of Roads, Pavement Markings & Signages, Road Furniture, Road Capacity Analysis, Pedestrian Facilities Design, Traffic Signal Timing, etc. Understanding each of these subjects and their context is the key in providing proper roads, which can in turn be termed as Safe Roads. Engineering alone cannot achieve Road Safety. Education of Road Users, Enforcement of the Road rules, and proper Trauma Care centers along with good Engineered roads will ensure proper road safety. The intent to achieve "Zero Fatalities due to Road Accidents" is known as "Vision Zero" which is fast picking up. For most cases, only one solution is proposed by many Engineers as the only solution for road safety. Such cases of having only one solution is mostly wrong. Most cases involve short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions. It is with that intent that road engineering solutions should be provided. We provide the best possible solutions based on the requirements of the road and the available financial resources, yet at the same time, propose solutions that are the best which sometimes require huge amounts of funds, which can be planned in the future. As Empaneled Road Safety Auditors, we hope to make a difference.
Engineering is about balancing Efficiency and Safety. In a theoretical sense with unlimited funds, a Safest Road, would result in lowest efficiency. However, as funds are limited, and efficiency is a key factor, to some extent Safety is sacrificed (i.e., balanced) to achieve the desired Efficiency. A new concept known as "Vison Zero" attempts at achieving zero fatalities due to road accidents. Though this sounds like a dream, it is a possibility and some countries have started achieving benefits in that they have started effectively reducing the number of fatal accidents. It may take another 20 years before the Vison Zero is achieved, but continued efforts would be required in this respect.
Intersections have the most conflicts on any roadway, and therefore are more susceptible for higher number of accidents, and also for affecting a road's capacity. A well designed intersection will provide a safe and efficient passage for all road users including vehicles and pedestrians. Many professionals provide standard solutions for such cases, without due consideration for the context. We deal with each intersection as a unique case, and provide a context sensitive solution that meets the needs of all road users. We have successfully designed several intersections, and in some cases provided short-term and long-term solutions. Our approach to an intersection design is comprehensive including activities such as Site visits for reconnaissance survey, traffic data collection, existing traffic signal timing collection, topographical survey with total station survey equipment, assessment of local needs, review of adjacent land uses, intersection analysis with various configuration, traffic signal timing plans, preparation of preliminary plans with various alternatives, assisting clients in choosing the best possible alternatives, preparation of detailed alignment drawings, pavement markings & signages plans, storm water improvement plans, road safety considerations, provision for pedestrian facilities, bus bays, etc., preparation of cross-sections, longitudinal sections, detailed bill of quantities, & cost estimates. The ultimate design should be in line with the Urban context and Urban Engineering. Urban planning shoulde be considered in the design of the intersections. We are qualified Urban Planners involved in several such projects
Highway Design has been in existence for a very long time. Yet, people still talk about the roads Romans built several hundreds of years ago. The question that arises is that are the roads being designed / built in the recent times not up to such standards? Do we not have the knowledge to design roads that can withstand the test of time? The answer is simple. We know what to do, but in most cases, we don't practice such high standards. Several excuses are made for the sub-standard work such as lack of funds, lack of time for proper design, land acquisition issues, etc. However, if one were to leave all such excuses aside, then proper roads can be developed through proper design and execution. A Highway Design requires a 3dimensional approach. A Highway designer should not design the horizontal alignment separately, and then design the vertical alignment. It should be a comprehensive approach with an iterative approach which simultaneously designs the horizontal elements such as horizontal curves, vertical curves, sight distances such as stopping sight distance (SSD), overtaking sight distance (OSD), etc. (Incidentally, Indian Roads Congress (IRC) talks about Intermediate Sight Distance (ISD), of which we are not much supportive). Additional factors such as embankment heights, shoulder widths, clear zones, storm water drainage considerations, etc., will ensure a long lasting highway and will also ensure safety for the road users. Many professionals rely on software such as MxRoad alone. These type of software are very useful and very powerful, but they have to be utilized properly with due consideration for the design concepts. If a highway designer is not knowledgeable, then he would enter wrong input into such software which will in turn produce a wrong output. Therefore, one should understand the concepts of engineering design before utilizing any software.
Currently, the Government of India and various state governments are giving Highway Construction very high importance. In this scenario, a proper Highway Design will ensure cost benefits along with safer roads. Several of the professional codes being utilized in India for Highway Design are by Indian Roads Congress (IRC). Unfortunately, several of these codes are very old, some of them dating back to 1970 or 1980. Further, some of these codes are only Guidelines rather than Standards. In such a scenario, the Highway designs may not result in uniform designs, and some of the designs could result in individual choices rather than standardized and uniform design. Further, several loosely worded situations referring to international codes (which country code should be considered as an acceptable international code?) allow the use of such foreign designs, of which many Government officers are not fully aware of resulting in a situation wherein they are depended on consultants, rather than they themselves reviewing such drawings and designs. In spite of such several problems, the Highway Infrastructure is poised for a huge growth, and we hope to see a positive trend.
Techical Codes / Standards
We have developed several codes and standards for our inhouse working. They include Guidelines for Traffic Impact Study / Guidelines For Traffic Impact Assessment / Standards for Traffic Studies / Guide for Prepration of Traffic Impact Studies. Parking Design Standards / Parking Templates for Parking Garages, Ramps, Surface Parking, Stacked Parking, Bus / Truck Parking, etc. Highway Design Code including Road Safety / Proof Checking / Standards for Highways including High Speed Corridors, Low Volume Roads, Traffic Calming, etc.
Turnkey Solutions / Project Planning / Project Analysis / Due Diligence / Feasibility Analysis / Project Assessment / Financial Analysis / Project Management Consultants / Contract Development / Tender Management / Project Audit / Design Coordination / Project Scheduling / Construction Management / Resource Planning & Management / Cost & Time Management / Quality Control & Management / Safety & Risk Management / Documentation & Communication
Urban Planning and Design / Land Development Engineering / Civil Engineer / Water Supply & Treatment / Sanitary Sewer Systems / Storm Water Drainage / Detailed Engineering / Detailed Drawings / Land Development Services / Topographical Surveying / Land Surveying & Verification / Site Planning / Layout Design Infrastructure Design / Ancillary Services / Geotechnical Investigations / Electrical Engineering / Landscape Architecture / Irrigation Systems / Value Engineering / Traffic Engineer & Transportation Planning / Pedestrian / Bicycle Facilities / Traffic Engineering / Traffic Impact Study / Traffic Impact Analysis / Traffic Impact Assessment Consultant / Parking Design / Multi-Level Parking Garage / Travel Demand Modeling / Urban Planning / Urban Planner / Urban Traffic Studies / Urban Design / Urban Development / Transportation Planning / Comprehensive Planning / Traffic Simulation / Traffic Management / Way Finding Signs / Traffic Circulation / Incident Management
Highway Design Engineering / Geometric Design / Highway Design Consultancy / Pavement Design / Detailed Feasibility Reports (DFR) / Detailed Project Reports (DPR) / Pre-Bid Services / Road Safety / Road Safety Audits / Road Safety Analysis / Road Safety Black Spots Improvements / Safe Roads Design / Traffic Calming / Work Zone Safety / Pavement Markings & Signages / Ancillary Services /Traffic Data Collection / Intersection Turning Movement Counts / Axle Load Surveys / Benkelman Beam Deflection (BBD) / Pavement Condition Assessment / Origin Destination (OD) Studies / Videography Surveys / Road Inventory Surveys / Road Management Systems / Toll Revenue Estimations / Proof Check / Proof Checking for Highways / Bridges / Culverts