About the Author

Narasinga Rao Prabhakar is a Structural Consultant practising from Vasai (E),Thane District, Maharashtra, India, offering design consultancy services in the field of  high-rise, industrial and power plant structures, since June 1993. A civil engineering graduate from the University of Mysore, he is a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK), and a Member of the Institution of Engineers (India). He is Life Member of the Indian Concrete Institute, the Indian Society for Wind Engineering and Mumbai Chapter of Indian Geo-technical Society.


He has over 50 years' professional experience in the design of wide range of structures in reinforced concrete (RC) and structural steel, of which 13 years were in UK.  He was employed in India with M/S C.R. Narayana Rao, Dept. of Atomic Energy, ECC (L&T), and Gammon India Limited, and in UK with Tileman & Co., Sir Frederick Snow and Partners, John Whittaker and Associates and Seltrust Engineering Limited.

Notable among the structures he was involved in design are, over 50 nos. chimneys in the height ranging  from 30m to 275m in  India and abroad, several hyperbolic natural draught cooling towers in India, including a 141m high tower at Panipat, several induced draught cooling towers in India in RC and timber, 4 nos. parabolic shaped horizontal silos for storage of fertiliser, sulphur and food grains in RC/prestressed concrete 42m span, 21m high and 500m long at Nhava Sheva Port, complete civil and structural works of 45MW capacity DG based Power Plant at Sanghi Cements, Kutch, 120m high steel-cum-RC TV tower at Kohima,  65m high RC prilling tower at Kanpur, 50m high 2.185 lakh litre capacity water reservoir at Andheri Sports Complex, 35 million litre capacity water reservoir at Wadkal, cement plant structures in UK and New Zealand, structures for copper refining complex in USA, aluminium smelter project in Dubai, coal preparation plant and a concentrate dryer plant of copper mines in Zambia, multi-storeyed office blocks and a cark park in UK, aluminum curtain-wall glazing in India

Mr. Prabhakar has developed several software for computer-aided analysis and design, including Spreadsheets for RC Design. He has authored over 25 technical papers on high-rise and industrial structures, published in national and international journals and seminars. He has served as a committee member for several Indian Codes. He reviews technical papers and books for the Indian Concrete Journal, besides he had drawn cartoons regularly for the same journal.



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