Five final year engineering students made a rolled out bridge for the pedestrians of Panaji, the students belong to the Don Bosco College of Engineering. Other than the bridge students of Don Bosco made there is only one bridge in the world. The other bridge is in London where it spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal, towards the head of Paddington Basin and was designed in the year 2004. The rolling bridge as the name suggests is a bridge which rolls out and provide a safe passage for pedestrians. The prototype that engineering students made is 4-metre-long and 0.6-metre-wide and consists of 8 triangular segments. The final version will be 12 metres long.
Following are the names of the engineering students who made the bridge under the guidance of professor Chetan Gaonkar:
- Kevin Thomas
- Alvan Fernandes
- Froylan Gracias
- Samson Ribeiro
- Mikhail Estibeiro
The students took a year to finish the bridge and came up with an eco-friendly technology for it to work on. The bridge in London works on electricity while the one Don Bosco students made works on pneumatic cylinders. It uses compressed air from its surrounding as a source of power.
One of the five students, Froylan said that they are very happy with their design so, they are planning to send the design to various competitions and they already got a patent for the design.