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Thursday, May 23, 2024

COAS Bajwa inaugurates Pakistan’s first tunneling institute by FWO

Being the market leader in constructing tunnels in Pakistan, FWO thinks the state-of-art institute will play a key role in the future to train the tunnel engineers of the country.

Chief of Army Staff Bajwa inaugurated the Tunneling Institute of Pakistan (TIP) which is a special initiative by the Frontier Works Organization (FWO). The futuristic institute is the first of its kind in Pakistan.

The COAS visited the institute for the inauguration ceremony. Engineer in Chief (E-In-C) Lieutenant General Moazzam Ejaz and Director General Frontier Works Organization Major General Kamal Azfar received the COAS who was also given a tour of the institute.

Interestingly, TIP is the only sixth such facility in the world that has been completed and operationalized within the planned time frame of 10 months by FWO.

Located in Shakar Parian, Islamabad, TIP is aimed at promoting professional tunneling expertise including research and development and synergizing tunneling resources. TIP will provide a distinctive platform to encompass tunneling education through both tunneling academia and industry experts.

According to the official video released by FWO, the institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities including life-size tunnel models, an equipment display area, conference halls, and classrooms equipped with practical training.

Read more: FWO making steady progress on Diamer Bhasha Dam

“TIP is an initiative sponsored by FWO to promote tunneling technology in Pakistan and aims at establishing industry-academia linkages in the country besides establishing foreign collaborations for knowledge and experience sharing,” FWO said on Twitter.

“Being the market leader in constructing tunnels in Pakistan, FWO feels this institute will InshAllah play a key role in future to train the tunnel engineers of our country,” it further added.

FWO sustaining excellence

Ever since its inception in 1966, FWO has progressed to become one of Pakistan’s largest engineering and construction organizations. Given its specialization in all aspects of engineering, bridge construction, tunneling, and its ability to deliver in turbulent and unsafe areas, FWO has emerged as a national strategic organization.

Over the years, FWO has gone on to work on hundreds of diverse projects across the country, from KKH to the Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan. FWO’s achievements are visible everywhere across the country where they are working on a number of projects.

In addition to building a strong infrastructure for Pakistan, FWO also comes to the rescue when landslides-hit roads need clearing, for instance, blockades at the Jaglot Skardu Road and the Karakoram Highway.

Read more: FWO efforts in full-swing to clear Jaglot-Skardu road after landslides