Under its Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program and Livable Cities Investment Program, ADB financed the full rehabilitation and modernization of the Bridge Laboratory (Bridge Lab) at the Georgian Technical University.

Bridge Lab is Georgia’s leading learning center for future bridge and tunnel engineers. It’s crucial to the construction of high-quality infrastructure in the country. Since it was founded in the 1950s, the lab had never been renovated until ADB helped upgrade it.

As a result of the modernization, the capacity and quality of the center has been expanded. ADB also supported the capacity building of the center’s employees. The range of services has been broadened from research and examination of bridges and tunnels to all kinds of measuring works. The lab now carries out commercial projects with Georgia’s top developers and students are involved in the process.

The project was implemented by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia under the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.

Transcript

Tbilisi, Georgia

This is Georgia’s leading learning center for future bridge and tunnel engineers —

the Bridge Laboratory at the Georgian Technical University.
 

It’s crucial to the construction of high-quality infrastructure in the country.

Since it was founded in the 1950s, the lab had never been renovated until ADB helped upgrade it.

Now, it meets modern research requirements and labor market standards.

Tamaz Tsvariani
Director of the Bridge Laboratory
Georgian Technical University

“With the support of the Asian Development Bank, Georgian Technical University’s Bridge Laboratory has been rehabilitated and modernized.

As a result, we now have one of the most modern centers not only in Georgia, but in the Caucasus. Capacity of the center has been expanded. It takes ten times less to do the high-quality work than what was possible with the old equipment. We were also able to broaden the range of our services. Before the project, we could only do research and examination of bridges and tunnels. Now we are capable of any measuring work as well.”

Davit Tabidze
Director
Municipal Development Fund of Georgia

“The Municipal Development Fund of Georgia was given the opportunity to fully renovate the building in the first stage. In the second stage we procured modern technologies and equipment, and in the third stage the whole staff was re-trained to enable them to use 21st century equipment, train future engineers, and ensure maximum safety of bridges and tunnels.”

The lab now carries out commercial projects with Georgia’s top developers. Students are involved in the process.

Saba Jokhadze
Student
Georgian Technical University

“Lecturers gave me the opportunity to participate in the research and tests of bridges. I have also worked with the most sophisticated equipment which the Bridge Lab is equipped with.”

Lika Mchedlishvili
Graduate
Georgian Technical University

“I am very happy that the Bridge Lab involves students in practical work, because getting practical experience in the profession that you are aiming to go into is very important.”

The modernization of the Bridge Lab is one of several projects under ADB’s Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program and Livable Cities Investment Program.

Aside from upgrading infrastructure, ADB has also helped develop technical knowledge and skills in Georgia.

Shane Rosenthal, Country Director, Georgia Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank
 

“The Government is making a once-in-a-century investment, literally billions of dollars to make Georgia an effective transit country. Now to deliver on that, we need to support the kind of skills that ensure high-quality infrastructure, ensure safety, ensure that scarce public resources are spent well. What I like about this program at the Bridge Lab is that it combines education, development of these types of skills with the delivery of services that are needed now in the country.”

SHARE THIS PAGE