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Jitu Mahapatra

Jitu Mahapatra

I am a 1981 electrical engineering graduate from REC (Now NIT) Rourkela. Worked at NTPC project sites for 19 years. Those were the fun filled learning years. My NTPC years were like an extension of my hobby. Jumped out of the comfort of NTPC project life and joined Bechtel to test my own abilities as a commissioning engineer. Went round the world, worked with people of different countries, traveled around and became a photographer, learned to survive on my own strengths under hostile and challenging conditions. Worked for some time in engineering which gave me 360 degree perspective of the EPC process. In 2012, I came back to an Indian company and led it through engineering, commissioning and now operation. I read, I have started writing and I keep narrating things that I learned the tough way, so that younger folks may find it interesting. I stay at Gurgaon and plan to devote the rest of my career on some startup activities.


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24 wires !

Published in Technology

Many times in life, a journey becomes more enjoyable and interesting than the destination. Often we forgot tasks we completed and the achievements that came along, but we always remember the the manner in which it was done, the people who were with us, and the unique situation that we were in.

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How a problem got resolved when the the problem statement was changed. Featured

100 milliseconds, 22 years

Published in On the Job

In March 1994, the the commissioning of the first unit of Talcher Super Thermal Power Project got underway. Commissioning of power plants is rather a complex, and lengthy procedure. But this story belongs to the beginning of this complex process, where the water system of the plant gets ready leading to hydro test of the boiler. The technical name of the water system is "de-mineralization system" or DM system in short. DM plant is that building of a power plant where water from local source is purified so that it becomes suitable for use in the boiler.

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Kabooters on the cantilever

Published in Pearls of Wisdom

I have an old friend who is a civil engineer with a brilliant sense of humor. He told me this story about how an excellent example can cut across cultural, bureaucratic, hierarchical and personal barriers to convince something to someone. First I will try to give you a little feel of the background of how large projects get built, so that you can understand the simple but powerful essence of the story.

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The 50mm perspective

Published in Pearls of Wisdom

I worked with a project manager who loved skydiving and photography. He was a mechanical engineer, but one of the best Project Manager of our company. While walking around the plant one day, I asked him “What is the most important thing that he does to stay focused on the management and progress of the project?”

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