Experience

Sanmukh Bawa is a Glass enthusiast and has been on a constant journey of learning and growth within the industry. He currently holds a position of Technical Director at G-Smatt Europe since his joining in 2017 with his extensive technical background in structural glass and future of glass technologies. He has been involved in the exercise to place G-Smatt media glass on the market primarily in Europe and USA. Prior to this he worked with Eckersley O’Callaghan as a structural glass and façade engineer. Primarily responsible for the facade design and structural design of complex glass structures including the Apple HQ in Cupertino and numerous Apple flagship retails stores worldwide, Sanmukh also sits on the British Standards Institute(BSI) technical committee to guide through existing published standards and providing this thoughts to be captured in forthcoming glass standards to embrace developing technologies. During his work, he had increasingly been involved as a Quality and technical adviser for projects with complex glass processing and extensive testing requirements, especially where the glass was fabricated in South East Asia and various part of Europe. Having a glass processing family run business makes him more astute in dealing with material properties of glass fabrication, applications and the anticipated challenges through the journey with his knowledge of complex building department requirements in different cities around world.

Scope and services

Publications

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Improvements and Limitations in Fabrication of Structural Glass

Conference name:    Engineered Transparency – Glasstec 2016
Conference location:    Dusseldorf, Germany

Abstract

Applications for structural glass are more affordable and popular amongst architects and developers seeking to distinguish their projects from their competitors than ever before. Structural engineers are asked to work on inspirational schemes where engineering knowledge, fabrication techniques and installation conventions are challenged. Engineers writing specifications for structural glass components tend to, in good will, over define tolerances or pre stress, in the belief that such actions will provide them with extra security against their own uncertainties arising from the structural design. Paper discusses our findings taken from factory site inspections and audits gathered over past few years. This paper will introduce and discuss in detail the various typical glass component defects including, dimensional tolerances, interlayer overflow or delamination, scratches, blemishes and non-uniform glass pre stress from quenching. This paper highlights the possible implications of the above defects in the reliability and durability of glass components and subsequently the structural design implications.

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Performance of structural glass during fire , 2014

Conference name:   Challenging Glass 4
Conference location:    Lausanne, Switzerland 

Abstract

Glass has become an important ingredient in today’s architecture with the wants of making buildings increasingly transparent. It is critical that the effect of fire on the glass structure is understood. Now, since glass is often used as a structural element, the resistance to fire load is imperative. This paper will highlight current industry standards for fire resistant glazing and the range of products and systems available. Current products available in the mar-ket are reviewed and possible modifications to increase transparency of the system are attained. Glass performance for various fire resistance classes are discussed in detail and the potential for using FEA to investigate glass performance during fire load done by comparing analytical and numerical results for the fire test of a simple glass component.

Memberships

Qualification:

B. Eng. (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering from Coventry University, UK.

 

  • Technical member at British Standards Institute (BSI)
  • Member of Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Affiliate Member at Society of Facade Engineers
  • Affiliate Member at CIBSE
  • Affiliate Member at Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors