Pankaj Saharia is an experience engineer who lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He has worked on several projects throughout the United States and the world. He worked with the Transatlantic Program Center (TAC) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and received high accolades for outstanding contribution to the Overhead Coverage System in Iraq. This was an important structure that helped the United States.
An Overhead Coverage System is a structure that provides protection to buildings and facilities in Iraq. These structures were located in hostile areas, and needed to be protected from missile and rocket attacks. The goals were to develop a structure that would prevent the facility from being seriously damaged during an attack.
This project was the first of its kind and utilized the expertise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research and development center and the USACE protection design center. Their goal was to retrofit existing building and facilities without impacting operations. This project has several technical and logistical challenges such as completing the project quacking in a remote and hostile location that had extreme weather conditions, a shortage of labor, the need to keep all facilities operational, the absence of building documentations, and the need to accommodate difficult soil conditions.
Several engineers were called on to tackle this challenge. The Overhead Coverage System project was completed and have performed as designed. Pankaj Saharia Shrewsbury was one of the engineers who took on this project, he helped design these systems and protect facilities in Iraq.