The Department of Civil Engineering has three major missions

  1. Excellence in teaching and research
  2. Relevance to industry and society
  3. Contribution to sustainable development.

To carry forward this mission and bring synergy in its activities, the department is organized into five major divisions

  • Building Technology and Construction Management (BTCM)
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (GT)
  • Structural Engineering (ST)
  • Transportation Engineering (TR)

These five divisions have well-equipped laboratories for teaching, research and development, in addition to industrial consultancy supported by various agencies and organizations. The academic programs of the department are among the best in the country and Asia. Many faculty members have received advanced degrees and training from reputed institutions and industries in India and abroad. Many of the alumni hold prestigious positions in leading academic institutions, industries and government organizations across the world.

In addition to the regular B.Tech program, the department offers a Dual Degree programme in which the students receive a B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering and an M.Tech degree in Infrastructural Civil Engineering. Post-graduate programs leading to M.Tech, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in all major areas of Civil Engineering. Further, the department offers a unique User Oriented Programme (UOP) leading to M.Tech in Construction Technology and Management, which is one of its kind in the country, for candidates sponsored by M/S L & T Engineering Construction Corporation.

Research Activities

The Civil Engineering faculty are actively involved in several multi-faceted R&D and consulting activities with high relevance to industry and society. Annually the faculty in the department undertake sponsored research projects worth over 100 lakhs Rupees and consultancy projects worth over 200 lakhs Rupees. Some of the on-going research topics in the department are listed below.

Building Technology & Construction Management

  • Concrete technology & high performance concrete
  • Corrosion & chemical attack on concrete
  • Light weight concrete
  • High performance masonry
  • Advanced methods of construction project management
  • Repair and restoration of monuments
  • Building physics, acoustics and noise control
  • Infrastructure management
  • Sustainable construction and development
  • Automation, Information, and communication technologies in urban infrastructure

Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

  • Water recycling and reuse, Rural water supply
  • Domestic and industrial wastewater treatment
  • Bioremediation, Environmental biotechnology, Arsenic removal
  • Indoor/Outdoor Air pollution monitoring and modelling
  • Ground water modelling, Contaminant transport in porous media
  • Environmental & water resource systems analysis & design
  • Irrigation water management, Integrated water quality modelling
  • Hydraulic modelling and Environmental hydraulics
  • Regionalisation of hydrologic information
  • Climate change, Flood and drought assessment
  • Hydro-informatics (GIS, remote sensing and hydrologic modelling)

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Geosynthetics and reinforced soil structures
  • Disposal and utilization of fly ash
  • Seismic site characterization and non-linear ground response analysis
  • Seismic microzonation and risk studies
  • Cyclic and dynamic lateral response of pile groups
  • Liquefaction mitigation by passive remediation techniques
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Stochastic FEM analysis of reinforced soil structures
  • Deep excavation and tunnelling
  • Reliability analysis of pile raft foundations

Structural Engineering

  • Reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  • Steel and steel-concrete composite structures
  • Bridge engineering
  • Structural and computational mechanics
  • Deterministic and probabilistic structural dynamics
  • Earthquake resistant design, retrofitting and testing
  • Fracture mechanics
  • FRP composite structures
  • Structural reliability and optimisation
  • Wind engineering

Transportation Engineering

  • Travel demand modeling and forecasting
  • Traffic simulation of heterogeneous traffic
  • Highway capacity and level-of-service (LoS) studies
  • Traffic flow modelling of Indian traffic
  • Analysis of uncontrolled and signalized intersections
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic congestion, accident and road safety analysis
  • Transit systems operation and fleet management
  • Transport network optimization
  • Flexible and rigid pavement design
  • Pavement maintenance management
  • Performance based evaluation of pavement materials
  • Constitutive modeling of bitumen bound granular materials
  • Characterization of straight-run and modified asphalt

Major Facilities for Research

The department has excellent laboratory and computing facilities to support frontier research in the diverse specializations of Civil Engineering. Some of the major equipments available in different specializations are listed below.

# Specialization Name of the Equipment
1. Building Technology & Construction Management 1000 KN capacity UTM, 4000 KN capacity compression testing machine, 4000 KN capacity full scale wall testing machine, equipment for non-destructive tests, accelerated corrosion test facility, noise and vibration measuring equipment.
2. Environment and Water Resources Engineering BOD and biological Incubators, COD reflex facility, microscope for biological observations, spectrometer, towing tank with digital data acquisition system, open channel flumes including tilting and wave flumes, laser doppler velocimeter, hydrology equipment set-up, sand box ground water model.
3. Geotechnical Engineering Servo controlled cyclic triaxial test apparatus, bender element device, shake table with a laminar box, 40 channel data acquisition system and software, cyclic and dynamic lateral load testing facility, one way cyclic triaxial apparatus, full range of laboratory equipments for testing various types of geosynthetics; large-scale test facility for determining the connection strength between facing panels and reinforcement elements. The geotechnical computer laboratory has several standard geotechnical analysis programs like FLAC 2-d and 3-d, TALREN, CRISP, PLAXIS, PLAXIS-Foundation, PLAXIS-TUNNEL, CESAR-LCPC.
4. Structural Engineering Strong floor and strong wall, loading frames, 6 MN, 6 m high column testing machine, 40 kN flexure testing machine, 40 kN universal testing machine, 2 MN compression testing machine, High frequency 400 kN pulsator and Low frequency pulsator, A suite for computer controlled actuators (250, 500 & 1000 kN), data acquisition system and transducers, relaxation testing facilities with temperature control, displacement-controlled universal testing setup for low load (1N to 150N) testing, image acquisition and processing equipments, digital oscilloscope and FFT analyzer, fluorescent and polarized light microscope.
5. Transportation Engineering Brookefield viscometer, gyratory compactor, repeated load test facility for bituminous mixes, wheel tracker; Pressure Aging Vessel; Corelok; pavement density gauge, Bump Integrator; MERLIN; Dynamic Cone Penetrometer; Marshall stability test equipment with digital display and graphic plotter, Modified Marshall test equipment with automatic compactor, bitumen extraction and processing equipment, autoscope for measurement of traffic flow characteristics, doppler radar speed meter, lux meter and sound level meter with graphic analyzer and plotter, video systems, vehicle emission testing units, image processing sensors such as Autoscope and Trazer, and global positioning systems.


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