SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) has won India’s first National Concrete Canoe competition in association with the Indian Concrete Institute held at IIT Madras. IIT Madras conceptualized the competition in resemblance with the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition in USA.
The competition was a unique opportunity for the students of Civil, Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Adithya Eswaran and Vishruth Krishnan, along with 12 other students of department of Civil Engineering conceived the idea under the guidance of Assistant Professor, Mr. S. Pradeep.
The team systematically worked for the development of canoe design. The first challenge was to come up with the proper concrete mix. This was done by the mix design team (Adithya Eswaran, Vishruth Krishnan, Shriya Kumari, Jinesh R Sanghvi, Sayana Sherif, Siddhart Satish & Namrata Solanki). The structural design team (Sai Sabarish M, Abrar Bashir Malla, Muhammad Essa Abu Bakar) took charge of the stability analysis. Around 150 structural concepts were revised for this. Peerzada Abdul Basit, student of M.Tech, Structural Engineering also helped the team for the race. Over 20 mix designs were experimented and tested to get the final concrete mix. The canoe was cast on July 12, 2015 in six hours.
Total 35 teams from six states had registered for the competition. 19 canoes were descended upon the third round in IIT Madras including IIT Bombay, NIT Trichy, VIT Vellore, SRM Easwari Engineering College and SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur. SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) rower team, Abrar Bashir Malla and Muhammad Essa Abu Bakar set a record of 52 seconds (Boy-Boy) to complete 50m in Concrete Canoe Racing. 10 teams were qualified for the final race including RMK College of Engineering (Two teams), Amrita College of Engineering (two teams) Coimbatore, Prathyusha College of Engineering, Poornima Group of Institutions ,Jaipur, NIRMA University, Ahmadabad, SRM Easwari College of Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) Kattankulathur, and IIT Bombay.
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) team had the fastest lap in 32 seconds (Boy-Boy). In the boy-girl race SRM had another record of 42 seconds by rowers Muhammad Essa Abu Bakar & Sayana Sherif. The girl-girl race of the SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) team at the competition finished with 60 seconds by the rowers; Shriya Kumari & Sayana Sherif.
The competition allotted 30% of the points to canoe racing and 70% was given to technical aspects such as report submissions, poster presentation, adequate design, research and aesthetic beauty of the canoe. Based on the overall points SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) stood ahead of the other institutions.
The students of Final year M.Tech Construction Engineering and Management visited the Olympia Opaline, Residential Building in Navalur, Chennai. They were accompanied by Mr.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant and Mr.Vengadesh Subramanian, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering. The construction is being carried out by L&T Constructions. The total built up area of the project is 1.07 Million sq.m. The students were able to gain knowledge on construction of foundation, stitch slab, formwork, shuttering and also had more focus on the latest materials being used for the construction. They also visited the cement batching plant and the quality control laboratory located in the same site.
The inaugural function of the SRM Society of Civil Engineers for the new academic year of 2014-15 was held on the 8th of August 2014. The function was presided by esteemed Vice Chancellor Dr. T.P Ganesan, Honourable Head of Department, Civil Engineering Dr.R.Annadurai and Chief Guest Shri S Dhanabalan. The inaugural was initiated with a welcome address by Karthik Ganesh and Varsha Chitray, Secretary, SRM Society of Civil Engineers, and was followed by lighting of the lamp. Dr. T.P Ganesan gave his presidential address which was followed by introduction to chief guest by Dr.R.Annadurai. The Chief guest went on to present his explanation and current understanding on fly ash cement through a detailed and informative presentation. Extract from the presentation includes the current scenario of fly ash in India as well as the need and importance of the wonder material. The presentation also talked about the cons of using fly ash in cement and how porosity can weaken the binding material due to Pozzolanic reactions. It was followed by presentation of the memento to the chief guest by our esteemed vice chancellor Dr. T.P Ganesan. The first function of the SRM Society of Civil Engineers for the new academic year came to a close with a vote of thanks by student secretary Sovik Maitra who expressed his sincere gratitude to the chief guest.
The SRM-ICI Student’s Chapter conducted an Awareness Workshop on “Phase–Out of CFCS in Manufacturuing of Metered Dose Inhalers”, 19th August, 2014. The inaugural ceremony was began with invocation followed by lighting of “KuthuVilakku”(Lamp) by the dignitaries. The welcome note was addressed by Dr.Ch.Sathish Kumar, Dean, School of Public Health, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The inaugural address was delivered by Mr.Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Co-ordinator, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ROAP, Bangkok and Mr. Balaji Natarajan, Technical Specialist, UNDP, Bankok. The key note address was given by Dr. A. Duraisamy, Director, Ozone Cell, MoEFCC, New Delhi. The speakers were honoured with shawl and memento by Dr.T.P.Ganesan, Vice Chancellor i/c, Dr.R.Annadurai, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering and Dr.Ch.Sathish Kumar, Dean, School of Public Health, of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) respectively as a host for this workshop. The inaugural was followed by presentations by distinguished personalities. The first presentation was on ‘Implementation of Montreal Protocol in India’ by Mr.S.V.Subbarao, Ozone Cell, New Delhi, followed by a presentation on ‘National Strategy for transition to Non-CFC MDIs in India’ by Mr.Balaji Natrajan, Technical Specialist, UNDP, Bankok and Inhalation therapy for asthma, ‘COPD patients’ by Dr.Raj B Singh, Managing Trustee, Chest Foundation of India, Chennai, ‘Importance of Awarness and Information outreach for the phase out of CFCs in MDI’ by Mr.Atul Bagai Senior Regional Co-ordinator, United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), ROAP, Bangkok, ‘Challenges and lessons learnt from phase out of CFCs in MDI manufacturing sector’ by Prof.R.S.Agarwal, Ozone Cell, New Delhi. The session ended with a note from Dr.Rajan Patil, School of Public Health, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). After lunch, the workshop continued with presentations from industrial sectors viz., Cipla Pharmaceuticals, Sun Pharmaceuticals and MIDAS Care Limited. The end note for this session was delivered by Dr.V.Chitra, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University).
Visit to Overbridge Construction Site, 3rd September, 2014
The students of III year B.Tech Civil Engineering were taken on a site visit on 3rd September, 2014 to Guduvancheri where an overbridge construction was in process. The students were exposed to the process of laying of piles and tremme concreting method. The visit helped students to understand the process of bridge construction and also visualize the method of concreting.
A site visit was arranged on 10th September, 2014 for the students of IV year B.Tech Civil Engineering to a site at Guduvanchery, where launching of bridge girder was in progress. The students were able to gain practical exposure to the launching of girder, alignment and concreting. They were also explained about the safety measures undertaken in the site. The specifications were also explained to them and this gave them wide knowledge about bridge construction and launching of girders.
A two day national workshop on Recent Advances in Satellite Image Processing and Applications (RASIP-2014) was successfully organized by the SRM-ICI Students’ Chapter on 15th and 16th September 2014. The program was presided by Dr. T.P. Ganesan, honorable Vice-Chancellor (i/c) & Pro Vice-Chancellor (P&D), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) and inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Guest Dr.SM. Ramasamy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural Institute Deemed University, Dindugul. Eminent speakers, Dr.C.J. Kumanan, Former Director, Centre for Remote Sensing, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Dr.K.Vani, Associate Professor, Anna university, Chennai and Dr.V.S. Jeykanthan, Scientist E, National Institute of Hydrology, Kakinada enlightened the participants through their excellent presentations and sharing of their valuable thoughts and deep knowledge through discussion in their respective topics related to Satellite Image Processing such as ‘Basics and Importance of Digital Image Processing and its Application In Various Domains’, ‘Recent Advances in Satellite Image Processing and ‘Terrestrial and Planetary Applications of Satellite Image Processing’. The program was followed by a hands-on training to the students on the image processing software such as ENVI & ERDAS. This workshop has laid the foundation to the new frontier of digital image processing and encouraged all the participants to go ahead with a lot of interest in the field of satellite image processing.
The students of III year B.Tech Civil Engineering visited the Engineering Workshop, Arakkonam on 22nd September, 2014. Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant and Mr.A.Arunkumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) accompanied the students. The students were explained about the periodical and intermediate overhauling of coaches, periodical maintenance of passenger and goods rakes, manufactures of wagons, rehabilitation, etc., they also learnt about the training given to staffs and also the process of ISO. In addition to this, they also learnt about the process of shaping of rails and the different machines used for this. This visit gave them exposure to engineering division of railways and also the managerial aspects.
The SRM-ICI students’ chapter organized a seminar on ‘Climate Change and its Business Impact’ on 30th September, 2014. Two eminent personalities from the Gujarat Institute of Competitiveness (GIC), Mr.A.B.Raju and Mr.Himanshu discussed problems faced by workers due to climate change and how it sensationally affects the production status of the industry. They also discussed about the major and minor remedies to be taken to overcome these problems. Around 70 students attended the seminar and interacted with the chief guests. This seminar created awareness on climate change and the steps to be taken to overcome its adverse effects.
Around 50 students of III year B.Tech Civil Engineering visited the Arakkonam Railway Workshop on 15th of October, 2014. The students were accompanied by Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). This industrial visit helped the students to understand and visualize the manufacturing of different items such as fish plates, points and crossings, expansion joints, different types of girders, barrier gates, rail dolly, etc., They were also explained in detail about the manufacture of bridge girders, and the non-destructive testing of welded joints. This visit helped the students understand the role of engineers in the manufacture and testing of railway items.
37 students of M.Tech Structural Engineering went on a site visit to Tirunelveli Railway Junction where construction was in progress and also Sleeper Manufacturing Company, Madurai. The students were able to understand the construction of girders and composite bridge deck. They also visited a site in Senkottai where tunneling work was in progress. The processes involved in sleeper manufacturing such as fixing and tensioning of tendons, casting and curing and the recent technological advances in this field was explained in detail. Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) and Ms.Indira, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) accompanied the students.
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SRM Society of Civil Engineers along with ARK Technosolutions and Zephyr IIT Bombay, organized a Bridge Design Championship on 3rd and 4th February, 2015. 108 participants registered for the event from all over India. The participants were taught to design and fabricate a bridge from scratch. The event was convened by Dr.R.Annadurai, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering and coordinated by Mr.S.Pradeep and Mr.A.ArunKumar, Assistant Professors, Department of Civil Engineering.
A seminar on ‘Digital Earth’ was organized by the SRM Society of Civil Engineers in association with Sakura Geospatial Information Pvt.Ltd. India, in alliance with IDEAS-Chubu University, Japan on 18th of February, 2015 by Prof. Dr. Hiromichi Fukui, Professor and Dr.SCI, IDEAS( International Institute of Digital Earth Applied Sciences Research Centre), Chubu University, Japan. The students of Civil Engineering were addressed on GIS and were given an awareness on Geospatial Technologies, GIS solutions, all weather capability, remote reality field sensor and Survey Grade “ebee” flight for large-scale mapping. The seminar was of great interest to the students as they got an opportunity to learn the recent advancements in the field of GIS.
The SRM Society of Civil Engineers had organised a guest lecture on 24.2.2015 which was presided by Mr.Sathiyanarayanan, Regional Head- Bangalore & Chennai, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd.,revolving on an interesting and innovating topic “Fabrication of Pre-cast Building Elements and Construction of Housing Units”. The first year & second year students of M.Tech Construction Engineering Management along with the faculty members and office bearers attended the lecture. The lecture was inaugurated by Dr. P. Jagannathan (Educational consultant) with a warm welcome. The overall lecture gave the students to not only have a brief idea on the topic but also with practical exposure guidance on how precast technologies are adopted in day to day construction. Further it was preceded by questionnaire session were the doubts of the young minds and research guides are cleared out.Finally the session ended with an appreciation to the guest by Mr. Augustine Maniraj Pandian, (Professor) with a greeting. The experiences gained from this modern technology may surely benefit all the budding engineers throughout their progress in life.
The SRM Society of Civil Engineers organized a One Day National Level workshop on “Modernistic Management Practices in Construction Industry” (MMPCI – 2015) on 20th February 2015. The convener of the workshop was Dr.R.Annadurai, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, and
the Coordinators were Mr.L.Krishnaraj and Mr.K.S.Anandh, Assistant professor (O.G), Department of Civil Engineering. Around two hundred and fifty Members had attended the workshop including sponsors and participants from various institutes around India. The Presidential Address and the Proceedings were released by Dr.T.P.Ganesan, Vice Chancellor (i/c), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). Six lectures were delivered during the workshop, viz., “Modernistic Construction Management Practice -Working towards creating a balance between the project and the society with a whole of life approach” by Dr. HEMANTA DOLOI, Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia, “Building Information Modeling (BIM) & its benefits to AEC industry” by Mr. CHANDRASEKAR, Engineering Manager, Tekla India Private Limited., “Construction Technology and Methods of Planning” by ., “Use Of Lean Construction Processes and Modern Technology Enablers For Improving Construction Project Delivery” by Mr. KALYAN VAIDHIYANATHAN, CEO, Nadhi Information Technologies., “Recent trends in Safety in AEC Industry” by Mr. M. KAMARAJ, Head – Environmental Health & Safety, Buildings & Factories, L&T Constructions., and “Project Management and Leadership Opportunities” by Mr. Syed Nzir Razik, Vice President - Marketing, PMI Chennai Chapter. Modernistic Management Practices in Construction Industry sees the need to throw light on certain areas like Developments in Construction Management, Practical issues, Advanced Tools on BIM, Lean Construction Practices, Safety Management in Construction Industry, Construction Planning and Technology Concepts etc as the field of construction is ever changing and filled with complexities, uncertainties, challenges. Co The objective of this workshop was to enhance the theory of Construction Engineering and Management, both in construction industries and academia and to imply the need of proper planning, scheduling, controlling and monitoring of construction projects. It also focuses on the need to develop new tools and technologies in the field of construction. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Mr.V.R.Prasath Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering.
Around 50 students of M.Tech Construction Engineering and Management went on a site visit to the precast erection site at New Havens, Bangalore on 12th of March, 2015. They were accompanied by Dr.K.Gunasekaran, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant, Department of Civil Engineering, Ms.Mirunalini and Ms.Indhu, Assistant Professors, Department of Civil Engineering. The students were explained about the latest technologies and machineries used for precast erection by the Deputy General Manager, Mr. DebasisSarkar. The students learnt in detail about the working of cranes for precast construction, fixing of components, erection, grouting and bar bending. This was a great opportunity for the students to learn the latest techniques in the field of construction.
The students of M.Tech Construction Engineering and Management visited the KrishnaRajaSagar Dam in Mysore on 13th of March, 2015. They were accompanied by Dr.K.Gunasekaran, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant, Department of Civil Engineering, Ms.Mirunalini and Ms.Indhu, Assistant Professors, Department of Civil Engineering. The students learnt the structural and hydraulic details of the dam such as its length, height of spillway, number of gates, filling period and depletion period. They were also explained about the working of the hydroelectric power station and its components by the Technical In-Charge. The environmental aspects such as flora and fauna of the site were also explained to the students.
The valedictory function of SRM Society of Civil Engineers was conducted on 09th April 2015 at ESB seminar Hall of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). Dr. Kalyanaraman, Chairman, DST-Programme Advisory Committee, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Former Professor IIT Madras) was the chief guest. The valedictory function started with a welcome address by Mr.Sovik Maitra, Secretary, SRMSCE. This was followed by the Annual report for 2014-15 by Mr.Sridhar, Joint Secretary, SRMSCE. Dr. R.Annadurai, Professor & Head, Department introduced the chief guest to the gathering.
The chief guest, Dr. Kalyanaraman delivered the valedictory address. He spoke about the differences between job, work and career. He gave the students a clear picture about the path to be chosen to chase their dreams. He also spoke about choosing the right job and to work with passion. The valedictory address boosted the confidence of the students and motivated them to face the future with confidence.
This was followed by the distribution of the awards for the students who had secured 100% attendance during the academic year 2014-15, the best student of the year and the office bearers of the SRMSCE. The valedictory function came to an end with a vote of thanks by Ms.Radhika Babu George, Additional Secretary, SRMSCE