Students Activities 2013 - 2014

A Site Visit to on-going flyover construction at Guduvanchery, Chennai on July 16, 2013

On July 16, 2013, as a part of activities for the year 2013, even before the formal inception of the academic activities, the SRM Society of Civil Engineers - Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) Students Chapter Society of Civil Engineers successfully arranged a site visit to on-going flyover construction site at Guduvanchery, Chennai. The site was visited by a group of 9 students of Civil D, IV Year, School Of Civil engineering, SRM College of Engineering and Technology under the guidance of Mr P. Jaganathan. The Civil construction operations examined during the site visit included: Casting of pile foundation and boring techniques, piers in bridges, study of elastomeric bearing,  The process of box-jacking and the working of interlocking system in track signaling of railways was also examined.

 

 

 

Inaugural Function for the year 2013-2014 on July 26,  2013

On the virtuous day of July 26, 2013, the SRM Society of Civil Engineers - Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) Students Chapter - inaugurated and organized a guest lecture for this academic year 2013-2014. It begun with Mr. Siddhant Singh, Student secretary welcoming all the dignitaries and participants. Dr. R. Annadurai, President of the society gave a brief introduction about the Chief Guest. Dr. T. P. Ganesan, Pro Vice Chancellor (P&D) presented the presidential address on this august occasion. Chief Guest Shri. K. V. Rangaswami, Advisor to the Chairman, L&T inaugurated and delivered a special lecture on “Mechanization to Improve Productivity in Projects”. Mr. Mirza Abdul Basit Beigh, Student secretary proposed the vote of thanks.

 

 

 

Guest Lecture on “Various types of Concrete used in Construction” on July 26, 2013

One of our Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Member Mr. KRS Narayan, General Manager-Business Development, Polyester Sector, Reliance Industries Limited, Chennai visited our campus on July 26, 2013. A warm welcome was extended by Dr. R. Annaduari, Professor & Head and Dr P.T.Ravichandran, Professor. The CAB Member delivered a Guest Lecture on “Various types of Concrete used in Construction”. Around 405 students from final year B.Tech Civil & Civil Infrastructure Engg. and M.Tech Structural Engg. attended the lecture along with 20 staff members from Department of Civil Engineering. Effective interaction was made by the students with the Speaker. A detailed discussion was made by the CAB Member with our senior Professors in Structural Engineering Lab related to tie-up with the Reliance Industries Ltd. in concrete research.

 

A Site Visit to construction of Railway Bridge at Thozhupedu Railway line doubling work between Chengalpattu and Villupuram on July 30, 2013

Swiftly swinging into action after the formal inaugural function, the M.Tech Students of Construction Engineering and Management division went on a site visit on July 30, 2013 at Thozhupedu, Chengalpattu District where the construction of a bridge which is part of doubling the railway tract from Chengalpattu, Villupuram is in progress. The guiding faculty members included Mr.Jaganathan, Mr. KS Praveen and Ms. Indira. The structures examined and studied during the site visit were foundation, reinforcement detail formwork, abutment pier, trestle beam, the temporary rail shoring, casing and PSC girder.
 
  

  

  

Guest lecture on “Fundamentals of Concrete Technology” August 6, 2013

Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Managing Director, Hitech Concrete Solutions Chennai Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, one of our Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Member, visited the premises on 6th August 2013. A brief introduction was given by Dr.Annaduari, Professor & Head. He had a general discussion with Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director(E &T). The CAB Member delivered a Guest Lecture on “Fundamentals of Concrete Technology”. Around 360 students from final year B.Tech Civil Engineering & II Year M.Tech Structures & CEM attended the lecture along with 24 staff members from Department of Civil Engineering. Effective interaction made by the students with the Speaker. At the end of the guest lecture a detailed discussion was made by the CAB Member with Head of the Department & other staff members to build the relation between the organisation and the University in allowing the students for internship training & placements in future.

  

Guest lecture on “Career Opportunities & Challenges In Civil Engineering” on  August 6, 2013

One of our Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Member Dr. V. Ramachandra, Zonal Head (Tech) - South, Ultra Tech Cements Ltd., Bangalore on August 6, 2013. Dr. R. Annadurai, Professor & Head gave a brief introduction about the chief guest. The CAB Member delivered a Guest Lecture on “Career Opportunities & Challenges In Civil Engineering”. Final Year B.Tech Civil Engineering & I Year M.Tech Structures , CEM & Geotechnical Engineering students attended the lecture along with 12 staff members from Department of Civil Engineering. Effective interaction made by the students with the Speaker.

  

Site visit to “Composite Steel Girder Bridge Construction” at Urapakkam on August 8, 2013 and 12th August, 2013

Around 45 students got the opportunity to visit the ongoing “Composite Steel Girder Bridge Construction site” at Urapakkam on 8th August, 2013 and 60 students visited the site on 12th August, 2013. The students were accompanied by Mr.P.Jagannathan, Educational Consultant and Ms.K.Prathibaa, Assistant Professor. The students gained knowledge about the construction of bridges using steel girders, reinforcement, shear key and elastomeric bearing.

  

  

The Big bridge Theory, September 11 – 14 , 2013

The SRM-ICI Students chapter conducted a technical event “The Big Bridge Theory” as part of “AARUUSH’13”, a technical fest of the SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The participants of this event were expected to design and construct a cable-stayed or suspension bridge according to the problem statement. Materials for construction such as plywood, aluminium channels, nylon cables, etc., were provided. 64 teams from various colleges participated in the event. The first round was a technical quiz and the top 20 teams were selected for the next round. Round 2 was the design of bridges and the top 7 teams were selected for the construction of bridge. The ranking was done according to the load bearing capacity of the bridges. Dr.K.S.Satyanarayanan, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) judged the event. Mr.A.Vijay, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Mr.Balaji, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering were the event co-ordinators. The bridge designed by the winning team carried a load of 100kg and the second place was won by the team whose bridge carried 80kg.

    

    

   

 

PRAESENTATIO, September 11 - 14, 2013

The SRM-ICI Students chapter conducted a technical event “PRAESENTATIO” as part of “AARUUSH’13”, a technical fest of the SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The event included paper presentations from students of different colleges. The domains for the paper presentation were Green Buildings, Solid Waste Management and Modern Construction Techniques.
Prof.Augustine Maniraj Pandian, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Dr.P.T.Ravichandran, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering judged the presentation.

   

Industrial Visit to “L&T Bar Bending Plant, Pudupakkam” on September 27, 2013

SRM-ICI student’s chapter arranged the industrial visit to L&T bar bending plant at Pudupakkam village on 27.09.2013 where the different process of bar bending works are carrying out by L& T. Sixty students from the III year B.Tech Civil Engineering given chance to visit this industry. The Bar Bending Plant is a steel plant established by L&T in the major cities in India. This initiative helps the construction giant to accomplish all its construction projects very effectively in an efficient time period and reducing its wastage cost. The plant set up in Chennai is one such plant which works for all the on-going projects taken up by L&T in the city and nearby areas. The basic function is to provide the site with all the finished reinforcement steel, to the design, required in the construction. The machines used in the plant get the final design of the reinforcement using two main softwares viz., CADD-RC and ARIADI OPTIMIZATION software. The students were given exposure to the various techniques used such as straightening, curtailment, bar bending and bar coupling and the latest machineries such as the straightening & cutting machine, the bending machine, the cranking machine and the coupling machine. The industrial visit was very effective for the students as they were exposed to the different operations that are carried out during construction and also the techniques adopted to make the construction efficient in terms of time and cost involved.

 

  

One day workshop on Ground Improvement for Infrastructure Projects, November 26, 2013

SRM Society of Civil Engineers organized a one day workshop on ‘Ground Improvement for Infrastructure Projects (GIIP-2013), in association with ICI, ASCE, UltraTech and The Masterbuilder on 26th November 2013 in the New Seminar Hall, Main campus. This workshop was supported by 26 companies.

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for the academicians, researchers, professionals, government agencies and all those involved and interested to meet and discuss the latest developments and progress made in ground improvement techniques that are being used in geotechnical engineering projects the world over. Ground Improvement in a broad sense is the alternative of any property of soil and treatment of ground so that the soil may be made to serve better for engineering purposes. The ground improvement technique is a combination of physical and chemical methods to improve the strength, bearing capacity and stability and to decrease the permeability and compressibility. These techniques have become very popular for more than 40 years. The use of these techniques can never be over-emphasized as the worldwide development needs land reclamations and the utilisation of soft and weak soils.

The workshop was inaugurated by Er. S. Kanappan, Chief Guest, Head & Chief Executive, L&T, Geostructure. Presidential address was delivered by Dr. M. Ponnavaikko, Vice Chancellor, SRM University. The workshop was felicitated and proceedings were released by Dr. T. P. Ganesan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (P&D), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). Certificates were distributed by Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director (E&T), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The function was also graced with amazing lectures from Er. S. Kanappan on (Guest Lecture 1) Ground Improvement for Infrastructure Projects, Er. Minimol Korulla, VP, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions, New Delhi on (Guest Lecture 2) Ground Improvement for Flexible Reinforced Soil Structure, Er. Y. Hari Krishna, Director with Er.A.Madan Kumar, Tech Manager, Keller, on (Guest Lecture 3) Ground Engineering Techniques for Infrastructure Projects and a final lecture (Guest Lecture 4) Case Studies in Geotechnical Engineering by Dr. B. R. S. Murthy, Geotechnical Consultant, Bangalore. Around 210 participants from Highways Department, PWD, DRDA, private and public limited companies, Universities and colleges all over India, few research scholars from reputed institutions and also SRM-ICI students as well.

The Organising Committee was energetically bounded by Convener Dr. R. Annadurai, Head of the Department, Civil Engineering, Coordinators Dr. P. T. Ravichandran and Mr.P.R.Kannan Rajkumar and all other teaching and non-teaching staff members.

 

   

 

Guest Lecture on ‘Building a Foundation for Success with Building Information Modeling’ on January 21, 2014

A guest lecture was arranged for II Year B. Tech Civil Engineering students on “Building a Foundation for Success with Building Information Modeling (BIM) by Mrs. Ema, Autodesk

Certified Instructor (ACI) from KKM Soft Pvt. Ltd., Chennai. Around 320 students took part in the lecture and active interaction made by them with the speaker related to Training, International Certification and Placement assistance. Most of the students got benefited through the lecture and enrolled themselves for taking up the training programme in campus as well as in the centers.

Guest Lecture on ‘Solid Waste Management & Air Pollution Control’ on  January 24, 2014

A special guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Isaac Solomon Jebamani, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore on “Solid Waste Management & Air Pollution Control” on 24.01.2014. Prof. Augustine Maniraj Pandian welcomed the audience and introduced the speaker. Around 45 Students from M.Tech Environmental Engineering and M.Tech Remote Sensing & GIS and around 20 students from B.Tech Civil Engineering along with 20 staff members attended the guest lecture. The main focus was on Solid Waste & Air Emissions in the atmosphere. The speaker interacted with students and clarified the queries made by them and also suggested research work on this area both for PG students and Research Scholars.

Site Visit to Tata Consultancy Service Project, Chennai on February 3, 2014

The students of B.Tech Civil Engineering and M.Tech CEM visited the Tata Consultancy Service Project on OMR Road, Siruseri, Chennai on 3rd February, 2014. The main aim of this site visit is to expose the students to the construction of high rise buildings and structures. The project visit includes a signature tower which is under construction to fulfill the purpose of the client to observe the functioning of entire office situated inside the tech park campus. The structure also houses a meeting room, dinner room at top levels. The tower includes a working height of 94.125m and completing 4 RCC slabs that was embedded with heavy structural steel. The 94.124m level structural steel girder supports the column at top support. The structural steel girders of 1.5m and 1.6 m depth are embedded into the 2.6m thick RCC slab. Advanced non linear analysis using ATENA software was done to predict the behavior of connections, modes of failures and to estimate the loads factor. The students got the opportunity to personally visualize the construction of signature tower, passenger hoist arrangement, pre-stressed tendons, post tensioning works and climbing formwork. 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). The students also had a detailed discussion with the safety engineer Mr.Rajkumar, Construction Manager Mr.Velnarayanan and Planning Engineer Mr.Charles on site.

  

Demonstration of Benkleman Beam on February 5, 2014

The Benkelman Beam measures the static deflections and it is operated on the basis of lever arm principle. Measurement is made by placing the tip of the beam between the dual tyres and measuring the pavement surface rebound as the truck is moved away. This method was demonstrated for around 750 students from III year and IV year students of B.Tech Civil Engineering and I year students of M.Tech Geotechnical Engineering. Mr. K.Sekar , Divisional Engineer from the Highways Department carried out the demonstration as Dr.P.T.Ravichandran, Professor, Ms.Revathi A, Assistant Professor, Ms.Prathibaa.K, Assistant Professor, Mr.Vijay, Assistant Professor were present. The students interacted with the resource person and this helped them in gaining more knowledge in this field as they practically visualized the application of the Benkleman Beam on the field.

  

 

Demonstration to School Students on Remote Sensing and GIS on February 13, 2014

62 students from the JRK School of Vadapalani along with five teachers visited the Remote Sensing and GIS Lab and the Photogrammetry and Visual Lab of the Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) on 13th February, 2014. The students were divided into five groups and each group was assisted by one teacher and one faculty from the Department of Civil Engineering. The students were first given an introduction on remote sensing, Photogrammetry, GIS and GPS. Further, the students were shown different satellite images. The students were also exposed to Mirror Stereoscope and Aerial Photographs. The importance and use of GIS was explained to the students and the creation of database was demonstrated. The students interacted with the faculties and showed much interest in understanding the technologies, satellite images, GIS data creation and GPS.

  

 

Guest Lecture on “Groundwater Models and Their Role in the Assessment and Management of Groundwater Resources and Pollution” on February 21, 2014

A special guest lecture on “Groundwater Models and Their Role in the Assessment and Management of Groundwater Resources and Pollution” was delivered by Dr.M.Thangarajan, Former Director Grade, Groundwater Scientist & Head, Groundwater Modeling Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad and Founder President, AGGS. Around 500 students from II year and III year B.Tech Civil Engineering students attended the lecture. The speaker explained the students about modeling of groundwater, groundwater contours and the importance of modeling in assessment and management of groundwater resources. He also explained about how to assess the pollution levels of groundwater and the necessary measures to mitigate the effects. The lecture was followed by an interaction between the students and the speaker in which the students clarified their doubts on groundwater modeling, assessment and management.

  

 
Guest Lecture on “Asian Summer Monsoon Prediction Using Numerical Models” on February 25, 2014

A guest lecture on “Asian Summer Monsoon Prediction Using Numerical Models” was delivered to the I and II year M.tech Environmental and RS&GIS students on 25th February, 2014. Dr.D.Rajan, Scientist-E from National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India delivered the lecture. He explained about derivation of moisture profiles, utilization of space based observations for NWP studies and global satellite data collection. He also detailed about the NCMWRF data handling system, data reception at NCMRWF and assimilation of water vapour profile in GCM. The lecture was followed by an interaction between the students and the speaker.

  

Guest Lecture on Sea Water – Reverse Osmosis and Desalination on March 4, 2014

A special guest lecture was arranged on 4th March, 2014. Mr.D.Sudhakar, National Water Consultant, Vedanta delivered the lecture on ‘Sea Water – Reverse Osmosis and Desalination’. The lecture included briefing of different methods to overcome the critical water crisis faced during the summer season. Most importantly, the method of desalination was explained in detail to the students along with its importance and necessity in this country of growing population. The lecture was followed by an interaction session between the students and the chief guest.

  

  

   

Field visit to Water Treatment Plant, Kilpauk, Chennai on March 12, 2014

The first year M.Tech Environmental Engineering students went on a field visit to a water treatment plant at Kilpauk, Chennai on 12th March, 20 14. The students were accompanied by Mr.J.S.Sudarsan and Ms.V.D heepalakshumi, Assist ant Professors, Department of Civil Engineering. The water treatment plant spans over 66 acres of land and was built under British constituency (Madras Water Works) in the year 1914. The treatment plant was expanded and technologically updated in its further years. Students get to visualize various treatments for water treatment and they also interacted with the re source people in the treatment plant.

Site visit to ‘Reinforced Earthwall Construction’ on March 14, 2014

The I and II year students of M.Tech Geotechnical Engineering visited the ‘Reinforced Earthwall Construction’ site in Vandalur, on 14th March, 2014. The construction is carried out by Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The construction procedure was explained Mr.Reginald, Deputy Manager, Technical, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The students were accompanied by Dr.P.T.Ravichandran, Professor, Mrs.Mary Rebekah Sharmila, Ms.Janani, Mrs.Preethi, Mr.Moganraj, Assistant Professors, Department of Civil Engineering. The students gained wide knowledge about the advancements in the field of Geotechnical Engineering.

One Day National Workshop on Environmental Vigilance on Water and Energy Resources on March 22, 2014

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) celebrated the ‘World Water Day’ on March 22, 2014 by organizing a one day National Workshop on Environmental Vigilance on Water and Energy Resources (NEVWER-2014). The workshop was based on “Water and Energy Nexus”, the United Nations theme. The function started with a warm welcome address by Dr. R.Annadurai, Convenor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) followed by the lighting of the lamp. Dr.T.P. Ganesan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) released the Workshop Proceedings and delivered the Presidential Address on ‘Efficient Utilizations of Water and Energy Resources’. Introduction about the workshop was given by Mr.J.S.Sudarsan, Coordinator of the workshop, in which he highlighted the objectives and theme of the workshop. More than 200 participants including students, teachers, professors, researchers, practicing engineers and NGOs took part in this workshop.

The Chief Guest of the function was Dr. S. Gomathi Nayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology. He delivered his presentation on “Recent Trends in Wind Energy Technology and Focus on Non Conventional and Pollution Free Energy Resources“. The workshop included six guest lectures by eminent personalities from various private sectors and research institutes. The presentations were based on water treatment, waste water disposal, water quality management, desalination systems and pollution free water.

The first lecture was given by Mr.Muthukumar, Project Manager, Pollutech India Ltd on “Recent Trends in Water Treatment Technology” followed by Dr.K.Ramani from Department of Biotechnolgy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) on “Technological Needs for the Disposal of Industrial Waste Water. Thirdly, Mr.M.K.Muralidharan, Regional Manager, Systronics India Ltd delivered his lecture on “Role of Water Analyzer in Water Quality Management” .Fourth presentation was on “Recent Trends in Desalination Techniques”, by Mr.K.Syed Amir Basha, Head, Nemmelli Operation from Vatech Wabag Ltd. Dr.K.Ravichandran, Scientist from Regional Central Groundwater commission delivered his lecture on “Vigilance on Water”. Final Presentation was given by Professor B.Neppolian from SRM Research Institute on “Advanced Oxidation Methods of Removal of Pollutants from Water”

The chief guest for the valedictory function was Dr.S.R.Ramanan, Director Regional Meterological Centre Nungambakkam, Chennai. Vote of thanks was given by Mr. K. Prasanna, Coordinator of the workshop. The workshop helped the participants in obtaining a wider knowledge and greater understanding towards the technological advances and practical ideas on efficient and sustainable utilization of the priceless resources of water and energy.

  

   

   

   

Nokia HERE Community Training Program on  March 28, 2014

The HERE’s Nokia community expert program was organized by the SRM-ICI Student’s Chapter, Department of Civil Engineering on 28th March, 2014. Students of M.Tech RS & GIS, M.Tech Environmental Engineering attended the program. Presentation on the overview of the program was given by Dr. Prabakara Reddy and Mr. A. Dharmaraj, Nokia HERE Solutions India Private Limited, to the students and faculty members. The program followed with a hands-on training to the students on the Nokia HERE’s Community Map Editor Tool.

Nokia has officially launched a new mapping program, targeted at improving the depth and quality of its HERE maps in India. It is a unique blend of crowd-sourced and industrial mapping techniques. Nokia plans to tap into local and community knowledge, combined with quality checks in order to bring much more detail into the HERE maps. HERE maps claims that India is the first country where they are combining crowd-mapping, with their own mapping techniques, targeted at getting the most accurate and relevant data into HERE maps.

The objective of this project is to jointly verify, improve and maintain the freshness of the HERE map data through the Nokia community platform based on a collaboration framework ensuring educational, cultural and technological exchange.

This program is in connection with HERE’s project in India as part of an ongoing series of pilot programs that it uses to enhance its community mapping capabilities and tap the knowledge of local experts through the student community who have Remote Sensing and GIS knowledge.

Certificates of merit on the active participation in the HERE’s Nokia community expert program was distributed to the students. They were also assured of funding support to attend the International conference conducted by Nokia HERE.

Valedictory Function for the academic year 2013 – 14 on April 3, 2014

The valedictory function for the SRM-ICI Student’s Chapter 2013 – 14 was conducted on 3rd April, 2014. Shri.R.Radhakrishnan, Secretary General, ICI graced the occasion as the chief guest for the valedictory function. Mr.Siddhant Singh, Students’ Secretary of the SRM-ICI Students’ chapter, 2013-14, delivered the welcome address. The Annual Report for the SRM-ICI Students’ chapter, 2013-14, was presented by Mr.Nimish Gera, Students’ Secretary. This was followed by the introduction of the chief guest by Dr.R.Annadurai, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The presidential address was delivered by Dr.T.P.Ganesan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning & Development), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). The academic year 2013 – 14 was a very successful year with a lot of activities happening round the year. Shri.R.Radhakrishnan, Secretary General, ICI delivered the valedictory address in which he stated that the annual report of the SRM-ICI Students’ chapter, 2013-14, is very impressive. He also added that the SRM-ICI Students’ chapter deserves the Best Student’s Chapter Award for the year 2013–14. He motivated the students to follow the same and improve in the years to come. Awards and certificates were distributed by Dr.C.Muthamizhchelvan, Director (Engineering & Technology) to the students with 100% attendance, Best student from the IV Year B.Tech Civil Engineering and II Year M.tech Structural Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. The Best Outgoing Student Award was given to Mr.Dheeraj Katyal of IV Year B.Tech Civil Infrastructure Engineering. The Best student Secretary Award was bagged by Mr.Siddhant Singh, Students’ Secretary of the SRM-ICI Students’ chapter, 2013-14. Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms.Chandrayee Purkayashta, Additional Students’ Secretary, SRM-ICI Students’ chapter, 2013-14.