The Distinguished Lecture Series organised by the Department of Civil Engineering at SRM University-AP offers a congenial atmosphere in which students can connect with eminent scientists. The fourth episode in the series is scheduled to be held on October 23, 2021 (Saturday) from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Dr M V Ramesh, Senior Scientist, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa – Ministry of Earth Science, GOI will be the guest speaker to deliver the lecture.

The lecture will cover topics such as the scientific programmes focusing on bipolar activities i.e. Antarctica as well as Arctic multi-disciplinary approach studies. Logistic support provided for Antarctica in particular as a nodal agency, LCS(Legal Continental Shelf), Bathymetric surveys of EEZ(Exclusive Economic Zone) in the deeper waters, Southern ocean Oceanography which is supposed to control the monsoon of India as well as South Asian countries will also be discussed. Other topics include ice core analysis of Antarctica for the better understanding of paleoclimate, polar remote sensing studies, and cryospheric studies in polar regions and Himalayas.

About the speaker

Dr M V Ramesh is a Senior Scientist and coordinator who obtained his doctorate (PhD) from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam in 1994 in Marine Geology. He worked on sedimentology and Geochemistry primarily on continental shelf sediments off Kalingapatnam-Pentakota, the East coast of India. He has pursued his post-doctoral course in a DST sponsored project- a collaboration project between Geology and Anthropology at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He had been deputed to Adikavi Nannaya University as a Visiting Scientist for one year during 2007-2008 and his teaching services have been availed off successfully to the students of Department of Geo-informatics in the I, II, and III semesters for a period of nearly 1 year He had been deputed to various multi-disciplinary cruises ( inclusive in the capacity as Deputy Chief scientist) as many as 18 in Number comprising 450 ship days inclusive of EEZ surveys/cruises, Post Tsunami multi-disciplinary cruise off Andaman & Nicobar Islands, exploration of polymetallic nodules on onboard Sagar Kanya and including the one Southern Ocean Expedition(2009) which proceeded up to 66.5◦S i.e. touching the Antarctica waters on onboard Academic Boris Petrov a Russian vessel. He had been deputed to Oman in Indo-US-Oman multidisciplinary cruise for a period of 14 days onboard Sagar Kanya. Altogether, he had been deputed 850 days on official duties. He has to his credit 36 scientific papers in various National as well as International Journals related to the Bay of Bengal, Arabia and in oceanography as a whole. His research areas are primarily sedimentology, clay mineralogy primarily off-shelf sediments and deep-sea sediment cores. He had worked on RS studies and GIS Technologies in NRSA, Ministry of space, Hyderabad for a period of 12 weeks during 2006-07. He has been actively involved in Outreach activities for more than 10 years in giving his services to students, Professors, Scientists and delegates from four corners of the Nation as well abroad (schools, colleges, universities and R&Ds).

Join this intriguing online lecture on October 23, 2021, at 09.30 am and enrich your knowledge through the scholarly voice of Dr M V Ramesh!

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The Department of Civil Engineering at SRM University-AP organises the fifth lecture in the Distinguished Lecture Series on October 28, 2021, at 5:30 pm. Renowned Pavement and Materials Engineer, Derek Nener-Plante, M.S, P.E from FHWA Resource Center, Washington, DC, USA will engage the session on the topic “Asphalt Materials Characterization: Trends and Challenges”. The lecture aims to throw light on balanced mixture design, sustainability, quality assurance and related areas.

About the speaker

Derek is a Pavement and Materials Engineer for the FHWA Pavement and Materials Technical Services Team. He is responsible for leading implementation and deployment efforts in the areas of asphalt materials, asphalt pavement construction, materials and construction specifications, and quality assurance. Prior to joining the Resource Center in March 2020, Derek worked at MaineDOT for nearly ten years as the state asphalt pavement engineer. Derek earned his Master’s of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a registered Professional Engineer.​

All students are encouraged to make use of this informative session on October 28, 2021, at 5:30 pm to know more about the trends and challenges in the asphalt materials characterisation.

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The third session of the distinguished lecture series organised by the Department of Civil Engineering is scheduled to be held on September 18, 2021, Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Dr Ganesh Kumar S, Scientist, Geotechnical Eng. Division, CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee will deliver a talk on the topic “Liquefaction and reliquefaction studies and their mitigation techniques”.

During an earthquake, liquefaction is one of the processes that occur in the saturated loose sand layer. It occurs when the pore water pressure reaches a certain level, which is near to the soil’s total stress. Structures built on top of or within the liquefied ground may fail to owe to ground settlement, which is one of the possible effects. The lecture aims to elaborate on the experimental studies on the liquefaction and reliquefaction potential of saturated ground and the use of ground improvement techniques for its improvement.

About the Speaker:
Dr S Ganesh Kumar is currently working as a scientist in Geotechnical Engineering Division at CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee. He completed BE in Civil Engineering from Anna University and ME Geotechnical Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. After his ME, he joined IIT Madras for his PhD. He completed PhD in the year 2014, working in the area of soft clay improvement using combined vacuum consolidation and geosynthetic encased stone columns. He has one year of academic experience and six years of research experience. He has published 7 papers in SCI and Scopus indexed journals and presented 18 papers in International and national conferences. His areas of interest include ground improvement techniques for soft clay improvement, ground improvement measures against liquefaction and reliquefaction hazards, and landslide control measures.

Join this engaging session on September 18, 2021, at 9:30 am to know more about liquefaction and reliquefaction studies and their mitigation techniques!

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The second talk in the distinguished lecture series organised by the Department of Civil Engineering will be held on September 04, 2021, at 9.30 am. Dr G Bharat, Scientist, Flexible Pavement Division, CSIR-CRRI will deliver an engaging lecture on the topic Advanced Strategies for Sustainable Pavements. The lecture aims to cover topics like asphalt concrete recycling, composite pavements and utilisation of waste materials in pavements.

About the Speaker:

Dr Bharath is currently working as a scientist at CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi, in the flexible pavement division. He successfully completed more than 60 R&D, sponsored and consultancy projects in pavement engineering. He is also working as an assistant professor in Engineering sciences at CSIR-Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).

Dr Bharath has diverse expertise in pavement engineering, covering pavement design, materials, and field investigation. He published more than 25 National and International Journals and Conference articles. He has made remarkable contributions towards drafting Indian pavement design guides such as IRC:37-2012 and IRC:58-2011. Currently, Dr Bharath is actively involved in an externally funded project, “Sustainable Road Pavements in High Altitude Regions Using Geosynthetics”, worth 109 lakhs, funded by G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, MoEF, Under Scheme: National Mission on Himalayan Studies.

All are invited to this educative session on September 04, 2021, at 9.30 am.

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The Department of Civil Engineering is conducting the first episode of the Distinguished Lecture Series on August 27, 2021, from 9.30 am to 11.00 am. Dr Amarnath CB, Head-BIM Strategy, L&T Construction, is the guest speaker who will deliver a lecture on the title “Managing construction sector projects with BIM”. Global trends, use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the project life cycle, and career perspectives (higher education, job market, and start-up) will all be discussed during the presentation.

About the Speaker:

Dr Amarnath C B is serving as Head – BIM Strategy at Larsen & Toubro. Over the course of his career, he held positions in India, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, and the UK. He is playing an active role in several Digital Built India initiatives. He is the Founding President of the National BIM Society-India Building Information Modelling Association® that focuses on the Digital Transformation of the Indian AECO Sector. He is the Chairman-BIM of the Governing Council of the FOCUS Forum of Critical Utility Services. He is serving as Principal Member-Construction Management Sectional Committee CED29, Bureau of Indian Standards. He also serves as National Secretary of the Forum for Human Rights & Anti-Corruption. He holds a PhD in Establishing Organization BIM Strategies from National Taiwan University with a one-year exchange at Imperial College London. One Master’s in Global BIM Management from the University of Barcelona-Zigurat GIT and another in Construction Management from Bangalore Univ. He has participated in a few international conferences and published journal papers and book chapters in this area.

Register here: https://srmap.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q-4lzGFfTPGepSaI0jR-NA

Join this illuminating discussion on August 27, 2021, at 9:30 am and gain valuable insights into the prospective areas of Building Information Modelling.