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:

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

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.

Register here:

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!

Register here

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.

Register here

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!

Register here

Archery Ms Mallarapu Tanoogna, a third-year Civil Engineering student at SRM University – AP, has excelled at National Indoor Archery Championship-2021, winning three gold medals and finishing 8th in the National Open Ranking representing Andhra Pradesh. The Department of Student Affairs hosts The Newsmaker session with Ms Tanoogna on January 22, 2022, from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Ms Tanoogna has been training to participate in indoor and outdoor archery championships for a year. She won gold medals in the Senior Recurve women individual, women team and mixed team categories and is ranked 8th in the national archery rankings.

All are encouraged to join the session and get inspired by the champion!

Workshop on Applied Rheology

Department of Civil Engineering has organised a workshop on Applied Rheology on March 11, 2022, at 10:30 AM (IST). Dr Kartik Pondicherry, Dr Sumit Singh and Dr Kapil Joshi, Application Specialists at Anton Paar, India, will be delivering the keynote addresses.

About this workshop:

Rheology deals with the deformation and flow behaviour of materials. Rheology, in terms of viscosity and viscoelastic behaviour, plays a significant role in many aspects of production, processing, transportation, and consumption of materials and products. The current workshop deals with the basics of rheology with a particular focus on the real-life application of rheology in asphalt, polymers and the food industry.


Dr Kartik Pondicherry pursued his Doctorate in Tribology from the University of Leoben in Leoben, Austria. He started his professional journey at Anton Paar in Graz, Austria. With over a decade of experience in the field of tribology, Dr Pondicherry moved back to India to manage the tribology portfolio in the country. He joined Anton Paar India as a Technical Manager for Rheology. Over the past few years, Dr Pondicherry has conducted numerous seminars and training for people from both academia and industry in different parts of the globe.

Dr Sumit Singh completed his PhD on “Thermal and Rheological study on Polymer modified Bitumen” from IIT Roorkee. After his doctoral studies, he joined the Characterization Division at Anton Paar, India as an Application Specialist. His interest in Rheology lies in its wide range of applications and modularity. Dr Singh is experienced in organising training sessions and webinars. He also conducts lab sessions on various applications of rheology such as polymers, asphalt, DMTA, gels etc. His scientific papers have been presented in numerous National & International forums. He has further received a few academic accolades in his research career.

Dr Kapil Joshi is presently working as an Application Specialist for Rheology & Particle Characterisation in Anton Paar, India. He pursued his doctoral studies in Materials Science in the area of semiconductors & ion beams from the University of Mumbai. After that, he carried out post-doctoral work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, Mumbai). His area of research was organic LEDs & solar cells. During his previous engagements, he worked on techniques such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy & nanoindentation. In Anton Paar India, he is responsible for analysing samples, delivering talks & conducting training sessions on various aspects of rheology & particle characterisation in the area of polymers, pharma formulations, powders etc.


Dr GVP Bhagat Singh, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh


Dr KVNS Ravi Teja, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University-AP
Dr Thainswemong Choudhury, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University–AP

Register here to join the workshop.

seismic behaviour

The Department of Civil Engineering is organising the first physical lecture as part of the Departmental Distinguished Lecture Series on April 12, 2022 from 11.00 pm to 12.30 pm. Prof Hemant B Kaushik from the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati is the distinguished speaker of the event. He will deliver a talk on the topic “Lateral load capacity of common building types in India”. This talk will provide detailed insights into the seismic behaviour of different building types in India. Various experimental results of full-scale model tests on shake tables and actuators will also be presented.

Speaker’s Profile

Prof Hemant B Kaushik is currently working at IIT Guwahati in the Department of Civil Engineering and Centre for Disaster Management and Research. He is also the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Head of the Centre for Educational Technology. His research areas broadly include: earthquake resistant design of structures, nonlinear behavior of structures, retrofitting of structures, seismic vulnerability assessment of structures, earthquake damage surveys etc. He was the recipient of the INAE Young Scientist Award in 2010 and 2013. He also received the David Fischetti Award in 2019, presented by the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee (PETC) of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT), USA. The award recognises an outstanding article in a peer-reviewed publication that advances the field of conservation engineering. Prof Kaushik is also a member of the Earthquake Engineering Sectional Committee, CED 39, Bureau of Indian Standards. He also holds membership in several professional bodies like Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), USA, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, The Masonry Society (TMS), USA, Indian Society of Earthquake Technology (ISET), India and Institution of Engineers, India. He has contributed several post-earthquake reconnaissance study reports and papers in reputed journals and conferences.

All are invited to join this informative lecture on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, from 11.00 pm to 12:30 pm.

The art of airport engineering

airport pavement engineeringThe Department of Civil Engineering is all set to kick start their first Industry Guest Lecture Series on April 21, 2022. The lecture is scheduled from 9.45 am to 10.45 am followed by a Q&A session. Renowned aviation professional Mr Ashok Madhu Reddy, who has an experience of 25 years in airplane or airport operation, will deliver the talk on Airport Pavement Engineering.

The viability of the airport infrastructure is indeed a challenge in airport engineering. Airport pavement plays an important role in this scenario. The lecture intends to discuss the History of ICAO, airport planning, design, and maintenance in detail.

About the Speaker

Mr Ashok Madhu Reddy is an aviation professional with 25 years of experience in Airline/Airport Operations and Management. He is presently working as the Vice President of Aerosimple Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Visakhapatnam, AP which is an IT software company that specialises in SAAS for Airport operations and Management, serving 35 airports across the globe.

He was India’s first personnel who attained the “International Airport Professional” certification jointly issued by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) Montreal, Canada. This was the only program in the world recognized by the United Nations (UN) to bring global standards worldwide. He is also a Board Director of the American/International Association of Airport Executives (AAAE/IAAAE).

Mr Ashok has two post-graduation degrees in management from India and UK. Previously, he worked with Air India, Srilankan Airlines, GMR Hyderabad and Delhi Airports, and AP Airport Development Corporation in various management capacities. He is also having multiple aviation certification courses to his credit.

Register for the webinar and get to know about Airport Pavement Engineering from the professional himself.