Civil Engineering

About Civil Department

A vibrant Department, established in 2012, with the first batch of undergraduate students graduating in 2016, the Civil Engineering department aims to produce graduate engineers equipped for careers in the public and private sector encompassing areas such as structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources, transportation, environmental and construction industries. The faculty is well trained in all major specializations of Civil Engineering. Spacious and well equipped state-of-the-art laboratories and computing facilities are the mainstay of the Department. Frequent visits by professionals from the construction industry and guest lectures by visiting faculty provide practical experience and keep students abreast with the latest advancements. Apart from the syllabus, extra activities like manual modeling and 3D AutoCAD modeling of structures are also conducted. The Department also offers consultancy services for soil testing and concrete testing to construction sites in and around Mangaluru.

"To impart technical education and nurture research in Civil Engineering to meet the needs of the society."

  1. Deliver curricula for students to meet the local, national and global demands of industry, society and research.
  2. Strengthen the skills of students through interaction with industry.
  3. Promote research and consultancy in all aspects of Civil engineering.
  4. Provide skilled training in emerging aspects of design and construction.
  5. Develop in students and staff the spirit of innovation and professional ethics.
  1. To impart to students in depth knowledge of Civil Engineering subjects to solve practical problems using modern techniques.
  2. To develop in students the ability to plan, analyze, design and construct structures from the foundation to the superstructure level with cost-effective design methods.
  3. To develop in students the ability for successful careers as entrepreneurs and to pursue research.
  4. To enable in students the ability to identify issues related to the environment and find suitable solutions.
  5. To train students to understand the ethical responsibility of Civil Engineering profession and apply relevant code for engineering practice while delivering service to the nation.

Graduates in Civil Engineering will be able to

  1. Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, construction technology to the solution of Civil Engineering problems.
  2. Identify, formulate and analyze complex Civil engineering problems.
  3. Design a structural component that meets desired specifications and requirements.
  4. Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and report results.
  5. Apply modern engineering software tools and equipments to model and analyze Civil Engineering structures.
  6. Apply engineering solutions to assess societal, health, safety relevant to the professional engineering.
  7. Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and need for sustainable development.
  8. Apply ethical principles in professional responsibilities.
  9. Function effectively as an individual, member or leader in multidisciplinary activities.
  10. Communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms on constructional projects.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Civil engineering and management principles n their professional endeavours.
  12. Understand the need for independent and life-long learning with the ever change-in-technology.

Graduates in Civil Engineering will be able to

  1. Explore knowledge in solving real time field challenges.
  2. Pursue research activities in novel areas of Civil engineering.
  3. Qualify in competitive exams and succeed in obtaining opportunities in public and private sectors.
Designation Name Qualifications
Designation Name Qualifications
Lab Instructor Ms Asha P.T. Diploma in Civil Engineering
Lab Instructor Mr Fabian Santosh Stanislaus Vaz Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Lab Instructor Ms Shwetha Diploma in Civil Engineering
Building Material Testing Lab Survey Lab
Geology Lab Drawing Hall
Hydraulics and Hydraulic machinery Lab CAD Lab
Environmental Engineering Lab Concrete and Highway Materials lab
Department Library Geotechnical Engineering Lab

Batch 2017

Sl.No Name of the Company No. of Students
1 IBM 1
2 Hinduja Global Solutions 2
3 Indian Navy 1
Total 4

Batch 2016

Sl.No Name of the Company No. of Students
1 ANALYTICS QUOTIENT 2
2 ESS & ESS INFRASTRUCTURE 4
3 GULF CONTRACTING 2
Total 8

CIV: Technova – 2017 Project Exhibition

The Project Exhibition and Competition for the final year Civil Engineering Students was organized on 26th May 2017 under the banner of Technova 2017. The event commenced with a brief welcome note in the board room followed by a brief introduction of the Judges in the Department.

 In the Civil Engineering Department, there were 15 teams in total participating in the competition. Seven projects were experimental basis while four were software based and remaining were case study based. The external judge of the event was Mr Anil Hegde, Proprietor of Vimal Anil Structural and Survey Consultants - Mangalore and the Internal Judge was Mr Chitharanjan M, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Department.

The winners were Mr Parashuram & Group, Mr Shashank & Group and Ms Megha Rachel Kurian & Group in the order of I, II and for Innovative project respectively. Their respective topics were Analysis and Design of low cost RCC precast units, RCC Precast interlocking units with replacement of cement and sand by fly ash and bottom ash, and Low cost natural filters, respectively. The projects were guided by, Mr Vinod T D’Souza, Mr Mithun and Mr Prashant Kurdekar respectively, all Assistant Professors in the Department.

The exhibition was open till 5:00 PM for the visistors.

Alvida 2017

Alvida 2017, the Farewell Programme for the final year PG and UG students of SJEC was organized on Saturday, 13th May 2017, at 10:00 AM in Kalam Auditorium, 5th Floor of Academic Block-II.

Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal-SJEC was the Chief Guest of the programme. Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director-SJEC, presided over the programme. Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director-SJEC and Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal-SJEC were the Guests of Honour. Rev. Fr Joseph A Cardoza, Campus Counselor-SJEC and Dr Prakash Pinto-Dean MBA were Special Invitees to the programme. Ms Supriya Salian, Convener-Alvida 2017 was also present on the dais.

The function began with a presentation of motivational videos followed by the invocation of the Divine by Rev Fr Joseph Lobo. Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal-SJEC, welcomed the dignitaries and extended a warm welcome to the gathering. The traditional raising of the toast was performed by Dr Prakash Pinto, Dean-MBA and Ms Eden Rose Fernandes from III Year ECE on behalf of Faculty Community and Student Community respectively. The replies to the toast were delivered by Ms Megha Rachel Kuriyan, IV Civil and Mr Roger Michael Pereira, IV Mechanical on behalf of the outgoing Class of 2017.

This was followed by the presentation of Farewell Video. The Chief Guest, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis addressed the gathering wherein he complemented the students for their achievements in SAE, sports, placements and accreditation. He also advised them to be disciplined, responsible and have a thirst for knowledge. On this occasion, all representatives of final year classes were called on stage by the Director to offer bouquet of flowers to the Principal as a surprise birthday wish. This was followed by the addressing of the gathering by the Director who motivated the outgoing students with his words of wisdom.

The outgoing students were blessed by Rev Fr Joseph A Cardoza, Campus Counselor –SJEC. The curtains were drawn on the programme with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Ms Supriya Salian. Ms Viola Pinto, Assistant Professor-E&C compered the programme. 

CIVIL - NIRMAN: Technical Talk on Pile Foundation- Design and Construct

Dr Srinath Shetty from NMAMIT - Nitte delivered a talk on Pile Foundation- Design and Construction on 18th March between 2:00 -4:00 PM. Dr Nalini Rebello welcomed the guest to the program.

Dr Srinath Shetty, in his talk, spoke about the circumstances in which Pile Foundations are used, the types of pile foundations based on the method and type of construction. Every method of pile foundation construction has its own advantages and limitations. A cast in place pile may have the disadvantages of not ensuring that the concrete is poured in the right place and properly compacted. When pre-cast piles are used in a site, extra precaution has to be taken to ensure that the depth of the piles must reach the underground rock level. This is because the underground terrain may vary from place to place and a single length of pile may not suffice. He further explained about ways of increasing the length of pre-cast piles. When pre-cast piles are driven the negative skin friction may induce extra stresses on the pile which can be reduced by proper design. Thus, proper design of piles based on the underground strata will be helpful for a good design. The session concluded with an interaction with the students followed by vote of thanks.

Civil: Industrial Visit to Red Bricks Dwellings & Infra projects Pvt Ltd., Kulshekar

The Department of Civil Engineering organized an Industrial Visit to Red Bricks Dwellings & Infra projects Pvt Ltd., Kulshekar on 10th February, 2017 for VI Semester students. Mr Govinda Krishna M and Ms Bhavya, Faculty members in the Civil Engineering Department, accompanied a group of 41 students to the visit.

Red Bricks Dwellings & Infra Projects Pvt Ltd. is a real estate development company and the visit was aimed at making students to understand the reinforcement detailing and construction work. The visit helped the students in understanding the construction drawings, shuttering/centering work, form work, placing of steel reinforcement and detailing of reinforcement on site as per design. Provision of positive & negative reinforcement in different components of structure, development length and standard hook required for placing the reinforcement and the provision of cover to reinforcement to avoid corrosion according to IS codes were observed. Furthermore, it made students to understand the importance of safety required in construction site to avoid accidents.

IQAC: workshop on Quality Assurance in Engineering Education through OBE

A Two-Day workshop on Quality Assurance in Engineering Education through OBE was organized by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of SJEC on 30-31 January 2017 at Spoorthi Seminar Hall in the 7th Floor of Academic Block III.


The workshop began with a brief inaugural ceremony. The Vice Principal and Chairperson of IQAC, Dr Rio D’Souza, welcomed the gathering. Further, he gave an overview of the workshop to all the participants. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal of SJEC spoke about the importance of quality assurance in engineering education. Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director of SJEC in his presidential address expressed his concern on the quality of Engineering Education in general, and encouraged the participation of faculty to enhance the same. Dr Shreeranga Bhat, coordinator of the workshop proposed the vote of thanks, while Ms Ramya, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering compered the ceremony.


A total of 50 delegates participated in this workshop.

 

The Workshop was spread over 8 sessions on the following topics.

1.     Overview OBE, Necessity for adaptation, Concepts of OBE

2.     PEOs, POs, PSOs, and Bloom’s taxonomy

3.     Curriculum Gap analysis, and Benchmarking the teaching learning practices.

4.     Writing Course Outcomes; Course Articulation Matrix; Considering taxonomies, Program articulation matrix; CO- PO mapping

5.     Learning styles and Designing activities for effective attainment of COs and POs

6.     Course Assessment, Programme Assessment and attainment

7.     Overview of NBA-OBE requirements

8.     Continuous improvement by Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Training and Placements: Aptitude Training for Pre-Final Years

APTITUDE is something very important for students who are trying to enter corporate world or going to write any competitive exam. An individual with good aptitude skills are considered better than others because they are quick in analysing, adapting, and good at problem solving. Thus aptitude has become the most important soft skill these days.

SJEC facilitated the first phase of aptitude training program for all the pre - final year students from 27.01.17 to 31.01.17 for 5 days. The training was conducted by JV Global LLP Services. About 400 students underwent the training program.

Trainers appreciated the student quality at SJEC. They also mentioned that they are very good at their verbal and communication skills. Students also attended the aptitude training program in large numbers and expressed their satisfaction of learning the contents that is necessary to shape the future of their career.

Civil: Industrial Visit to Sewage Treatment Plant, Kavoor, Mangaluru

The Department of Civil Engineering organized a one-day industrial visit to Sewage Treatment Plant, Kavoor, Mangaluru on 8th October 2016 for VII Semester students. Two faculty members Mr Vinod T D’Souza and Mr Prashant Kurdekar accompanied a group of 34 students.

Sewage Treatment Plant is situated at Mullakad, Kavoor in 4 acres area. The capacity of the treatment plant is 43.5 MLD (million litres per day), it consists of 9 pumping stations in the Mangaluru vicinity from where the sewage is pumped to the treatment plant. The total sewage produced by the city is around 22 to 23 MLD. The main objective of the visit was to make students aware of the onsite process and the various waste water treatment processes carried out in the municipal treatment plant. The students group was initially taken to the training room, where the model of the treatment plant was located. Ms Shruthi explained the locations and specifications of different treatment processes in the plant.

The different treatment processes carried out in the treatment plant were screening, grit removal using grit chamber, biological process like UASBR, aeration process, primary sedimentation, sludge thickening, sludge digestion and sludge drying beds. Mr Satish, Plant In-charge, took the students for a plant visit and explained every activity happening in the treatment. He also answered the queries of the students regarding the different treatment processes.

The Industrial visit to Sewage treatment plant was an enriching experience for students in getting live exposure of treatment processes, which can help them in their academics and future career enhancement.

Civil: Industrial Visit to Master Plannery - Puttur

The Department of Civil Engineering at SJEC organized a one-day Industrial visit to Master Plannery, Puttur on 7th October, 2016 for its V Semester students. Three Faculty members accompanied a group of 59 students.

Master Plannery produces innovative, strong, resistant and low cost precast concrete building elements such as blocks (both hollow and solid in different sizes and shapes), interlocking blocks, tiles, door frames and window frames, lintels and chejjas, fencing poles prepared using concrete which are named as CONCOOD (a name given for concrete that looks like wood). Students observed many products manufactured using concrete for example wardrobe planks, cupboards, stairs, furnitures etc and some special structures such as concood domes, ferrocement structures for gardens including water tanks, caves, decorative animals and birds etc.

Students also observed the process of manufacturing tiles, computer tables and also compacting concrete mix using needle vibrator. They also observed the low cost constructed houses.  Mr Anand Kumar S. K., The Director of Master Plannery advised the students to come up with new innovation in producing products of concrete than wood, which are of low cost and save our forests. The exposure to industrial practices was an invaluable source of information as well as practical experience for the students.

Civil: Inauguration of Environmental Engineering Lab and CADD Lab

The newly established Environmental Engineering Lab and CADD Lab of Civil Engineering Department were inaugurated on 3rd October, 2016. Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director - SJEC blessed the Environmental Engineering Lab and the CADD lab was blessed by Rev. Fr Rohith D'Costa. Dr Nalini Rebello, HOD-Civil thanked the Management for providing support for the establishment of these labs and requested the students to maintain the upkeep of the lab and equipment. Faculty of Civil Engineering Department and Student Representatives were present during the inauguration.

Civil: Industrial Visit to Nirmithi Kendra, Surathkal

The Department of Civil Engineering at SJEC organised an industrial visit to Nirmithi Kendra – Surathkal, Mangaluru on 1st October 2016 for its second year students. A total of 70 students participated in the visit. The visit was aimed at enhancing the knowledge and visualization of the use of alternative building materials with appropriate technologies.

Er Rajendra Kalabavi welcomed the students and faculty. The visit helped the students in understanding many alternative technologies which reduces the cost of construction and which can conserve energy by recycling of waste materials. The Model House made up of cost effective building materials was shown to students. Additionally, the practical aspects of construction were explained by giving on-site demonstration of an arch construction process.

Civil: Invited Lecture on Indian Vaastu-A Scientific Approach

The Civil Engineering Students’ Association, NIRMAN organized a technical talk on Indian Vaastu-A Scientific Approach by Er Raghavendra Holla, Assistant Professor at MIT Manipal on 21st September, 2016 at Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall at 2:00 pm.

MsVishika Keshav, V semester student, welcomed the gathering. Dr Nalini Rebello, HOD - Department of Civil Engineering, welcomed the guest florally. Mr Abhijith Acharya from V semester introduced the guest to the gathering. Er Raghavendra Holla, started the session by telling that Vaastu Sastra could be termed as an observatory science and was devised by people who observed problem ridden homes, but nowadays people are using this science without knowing the basics.

Vaastu is a science oriented on the directional location of a place. The direction indicates the relative positioning of things and the entire concept of Vaastu is guided by the availability of water, ventilation and electric current. The speaker also briefed about some basics of Vaastu such as north east corner of the space is ought to be the lightest and south west corner of a space is ought to be the heaviest and hence materials considered light are to be placed at the north east and materials considered heavy are to be placed at the south west direction of the house. Money making and planning for commercial activities should be placed along west and south walls, whereas prayer and other activities should be placed along north and east walls. He also made a special note that the head, while sleeping, should be in south or alternatively in west which will provide a sound sleep. The door should, as the lighter part, be placed in northern or eastern halves only and the kitchen should always be in the south east. He also mentioned that while selecting the site for a building always triangular and odd corners have to be avoided and it is always better to go for an east facing site.

The speaker concluded the talk by telling that even if incorporation of 100% Vaastu is not possible within the available land, the reduced energies within the house can be increased by taking remedial actions without altering the structure.

The session was wound up by Mr Abhijith delivering the vote of thanks.

Civil: Inauguration of NIRMAN

The inauguration of Civil Engineering Students’ Association – NIRMAN for the academic year 2016-17, was held on 31st, August, 2016 at 9:00 am in Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall. Dr K.V. Rao, Director, Regional Science Centre, Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director of SJEC, presided over the function. Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal – SJEC was the guest of honor. 
Dr Nalini Rebello, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, welcomed the gathering. In her welcome address, she also motivated the students to gain knowledge beyond the text books along with excelling in their academics and also mentioned the generosity of the Chief Guest in permitting our students to conduct an extensive survey camp in the Pilikula premises. 
Mr Vinod T D’souza, Assistant Professor, introduced the guest to the gathering. This was followed by lighting of the traditional lamp by the dignitaries. In his address Dr K V Rao, said that a Civil Engineer should have his own insights towards every structure he comes across and he should be able to give simple solutions for complicated problems. 
Induction of the newly appointed office bearers for the year 2016-17 was done by the Chief Guest followed by the oath taking ceremony. Mr Huligesha. T, President of NIRMAN for the year 2016-17 read the report of NIRMAN-2015-16 and also the plan of events under NIRMAN for the current year. This was followed by felicitating the toppers by the dignitaries. 
Dr Rio D’Souza stressed the importance of a creative mind for Civil Engineers. He also mentioned that moulding one’s self by removing the irrelevant things and focusing on important things in life is very important in order to become successful. Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa said that Civil Engineer has an opportunity to beautify the nature and spreading joy to the world. He also mentioned that one should never forget the important goals in life while accomplishing the desired things. 
Ms Surabhi B S, NIRMAN coordinator proposed the vote of thanks making a special mention of the volunteers who worked for the program. The inaugural ceremony was followed by power point presentation and cultural program by the students. 

Civil: One day Workshop on STAAD Pro and Total Station

A One-Day Workshop on STAAD Pro and Total Station was organized by the Department of Civil Engineering at SJEC on Friday, 15th July 2016. The resource persons for the workshop were Er Rajesh, Center Head, CADD Centre – Bendoorwell, along with Mr Govinda Krishna M. and Mr Manjunath B., Assistant Professors in the Department of Civil Engineering at SJEC.      Dr Nalini Rebello, Head of the Civil Engineering Department at SJEC was the Chief of the Organizing Committee. Ms Bhavya, Assistant Professor was the Convener of the workshop.

Mr Vinod T D’Souza and Mr Prashant Kurdekar, Assistant Professors in the Department, welcomed the gathering and compered the session. The morning session was handled by Mr Manjunath B. and Mr Govinda Krishna M. on STAAD Pro, which is an analysis and design software. The session involved training related to modeling a structure and design of various structural elements using STAAD Pro.

The afternoon session was handled by Er Rajesh, on Total Station and demonstrated the use of Total Station. The Resource person spoke on the importance of Total Station, its applications, and also to transfer stored data from Total Station to the computer. The workshop ended with a Valedictory Ceremony. Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director - SJEC, was the Chief Guest of the function and spoke on the occasion. In his address, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa emphasized on the importance of conducting such workshops for the faculty at regular intervals to enhance their knowledge on various advancements in the technical field. Ms Leonine Andrade, Assistant Professor was the Master of Ceremony. The resource persons were felicitated and participants were issued certificates by, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa.

Ms Bhavya the Convener proposed the vote of thanks. 

Civil: Presentations on Survey Camp Projects

As a unique program of its kind, the Department of Civil Engineering hosted an Intra Departmental program for the students as a part of the Survey Camp for the academic year 2015-2016 on 5th April, 2016 in Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall. The objectives were to motivate the students to excel in their career and also to appreciate the students’ achievements.

The program began with a welcome note by the HOD, Dr Nalini Rebello followed by introduction about survey by Assistant Professor, Mr Govinda Krishna M. The student participants, in groups, presented their learning experiences and views from Survey camp 2015-16. In total, four groups presented four different projects which they executed at various locations near Pilikula during the survey camp held from 4th Jan, 2016 to 14th Jan, 2016. 

The Principal – SJEC, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis spoke about his observations on the presentations. Director – SJEC, Rev. Fr. Joseph Lobo appreciated all the students who took part in the Survey Camp and also the VIII Semester students for their overall achievements. He also advised students to take active interest in participating in all the events conducted for the students. Assistant Director Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa also supported the event with his gracious presence.

Civil – Nirman: Invited talks

Nirman – The Students Association of the Department of Civil Engineering organized a Technical Talk titled Cement - an Engineered Product by Er. Umesh Shetty Technical Advisor - ACC, Mangaluru and a motivational talk by Er. Vijay Vishnu Mayya, Advisor – Engineer's Week 2016, on 

Mr Vinod T D’Souza, Assistant Professor from the Department of Civil Engineering welcomed the gathering and also introduced the guests to the gathering. Mr Umesh Shetty started the session by recounting that clinker is the basic ingredient of cement. He explained the importance of bogues compounds in cement and their role in the performance of cement. He also explained the concept of heat of hydration in cement and the essential hydration products which contribute to the strength and durability of cement. He spoke on the use of Portland Pozzolona Cement (PPC) and Portland Slag Cement (PSC) which help in decreasing the carbon dioxide emission. He discussed the importance of various admixtures in attaining a durable concrete and various types of cements to be used under various conditions. He concluded by stating that ideal cement is the one with low heat of hydration, high early strength, lower C3A content and low calcium hydroxide.

The second session on Leadership and attitude was delivered by Mr Vijay Vishnu Mayya who started his session by quoting that one will not get the life which he desires but definitely the one which he deserves. He emphasized that human beings are the biggest treasure of the universe and that best use of our life should be made. He also stressed the benefits of utilizing life for others, helping each other and not expecting from others. He concluded the session by saying that knowledge, skill and attitude are the key things which make a person and one must always find means to acquire and develop them in order to become a successful person. Mr Govindakrishna, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, honoured the guests and Ms Sanjana; IV semester student delivered the vote of thanks.

Civil - IIC/EDC: Talk on How to become an Entrepreneur

The Civil Engineering Department under the banner of Industry Interaction and Entrepreneurship Development Cell organized a Talk on How to become an Entrepreneur by Mr Ujwal D’Souza, Proprietor- Marian Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Mangaluru, on 18th March, 2016 at 11:00 am, in Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall. Er Prem Salian, Treasurer - Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, Mangaluru, and Er Bharath, Member – ACCE, were the other dignitaries at the event.

Dr Nalini Rebello, HOD, Department of Civil Engineering welcomed the gathering and explained to the students the importance of these talks and its effectiveness in creating awareness. Mr Ujwal D’Souza in his talk, informed the students regarding the basic qualities required to become a successful entrepreneur. He further explained the areas into which graduates can look into and also explained regarding each and every documents that are essential to start a new firm. He also explained the different types of tenders and the procedure to quote a tender. The Technical Talk was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Prashant Kurdekar, Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator of EDC and IIC of the Department of Civil Engineering. 6th and 8th semester students attended the talk.

Civil - NIRMAN: Technical Talk Analysing-Analysis

Nirman – The Students Association of the Department of Civil Engineering organized a Technical Talk titled Analysing-Analysis by Dr K.S Babunarayan, Professor from NITK – Surathkal. The talk was held on 5th March, 2016 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am in Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall.

Nirman Coordinator, Ms Surabhi B.S, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, welcomed the gathering. This was followed by Dr Nalini Rebello, I/C HOD, offering floral welcome to the guest. Mr Vinod T D’Souza, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, introduced the guest to the gathering.

Dr K.S Babunarayan started the session by quoting that Civil Engineering is a noble profession and Civil Engineers are the noblest. He threw light on the history of mechanics by speaking on the inspiration behind great mathematicians like Bernoulli, Euler, and Castigliano in developing various laws and methods in mechanics. He also stressed how one can learn analysis-design and detailing from simple and insignificant objects of everyday use such as pins, paper clips, broken lead of a pencil, beverage cans etc. He also told a lesser known fact that the largest number of patents filed so far were for paper clips. He also discussed the Hambly’s paradox, the problem of designing a stool. He concluded by acknowledging that analysis-design apart from being complicated is also an eminently enjoyable & exciting exercise and satisfaction of the three sets of equations: equilibrium, compatibility, and force-deformation are the key for this exercise to be complete & meaningful. 

Civil: Extensive Survey Camp

An Extensive Survey Camp for the academic year 2015-2016 for V semester students of Civil Engineering Department was held at Pilikula, Vamanjoor. The Inauguration of the same was held on 4th January 2016 in Bethania Hall. A group of 58 students were accompanied by all Civil Engineering Faculties. During these ten days students were trained to handle practical difficulties of surveying, which they may face during their profession in future. The following tasks were given to the students under the supervision of faculties.

• Detailed surveying of a new road for a length of 1.2 Km.

• Construction of new tank for storing the water and design of a canal.

• Increasing the bund height of an existing tank.

• Design of water supply and sanitation to the existing and future population for a village near Pilikula.

Inauguration of NIRMAN: Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering organized a formal inauguration of the Students Association – NIRMAN - and the celebration of Engineers' Day on 15 September 2014, at 2:30 pm, in the Civil Seminar Hall. 

Dr I Ramesh Mithantahya, Vice Principal, NMAMIT, NITTE, was the Chief Guest for the program. Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, Director in-charge, presided over the function. Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director; Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal; Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal; Er. Ranganath Aithal, Chairman - Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE); Er. Anil V Baliga were the Guests of Honour. Ms Nalini Rebello, Assistant Professor, and Mr Manjunath B, Coordinator NIRMAN, were also present on the dais.

Ms Nalini Rebello, welcomed the dignitaries and the inauguration began with the lighting of the lamp. Dr I Ramesh Mithantahya garlanded the photograph of Sir M. Visvesvaraya as a mark of respect in commemorating Engineers' Day. Ms. Lavanya introduced the Chief Guest. The oath ceremony was conducted by Dr I Ramesh Mithantahya,

The Principal encouraged the students to become like Sir M Visvesvaraya. The Chief Guest, Dr. I. Ramesh Mithanthaya motivated the students to think at a higher level and to become extraordinary engineers. He informed students about the importance of answering logically and making the best use of opportunities. In his presidential address, Rev Fr Ajith Menezes spoke about the identity crisis. He said that we have to create our identity through positive attitude.

Mr Manjunath B, proposed the vote of thanks.

After the formal program Er Anil V Baliga delivered a technical talk: Durability of Structures using Construction Chemicals.

Civil: Industrial Visit to Tumbe Vented Dam and Water Treatment Plant and UltraTech RMC Plant - Mangalore

The Department of Civil Engineering, organized a one-day Industrial visit to Tumbe Vented Dam and Water Treatment Plant at Tumbe, Bantwal on 23rd April, 2015 for VI Semester students. Faculty members accompanied a group of 60 students. Students visited the vented dam site, where they observed the existing and new constructions of vented dam. Students observed different process of water treatment such as Aeration, Flocculation, Sedimentation, Filtration and Disinfection. They were also able to comprehend the tests used to determine the optimum dosage of Coagulant and noticed several laboratory equipment that are used to test Water quality parameters. The exposure to Industrial practices was an invaluable source of information as well as practical experience for the students.

On 24th April, 2014, the Department also organized a one-day industrial visit to UltraTech RMC Plant - Baikampady, Mangalore for the benefit of IV Semester students. Faculty members accompanied a group of 50 students. The industrial visit offered the students valuable information on various materials and mixtures used in concrete and were informed about the care taken while mixing and transportation of concrete. They also noticed several laboratory equipment that are used in testing the materials and concrete such as standard consistency of cement, setting time of cement, compression strength of cement, Sieve analysis of aggregates, Flakiness and Elongation index of aggregates, Slump test, Compression strength of concrete, and Accelerated curing test. The exposure to industrial practices from working professionals was an invaluable opportunity for the students.