Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad, CUSAT
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Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

    The Division of Civil Engineering came into existence with the inception of the Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad (CUCEK). The division was named as the Division of Civil Engineering and General Science, initially. Separate divisions of Civil Engineering and General Science were established from the academic year 2005-2006. B.Tech course in Civil Engineering was initiated in the academic year 2003-2004. Highly dedicated and sincere faculty and hardworking bunch of students is the principal of the division throughout the years. The Survey Lab, Concrete Lab, Strength of Materials Lab, Environmental Lab, Geotechnical Engineering Lab (set-up in progress), Building Technology Lab (set-up in progress) and the Civil Engineering Workshop are the existing laboratories of the division. Procurement of furniture and equipment to the Geotechnical Lab, Transportation Lab, Non-destructive testing Lab, Structural Dynamics Lab and a Computational Lab are expected in the near future. Most of the student projects are aimed at improving the quality of human habitat of the locality through new construction techniques, soil stabilization techniques, typical building designs, design of pontoon bridges, waste water and solid waste management techniques, crack mitigation, earthquake resistant design for the locality, etc. Presently, the division offers B.Tech program in Civil Engineering (4 year under-graduate course) and PhD program under the Faculty of Engineering, CUSAT through the School of Engineering. The employment of the successful students is ensured through campus placement, every year.

  • Vision

    Kuttanad is a picturesque piece of land where many challenges to civil engineering could be observed in the form of soft clay soil, deep flowing water bodies, humid climate, etc. Under-graduate, post graduate and research programs in civil engineering are hence significant in this institution located at the heart of Kuttanad. The typical soft soil available to bear the loads of structures, poor potable quality of water around, some of the poor construction practices, lack of quality control on construction materials, etc. are of research interest and the division of civil engineering is very much into projects leading to solution of some of these issues. Establishment of full-fledged laboratories with experienced technicians and faculty members can fulfill this goal. The division can function as a centre of consultancy in all kinds of civil engineering projects, starting from material testing, structural design, design of water supply system, foundations, solid and waste water management systems, flood control measures, technical knowhow in retrofitting of structures, better construction techniques, cost effective building practice, etc. To enhance the research output, initiation of master’s level programs, introduction of technical projects funded by agencies like the AICTE, MHRD, the Coir Board and the like are expected in future. With the introduction of TEQIP Phase III in the near future, a high leap in the development of the laboratory facilities and academic activities of the division is expected. Construction of the sanctioned Civil Engineering Block in the CUCEK campus (by the Honorable Syndicate of CUSAT) will boost the academic enhancement of the division. The socially committed division also aims at community engineering education to transfer the fruits of its research outputs to the society through training to civil engineering workforce including contractors, masons, laymen, etc. The goal of the division is to educate and enlighten the stake holders with the basics of civil engineering to encourage green construction to build an eco-friendly habitat, reduce carbon emission and hence global warming and generate knowledge through rigorous thought process and research.

  • Achievements

    • The second rank in B.Tech Civil Engineering under the University (CUSAT) was secured by Smt. Indu P Varghese of 2003-2007 B.Tech Civil Engineering (B.Tech degree examination April 2007).
    • Dr. Sunilkumar N, Associate Profeesor of the division secured Prof. N S Govinda Rao gold medal for the best PhD thesis in the year 2011-2012 from the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His thesis was titled, “Smooth finite element methods through reproducing kernel DMS-splines”.
    • The 2011-2015 batch B.Tech students of the division have published their projects in the International Conference in Recent Advances in Civil Engineering (ICRACE ‘16), 2016. Adarsh C, et al wrote the paper titled, “Stabilization sub-soil under typical road pavements in Kuttanad using coir geo-textiles” and was presented in the conference by Agaja A B. Senjo Sebastian, et al wrote the paper titled, “Planning and design of a floating bridge across the river Pampa at Kavalam” and presented in the conference by Rabeenson Thomas.
    • Sri. Pratyush Kumar of B.Tech Civil Engineering 2012-2016 batch was short-listed for selection for direct PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai in October 2015.He has been selected for M.Tech program in IIT Bombay, IIT Bhuvaneswar and IIT Patna and stands first in the waiting list in IIT Roorkee.
    • The students of the division are the defending overall champions (2015-2016) of sports and arts festival of CUCEK. They have secured second place in the previous year (2014-2015).
    • The V semester B.Tech Civil Engineering batch (2011 Admission) won the first place in the Athappookkalam (Flower Carpet) competition conducted along with the Onam festival celebrations in August-Sep 2013. The V semester B.Tech Civil Engineering batch (2013 Admission) repeated the same triumph in the competition held in Aug-Sep 2015.

  • Association

    The Association of Civil Engineering students was established in the academic year 2012-2013. The Association was named as “Federation of Remarkable Civil Engineers (FORCE)” and was inaugurated by Sri. Vinayakumar, Executive Engineer, Water Authority on 21.01.2013. He delivered a talk on “Concrete mix design and ready-mix concrete”. The Association aims at conducting technical programs for the benefit of the students, faculty and other stake holders in the discipline of civil engineering. They include seminars, project presentation, model making, technical games and quizzes, delivering technical lectures to the contractors, masons, and the public, etc. Conducting technical visits to industries and construction sites and supporting academically weaker students in their studies by forming students’ study groups are also part of the duties of the association.
    The executive committee of FORCE consists of the following members: president, vice-president, secretary, joint-secretary, treasurer and five executive committee members. The functions of the association are controlled by a faculty advisor. The executive committee is re-elected from among the students of B.Tech civil engineering, every year on 21st January during the anniversary celebrations of the association. Sri. Senjo Sebastian (2011-2015 batch) and Sri. Lalkrishna (2012-2015 batch) are the former presidents and Sri. Earnest Antony Green (2013-2016 batch) is the present president of FORCE.

    A Brief Report on the Activities of FORCE

    Models of buildings, bridges and other structures were exhibited along with some of the civil engineering equipment in the first program of FORCE on 21.01.2013 after the inauguration and it is followed by a fresher’s day and cultural programs. Cochin metro casting yard and construction sites were visited in two occasions by the 2011-2015 batch and 2013-2016 batch students. The students were guided by the engineers of KMCL (Larson & Tubro constructions) to gather information regarding the construction practice and safety precautions followed by the KMCL. The students could learn very much from the visits, especially the quality standards and safety precautions they follow for construction and pre-stressing procedure and the transportation process, machinery and vehicles.
     Dr. Sunilkumar N, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering was honored by the FORCE for securing PhD with gold medal from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in March 2013. Prof. (Dr.) P G Bhaskaran Nair delivered an informative and thought provoking speech in that occasion. The first anniversary of FORCE was inaugurated by Dr. George Mathew, Head, safety and Fire Division, School of Engineering, CUSAT on 21.01.2014. He delivered a very informative talk on “Geopolymer Concrete”. Fresher’s day and cultural programs followed it. The second anniversary was inaugurated on 21.01.2015 by the then Principal of CUCEK and HoD, Civil Engineering followed by three seminars by the students (2011-2015 batch), Adarsh C, Agaja A B and Sagar Jaiswal. A farewell program of 2011-2015 batch B.Tech Civil Engineering students was conducted by the association in a very colourful manner. The third anniversary of the association was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) P G Bhaskaran Nair, PG Dean, Department of Civil Engineering, Sree Narayana Institute of Technology, Adoor on 21st January 2016. He delivered a very excellent lecture touching geotechnical engineering and ground improvement techniques, named as “Developments in Civil Engineering”. Model making competition and some technical games followed it. The students of civil engineering take part in the arts and sports programs every year under the banner of FORCE.
    The FORCE is acting as a catalyst binding force among the students and staff of the division of civil engineering. In addition to improving the technical thought process of students it helps in developing leadership and organization skills and discipline to a certain extent among the students. Let the mighty FORCE lead its members to become quality engineers and refined human beings.

  • HOD