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Department of Civil Engineering

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Welcome to the Civil Engineering Department of BITS Pilani. It was established in the year 1959 and is one of the oldest departments in the country. Over the years the department has nurtured young minds to produce bright able civil engineers. The department has expertise in almost the entire spectrum of civil engineering, offering Higher Degree programmes in Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering and Management. Many of our faculty members and students are involved in research activities in various areas of civil engineering. The department is also very active in conducting conferences, workshops, short term seminars etc. The department has been constantly involved in a range of consultancy projects.
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The department has been involved constantly in various research projects, sponsored by various funding agencies. The thrust areas of the research and their sub areas are as mentioned under.

  • Structural Engineering: Structural Materials and Concrete Technology, Structural Dynamics, Laminated Composite Structures, FRP Reinforced Concrete Structures, Finite Element applications in structural engineering, Bridge Engineering, Dynamic Instability of composite structures, Earthquake Engineering. 
  • Environmental Engineering: Water quality management, Tranport theory, Waste minimization and sutainability, Physical and chemical processes in environmental systems, Hazardous Waster Management, Groundwater Contaminant Transport modeling and Simulation. 
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Soil-Structure Interaction, Piled-Raft Foundations,Geosynthetics, Ground Improvement,  Reinforced Earth,  Physico-chemical properties of soil,  Ultrasonic testing of soils, Seismic Design of Foundation, Liquefaction of soils, Machine Foundation. 
  • Soft Computing in Civil Engineering: Application of Fuzzy Logic and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Algorithm, Optimization, Multi-criterion Decision Making (MCDM) system. 
  • Transportation Engineering: Rural accessibility planning, Traffic Flow Modeling, Traffic Engineering, Capacity and Level of Service analysis, Public Transportation System Planning and Management, Recycling of materials, Pavement Management.
  • Water Resources Engineering: Reservoir Optimization, Drip Irrigation, Sustainable water resources development, Water quality and quantity management modeling, Optimization and soft computing techniques in water supply and wastewater treatment systems, River basin planning and Watershed hydrology, Rain Water Harvesting, Ground water modeling. 
  • Green Buildings: Passive solar architecture, Solar energy, Building performance simulation, Energy efficient building materials, Life cycle cost analysis. 
  • Planning and Management: Disaster, Construction and infrastructure.
  • Geomatics: Remote Sensing, Image Processing, GIS. 
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Currently the Department of Civil Engineering is offering five different degree programmes under First Degree, Higher Degree and Doctoral programmes in Pilani Campus. The programmes offered are as follows:

  • B.E. (Civil Engineering)
  • M.E.(Civil - Structural Engineering)
  • M.E.(Civil - Infrastructure Engineering and Management)
  • M.E.(Civil - Transportation Engineering)
  • Doctoral Programme (Ph.D)
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Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our staff members typically have a high sense of purpose and derive great meaning from working together to ensure that BITS Pilani's academic and research excellence is sustained. Apart from the regular faculty the department also employs teaching assistants from their pool of Higher Degree students.
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Recent achievements of Civil Undergraduate students
  • Two of our fourth-year undergraduate students namely Isha Shyam Narsaria (2014A2TS0490P) and Kabil Bhargava (2014A2TS0796P) have been awarded the Prof. V. S. Rao Foundation "Best All Rounder Award" 2018 based upon the assessment of their all-round performance. Though Isha could not come for convocation, Kabil Bhargava was present during the convocation and he was felicitated just after convocation in the office of Director

  • Fourth year student, Prateek Arora has secured third runner up position in online quiz Bending moment 10.0 grand finale held on 18.5.2018. 

  • Third year student, Harshoman Sinha has been awarded O.P. Jindal scholarship, 2017. 

  • Two of our final year students namely Mr. Prateek Arora and Mr. Arun Kumar Shar have secured fourth position in Bending Moment 1718.

  • Mr. Rishi Badola and Mr. Prateek Arora (both fourth-year first-degree students) are selected as the grand winners of  Student Quiz, celebrating 2017 India Engineers’ Day, conducted by Institution of Civil Engineers, London. 

  • Two of our third-year civil engineering students (Mr. Onkar Ashish and Mr. Mayank Vikhona) had participated in Bentley International Student Design global competition and secured the first runner- up position in all over the world and first position in India.

  • Mr. Rishi Badola, a fourth- year first- degree civil engineering student, was awarded a scholarship of INR 40,000/- apart from securing an All India Rank of 7 in Nationwide Education Scholarship Test (NEST – Senior-II) conducted across India in January 2017.

  • Ms. Richa Priyadarshini (third year first degree student) was awarded two-month research internship at the Technical University, Munich.

  • Pratyaksh Agarwal (2013A2PS671P) got offer letter for admission in London Business School for Masters in Management course through GMAT.
  • Rishi Badola (2014A2PS591P) won the India Engineers' quiz competition conducted by ICE.
  • Prateek Arora (2014A2PS556P) won the prestigious OP Jindal Engineering and Management Scholarship in the year 2016.
It is often considered that Civil Engineering is related to field work only, anyways, it is not so. One of prospects in Civil engineering is designing buildings using software. The competitions related to this aspect bring laurels to BITS Pilani every year. One of them, by Mr. Anvit Kr. Mittal is worth mentioning. The competition organized by Autodesk, “3-D Student Design Challenge” was divided into two categories i) BIM category ,i.e. 2-D modelling ii) CAD category ,i.e. 3-D modelling. The theme for both the categories was to design a futuristic building. Anvit along with Viraj Voditel and Akshay Singh Bisht participated in CAD category in which they designed fish shaped auditorium. They were second at national level and bagged a cash price of 30,000. For B.I.M category, they designed a prison campus of 60 acres consisting of sports complex, pool, prison cell, library, etc. The finals for this category were held in Mumbai, in which Anvit and Viraj participated with Mr. Amit Goel, a faculty member. Here also they emerged as shining stars, standing first in the competition. They got a cash price of Rs.1,20,000 and a sponsored trip to Las Vegas, where they attended a conference in Autodesk University and were certified as Autodesk professionals. 
The Ex-Secretary of CEA, Mr. Siddharth Awasthi got a chance to work as an intern in Institute of Concrete and Masonry in Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He received DAAD Scholarship for the internship in Germany. He worked on the project “Membrane compressive stresses in masonry construction”.
Recent achievements of PhD scholars 
  • Harish Puppala (a research scholar) won the student paper award for publishing the paper at the 12th International Conference on Transportation Planning and Implementation Methodologies for Developing Countries (TPMDC).

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