Venica Maclean, 3rd Year Civil Engineering, Volunteer of NSS, LDCE, represented Gujarat on Rajpath, Delhi in the parade held on the auspicious day of 72nd Republic Day on 26thJan’2021. She bought laurels to the college as she became part of the NSS Platoon.
The Applied Mechanics Department of LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad organized a 5 day long online short-term training programme (STTP) on “Novel Advances in Ingredients of Sustainable Construction Materials” from 1-5 June, 2021, under the aegis of The Institution of Engineers (India) Student’s Chapter, Ahmedabad. This training programme has been approved by the Directorate of Technical Education & Indian Society for Technical Education and Sponsored by Gujarat Council for Sciences and Technology (GUJCOST) and LDCE Alumni Association (LAA). This STTP was inaugurated by Dr. Soumen Maity - Sr. GM & Asst. VP of Development Alternatives, New Delhi in a well-attended opening inaugural session.This training programme attracted over 130 participants from various regional and national level engineering colleges.
Insightful sessions were delivered by experts from Industry, Academia, Consulting companies, Developmental Institutions and R&D Institutes, covering range of topics within the realm of STTP theme like (1) few related to sustainable materials like AAC Blocks, Green Quaternary Cement, fly-ash based cement and mortar, (2) Few related to use of different types of wastes in concrete, like Plastic, Sandstone, granite & marble cutting waste, and related to recycling of C&D waste (3) Few related to emerging initiatives and practices in construction and cement industry and for mass housing.
The major takeaway from the STTP was The sustainability story and its future in construction sector depends on the evolution in construction techniques and materials acquisition that can reduce waste, energy and various inefficient practices adopted at sites. A green and circular economy approach should be the pivot of sustainability. Researchers, academicians must have eye for such wastes that has potential as replacement to conventional ingredients of concrete however one must not always attempt 100% substitution in the first trial. The yardstick for evaluating the efficacy of the wastes replacing the virgin materials must not restrict only to strength but should include durability, thermal comfort, energy efficiency & cost. The material should qualify all the important tests. The research fraternity has to think out of the box and have to muster courage to explore the new types of wastes with a strong rationale behind proposing the incorporation of the chosen waste into construction material.
The valedictory session was presided over by Dr.M.N.Patel (Pro -Vost, Parul University) as Chief Guest & Shri Atul Shah ( Vice President, L.D.Alumni Association) as Guest of Honour. & The entire STTP was efficiently conceptualized by Prof.Poonam I. Modi and was well co-ordinated by Prof.Deepak Tarachandani, Prof.Ashwin G. Hansora & Prof.Poonam I. Modi under the able leadership of Major.Dr.C.S.Sanghvi. This STTP provided effective platform to various practitioners of Civil Engineering community to share their knowledge and ideas and most important outcome of this STTP was not the knowledge about emerging trend in construction materials but the inculcation of curiosity to delve deeper in this area
The department of Applied Mechanics of L.D. College of Engineering under the aegis of Indian Geotechnical Society, Ahmedabad Chapter and Institution of Engineer (I), organized a Short term training Program in Online mode on Recent Trends in Environmental Geotechnics for Sustainable Development” from 22nd-26th March 2021. This STTP was sponsored by GUJCOST, IGS & IEI and approved by DTE & ISTE. The 5 day long program had an array of eminent speakers from prestigious Academic, Indus trial and government bodies deliberating on crucial issues. The speakers made an invaluable contribution through their insightful lectures on currently relevant topics such as mitigation of environment hazards, solid waste management, waste disposal using nano-technology or innovative lining materials, migration rate of nuclear waste and its safe disposal methods. The Inaugural session of the STTP was presided over by Prof.Dr.D.N. Singh(Institute Chair Professor) from IIT Bombay & Dr.Amit Prashant (Professor & Dean of R&D, IIT Gandhinagar).
The major takeaway from the STTP was “waste if treated appropriately can be utilized effectively for sustainable development”. A total of 110 participants inclusive of academicians, research scholars and industry persons took the benefit of enlightening sessions. The STTP opened an entire new avenue of R&D works in areas such as valorization of legacy waste, Industry byproducts, carbon capture utilization and storage, energy geotechnics.
The speakers from esteemed bodies such as IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT B huvneshwar, BITS Pilani, NIT Trichi, IIT Guwahati, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Irrigation department (GoG), Macferri India Ltd, IIT Gandhinagar were invited for the online sessions during the training program. The valedictory session was presided over by Prof.Dr.N.M.Samidhya (President, IGS) & Dr.Sachin Parikh ( Joint Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Gandhinagar). The entire STTP was efficiently conceptualized by Dr.M.V.Shah and well co-ordinated by Dr.M.V.Shah & Prof. Alpa J. Shah and co-coordinated by Prof.Shalini Singh under able guidance of Prof.Dr.C.S.Sanghvi.
PG Geo-tech student was awarded Gold Medal during the GTU Convocation for his excellent academic performance.
The department of Applied Mechanics Department of L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad (Under Directorate of Technical Education, Education Department, GoG) successfully organized a National level online FDP on “Earthquake Safe Design and Construction Practice” from (01/12/2020 to 05/12/2020) under the aegis of AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy.
The inauguration of the esteemed Online FDP was conducted in the august presence of DR C V R Murty, Institute Chair Professor, IIT, Madras as the Chief Guest & Dr B. S. Munjal, Scientist (Engineer-G), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as Guest of Honour.
The complete FDP was well coordinated by Major Dr.C.S.Sanghvi, Professor & Head Applied Mechanics Dept.
Noted Speakers from esteemed Academic Institutes such as National Forensic Science University, IIT Gandhinagar & British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada were pitched in for the expert talk. Insightful lectures were also delivered by notable Experts from various bodies of GoG such as Road & Building department, Office of RERA. Expert from technology based organization such as National Centre for Peoples’ Action in Disaster Preparedness (NCPDP) and People in Centre had also delivered talk in this FDP.
The valedictory function of the FDP was chaired by Shri M.N.Patel (Ex. Principal of LDCE, Ex. Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University).
The following faculty members Prof.P.J.Mehta, Prof. A.J.Shah, Prof. A.G.Hansora, Prof. K.A.Parmar, Prof. C.D.Patel, Prof. B.R.Patel, Prof.S.R.SSingh were felicitated with “Certificate of Appreciation” for having worked relentlessly for the successful organization of the FDP.
The department of Applied Mechanics organized webinar entitled "Site practices and Construction Management" on 23rd Oct'2020 under the aegis of The Institution of Engineers ( India) Students' Chapter on 23rd Oct' 2020.
The department of Applied Mechanics, under the aegis of The Institution of Engineers ( India) Students' Chapter of Civil Engineering organized a webinar entitled " Smart Cities" on 3rd October 2020.
The department celebrated the 53rd Engineer’s Day on 15th Sep 2020. The celebration also marked the Online “Inauguration of the prestigious “The Institution of Engineers (India) Students’ Chapter, Department of Civil Engineering. The official opening of the Students’ Chapter was done at the hands of the most illustrious Alumni of our college “Padma Shri Shri.S.S.Rathore MD, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Ex-MD SSNL,Former President IEI). The official opening was followed by a webinar on “Sustainable Development” delivered by yet another remarkable luminary of our Institute “Shri Sameer Sinha”- Founder & Managing Director, SAVVY group, Ahmedabad.
It was a very proud moment for the Department as “The Institution of Engineers ( India) issued the Certificate of Establishment of the Students’ Chapter at the Department of Civil Engineering, at L.D.College of Engineering on 10th Sep 2020. This was made possible by the relentless efforts put forward by Prof. Dr. R.B.Khasiya ( HoD- Civil); Prof. Dr.C.S.Sanghvi ( HoD-Applied Mechanics) and Prof. C.D.Patel (Asst.Prof, Applied Mechancis) under the able guidance of Principal Madam Dr.R.K.Gajjar
The department in its consistent efforts to promote Industry-Academia Collaboration had planned and organized an Online Meet with Professionals and Stalwarts of Structural & Geotechnical Engineering. The aim of the Online Professional Meet was to deliberate on all the ongoing the concerns of the Industry and to provide an array of Dissertation topics to the Students pursuing their Masters in Structural & Geo-technical Engineering.
The webinar was rightly entitled as “Meet the Professionals” – Industry Academia Collaborative Talk and organized on 14th August 2020. The expert Panel of speakers from the domain of Structural Engineering comprised of Shri Vijay Shah ( Bhoomi Consultants), Shri Umesh Soni ( Ambuja Cements Ltd), Shri Bhavik Patel ( Blue Skyz Engineers), Shri Jignesh Gandhi ( CASAD Consultants), Shril Shailesh Desai & Shri Rakesh Mehta ( Saunrachana Strucon Pvt. Ltd), Shri Rakesh Shah ( S3M, Consultants), Shri Bhavin Shah ( SQVe Engineers). The panel of experts from Geotechnical Engineering comprised of Shri Arun Dave ( Geotech Soil Testing Lab), Shri Mahendra Bhavsar ( SAI SYSTRA India Consultants), Shri Mihir Vora ( KBM Engineering Research Laboratory), Shri Parag Dave ( M.K.Soil Testing Laboratory), Shri Nitin Desmukh ( Louis Berger India – Metro Rail).
The webinar was meticulously planned and organized by Prof. D.R.Tarachandani,Prof. P.J.Mehta, Prof.Dr.M.V.Shah, Prof. C.D.Patel & Prof. Shalini R. Singh under the able guidance of Prof. Dr. C.S.Sanghvi.