09-APR-2016: While addressing the National Conference on 'Advances in Geotechnical Engineering (AGE-2016)', organized by Department of Civil Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University the Pro Vice Chancellor Brig S Ahmad Ali said that Geotechnical engineers play an important role in the construction of high rise buildings, bridges, roads, dams and tunnels, and they often have to deal with difficult materials which pose difficulties in their path.
Brig Ali said that many a times it is also difficult to assess geological inhomogeneities which exist within the natural deposits. He said that the destruction caused by earthquakes and floods have added to the challenges faced by engineers. The situation demands for the construction of such strong structures on which the disasters could cast minimal effect, he added.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Professor Mumtaz A Khan said that Geotechnical engineering is an important branch of civil engineering and it is evident that every structure is founded over it. He said that in order to ensure the safety of the concerned structure, its behavior needs to be understood first. The varying nature of the soil at different regions makes it difficult to use the same project design at different sites, he added.
Professor JT Sahu, Chairman, Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi chapter) pointed out that geotechnical engineering has always remained an indispensible part of Civil engineering and has played an eminent role in the construction of civil engineering structures of India. He hoped that the Conference would be successful in exploring new avenues in the field.
Professor Mohd Arif, Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering informed that geotechnical engineering is concerned with the engineering behavior of the earth materials. He said that a geotechnical engineer suggests the type of foundations for the built up facilities such as high-rise buildings and bridges and he is also related to pavement subgrades as well as coastal and ocean engineering.
Dr Mehboob Anwer Khan, Organizing Secretary, while introducing the theme of the Conference said that it was opted in line with the fast changing challenges that are faced by geotechnical engineers and with the aim to bring together engineers and researchers of the field to review and discuss the recent practical and theoretical methods. He informed that the conference is directed towards addressing recent advancements, technologies and innovations within the profession of geotechnical engineers.
The program was conducted by Dr M Masroor Alam, organizing secretary of the conference while Professor Kausar Ali proposed the vote of thanks.
The conference was organized in collaboration with TEQIP II and Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi chapter).
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