Dr. Vivek B

Assistant Professor, Head of Department, Department of Civil Engineering 

Seismic soil-structure interaction, Soil liquefaction, Stochastic variability, NDT testing of RCC structures, Structural Health Monitoring
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Dubai Campus Dubai International Academic City  P. O. Box No. - 345055  Dubai, UAE.


Mechanics of Solids
Mechanics of Solids course imparts a deep understanding of principles governing structural and mechanical component strength, deformation, and stability. Applying Newtonian mechanics to static bodies, students analyze elements, emphasizing engineering judgment and STAAD Pro for stress, strain, and deformation calculations. This course equips students for structural and mechanical system design and evaluation.
Analysis of Structures
Analysis of Structures course focuses on fundamental principles and techniques in structural engineering. Students will learn to analyze both statically determinate and indeterminate structures, calculate internal forces and displacements, and explore matrix methods for complex systems. This course equips students with essential skills for ensuring the safety and efficiency of various civil engineering projects.
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures course imparts essential skills for analyzing and designing Civil Engineering Reinforced Concrete (RC) Structures, following the Limit State design method (IS-456:2000). It covers the analysis and design of beams, slabs, columns, staircases, and foundations. The course introduces concrete materials and incorporates modeling, analysis, and design using Bentley STAAD Pro software.
Design of Steel Structures
Design of Steel Structures course introduces students to limit state design principles for structural steel members under various loads, including compression, tension, and bending, as well as connections. It covers the design of systems like roof trusses and gantry girders according to IS 800 - 2007. Students will grasp design philosophies, bolted and welded connections, tension members, shear lag effects, axially loaded columns, and column base connections. The course also addresses issues related to laterally restrained and unrestrained steel beams.
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering introduces students to the essential principles of water resources engineering, covering topics like the hydrologic cycle, rainfall, runoff, reservoir planning, dam fundamentals, flood routing, and river basin management. The course also explores systems analysis techniques for planning, groundwater hydrology, water withdrawals, and river basin management. This unified approach equips students to address real-world challenges comprehensively and gain a holistic perspective on the subject.
Soil Mechanics
Soil Mechanics provides a comprehensive understanding of saturated soil behavior and performance. By the course's end, students will possess the skills to assess both physical and engineering aspects of soils, including stress transfer in two-phase systems. They will be proficient in determining index properties, soil classification, and engineering property assessment through standard tests and empirical corrections using index properties. The course emphasizes the application of relevant Indian and ASTM Standard codes of practice.
Foundation Engineering
Foundation Engineering focuses on imparting knowledge about geotechnical design parameters and the foundation design process. By the course's completion, students will have the ability to assess soil conditions, select appropriate foundation types (shallow, pile, retaining walls), and design them effectively. The course also covers slope stability analysis and introduces students to ground improvement techniques.
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Machine Foundation
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Machine Foundation course aims to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in various aspects related to seismic hazards and machine foundation design. The course covers seismic hazard assessment, engineering seismology, wave propagation, dynamic soil properties, dynamic bearing capacity, seismic foundation design, seismic slope stability, dynamic earth pressure, seismic design of retaining structures, liquefaction, machine foundation design, and soil improvement techniques. Students will gain expertise in addressing the seismic challenges associated with geotechnical engineering and machine foundations.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment provides an introductory overview of the field. The course delves into fundamental environmental concepts, global issues, and the impact of infrastructure development. Topics include prediction and assessment of environmental impacts, technical and procedural aspects, legal regulations, effects on air, water, soil, and noise environments, valuation, strategic assessment, social impact assessment (SIA), Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), risk analysis methods, mitigation strategies, case studies, and environmental management plans (EMP). The emphasis is on understanding governing laws and practical applications, offering students a unified approach to address real-life environmental challenges comprehensively.