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IGS Annual Lecture

Prof. G L Sivakumar Babu

Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Prof. G L Sivakumar Babu, a distinguished Geotechnical Engineering Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is renowned for his outstanding contributions to the field. His research spans risk and reliability applications, geosynthetics, environmental geotechnology, and earthquake geotechnical engineering. Internationally acclaimed, he received the John Booker Medal in 2017 for applying probabilistic methods in geotechnical engineering. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: IGS Annual Lecture 2023

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna

Director, Transport Research Centre
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Buddhima Indraratna is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of Transport Research Centre, at University of Technology Sydney. He is an Honorary Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, and Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China. He has published over 1000 papers including 13 books, over 500 journal papers, and about 80 invited Keynote papers in all continents. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Ground Improvement with Sustainability, and applications to Transportation Geotechnics

Er. Vivek P. Kapadia

Retd. Secretary,
Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar

Vivek Kapadia has recently retired as Secretary to the Government of Gujarat, India. As a civil engineer, he has been in the field of Water Resource Engineering and Management for last 26 years. His focus areas are design, execution and repairs of large irrigation projects and policy making. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Restoration of Dam Components Subjected to Dynamic Loads Using Geosynthetics: A Case Study of Ukai Dam, India

Prof. Lee Fook Hou

Emeritus Professor,
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,
National University of Singapore, Singapore

DR LEE FOOK HOU is a Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore. He has been a faculty member at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 1986, where he developed and commissioned the NUS Geotechnical Centrifuge, which remains the only geotechnical centrifuge in Southeast Asia. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: The Influence of In-situ Soil Property on Strength of Cement-Treated High-Plasticity Soft Soils

Er. Keshab Kumar Sharma

Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Nepal

Er. Keshab Kumar Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Mr. Sharma, BE Civil, MSc in Construction Management has served more than 30 years in transportation sector under Government of Nepal. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Landslide Hazard Assessment to Enhance Highway Resilience: A Case of Narayanghat-Kathmandu Road, Nepal

Prof. Sarat Kumar Das

Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
IIT, ISM Dhanbad,

Dr. Sarat Kumar Das is Professor of Civil Engineering Department, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, India. He has completed him M.Tech and Ph D from IIT Kanpur and post-doctoral under Endeavour Fellowship, Government of Australia. Prof. Das over 20 years of research, teaching and consulting experience within the broad fields of civil, geotechnical, and geoenvironmental engineering. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Present status and Future Challenges in evaluation of industrial by-products and mine tailings as a geomaterial

Er. Ravi Sundaram

Director,
Cengrs Geotechnica Pvt Ltd. Noida

Mr. Ravi Sundaram, Director, Cengrs Geotechnica Pvt. Ltd., FIGS is a practicing geotechnical engineer with 42 years’ experience. His expertise includes geotechnical and geophysical investigations, ground improvement, piling, foundation-strengthening, load-tests etc. His experience includes advanced testing technologies such as electric cone penetration tests, SPT energy measurement, geophysical tests, dynamic pile load tests, etc. His interests include liquefaction, expansive soils, soft clays, artesian conditions, and tall-buildings. He has published more than 70 research papers. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Experiences with CPTu testing in Alluvial Soils

Prof. Ashish Juneja

Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Dr. Ashish Juneja is a professor at IIT Bombay and has been at this institute for over 18 years. He earned his doctorate from NUS, Singapore. He holds master’s degree from IIT Delhi and bachelor’s degree from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). Dr. Juneja worked in the industry for over 6 years in India and UK before returning to academia in 2005. His research interests are in dynamic soil behaviour, underground structures and ground improvement works. He has supervised doctoral and postgraduate students and has co-authored many journal and conference publications. Prof. Juneja has received research grant from Railways, DST, MoES, DRDO and many other public and private organisations. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Compression Behaviour of Treated and untreated Clays

Prof. Vikas Thakur

Vice-Dean (Sustainability) and Professor (Geotechnical Engg.),
Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Dr. Vikas Thakur is Vice-Dean (Sustainability) and Professor (Geotechnical Engg.) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is board member Norwegian Geotechnical Institute since 2020.He is also Board member Sektorstyre BAE, Standard Norge since 2020. He has published over 90 peer reviewed journal and conference papers. He has supervised 5 PhDs and co-supervised 2 PhDs, and numerous master thesis. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Landslide Mitigaton of Urbanized Slopes for Sustainable Growth: Some Recent Developments

Prof. A.K. Mishra

Director,
CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Barwa Road,
Dhanbad, Jharkhand

Dr. Arvind Kumar Mishra is Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad. He is also Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. He has obtained his Phd and Master’s degrees in Mining Engineering from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Tunnelling challenges in Himalayas

Dr. N. Kumar Pitchumani

Regional Director
AECOM India Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

Dr Kumar is a Regional Director at AECOM India Pvt Ltd, heading the Geotechnical Engineering business line and involved in the analysis and design of the Geotechnical components of large infrastructure projects. He brings in 30 years of professional experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Challenges in Large Diameter Bored Piling in Coralline Rock Formations

Prof. S.P. Gopal Madabhusi

Professor of Civil Engineering,
Department of Engineering,
University of Cambridge, UK



Dr Gopal Madabhushi is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK and the Director of the Schofield Centre. He has over 28 years of experience in the area of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. His expertise extends from dynamic centrifuge modelling to the time domain finite element analyses of earthquake engineering problems. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Role of Geotechnical Modelling in delivering Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Dr. Netra Prakash Bhandary

Professor,
Department of Environmental Design,
Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Disaster Management Informatics Research Ehime University, Japan

Dr. Netra Prakash Bhandary is a full-time professor of civil engineering at Ehime University of Japan, and teaches various topics in geotechnical engineering, geohazards, and geo-disaster reduction. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering (1989-1993) from Aligarh Muslim University of India, a master's degree in geotechnical engineering (1998-2000) and a Ph.D. in engineering (2000-2003) from Ehime University of Japan. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Residual-state shear creep tests to understand displacement behavior of deep-seated creeping landslides

Er. K.L.S. Sahabandu

President,
Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society

Eng. K.L.S. Sahabandu, has been serving in the Engineering Consultancy Industry over 40 years for a few large organizations in Sri Lanka particularly the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, the largest multidisciplinary engineering consultancy practice in Sri. On professional service, Eng. Sahabandu is the current President of the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society, the Past President of the Society of Structural Engineers, of Sri Lanka, and the Immediate Past Vice President of Sri Lanka National Committee on Large Dams. Read More

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Theme Speakers

Prof. Arvind K. Agnihotri

Professor and Head,
Department of Civil Engineering
Dr B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar, Punjab

Arvind Kumar Agnihotri is a Professor (HAG) in the department of Civil Engineering at NIT Jalandhar. He completed his Ph.D. from University of Roorkee now IIT Roorkee (1998), M.Tech. from NIT Kurukshetra (1989), and B.E. from Panjab University, Chandigarh (1987). He possesses a work experience of more than 34 years in research, teaching, and academic administration, with several years spent holding key leadership positions. His areas of interest are geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, reinforced earth, ground improvement and soil–structure interaction. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Sustainable Geoinfrastructures-Present Scenario and future Challenges

Dr. Abhishek Kumar

Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati

Dr. Abhishek Kumar is currently Associate Professor at the department of Civil Engineering at IIT Guwahati. His area of research includes seismic microzonation, seismic hazard analysis, forward and inverse ground response analysis, stability analysis of Tailing pond, ground improvement etc. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Forward and Inverse Ground Response Analysis: An Introduction and Need

Dr. Shrabony Adhikary

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Nagpur, Nagpur

Dr. Shrabony Adhikary is currently Assistant Professor at the Geotechnical Engineering Division Department of Civil Engineering Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Nagpur. Her primary research interests include Soil amplification and Site Response Analysis, Soil-structure interaction, Soil dynamics, Machine foundation, Performance based seismic design. She has received her Master’s and PhD from IIT Roorkee in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Issues related to site classification and amplification factors of Indian seismic code

Dr P.S. Prasad

Senior Principal Scientist,
Geotechnical Engineering Division
CSIR – Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. P.S. Prasad obtained his MTech in Geotechnical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1998 and PhD from IIT Delhi in 2016. Dr. P.S. Prasad is currently Senior Principal Scientist in Geotechnical Engineering and Head (planning, Monitoring and Evaluation division) at CSIR – Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi where he has been doing research since 2001 Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Geotechnical considerations for Expanding Himalayan Hill Roads: Landslide and Rockfall mitigation

Dr Kala Venkata Uday

Associate Professor,
IIT Mandi

Dr Kala Venkata Uday is Associate Professor in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi. Before joining IIT Mandi, he has served as Assistant Professor at VNR VJIET, Hyderabad from July 2013 to March 2015. He has received his Master’s and PhD from NIT Warangal and IIT Bombay, respectively. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching and research. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Non-Structural Landslide Risk Mitigation: Schemes, Application and Case Studies

Dr Vidya Bhushan Maji

Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
IIT Madras

Dr.V. B. Maji, presently working as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He joined the institute as an Assistant Professor in the year 2008. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Civil Engineering, Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Tunnel Behaviour under Seismic Loading

Er. Sumit Jain

GM/Project and Project Director,
Package 2, 4 & 5
Rishikesh Karnprayag Railway Project

Er. Sumit Jain has received his B.E. Civil Engineering in 2005 from Delhi Technological University (Erstwhile DCE). He is currently serving as General Manager and Project Director of 125 Km long Rishikesh to Karanprayag Rail Line project, Uttarakhand, India and HORC C4 Package in Haryana. He is Member Rock Mechanics Sectional Committee of BIS, TAI, ISRM, ISRMTT and IGS. He is having field experience of more than 15 years in various organization like NTPC, Indian Railways and RVNL. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Geological and geotechnical investigations for tunnelling projects

Dr. J.S. Vinod

Associate Professor,
School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering Faculty
of Engineering & Information Sciences University of Wollongong , Australia

Dr. Jayan S. Vinod is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Mining, Environmental, and Architectural (CMEA) Engineering at the University of Wollongong. His research interests encompass discrete element modeling of geomaterials, soil dynamics, and transport geomechanics. His current research focuses on the innovative utilisation of waste materials in various infrastructure construction projects. Dr. Vinod has been honored with the prestigious Australia-India EMCR Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Sciences. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Utilisation of scrap tyre for embankment construction

Dr. Neha Shrivastava

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
NIT Jaipur, Jaipur

Dr. Neha Shrivastava is a graduate in Civil Engineering from G. B. Pant University of Agril. & Tech, Pantnagar in 2000. She has been awarded a Merit scholarship during her B. Tech. She did her Master's with a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur in 2002. She went to Japan through the most prominent Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO) Scholarship for her doctorate during 2002-2005. She also acknowledged the student award of excellence from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. She has been a member of the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers & Japanese Geotechnical Society. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Viability of Dolomite Mine Overburden in Modified Grout Mix for Sustainable Ground Improvement

Dr. Dipankana Bhattacharjee

Assistant Professor,
Department of civil engineering,
IIEST Shibpur, Shibpur

Dr. Dipankana Bhattacherjee has graduated in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University and completed M.Tech. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from IIT, Bombay. Dr. Bhattacherjee is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIEST, Shibpur. Her primary research interests include Geotechnical Engineering, Experimental Geotechnics, Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling and Application of Geosynthetics in Geotechnics. One of the significant and innovative research developments of Dr. Bhattacherjee includes the design and fabrication of an in-flight rainfall simulator at enhanced gravity levels in a centrifuge. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Centrifuge Model Studies on the Use of Hybrid Geosynthetic Inclusions under Infiltration Events

Dr J.P. Sahoo

Associate Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
IIT Kanpur

Dr. Jagdish Prasad Sahoo has been working as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur since December 2019. Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, he was working as Assistant Professor at IIT Roorkee from February 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2013 and M.E. in 2003 with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering, IISc Bangalore, and B.Tech from College of Engineering and Technology Bhubaneswar which was affiliated to Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Bhubaneswar. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Analytical modeling of stability problems in soil mechanics

Dr. Tadikonda Venkata Bharat

Professor,
Department of Civil engineering,
IIT Guwahati


Dr. T Venkata Bharat is currently Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Guwahati. He has received both his M.Sc. (Eng.) and Ph.D. IISc, Bangalore, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Dr. Bharat has ~20 years of research experience and ~12 years of teaching experience in India and Canada. Dr. Bharat is currently the Head of the Centre for Educational Technology (CET) at IIT Guwahati. He is also currently associated with both Center for Disaster Management & Research and Center for Indian Knowledge Systems at IIT Guwahati and guiding Ph.D. students. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Unsaturated Behaviour of Clays under Harsh Environmental Conditions; Measurement and Modeling

Dr. Sreevalsa Kolathayar

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal, Surathkal

Dr Sreevalsa Kolathayar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering National Institute of Technology, Surathkal. He has received his PhD from IISc Banglore in 2013. His primary research interests include Ground Motion Attenuation & Seismic Hazard Assessment, Local Site effects & Liquefaction Susceptibility, Geotechnical structures under Seismic Loading – Analytical Studies, Disaster Risk Reduction (Earthquake Readiness Index, Disaster Geotechnics), Geosynthetics, Geonaturals and Geocells, Soil Stabilization and fiber reinforcement, Water Geotechnics and Geotechnical considerations for coastal reservoirs. Read Less

Topic/Title of the Talk: Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential at Amaravati Capital Region, Andhra Pradesh

Prof. Prishati Raychowdhury

Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, Kanpur

Dr. Prishati Raychowdhury is Professor Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Her primary research interests include Geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, seismic soil-structure interaction. Dr. Raychowdhury published more than 70 research articles in reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Raychowdhury supervised 6 PhD theses and 25 MTech theses; currently supervising 5 PhD and 01 MTech students. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Seismic Performance Assessment of Ash-filled MSE walls

Dr. Sunita Kumari

Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
National Institute of Technology Patna, Patna

Dr. Sunita Kumari is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Patna. Dr. Kumari received her PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) from IIT Roorkee in 2014. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Prediction of Liquefaction Behaviour of Fine Grained Soil using Nature Inspired Optimization Algorithms Coupled with Neural Network

Prof. Sumanta Haldar

Professor,
HoS IIT Bhubaneshwar

Dr. Sumanta Haldar is Professor of Civil Engineering in the department of School of Infrastructure at Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. He has received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering form IISc Banglore in 2008. His primary areas of interest include Energy Geotechnics, Foundation Engineering, Dynamics of Soils and Foundations, Earthquake Geotechnics, Waste Utilization, Railway Geotechnics, Probabilistic Geotechnics, Computational Geomechanics, Numerical Modeling, and Finite Element Analysis. Read More

Topic/Title of the Talk: Design Strategies of Offshore Wind Turbines in Shallow and Deep Water - Indian Perspective