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Course Name Advanced Construction Practices
Course Code 18SC603
Program M. Tech. in Structural & Construction Engineering
Semester 2
Credits Coimbatore
Year Taught 2019


Course Syllabus

Construction Materials: Introduction to material structure and properties. Metals and Special Alloys of Steel – Glass and Glazing – Structural Plastics and Composites – Polymer Membranes, Coatings, Adhesives – Flooring and Facade Materials – High performance concrete.

Sub-structure Construction: Construction of diaphragm walls, H walls and basement- Shoring for deep cutting – Underpinning; Trenchless Technology; Box jacking, Pipe Jacking. Tunneling Techniques- Piling Techniques-Driving Well And Caisson-Sinking Cofferdam – Cable Anchoring and Grouting.

Super Structure Construction: Techniques of construction for continuous concreting operation in Tall buildings of various shapes and varying sections – cooling towers, silos, chimney – erection techniques of tall structures – erection of articulated structures – aerial transporting, handling, erecting light weight components on tall structures – Large span structures – In-situ pre-stressing in high rise structures. Composite construction of steel and concrete. Rapid construction techniques.

Special Structures: Construction sequences in sky scrapers, bow string bridges, cable stayed bridges – Launching techniques for heavy decks and box decks – support structure for heavy equipment and machinery in industries.

Text Books

  • Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers, Mamlouk, M.S. and Zaniewski, Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • Modern Construction and Ground Engineering Equipment and Methods, Harris, F., Prentice Hall, 2013.
  • Heavy Construction – Planning, Equipment and Methods, Singh. J, Third Edition, CRC Press, 2009.
  • Construction Technology for Tall Buildings, Michael Chew Yit Lin, Singapore University Press, Singapore, 2001.
  • Composite Structures of Steel and Concrete, Johnson, R.P., Wiley India Exclusive, 2013.


‘Advanced Construction Practices’ is a course offered in the second semester of M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

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