The Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus is organizing an International Short Course on Subsurface Construction and Maintenance Using Geosynthetics on September 21st, 2018. The course is organized in association with ACRD. 

About the Course

Geosynthetics are polymeric materials which are used to enhance, augment and provide possible cost-effective solutions for geotechnical, environmental, transportation and hydraulic engineering projects. Geosynthetics have become well established construction materials which can be utilized for all stages of construction to strengthen infrastructure by improving road design, preserving water, controlling evaporation, limiting erosion, and enhancing the longevity, resilience and safety of structures. With the development of geosynthetics, their applicable range extends to areas other than civil engineering, such as mining, agricultural and aqua-cultural engineering. There are various types of geosynthetics available as required for different applications and environments. Rational design methods, based on sound concepts and standardized test techniques for determining the technical properties of geosynthetics, are now available, thus placing the geosynthetics on a firm base. This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of geosynthetics and their applications in subsurface construction and maintenance using geosynthetics, mainly focusing on foundations and tunnels.

Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between types of Geosynthetics and their primary and secondary functions they perform in various applications.
  • Select the Geosynthetics for their appropriate and cost-effective use in construction and maintenance of foundations.
  • Select the Geosynthetics for their appropriate and cost-effective use in construction and maintenance of tunnels.
  • Recommend the type of test on Geosynthetics required for their applications in foundations and tunnels.
  • Develop the general guidelines for Geosynthetic installations in foundations and tunnels.
  • Locate the additional references on Geosynthetics and their applications.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla

PhD (/IT Kanpur), MTech (/IT Kanpur), BSc Eng (BIT Sindri) , FIEAust, FIGS, FIE(India), MASCE, MIGS, MIFAI, MIRC, MISRMTT, MISTE, MCA/1

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, and has over twenty-two years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering and the Program Leader of the Discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. He holds the adjunct/distinguished professorship in Civil Engineering at Fiji National University, Fiji, VIT University, Vel lore, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, VR Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India. He graduated in 1988 with a first-class degree with distinction in Civil Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University, Ranchi), India. He earned his MTech in Civil Engineering (Engineering Geology) in 1992 and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) in 1995 from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. His research interests include geosynthetic and fibre-reinforced soil engineering, ground improvement methods, earth pressure, slope stability, soil-structure interaction, and environmental, mining and pavement geotechnics. He is the author of popular ICE textbooks titled 'Core Principles of Soil Mechanics' and 'Core Concepts of Geotechnical Engineering', and has authored/co-authored/edited other 8 books and 12 book chapters. He is also the author/co-author of more than 200 research papers and technical articles, including over 115 refereed journal publications. He is a fellow of Engineers Australia, Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Geotechnical Society, and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Geosynthetics Society and Indian Roads Congress. He is a Senior Editor of Cogent Engineering, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including International journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Improvement, Geotechnical Research, Indian Geotechnical journal, journal of Mountain Science, and Advances in Civil Engineering.


For fee details contact coordinators.

The course fee includes participation in all the sessions of the course, course materials as presented, lunch and refreshments.

Limited accommodation is available and can be arranged on payment basis upon prior request.

For Registration, Please follow the instructions provided on the link below:

Tentative Schedule

8:30 am to 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am to 10:00 am Inaugural function
10:00 am to 11:15 am Lecture #1: Basic description and function of Geosynthetics
11:15 am to 11:30 am Tea Break
11:30 am to 12:45 pm Lecture #2: Properties and selection of Geosynthetics
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Lecture #3: Foundation with Geosynthetics
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm Lecture #4: Tunnel with Geosynthetics
4:15 pm to 4:30 pm Interactive session 
4:30 pm Vote of Thanks followed by High Tea


Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma

Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.
+91 8189 803 382,

Dr. Sreevalsa Kolathyar

Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore.
+91 9471192250,

Department of Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritanagar Campus
Coimbatore- 641 112, Tamilnadu, India

Event Details
2018-09-21 09:00 to 17:00
Civil Engineering
School of Engineering