Surya Muthukumar currently serves as Assistant Professor (Sr. Gr.) at the Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. She pursued her M. E. in Geotechnical Engineering, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. She is involved in various geotechnical consultancy activities undertaken by the Department of Civil Engineering. She is a Registered Geotechnical Engineer, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Tamilnadu. Her research focus is on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Stabilization using sustainable methods and Slope Stability. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD from Amrita School of Engineering.


  • Pursuing PhD inGeotechnical Earthquake Engineering in Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • First Class with Distinction in M.E, Geotechnical Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.
  • First Class with Distinction in B.E, Civil Engineering from Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Technical Skill Asset


Awards & Fellowships:

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Merit Scholarship Award receiver for 2010, 2011 and 2012 for outstanding performance in academics.
  2. Life Member- Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS), Coimbatore Chapter
  3. Member in National Network of Experts and Resources for Subsurface Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Sites (NERCS), Managed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India.
  4. Registered Geotechnical Engineer, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority


Publication Type: Conference Paper

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M. Mayilswamy, Sharma, A. Kumar, Surya M., Jayakrishnan,, Jayaprakash, Y., Sakthipriya,, and Velayudham, A., “Experimental Investigation on Bamboo as Structural Pile”, in Sustainable Development Through Engineering Innovations, Singapore, 2021.[Abstract]

Bamboo is a natural perennial grass, which is easily available and used as a low-cost construction material possesses good compressive and tensile strength. Tests were performed to assess the feasibility of bamboo as a pile in soil. A series of vertical pile load tests were conducted on the model tank setup with cohesionless loose soil inserted with bamboo piles. They were tested by varying the length and diameter of the bamboo for a constant relative density. From the series of tests, increase in diameter and length of bamboo pile increases the load-carrying capacity, but the diameter can be increased up to a limit according to its natural availability. However, the pile length can be increased similarly to friction pile conditions. The results found to be promising in terms of load-carrying capacity. This present investigation demonstrates that bamboo can be effectively used as a piling material in geotechnical practices.

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Publication Type: Journal Article

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Surya M., “A Preliminary Study of Bioremediation on Oil-Contaminated Soil Using Bacteria and Organic Manure”, In: Singh H., Singh Cheema P.P., Garg P. (eds) Sustainable Development Through Engineering Innovations. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol. 113, 2021.


Surya M., Ghanesh, G., Balasubramaniam, P., Prasanth,, and Raghavapriya, “Estimation of the soil loss in micro watersheds using morphometric analysis and GIS techniques”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 872, p. 012102, 2020.


Surya M., Saravanan, A. Jai, Raman, A., Sundaram, M. Shanmuga, and Angamuthu, S. Sri, “Investigation on the mechanical properties of eco-friendly pervious concrete”, Materials Today: Proceedings, 2020.[Abstract]

Pervious concrete has newly undertaken to escalate for its demand. As urban areas develop, the difficulties related to runoff management have become more herculean and pervious concrete can provide a sustainable solution. Sustainable development in the field of concrete structures can be achieved by minimizing the usage of cement in concrete as it releases a large amount of CO2 leading to various hazards. The reduction of Portland cement is attained by replacing by-product from various industries. Sugarcane bagasse ash (SCBA) is obtained by burning sugarcane after the extraction of all efficient sugar from it. Disposal of the ash material causes various environmental hazards. Strength is improved by using SCBA as a supplementary material and thus makes the resultant concrete eco-friendlier and economical. The bagasse ash which passes 150 μm and retained on 90 μm similar to that of OPC is used in this study. The samples are prepared by replacement of bagasse ash with cement in different percentages and the strength parameters and permeability of concrete is tested. Six different concrete mixes with the bagasse ash replacing 0%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25% of the OPC were prepared with water to cement ratio of 0.34 and 202.83 kg/m3 cement content. It is found that at 15% replacement, the optimum strength is obtained. Since the aggregate sizes used for all the percentage replacements remains same, the permeability ranges from 0.2 cm/s to 0.4 cm/s.

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Surya M., Kolathayar, S., Valli, s, and Dhanya Sathyan, “Pseudostatic analysis of soil nailed vertical wall for composite failure”, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 2020.[Abstract]

In the present study, pseudostatic method is used to analyse the stability of soil-nailed vertical wall under seismic conditions. This approach includes an additional inertial force equivalent to the dynamic load caused by earthquake. The soil surface which undergoes failure due to the static and dynamic condition is assumed to be a realistic composite failure surface rather than the conventional planar, circular or log-spiral surfaces. This study investigates the effect of various parameters such as vertical and horizontal seismic acceleration coefficients, friction angle of soil, shear wave velocity, primary wave velocity, amplification factor, nail length, spacing of the nails, and nail inclination on the stability of the vertical soil-nailed wall. A comparison study is made between the results obtained from the present analysis and the values reported in the literature. It is observed the present study with composite failure surface gives higher values of Factor of Safety compared to planar failure surface. Composite failure surface is more realistic and hence more accurate compared to a planar failure surface which gives a conservative value of Factor of Safety.

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Surya M., Sakthivelu, A., Shanmugasundaram, K., Mahendran, N., and Ravichandran, V., “Performance Assessment of Square Footing on Jute Geocell-Reinforced Sand”, International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, vol. 5, 2019.[Abstract]

Incorporation of three-dimensional geocell is a soil reinforcement technique which is extensively used today and has proved to be reliable due to its confining capability which increases the load-carrying capacity of the soil. The concern over the deterioration of soil and the escalating costs of the presently used synthetic geocells has steered the need for a natural replacement. This research provides a précis of the sand bed being reinforced with jute geocell, developed with jute geotextile and its effectiveness evaluated through model plate load tests in the laboratory using a square footing. The parameters administering the performance, such as the depth of sand cushion above geocell (u), width of geocell (b), and height of geocell (h) with respect to the width of the footing (B) are varied to realize the optimum of the ratios. The results obtained from the test conducted to optimize the ratios are scrutinized to study the improvement in bearing capacity of soil. The bearing pressure of the jute geocell-reinforced soil at 10% settlement is 3.5 times higher than that of the unreinforced soil. The inherent properties of natural fibres like jute can meet the requirement of synthetic geocells and their eco-compatibility make them to rule over existing geocells. According to the procured results and discussion through the study, it is proven that jute geocells could very well be an alternative for reinforcing the soil.

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Surya M., Bavithran, O. K. C., Nandhagopal, A. R., and Snehasree, T., “Stability study on eco-friendly Flexible pavement using E-waste and Hips”, International Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology, vol. 8, pp. 956-965, 2017.[Abstract]

A major threat to the environment is the disposal of abundant toxic and nondegradable waste materials. Many of these waste materials can be properly regulated in construction industry by either reusing or recycling. There are a lot of landfills that have huge quantity of E-waste and plastics in it. As of now, we still do not have a proper solution for disposing electronic and plastic waste which are highly toxic in nature. This paper presents an experimental investigation on flexible pavement with partial replacements of coarse aggregate using E-waste and bitumen with recycled HIPS (High impact polystyrene). We have implemented recycled poly-styrene in molten state as a partial replacement to bitumen. E-wastes are toxic, because of the presence of multiple chemicals such as lead, bromine, chromium etc., E-waste which is in the form of PC boards are crushed to a nominal size of 20 mm are used to replace coarse aggregates. Various percentages of replacements of E-waste and HIPS are done with the coarse aggregate and bitumen. Initially the optimum bitumen percentage is calculated based on the properties of aggregates. With the ratio of bitumen, the quantity of aggregates are defined, a control mix is casted, and then the substitutions are made with HIPS and E-waste respectively. All the samples are tested for its stability using Marshall Stability test and the results are analyzed. The basic idea of this research is to effectively makeuse of these non-degradable and toxic waste materials in pavement construction, which in turn makes it economical and eco-friendly.

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Projects and Consultancies

  • Involved in the Geotechnical Consultancies undertaken by the Department of Civil Engineering
  • Study on Geotechnical properties of Contaminated Soil by Bioremediation
  • Ground Improvement using Stone Columns Encased with Geonets
  • Estimation of the Soil Loss in Micro Watersheds using Morphometric analysis and GIS Techniques
  • Dynamic properties of Soil
  • Dynamic analysis of Soil Nailed wall

Research Activities and Consultancies

  1. Geotechnical consultant of the various soil testing projects undertaken by the Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering.
  2. Involved in the research on “Sustainable Approach for Rural Construction Through Rammed Earth” which is a part of Live-in-lab project by an International student, Mr. Pol Borràs Font.
  3. Involved in the project on Sustainable construction using Soil as the building material for Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore.
  4. Involved in the research on “Analysis of Rainfall induced landslides in the Kollihills and Nilgiris, Tamilnadu” with Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Administrative Works

  1. IQAC Co-ordinator of Department of Civil Engineering
  2. Department Student Counsellor
  3. PG Admission Co-ordinator