The department takes initiative in organising Conferences on a regular basis. These conferences become a platform for students and young researchers to connect and discuss the latest developments and research in the domain of Civil Engineering. The first national conference on Alternate Building Materials and Construction Practices (NABCP) was hosted in the campus in the year 2015.
This was followed by a conference series titled SECON (Structural Engineering and Construction Management) during the year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020,2021 and 2022. The department ensures that proceedings are published.
Second International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management SECON’21
The second edition of International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management – SECON’21 organised by the Department of Civil Engineering, Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Angamaly, Kerala was held on 12 -15th May 2021. The main theme of the conference was “Computational Techniques in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Management”. The four days conference was arranged in association with American Society of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineers – IEI Kochi Chapter, ISTE, ICI Kochi Chapter and Paradigm IT Pvt. Ltd., Kochi, the industry partner. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Anitha P, Chairman, Governing Body, Federal Institute of Science and Technology. Dr. George Issac, Principal presided over the function. Dr. Unni Kartha G, Head of the department welcomed the gathering. Er. Poloju Narasimha Chay, President ASCE India Section Southern region, Dr. K Vijakumar, Chairman ISTE Kerala Section, Er. Shaji Jacob, Chief Academic Coordinator IEI Kochi Chapter, Mr M A Joseph, Chairman ICI Kochi chapter and Dr. C Sheela, Vice Principal , FISAT shared their felicitations during the inaugural function. Ms. Rajalakshi T R, convenor introduced the themes of the conference and Ms Reshma Prasad, convenor, proposed the vote of ThanksThe highlight of the conference was the keynote lectures by International s. peakers. The Keynote speakers were
1. Dr. Mohammad Najafi, Director – Centre for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA
2. Prof. Giuseppe Carlo MARANO, Deputy Director , Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino – Italy
3. Prof. Ir.Ing Serge Vandemeulebroecke, Visiting Professor, University of Antwerp, Belgium
4. Dr. Arjun Jayaprakash, Senior Earthquake Engineer, Karen Clark and Company, Boston, Massachusetts
5. Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, Senior Professor, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
6. Prof. Usama Ebead, Professor of Structural Engineering , Qatar University.
The overwhelming response to SECON21 flagged way to nearly 400 submissions, from premier institutes in the country such as IITs, NITs, and other Universities. The papers were peer reviewed by a reviewer team which was composed of 100+ Academicians with PhD as well as Industry. 100 papers from 43 institutions which include 8 papers from IITs, 20 from NITs and 4 papers with foreign collaborations are published by Springer in the Scopus indexed book seires “Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering”. The papers selected for publication were presented in 27 sessions over the 4 days. The best paper awards were announced during the valedictory session held on 15th May.
First international Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management SECON 2020
The International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management was conducted on the 14th and 15th of May 2020. The theme of the conference was “Innovative Practices in Construction, Rehabilitation and Demolition of Structures” and had seven sub themes through which a wide range of issues were discussed in the conference. Dr. Rajashree M S, Honorable Vice CHancellor of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University inaugurated the conference. Two keynote lectures were presented by Prof. Ir.Ing Serge Vandemeulebroecke, Visiting Professor, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Prof. Ir.Lic.Bart Van Zegbroeck, Visiting Professor, University of Hasselt, Belgium during the inaugural function. The conference was conducted in association with ASCE, ICI, IEI and Paradigm Consultants Pvt. Ltd. A total of 315 submissions were received from across the country and abroad of which 160 were shortlisted and 85 were accepted for presentation and publication after intrinsic reviewing and plagiarism check. The proceedings are publshed by Springer in Lecture notes in Civil Engineering.
Dr. Kavitha P E and Mr. Jawahar Saud S were the convenors of the event. Owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the conference was completely hosted on the online platform Google Meet. The team effort of the faculty in planning and coordinating the event completely was widely appreciated by the chairs, authors and participants. They also positively commented on the initiative taken by the department for hosting the event online.