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 Thanks. The highlight of the conference was the keynote lectures by International speakers. 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.