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A Report on "IGS (DC) –CSMRS
Symposium cum Training Course on
Application of Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

To be at par with the pace of technological changes, every field of engineering is synchronizing itself with the latest advancement taking place in the field of software engineering. Geotechnical engineering also in the last ten years has witnessed flow of large number of numerical modeling software and programs in the market. In view of these developments, Indian Geotechnical Society Delhi Chapter in association with CSMRS organized a symposium cum training course on “Application of Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering” on May 1-2 at CSMRS. The main objective of this symposium was to update and expose geotechnical engineers to different professional software’s available in the market for solution of different geotechnical problems ranging from simpler problems of foundation design to complex design of underground structures.

In this symposium, eleven lectures were delivered spread over a period of two days. Speakers were selected to present a mix of academic experts, field professional and software developers which set the stage for meaningful interaction between the speakers and participants. Symposium was attended by around hundred delegates representing different governmental, public sector, private professional and academic institutions.

The event commenced at around 09.30 am with the formal registration of the participants, speakers and sponsors. Registration was followed by inaugural function at 10.00 AM which was attended by directors and technical heads of many governmental and non-governmental organizations in addition to registered delegates. Inauguration function was coordinated by Dr. N.P.Honkanadavar symposium coordinator, who welcomed the chief guest Shri Murari Ratnam; Director CSMRS along with Dr. K.G.Sharma, Professor IIT Delhi, Dr. Atul Nanda; Chairman IGS Delhi Chapter and Dr. Altaf Usmani; Hon. Secretary, IGS Delhi Chapter. He also extended a warm welcome to all the delegates and distinguished speakers who have come form different parts of the country and abroad for this symposium. Dr. Atul Nanda, Chairman IGS DC highlighted the importance of the symposium during his speech while Prof. K.G. Sharma discussed the importance of correct application of numerical methods in the field of geotechnical engineering for optimum solutions. Dr. Altaf Usmani, Hon. Secretary, IGS DC presented the vote of thanks to one and all with special thanks to CSMRS staff and administration for extending all the help for organization of the workshop. Inauguration function was immediately followed by high tea at the ground floor hall in CSMRS.

There were total eight technical sessions in the symposium, which included four technical lectures on first day and seven technical lectures on second day. Every speaker was approximately given a time of around one hour followed by an interactive discussion for about 10 to 15 minutes. First lecture was given by Dr. K.G. Sharma, a well known expert in the field of numerical modelling of geotechnical structures who discussed the basic aspects of numerical modelling for geotechnical engineers, which set the stage for other lectures to follow that were delivered in line with the usage of specific software’s in the field of geotechnical engineering. Workshop closing function was organized after the completion of all technical sessions where the specific views and feedback of the delegates were invited and discussed. Many delegates expressed their thanks to the organizer for organizing this interesting symposium and appreciated the efforts of the speakers for exposing them to large number of geotechnical software’s which can be utilized for solution of many complex geotechnical problems. Finally closing session came to end by special thanks to speaker and delegates by chairman of IGS Delhi Chapter.

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