Spreading GIAN - Maintenance and Preservation Treatment of Highways to Economically Enhance Service Life in Sustainable Manner
Jan 16, 2017 | Pradhyumna Rao
The month of December saw the campus abuzz with various GIAN courses organized by the institute as a part of Government of India’s initiative. The Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) was launched by the Government of India and NIT Rourkela hosted two GIAN courses from the civil department. Maintenance and Preservation Treatment of Highways to Economically Enhance Service Life in Sustainable Manner was a GIAN course hosted by Prof. Mahabir Panda.
Prof Mahabir Panda is a professor from the civil department who received his M.tech and Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur. He has published over sixty articles in national and international journals and conferences.
The Guest speaker of the course Prof.Vivek Tandon is a part of the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. His main area of expertise and interest is the development of innovative climate resilient materials fro highway infrastructure that generates minimal carbon footprint. This includes modification of existing materials like asphalt, aggregate, asphalt concrete, soils and PCC and developments of new materials like geopolymer. The minor areas of expertise include nondestructive testing of highways and impact of climate change on transportation infrastructure.
This course covered topics like low-cost and low-environmental-impact treatments to prolong or extend the life of the highways by delaying major rehabilitation activities which will minimize energy consumption and use of virgin materials while reducing CHG emissions over the life cycle.
The primary course objectives were
- Identify Pavement Condition Assessment Tool and how to incorporate Failing Weight Deflectometer in evaluating and assessing existing condition of highway using accepted agency standards at a set inspection frequency.
- Identify conditions that can be beneficially addressed through preservation.
- Identify and select highway performance models to forecast future performance with and without the application of preservation treatments.
- Identify highway treatment rules and treatment impact rules.
The registration fee for the course was as follows.
- Faculty and scientists: Rs.2000
- Organizations/consultancy firms/ industry : Rs.5000
- Students/ research scholars with award of degree: Rs.2000
- Students/ research scholars without award of degree: Rs.1000
- Students from abroad: USD 100
- Other participants from abroad: USD 200
An additional amount of Rs.500 was charged as a one-time registration fee on the GIAN portal.
With registrations of 45 people, 42 people turned up. The participants were from colleges within India and abroad and a majority were NIT Rourkela students. According to the protocol the guest has to deliver lectures, but this course also had other faculty members delivering lectures throughout the course especially during tutorials.
With a positive feedback, the course proceeded smoothly with an active participation of students and teachers with the guest and the institute has always remained supportive.