International Symposium on Geotechnical aspects of Heritage Structures
» Geological and geotechnical challenges in historical sites
Emphasis will be on the geological and geotechnical conditions of various historical sites, including subterranean and rock-cut sites, in India and abroad.
» Diagnostics of distress
Identification of the nature and extent of distress in heritage structures without compromising their heritage value is a major challenge. Non-destructive testing procedures (e.g., GPR, Tomography, MASW, etc.) are generally adopted, but in some cases, invasive tests are also carried out as diagnostic investigations. The symposium will deliberate on the state-of-the-art practice and recent developments.
» Heritage geotechnics
Identification of types of foundations, materials used and associated problems will be discussed under this theme.
» Geohazards and heritage
Several ancient structures have recently been lost to geohazards such as earthquakes, cloudbursts and slope failures, which pose a serious challenge in the preservation of these sites. Risk assessment, strategies and remedial measures against such natural disasters will be one of the major themes of this symposium.
» Geotechnical Safety assessment
Identification of failure mechanisms in foundations, retaining structures and subterranean structures, and new methodologies for deterministic and probabilistic safety assessment will be addressed within this theme.
» Numerical modelling strategies
Recent advances in numerical modelling of the substructure, foundation soil, and soil-structure interaction as part of the safety assessment of historical sites and structures will be addressed within this theme.
» Geotechnical interventions towards rehabilitation
Recent innovative solutions and techniques for rehabilitation to address geotechnical distress in historical foundations, earth-retaining structures or subterranean structures and their design basis will be discussed under this theme.
» Case studies on Historical sites
The symposium will also be a platform to discuss important case studies that are significantly
instructive either due to the challenging geotechnical distresses encountered or the pioneering solutions developed or adopted to ensure safety and preservation of the historical sites
The official language of the Symposium is English. Papers shall be written and presented in English.
15 March 2019
Intimation of abstract acceptance:
31 March 2019
15 May 2019
Intimation of full-length paper acceptance:
30 June 2019
Submission of camera ready papers:
15 July 2019
Registration of accepted papers:
31 July 2019
16-18 September 2019
Submit your abstract
One page abstract of original papers on any theme subject are invited for the inclusion in the symposium proceedings and presentation during the symposium. The abstracts shall be prepared in English language using the template provided on the website. The abstract will be reviewed by the technical committee and the authors will be informed about the acceptance for making the full paper submission.
Abstract Due Date – 15 March 2019
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Abstract Acceptance – 31 March 2019
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Full-Paper Collections – 15 May 2019
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Full-Paper Reviews Completed – 30 June 2019
The corresponding authors will be intimated about the review of their papers by the organisers on the due date. The final version of the accepted papers shall be submitted by the authors.
Final paper received – 15 July 2019
All the final papers should be received by the organizer upon the due date.
Notice of oral/poster presentation after overview – 31 July 2019
The organisers will notify the authors about the presentation schedule by 31 July 2019. One of the authors shall register for the symposium for final acceptance of the paper for including in the schedule of presentation and in the symposium proceedings.
Registration of Accepted papers – 15 August 2019
Registration page will be open on the website.
IC & SR Complex, IIT Madras
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the premier technological institutes of national importance. It includes state-of-art facilities set in a lush green forest with rich diversity of plants and animals.
Chennai City (formerly Madras)
Chennai, a southern metropolis, is situated on the eastern coast of India. The city is well connected with the rest of the world by a busy international airport. A good mixture of tradition and trendy culture, Chennai is currently a center of many major infrastructural projects such as construction of underground metro, modernization of airports and harbor facilities, highway projects etc.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India’s sixth largest metropolis with a population of 8.7 million. Chennai boasts of a rich and varied history extending over several millennia, ranging from prehistoric megalithic sites in the suburbs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 8th century AD. Shore Temples of Mamallapuram, located 58 km south of the city Chennai, finds mention in ancient Sangam literature dating from 3rd century BC, and witnessed Armenian and Portuguese settlements among others. The city was home to the first major British establishment in India with Fort St. George as headquarters in the year 1639 but was briefly also with the French. Madras was an experimental ground for many masterpieces of the Indo-Saracenic architecture, a fusion style introduced in colonial India. Chennai is on UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list for its rich Indian classical music tradition referred to as Carnatic.
Home to some of the earliest engineering and medical schools in the sub-continent, today, Chennai is recognised as a hub for education, health care, IT and manufacturing industry, earning the tag of “Detroit of the East” for its car manufacturing industry. This port city is serviced by an international airport well connected to several destinations in Europe and Asia. In September, Chennai experiences average high and low temperatures of 34°C and 26°C, respectively, and a relative humidity of 70% with less than ten rainy days.
Reaching IIT Madras
The IIT campus is located on the Sardar Patel Road, midway between the Raj Bhavan and Adyar bus terminus and is around 12 km from Chennai Central Railway Station. Other landmarks include the Guindy Snake Park near the IIT main gate and the Central Leather Reasearch Institute (CLRI) campus opposite the IIT campus.
If you have light luggage (a bag or an attache) you could consider taking a bus to IIT. The bus stop is just across the road from the Central Railway Station. You could use the subway to cross the road which is perpetually busy. There are direct buses to IIT, which start at the Central Station bus stop. If you take any of them, get down at Gandhi Mandapam, which is at walking distance from the IIT main gate. Otherwise, take any bus to Saidapet and from there, any bus heading for Adyar or Besant Nagar which will drop you right in front of the IIT gate. You could also take any bus to Adyar; there are frequent buses from Adyar Signal to the campus. Once you reach the In gate, there are buses to Gajendra Circle (near the administrative block and Central Library), the academic zone and the hostels (they are around 3.8 km from the main gate!) almost every 30 minutes.