The academic facilities available to the students at the Department of Civil Engineering includes:
The Department of Civil Engineering has 13 lecture rooms, each having a capacity of 70 students. There are two lecture theatres, which can accommodate 300 students and one drawing hall for 80 students. The teaching facilities are equipped with latest state of the art multi-media and teaching aids. The use of the teaching aids is encouraged by the faculty and is also much preferred.
Laboratories and Technical Laboratories:
There are 9 well equipped, laboratories that are capable of carrying out the prescribed course of practical work in the respective subjects taught at undergraduate level. Competent and experienced technical staff is available to supervise laboratory related experiments and tutorials to facilitate the subject teacher during teaching hours as well as in demonstration of experimental procedures and performances of the prescribed experiments. The size of the laboratories is large enough (1250 sq. ft.) to accommodate a number of groups at a time. The Department has the following laboratory facilities:
A state of the art computer facility is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the department. The facilities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels are provided free of charge (except for using internet which is charge at nominal hourly rate). The Undergraduate Computer Centre (UGCC) is equipped with the latest machines providing at one time more than 60 students to work (workstations) through the INTRANET, which is provided by the university’s centralized computing services. The operating system used is WINDOWS based allowing user friendly and interactive computing environment. The department has its own server and a number of groups are integrated within the system. There is a growing list of licensed engineering and utility software being used for analysis of various design problems being taught in different courses. Some of the common software that are available at computer centers are:
At the Postgraduate Computer Centre (PGCC) keeping in view of the requirements research and computation in addition to above mentioned software, following programmes have been also added to the software bank:
The undergraduate students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and arrive at solutions through personal endeavour. In order to facilitate students in developing project proposals the department has its own updated Project Library which mainly contains Final Year projects prepared by graduating. Many of these projects are of high standard and have been followed and taken further at higher academic levels, while some have been practically implemented, showing high professional value. Some research carried out at undergraduate level has been of good quality leading to publication.
In addition to these facilities the Department of Civil Engineering has also acquired an APT (Automatic Picture Transmission), courtesy of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). The device is a highly sensitive telemetry receiver specifically designed to receive FM signals from satellite. The gadget displays weather images of the country and is housed in the Cowasjee Earthquake Study Centre.
Video Conferencing Hall:
Installation of Shake Table:
Seismic Table has a linear hydraulic actuator with a fatigue rating of
110 kip (500 kN). The actuator is attached to a 3 M x 3 M table which is
guided by linear bearings. The stroke capability of the unit is ± 300
mm (± 12 inch) with a nominal peak velocity of 1 meter/sec (40
inches/sec) and average velocity of ½ meter/sec (20 in/sec). The linear
guide bearing are sized to test a 20 MT payload with a CG 3 M off the
table surface, with 60 MT-M over turning moment at one g. The entire
table assembly is attached to the mass via the post tensioned steel
plates on the mass top surface. The actuator is attached to the moving
table via a coupling flexure which is guided by linear bearings.
table surface includes a mounting grid pattern to simplify specimen
attachment. The assembly has a complete with a servo valve 900 lpm (240
gpm) and position transducer to allow displacement to be used as the
feedback for loop closure. An accelerometer is used to control or
monitor the table motion in an external loop as well. The control system
accepts a signal from the control system. The hydraulic power is
provided via a 156 gpm, 3000 psi HPS.
Siesmic Table Assembly is attached to a reaction mass in order to
develop full force performance. A mass to maximum load ratio is 20:1.
systems include control software which all standard features. The System
has four (4), 32 bit input A/D channels with 16 bit programmable
attenuators, one, 64-bit output D/A channel with 16-bit D/A, one, high
speed signal processing module, classical shock vibration and a 2.93 GHz
PC based computer.
Hydraulic Linear Actuator, 500 kN (110 kip), is a double ended fatigue rated, with hydrostatic and replaceable non-metallic back up bearings, one-piece 133.4 mm (5.25 inch) heat treated alloy piston rod, and internal, concentrically mounted LVDT. Hydrostatic bearing provide a low friction high side load bearing to assure low harmonic distortion during high velocity tests. Click...