OIST – Civil – Labs and Infrastructure

Civil Engineering Labs Infrastructure

The Civil Engineering department has the following labs to give exposure to the students and enhance their practical knowledge.


Geotech Lab

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Geotechnical engineering specialization was started under civil engineering department in 2009. Since its inception, all the faculties, students, research scholars and associated lab staff have actively contributed to its development. The laboratory is equipped to perform all the necessary basic characterization of soils, rocks and geosynthetics along with several advanced testing facilities. The vision of this division is to utilize the state-of-the art knowledge for solving problems related to subsurface.

A typical geotechnical engineering laboratory helps in identifying the engineering behavior of geomaterials (soils and rocks) and byproducts such as fly ash etc. There are different physical, chemical and geotechnical properties determined in the laboratory that is required for identifying the geomaterials. This information is used by geotechnical engineer for designing the type of foundations, earthworks such as dams, embankments, tunnels, reservoirs, pavement subgrades, and specialized applications like waste containment systems. The preciseness of such design is entirely based on the experimental information obtained from a geotechnical laboratory. Therefore, geotechnical engineering laboratory has a great role to play in rendering the subsurface a safe and stable load bearing medium.


Surveying Lab

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The Surveying Laboratory is equipped with the instruments and tools that students use throughout the surveying course. Students learn techniques for gathering field data with both traditional and modern instruments and demonstrate their proficiency on weekly lab exercises and a comprehensive semester project and final exam. Each lab group – typically three students – has a dedicated set of instruments to use, including auto level, theodolite, and total station. Each group also has level rods, tripods, tape measures, chaining pins, and other common surveying tools and ancillary equipment. The lab serves as office space for the surveying instructor and teaching assistants, so surveying students have direct access to help for material discussed in lecture and lab.

Major Equipment:

  • Electronic Distance Meter
  • Digital Planimeter,
  • Micro optic theodolites
  • Tacheometers and Automatic levels
  • Total Stations

Environment Engineering Lab

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The Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory is a state of the art, well-equipped laboratory that is able to perform most types of laboratory analyses. The Environmental Lab is used by many different disciplines across the campus including the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Studies. Each department uses the laboratory for both courses and research which provides students with hands-on experience in environmental analysis methods.

We routinely analyze for a variety of organic and inorganic parameters including disinfection byproducts; taste and odor compounds in drinking water & other compounds.

In addition, the laboratory is well equipped with refrigeration, incubators, water baths, fume hoods, balances, pH meters, COD digesters, drying ovens, a muffle furnace and other standard equipment.


Transportation Lab

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Transportation engineering section of the civil engineering department is involved with multifarious activities related to highway engineering in particular and transportation engineering in general. Apart from teaching and research it offers consultancy and testing services in the following areas:

  • Transportation Planning
  • Traffic engineering and control
  • GIS based planning and management of Transportation System
  • Pavement Evaluation and highway material testing

The Transportation Engineering section has a well equipped laboratory related to highway material testing, pavement evaluation and traffic engineering studies along with computing facilities for GIS application and software development development. List of some of the important equipment in the laboratory are given below:

  • Marshal stability test apparatus
  • Automatic compactor
  • Field and laboratory CBR test apparatus

Constrution Material Testing Lab

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CMT offers a variety of testing and engineering services to both the commercial and residential construction industries. Our engineers have worked throughout the world and are supported by a group of engineering technicians that carry the highest level of experience and certifications in the state. Building product manufacturers need independent technical support to prepare their products and processes for the rapidly evolving, heavily regulated construction market. Element experts provide that support with precise, accredited testing and inspection, whether onsite or in the lab.


Geology Lab

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Research and teaching in the field of geology and mineral resources engineering involves the use of a number of laboratories for the processing and analysis of materials with widely varying properties.

The department utilizes several laboratories together with collaborating departments, and operates a number of labs in concert with SINTEF. In addition to the department’s research projects and those of students, these facilities are used to conduct a considerable degree of contract research. All laboratory operations do require some degree of technical assistence, maintenance and assembly, and key contacts for each area are listed on subsequent pages. In addition to the department’s technical staff, the facilities and staff at the NT-workshop (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology) are actively utilized. The NT-workshop is a modern mechanical workshop located adjacent to our laboratories on the first floor.