Brief Report of a Summer Internship Program – 2011
Report prepared by Mr. Vivek Abhyankar (for general interest)
Recently I visited a few colleges for various activities like :– strengthening ‘Industry – Institute’ Interaction, campus interviews, as a visiting faculty, as a chief guess to various civil engineering activities etc. During these interactions the college staff expressed a desire of sending their students for one month implant training, so we decided to go for a formal Summer Internship Program. Esteemed colleges namely (1) IIT – Kharagpur, (2) VNIT - Nagpur, (3) NICMAR – Hyderabad, (4) SRM University – Chennai, were selected for Internship program. Although 25 students were registered by the colleges, only 13 were absorbed for ensuring effectiveness of the program. Probably, next year more the number of colleges, departments and the students can be increased as per the needs. Also in future such programs may be conducted at a few of our established sites.
In the present documents a brief summary of this activity and learning for the same is presented.
Students with Design Department :-
The Internship program started on 1st June’2011. Students were divided into three departments – Design, Planning and General Technical / Innovation. Out of 13, five student with the design dept worked on topics as listed below :-
1) Mr. Harshad Sachani (B.Tech, Student of VNIT, ) :-
He worked on the Analysis and Design of Connections in Steel Structures, mainly. He could explore on optimization of Matrix patter and Diamond pattern of bolting, lap joints. He could study the Macro and Micro detailing of the joints. In addition, during one month he could also study and perform design of the RCC underground tank at one of the live projects. He could also design an excel spread sheet for design of spliced joint in Rolled Steel Joists, which will be useful for future use.
2) Mr. Paul Jaccob (M.Tech, Student of SRM University, Chennai) :-
· Worked on the topic ‘Standardisation of enabling works’ mainly. This exercise included ‘Data-mining’ for the past projects. Based on the data collected from past projects the categorisation of the enabling works was done. Based on the main categorisation, sub-categorization was done. In the next phase it is planned to carryout the costing and time (resource) comparison for each individual category.
· In addition also worked on the Analysis and Design of Dead-man anchor block, which is often asked by our sites while lifting the heavy objects.
3) Mr. Sanal Babu (M.Tech, Student of SRM University, Chennai) :-
· Worked on the topic ‘Standardisation of Formwork and Staging’
· Also worked on the Analysis and estimation of forces in tower crane
· Listing of ‘Corrosion Protection’ treatments used in past projects – to provide it to PWD.
4) Mr. Akarsh (M.Tech, Student of SRM University, Chennai) :-
· Worked on the topic ‘Importance and Need of Construction Proposals’.
· He also worked on the analysis of various Determinate / Indeterminate beams, frames, Arches, trusses and prediction of deflection of these structures. This exercise also included identification of the stability of these structures.
5) Mr. Kiran P. A. (M.Tech, Student of SRM University, Chennai) :-
· He developed a excel-spreadsheet for estimation of Long-term deflection of Reinforced concrete Beams. Which included beams designed using working stress and Limit State method, both. Singly reinforced and doubly reinforced beams were covered. This exercise could give an idea about the shortcomings / limitations, in the codal provision itself.
· He also worked on the ‘Estimation of Crack Width of Beams’
Students with Planning and Technical Department
There were three students with the Planning Departments and five students with Technical Department.
a) List of the students with Planning Department
1. Mr. Shreyas Ansignkar (B.Tech, Student of VNIT, Nagpur
2. Mr. Saurabh Aloni (B.Tech, Student of VNIT,
3. Ms. Veena Kaimal (M.Tech. Student of SRM, Chennnai)
The students from planning department worked mainly on the issue estimation / optimization of Time cycle for one of the Road projects and Jetty projects (offloading platform). The students could critically review the documents from tender stage till now and could make certain constructive suggestions with the help of the respective guides. The students from Design Dept, interacted with the planning dept, the students with planning dept, also interacted with the design dept. A few students were also asked to have a site visit. Thus the program was very interactive and had a wide coverage. Rarely the students get an opportunity to study the projects from various other dimensions like – planning, Design, Execution, Equipments and Finance etc as it happened during the summer internship.
B) Students with Technical Department Out of five, each student was given with the different assignments as listed below:-
1. Mr. R. Chouhan (B.Tech Student of IIT-Kharagpur)
2. Ms. Triveni Mudaliar (B.Tech, Student of VNIT, Nagpur)
3. Ms. Grace Abraham (M.Tech, student of SRM, Chennai)
4.. Mr. Milind Kharate (M.Tech Student, NICMAR, Pune)
5. Mr. Abhishek Kukde (M.Tech Student, NICMAR, Hyderabad)
The students in Technical Departments worked on various issues like - Lean Construction; Preparation of Formwork Manual; Reduce Time cycle for Precast Segment Erection in Bridge Construction; Innovation; Methodology for Achieving Cycle Time of 24 Hours for Precast Segments; Study of various methods to arrest leakage in Dry Dock Floor due to cracking of concrete.
During the program all team members within Design, Planning and Technical department offered full support to the students. On the last days of the Program, all the students submitted a detailed report of their work to respective department and library. The students from Structures (reporting to Design team) were asked to give a brief presentation also. Copies of these presentations were also available to Library. A group photograph of all the students with their guides was taken.
At the end of the one month Summer Internship program all the students got motivated to do more and more innovative works from the Industry. All of them expressed a desire to continue to work on their respective projects in the coming time, also. The students agreed that the Industrial Demands are too large, yet interesting; the academics need to be revamped to carry out more and more Industry oriented programs. The Design department gifted one Technical book to each student, with a beautiful message for their future career.
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