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Dr. G. Venkatachalam

Professor Emeritus (Adjunct)
Ph.D, M.Tech
Specialization: Geotechnical Engineering


Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering Leningrad Polytechnic Inst., Leningrad, USSR 1972

M.Tech. Soil Engineering IIT Bombay 1967

B.E. Civil Engineering BITS Pilani 1964

Area of Specialization: Geotechnical Engineering

Teaching experience: 47 years

Current membership in professional organizations:

1. Individual Member, Indian Geotechnical Society

2. Life Member, Indian Society for Remote Sensing

3. Life Member, Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunneling Technology

Service Activities:

1. Lecture on "Applications of FEM in Geotechnical Engineering” in QIP course on `Finite Element Method and its Applications to Engineering', organized by Civil Engineering Dept., IIT Bombay, from 26th June to 30th June, 2017

2. Keynote lecture on "Geotechnical Investigations and the Observational method” in ‘National Seminar on Geotechnical Investigations (NSGI -17)’, organized by VFSTRU, Guntur on February 18, 2017

3. Keynote lecture on "Innovations in Geotechnical Engineering” in ‘National Conference on Technological Innovations in Civil Engineering – NCTICE2017’ organized by VFSTRU, Guntur during May 19-20, 2017

4. Chief Guest and Inaugural talk on "Climate Change” at FDP on ‘Impact of Climatic Change on Natural Environment and Water Resources’, organized by Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur (T.N.) during 27th Nov. to 9th Dec., 2017

5. Lecture on "Ground Penetrating Radar” to be delivered in FDP on ‘Recent Developments in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology’, being organized by Civil Engg. Dept., MPSTME during December 13–15, 2017

6. Examiner, M.Tech. Thesis, Civil Engg. Dept., IIT Bombay

7. Reviewer for (i) Jl. of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering [Springer]

i.(ii) Applied Geomatics Journal [Springer]

8. Consultancy Advice on Slope Stability Measures to Tata Promont, Bangalore

9. Chairman, NBA Accreditation Teams

10. Lecture on "Finite Element Method in Geotechnical Engineering” in One Week Short Term Course on ‘Finite Element Analysis and its Applications’, organized by Civil Engineering Dept., SPCE, from 25th March to 30th March, 2017


• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan, N., Rao E. P. and Venkatachalam G., "Application of ground penetrating radar for locating buried impediments to geotechnical exploration and piling,” Int. J. Geotechnical Engineering, Vol.7,No.4,Oct.,pp.374-387, 2013.

• Muniappan N., Hebsur A. V., Rao E. P. and Venkatachalam G., "Ground penetrating radar response of some common buried utilities encountered in civil engineering projects,” International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Vol-6, No.3, June, pp. 419-428, 2013.

• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan, N., Rao E. P., and Venkatachalam G., "Simulation based Evaluation of Buried Utility Response,” 9th international Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR), Edinburgh, June 28-30, pp. 1-5. [Participated and presented], 2017.

• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan N., Rao E. P. and Venkatachalam G., "Simulation and modeling of response of buried pipes using FDTD and RSM,” 16th Int. Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Hong Kong, June 13 -16, pp. 1-5., 2016.

• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan N., Rao E. P. and Venkatachalam G., "GPR based subsurface geotechnical exploration”, 28th Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Austin, Texas, USA, March 22-26, 2015.

• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan N., Rao E. P. and Venkatachalam G., "Simulation of close range remote sensing of subsurface features using GPR for urban utility information system development,” SPIE Remote Sensing 2013- Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications IV, Vol-8893, Dresden, Germany, pp. 889307, Sep. 23-26, 2013.

• Hebsur A. V., Muniappan N., Rao E. P., and Venkatachalam G., "Supplementing geotechnical exploration at construction sites using GPR,” IGC, Theme-1, Paper no.32, Roorkee, India, Dec. 22-24, pp. 1-8, 2013.



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