Week 02 of DE1A with BE II Students

I explained the importance of exploring engineering related to the world around to the students of BE II Civil Engineering. With the help of Prof. Manisha Vashi, we had performed an exercise.

Students were challenged to create a tower with a configuration of sticking 20 balloons using gum tape. Resources were limited, fans of the classroom were ‘ON’ considering the effect of Wind over a Tall structure.

Initially, in groups, students had begun. Difficulties they faced were:

  • Bursting of balloons;
  • Sticking of balloons;
  • Wind blow;
  • Narrow base;
  • In the absence of proper layout and planning, some groups could work out well however, they felt unsatisfied.

All enjoyed the exercise however, we learned about where we fail…! “Engineers need to plan activities prior jumping in. For a civil engineer, such an attempt can bring misfortune for many lives.” As I told to the students.

So, on day 2, we will perform the sam exercise and this time, we are to plan a layout, discuss the geometry and come up with best of a tower.


Lets learn

Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, www.new.bvbhatt.com for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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