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Is structure engineering troubling you?
Do you face problems in solving even the basic problems?

If yes then look no further as along with Er. Gobind Khurana and Er. Abhimanyu has taken an initiative to help civil engineering students in structure related queries. We are thankful to Er. Gobind Khurana, Er. Abhimanyu and Vincent T. H. CHU for being a volunteer in helping other engineers in solving problems related to structure design in R.C.C and Steel.

Expert 1
Name – Er. Gobind Khurana
1. Bachelor of Civil Engineering From Thapar University Patiala
2. Master of Structure Engineering from Delhi University.
Work Profile: Currently working as Consultant for structural problems in R.C.C and STEEL Design.

Expert 2
Name – Er. Abhimanyu
Bachelor of Civil Engineering From Thapar University Patiala
Training at site in Unitech ( during 6 month summer training)
Work Profile : Presently working as associate design engineer for Fluor Daniel India Pvt Ltd. Area of work is structural steel design and concrete foundations for both static and dynamics analysis ( mainly in oil and gas industry)

Expert 3
Er. Vincent T. H. CHU obtained the degree of civil and structural engineering in the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of the monthly column “The Civil FAQ” in the Hong Kong Engineer published by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and is the author of the civil engineering monthly columns “The Civil Q&A” and “The Civil Corner” on the websites on World Federation of Engineering Organization and the University of Science and Technology (American Society of Civil Engineers – International Student Group) respectively. He is the recipient of the Ombudsman’s Award 2007 under complaint-related category and Young Engineer of the Year Award 2008 (Merit) organized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He is also the author of the engineering book “200 Question and Answers on Practical Civil Engineering Works”, “Civil Engineering Practical Notes A-Z” , “Ask Vincent Chu (Common FAQ on Practical Civil Engineering Works)” and “The Underlying Reasons in Practical Civil Engineering Works”.

So if you have any query regarding the concerned matter, just drop a comment and we will try to solve it as soon as possible.

3,720 comments on "Ask An Expert"

ron says:

i’m studying in Diploma in Civil Engineering under comilla polytechnic institute in Bangladesh .after i complete ,i want to continue my study to be a B.E civil engg .i would like to know where i can do that out of Bangladesh.


vivek says:

sir i m in 7th sem now, and i dont know that what will i do after my degree completion,i have no field experince and no any link in this field so that i can learn work,which field have more jobs in civil, also i have to undergo training for 4 months in 8th sem where should i go or find my training spot………on the hand of study, i just study before exam and then i vanish out my books, u can understand that where i am in this situation,i have no back papers yet…now i got up from sleep about career so….sir please guide me so that my life can come on track otherwise my life will go stopped, hope to here from you soon

murali says:

we are takingup construction of retaining wall using vrcc what interval the expansion joints are to be provided

gobind khurana says:

i am a civil engineer, completed my Btech from nss college of engineering Palakkad, KeralaUNDER Calicut university in year 2000.
i would like to know there r may under ground and over head taks made of ferro cement in good condition. but me studied the design of concrete water tanks , but by design we always get a tank with minimum size 15cm wall. how is the ferro cement tank of very thin walls behaving for the same load as that of thiker wall we normaly desinging for tanks. what is the diff in analysis. if thin ferro cement tank is stable why we are going for big tanks/

HI Sreejith,

see ferro cement will increace the strength of concrete thats true and design will be done according to grade of that concrete i.e its strength. there is no diffrence in analysis just where we use grade of concrete in design, there uis a diffrence. higher the strength of concrete smaaler is section we can have but we need to follow indian standard code fir design of water tanks ie IS 3370. but it is not revised since 1967 and follow thye working stress method thats why still we are using the thicker section according to limitations given in code for minimum thickness.

sourav mahajan says:

sir…what do u mean by stresses in soil buesssinesq and waterguard theory.

Sudhir Jain says:

Dear SIR,

What should be minimum Dry Density required for filling soil for foundation.

umadevi says:

Dear sir,

I completed B tech civil 7 yrs before. Now i newly joined as project assistant .I would like to know how to do design of bituminous mixes and how to calculate specificgravities of different aggregates and mix. Please give me suggestions about geotextiles.

gobind khurana says:

Ashok Bhat Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 6:38 am
Dear Sir

In case of a Gr + First floor industrial building presently the ground floor is designed with 10 m x 10 m structural grid to support first floor for a 5T/m2 capcity building.

In case I need to increase the spacing of grid width of 10 m to 30 mtr what should be best option so that the ground floor will be more spacious

pl suggest

hi ashok,

see if ure constructing a R.C.C structure it has got its limitations for spans as loading increase. in ur case load is also high and u wan to have big spans u can go for steel sections for beams and columns. u can also use R.C.C columns also whichever fetch less cost. for beams definitely go for steel sections. and for slab ucan use R.C.C.

sarves says:

Dear sir,

please guide me for the construction of wall with solid block work methodology.

Matthew Gilmore says:

I am a sophmore in high school and want to do a project on the strenght of differnt Bridge designs. I am interseted in becoming a civil engineer or architec. can you give me any information to get started or websites that would help me design a science fair project

Kevin says:

How thick of a concrete floor is needed to hold an 80,000pound machine 14′ x 26′?

A.rahim says:

i am in the third year of civil engineering. and i have a railroad project to finish in one month. i have been given the geological map of a certain place with two points dotted on it. and i have to make a railroad joining those two points.
could you pleasse tell me what aspects i should be looking after and what steps do they need.

A.rahim says:

i would be very thankful if i get any sample railroad project.

A. Taha says:

Dear, I have 1:3 slope with 5 meters maximum height to be protected by Cement Stabilized Road Base. any idea about the best practice to execute this slope i.e machinery or manual.

yogesh mhaske says:

sir , i am doing seminar on structural auditing. my aim is to prepare a standard format of audit report.
so please help met to collecting audit report format.

gobind khurana says:

Kevin Says:
October 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm
How thick of a concrete floor is needed to hold an 80,000pound machine 14? x 26??

Hi Kevin is this 14′ x 26′ is it actual size of machine or of floor.And also tell which type of machine is this & from which country you belong?

lux says:

i am doing my 3rd year in civil engineering…can u please tel me if pg in construction management is a good course or not? how about nicmar?? heard from many that at its highly reputed institute.. but it doesn’t have aicte that a problem???please help me out..

Sachidananda Mishra says:

Dear Sir,

What would be the lap length of a reinforcement steel(25 dia.); if it will be done by mechanical welding method. In IS code the length is not mentioned is not mentioned But, procedure is there.

lohitha says:

Can any one tel me hw to design the lift well for buildings….

Elaine says:

I am in my 2nd year of Art & Design and we have been set a project of designing a bridge of 100metres. I have designed my bridge to be made from glass, it is also the shape of a “C” and is throughly 12feet in height. Now we have been asked to find the costings of materials we our using. Do you have any idea on throughly how much this would cost? I would be entirely grateful as i have now been searching the interenet for some information on glass tariffs for almost 2 hours. Thankyou.

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