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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.

  • Jitin Jacob December 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    can i know what is Arch foundation??how is it provided?
    i read in a page that by providing arch foundation in ordinary soils cost of foundation reduces by 40%

    • LLewellyn May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      What is a “arch foundation”?How is this made?If building low cost housing using Cellular lightweight concrete what is best type of foundation to be used?

  • mohanraj December 23, 2009 at 5:25 am

    What are the challenges that we(civil) people are facing?not only in the field but globaly.

  • umar December 26, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Presently i’m 2nd yr civil engg. student and i want to become part of civil engg. society
    in india but i do not have any idea as how to reach there.Also i want to do something in
    the field of civil engg. so plz provide me a better roadmap.

  • SUBHENDU PODDER December 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Dear Sir,
    Kindly tell me the amount of steel , cement , sand , mortar and water in 1 cubic meter of RCC concrete of 1:2:4 ratio .
    Please also tell me the amount of cement , sand , mortar and water in 1 cubic meter of PCC concrete of 1:2:4 ratio .

    Awaiting for your earliest reply ,


  • poulomi December 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Dear sir,
    i m just studing diploma 1st sem in civil bt m really vry
    uninterested in maths and engg. mechanics….i love doin all isometric
    n orthografic projections bt m really woried about my future….?

  • Yogesh Rajpal December 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

    what is criteria considered for staggered lap in RCC columns ?

  • anurag singh thakur December 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

    currently i am 2nd year civil engg. student and i want proper guidance for getting job government sector and when i have have to choose one of the branch of civil engineering.

  • Raja Banerjee December 30, 2009 at 9:24 am

    What will be the minimum dimensions of an warehouse which also includes an office and laboratory whose dimensions are 20’x 15′ each and a veranda which will lie in front of the office and laboratory and part of that store area which will be contained by 5000 Bags of cement according to the specifications of IS rules?
    Also suggest the dimensions of the plinth of the building if the height of the front and rear wall are 10′ and 9′ respectively.
    if possible then also suggest the dimensions of a cement bag in filled condition.

  • Md.Ahsan Habib,PEng December 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    When cement is manufactured in standard other than ASTM C-150 or CEM-I that is manufactured cement contain other composition than clinker only,
    Then how cement content will be defined in mix design?

  • chinmay gokhale January 1, 2010 at 12:32 am

    sir m final year student of civil eng n i knw dat dis field is very much interesting i want to start my own consultancy bt i require some help as i dont knw how to start it from which point i should begin 2 work i mean whether i need some experience in construction com or under oder consultancy….or i wl learn it as i will start designing or planning d whole thing …????

  • Shahzad January 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Dear Sir,
    Iam Diploma holder in Civil. sir, i want to serve in Gulf region, sir, plz send me the basic knoledge of a Foundation in a structure

  • Nitin January 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

    how the dome shaped roofs of a small residential bungalow, are structurally designed? where & how are the supports planned? is it possible to demolish the same (only roofs) and use the existing supports to cast a flat conventional slab to accomodate future first floor?

  • aditya January 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    could you pls guide me regarding the various paper presentation topics which could be presented especially in transport or environmental engg.

  • Raju January 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Please tell me to find hardness of concrete?
    2.Is there any relation between grade of concrete and hardness?
    3.How we can co-relate rebound hammer test results with hardness of concrete?
    4.hardness of M40 grade concrete

  • Hemaa January 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm


    I want any thing about the methods of measurement the area in Surveying engineering science

    I Know that there are many methods as ” mid ordinates avearage ordinates – Newton & Raphson … ens ”

    But i want to show every method in details

    Thx Alot

  • Moga Ioan January 7, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Dear sir,
    I am a little confused. Every book and every site gives different information on this. Please tell me what grade of concrete is recomended for concrete blocks, and what grade of concrete is recomended for precast concrete fence posts.

  • Sukhi January 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    How would i build up a resource list and rate for the following
    DPC of single later of pitch polymer to BS743, bedded in cement mortar (1:3) on surfaces not exceeding 225 wide;
    horizontal (per m2)


  • pranith January 8, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Hi sir,
    I have one doubt in ,regarding peb structures,
    Is possible main frame and secondaries design in staad ata time?
    If possible pleaese send me the details

  • Abdul Hanan January 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Dear Sir
    I’m looking for a good thesis topic that is related to any fields of civil engineering, any suggestions?

    I already have some in mind, but it would be better if I have more topics to choose from, since my professor need to approve it first.

    waiting for your reply

  • ramesh January 9, 2010 at 5:38 am

    i have a doubt regarding the concrete design of a multi storey building. while designing the structure we take the beams and columns as monolithically cast but the columns(First floor), the beam-slab set up, columns of second floor are totally different units and there is only reinforcement connecting all the three units then will there be any bending moments in the the beams-slab set up is just resting on the columns without any continuous joint(simply supported)?even the columns setup is also discontinuous for each my thought correct ??

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