1 Gujarat State Centre Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: One day Seminar on Role/Contribution By Retired Electrical Engineers in Society and Industry ELDB Date: 23/08/2014 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad Dignitaries Lighting the Lamp All Dignitaries One Day Seminar on Role/Contribution By Retired Electrical Engineers in Society and Industry was held on Saturday, 23 rd August, 2014 at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad jointly with INDEXb, Gandhinagar. Inauguration Ceremony and two technical sessions were held at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad on dt. 23 rd August, Shri P. N. Jain, Secretary, R & B Deptt., Government of Gujarat was remain present as Chief Guest. Shri S. J. Desai, Secretary, (Water Resources), N. W. R. W. S. & Kalpsar Deptt., Govt. of Gujarat remain present as Guest of Honour. Shri Navin B. Vasoya, Council Member, IEI, Shri S. B. Vasava, Council Member, IEI and Shri Pratik Mehta from INDEXb were also remain present. Shri U. I. Mehta, Chairman, The Institution of Engineers, (India), Gujarat State Centre, gave welcome address. He gave details about IEI and activities of IEI performed and benefits of becoming members of IEI. He also gave information about Gujarat State Centre and said that GSC is holding different types of seminars, workshops, lectures different type of day s celebration in the interest of student, members, technical persons etc. for their updating of knowledge. Shri A. H. Vasavada, Convener of Organizing Committee of seminar gave details of seminar. He explained the objective of the seminar and themes of the seminar to be covered through various technical papers which were present in this All India seminar. Shri Navin B. Vasoya, Council member, IEI gave details of IEI activities, its oversees centers, student activities, benefit of becoming members of IEI, Charted Engineers, Professional Engineers etc. in details and publishing various technical journals etc. Shri S. J. Desai also welcomes all retired engineers and appreciates their contribution during service and after service to society and industry. Shri P. N. Jain Chief Guest of function also appreciates services offered by all retired engineers to various organization during their active period during service and he also wish that all retired engineers must remain active after retirement in their interesting field and serve their experience to society in a larger interest. At the end Dr. Sweta P. Dave, Hon. Secretary, The Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat State Centre gave vote of thanks. After that Technical Sessions were started in which different speaker present technical papers on different subject.
2 Technical Session-1 In this session following papers were present Time: a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Sr. No. Speaker Subject 1 Shri N. I. Sharma, Retd. Safety in Electrical Engineering Executive Engineer 2 Shri B. M. Brahmbhatt, B. E., LLM Retd. Executive How legal things can be clubbed in Electrical industries and installation Engineer 3 Shri C. S. Shah, Retd. In charge Supdt. Engr. Electrical rules and acts Technical Session-2 In this session following papers were present Time: p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Sr. No. Speaker Subject 1 Shri Mahendra Patel, Latest technology utilized in lifts and escalators M. D., Orbis Elevators 2 Shri Bakulbhai, Class-I Electrical Contractor Electrical installation in multistoried buildings and housing complexes Lastly valedictory session was chaired by Shri U. I. Mehta, Chairman, Gujarat State Centre, Ahmedabad and Retired Chief Engineer (Electrical), R & B. Deptt., Government of Gujarart. He summarized the seminar and explain about electrical installation, safety, electrical installation rules & acts, latest technology used in manufacturing of electrical appliances and informed about the ability of retired persons in terms of experience, knowledge and how to match with current scenario. Note: Information Desk Counter was installed during seminar representing various information about The Institution of Engineers (India) activities such as different types of membership offered, AMIE Exams, IEI News, benefits becoming member of IEI, Technical Journals, different types of forms etc.
3 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Center One-Day Workshop on Water Conservation AGDB Date: 5/12/2014 Venue: Ahmedabad Inauguration ceremony of One Day Workshop on Water Conservation Chief Guest Shri Nanubhai Vanani Hon Minister of State (Water Resources) delivering inaugural lecture Report and Recommendation Welcoming the dignitaries and participants, the Chairman Water Management Forum Shri O.T.Gulati informed about the purpose of establishing WMF by the IEI. He stated that with a view to bringing awareness among the users about the scarce resource and its conservancy & judicious use, a national forum--water Management Forum (WMF) was established by IEI at Ahmedabad. The WMF is actively organizing seminars on Water conservancy and management. Speaking about the theme and purpose of the workshop, he stated that fresh water is not available in abundance on earth and in our country. On the other hand due to increase in population and development activities taken up, the demand of water keeps burgeoning. It is therefore very much imperative to conserve water for our future generation. He stated that the workshop is going to be in four technical sessions viz. 1. Our water resources, demand, future projections and water conservation in our day to day use 2. Traditional water harvesting practices in different parts of the country 3. Water Harvesting in urban areas 4. Watershed management in rural areas. He further informed that WMF has already taken up the initiative of writing to all the State and National school boards to introduce the subject of water harvesting in school curriculum. He informed that WMF has also prepared a short film on need for water conservation and prepared necessary literature for mass awareness on saving water in our daily use, a book on traditional water harvesting practices, a booklet for educating school students, water harvesting in urban and rural areas etc. Shri Navin Vasoya FIE, Council member gave brief account of the activities carried out by The Institution of Engineers (India). He stated that water conservation was the need of the hour and needs to be practiced in all the parts of the country --irrespective of whether the same is falling in water scarce region or not, as climate change can turn the cycle adversely in the areas which are comfortable with water availability.
4 Shri Nanubhai Vanani, Hon Minister of State for Water Resources said that Water is the elixir of life. But it is not available in abundance on earth. On the other hand, water demand is increasing exponentially due to development going on at a rapid space. Not only industrialisation, but urbanisation is putting lot of strain on our already strained water resources. It has therefore become extremely necessary to conserve water. We can conserve water in rural and urban areas by following recharging technique saving every drop of water that falls on earth. Our country has been practicing water conservation since ages. It is intended to revisit all these methods and to explore the possibility of reviving the old culture wherever found relevant. He stated that even necessary modification could also be thought of if required. He stated that city of Ahmedabad has the tradition of harvesting rain water by collecting the same in deep Tankas prepared underground in every building. This water was used year round by the residents. Similarly, step wells called Vavs have been constructed on the outskirts of the city to store rain water which was used throughout the year for drinking purposes. Rani Ki Vav, Adalaj ni vav are some such examples. Similarly other parts of the country have their own traditions. Perhaps this is forgotten with advent of the Raj, however, he emphasized to revive this art by introducing the subject of water harvesting in school curriculum. He further stated that current year has been decided to be celebrated as Water Conservation Year by the Government of India to underline the importance of Water Conservation and therefore Gujarat State Center has come out with the idea of organising this one day workshop at a very appropriate time. He congratulated the State Center and The Institution of Engineers (India) for organizing such a wonderful thought provoking workshop. List of papers along with name(s) of authors, presented during the technical sessions 1. Our water resources, demand, future projections and water conservation in our day to day use By Shri O.T.Gulati, FIE, Chairman, Water Management Forum 2. Traditional water harvesting practices in different parts of the country By Shri V.P.Kapadia, FIE, Superintending Engineer, SSNNL 3. Water Harvesting in urban areas By Shri Anoop Nagar, Regional Director, CGWB 4. Watershed management By Shri R.K.Sama, IFS(Retd) Rural Development & Management Institute, Ahmedabad
5 Title of Activity: Date: 22/03/2015 Gujarat State Centre, Ahmedabad World Water Day Celebration Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Near Law Garden, Ahmedabad The Institution of Engineers (India) Gujarat State Centre and Water Management Forum (A Peripheral body of the Institution of The Institution of Engineers (India)) has celebrated World Water Day on Sunday 22 nd March, 2015 at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad. Er. O. T. Gulati, Chairman, Water Management Forum has delivered keynote speech on the Theme Water & Sustainable Development. He gave talk on development to society and development is the fundamental rights of society. Benefits of development should go to whole society as a large environmentally friendly and economically. Major consumption of water is in agriculture and in industry. So in agriculture water must be used without loss. Sprinkler, drip irrigation and participatory irrigation management system must be used in irrigation practice. Shri V. B. Patel, Past Chairman, Central Water Commission, Delhi & Past Chairman of Gujarat State Centre also remain present and expressed his views on economic use in agriculture sector by adopting participatory irrigation management through piyat sahakari mandli and use of sprinkler/drip irrigation as agriculture sector is major consumption of water.
6 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Centre All India Seminar on Participatory Irrigation Management- Promises and Problems Agriculture Engineering Division Date: April 17-18, 2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad Photograph showing view of dais Photograph showing delegates attending All India Seminar on Participatory Irrigation Management- Promises & Problems was inaugurated by Shri S.S.Rathore, CMD, SSNNL, past President of IEI and Vice President WFEO on 17 th April Mr. V. B. Patel, former Chairman, Central Water Commission, GoI; Er. M. K. Jadav, Director (CAD), SSNNL; Er. C. V. Nadpara, Hon Secretary; Er. O. T. Gulati, Chairman, WMF; Er. Navin Vasoya & Er. S. B. Vasava, Council members of IE (I) and Dr. J. V. Shah, former, Area Development Commissioner, GoG graced the inaugural function. Keynote address was delivered by Dr. R. Parthsarthy, Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. He explained the historical background of Participatory Irrigation Management in various States of India. A souvenir and a CD containing over 30 technical papers were released on the occasion. In his welcome address Er. O. T. Gulati described the activities of WMF and brief about the seminar. Shri Rathore while delivering his address as Chief guest stressed the need for the participation of farmers in management of irrigation for efficient use of water as about 88 % water is consumed by agriculture. He described his own long back experience of handing over tube-wells to the farmers, the first of its kind of experience similar to PIM, categorizing as successful in terms of increase in command area and farmers involvement as well as reduction in government expenditure and conflicts among the farmers.he suggested evolving a distinguished approach suitable to local environment for irrigation management and a draft strategy of further course of action by brainstorming in a small group of experts comprised of government officers, academicians and NGOs. Er. Navin Vasoya gave the past background about the group of activities undertaken by IE(I) in general and the status of agriculture division in Gujarat in particular with the reference of need to strengthen on priority. About 250 delegates from various Govt. Organizations/ Undertakings, Educational Institutions, and representative of WUAs as well as NGOs from different states participated in the deliberations. 23 technical papers on the themes of Implementation of PIM, Economic activities for success of PIM Synthesis with market dynamics, On-farm water management practices for enhancement of Productivity,
7 Alternative models of Irrigation Management and Capacity Building were deliberated in the respective sessions. Also, the success stories of Water User Associations from Rajasthan (4), Maharashtra (3) and Gujarat (6) were presented. There were six technical sessions namely: Implementation of PIM; Economic activities for successful PIM-synthesis with market dynamics; On farm water management practices for enhancement of productivity; Alternative models of PIM; Capacity building and Success stories of WUAs, respectively, chaired by Er. V. B. Patel, former Chairman, CWC, Dr. Sanjay Belsare, SE, WRD, GoM, Dr. J. V. Shah former ADC, GoG, Dr. Apoorv Oza, AKRSP, Dr. N. K. Gontia, Dean, CAET, Junagadh and Mr. Sachin Oza, DSC, Ahmedabad. Shri Tushaar Shah, IWMI; Dr. G. G. Rao, CSSRI; Dr. C. M. Tejawat, CADA, Dr. D. K. Dobariya, WALMI; Er. Rajesh Dave, NABARD; and Dr. M. R. Rangnath were among the distinguished speakers. The presentations of innovations by 14 representatives of WUAs were very interactive. An amount of Rs. 5000/- was awarded to Women s Cooperative Organization, Vajarada, Tapi, Gujarat for the outstanding performance of Participatory Lift Irrigation Scheme on personal behalf of Er. V. B. Patel. There were very active participation and in-depth discussion during all the sessions and recommendations emerged out was consented by the house in the plenary session Chaired by Er. V. B. Patel. A vote of thanks was expressed by Er. C.V. Nadapara. The whole of the event was coordinated by Prof. R. B. Maraviya, Exe. Dir. (Agric.), SSNNL and Er. V. P. Kapadia, MD, GWRDC, GoG. The AIS on PIM was organized by The Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat State Center Under the aegis of Agriculture Engineering Division Board, In association with Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, Gandhinagar and Water Resources Department, GoG, Gandhinagar. Following suggestions emerged during the seminar: 1. Formation of PIM Committee at national level, 2. Formulation, funding & operation of National PIM program including conjunctive use of ground water, lift irrigation & agriculture development 3. Development of guidelines for WUAs 4. Compulsory micro-irrigation on all public water resources used for Irrigation 5. Increase in grant given to WUA for O and M of canal system to match with prevailing labour rates and formulation of viable capital funding plan for WUAs 6. Formation of woman self help groups within WUA and promoting the groups to different irrigation management activities 7. Action research for PIM to be entrusted to the IndianPIM, WALMIs etc 8. Emphasis on need to support PIM in a definite time frame 9. Rationalization of water charges 10. Empowering WUAs for executing the CAD activities to a greater role in Irrigation Management 11. Organization of State-wise orientation/awareness generation camps for functionaries of Irrigation/CAD Departments and farmers 12. Formulation of an appropriate committee at the State level and at CADA to monitor the progress of PIM 13. Evolution of basic principles and startegies fitting PIM process for different situations jointly by all water related international organizations and national level institutions 14. Tackling second generation issues of WUAs such as formation of their federations, innovations in irrigation financing, charging and cost recovery, impact assessment vis-à-vis the perceived objectives, multi-functionality, technology transfer, asset management in transferred schemes, agency personnel changes, and development of private sector support services
8 15. Establishment of Institutional arrangements through legal framework so that the role played by WUAs in this regard is appropriately respected within the local legal setting (wherever not done) 16. Formation of WUA s structure duly considering hydrological, political, economic, social and cultural background of the area 17. Establishing State-wide PIM Support Units with Field Training Centres with funding for atleast 10 years 18. Strengthening WALMIs and include them as a key resource for training in PIM and water management (including maintenance).
9 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Centre Celebration of National Technology day on the subject Microcontroller Interfacings General Date: 16/05/2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad The Institution of Engineers (India) Gujarat State Centre, Ahmedabad celebrates National Technology Day on the subject Microcontroller Interfacings at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad on dt. 16/05/2015. Shri B. S. Patel, Past Chairman of Gujarat State Centre, gave brief introduction of the activities performed by The Institution of Engineers (India) and explain role of engineers in society and how engineers can help to society. Dr. Manish Doshi, Committee Member from Electronic & Communication Division of Gujarat State Centre explains important of National Technology Day and why this day is celebrated every year. Gujarat State Centre celebrates National Technology Day every year. This year subject selected was Microcontroller Interfacings. Key note speaker was Er. K.P.Kanziya (Chartered Engineer, EC) (Head: Research and Development, Automation Engineers, Ahmedabad) presented very useful information and techniques on how to interface microcontroller with different peripherals such as LED, Relay, Buzzer, DC motor, Stepper Motor, Push Button, Matrix Key pad, Parallel to Serial Convertor 8 bit shift register, LDR, Infrared source, Photodiode, UART (GSM, GPS, RFID, RF-Modem, Zig-bee, Fingerprint modem, Ultrasonic distance sensor, Temperature Humidity sensor, Color sensor). The participants mostly final semester students of EC,IC, Electrical (Degree & Diploma) and few business professionals and corporate members of IEI were benefited by the information and knowledge shared by Er. K.P.Kanziya.
10 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Centre All India Seminar on Planning, Design, Manufacturing, Laying and Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and Pumping System Mechanical Engineering Division Board Date: May 29-30, 2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad View of the dais Delegates attending the Seminar All India Seminar on Planning, Design, Manufacturing, Laying and Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and Pumping System was inaugurated by Shri V.B.Patel, retired Chairman, Central water Commission and and ex-officio Secretary to Government of India and also ex- Secretary, Water Resources Department, Government of Gujarat on 30 th May Er S.J.Desai, Chairman, Gujarat state Center, Er. C. V. Nadpara, Hon Secretary; Er. Navin Vasoya Council member of IE (I), Er Shyam Verghese, Convener, Technical committee, Er Bharat Patel, Past chairman of the Center and Er Pankaj Udani, member, Executive Committee graced the inaugural function. Keynote address was delivered by Er V.B.Patel. He stated that flowing water by gravity has its own limitations necessitating supply of water both for drinking and irrigation purposes through the system of pipeline and pumping system in drought prone no-source areas by lifting water to a higher height. It is therefore very much necessary that today s engineers learnt the nuances of Planning, Design, Manufacturing, Laying and Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and Pumping System. He therefore congratulated the Gujarat State Center for bringing in the seminar at a very appropriate time. He stated that various projects taken up by the Government for laying pipeline network pose a big challenge to the engineers and that today s seminar would definitely try to address this problem and equip engineers with solutions. A souvenir and a CD containing technical papers were released on the occasion. In his welcome address Er. S.J.Desai described the activities of Gujarat state Center. He stated that as large pipeline network is under preparation in the State, as water grid is being laid out for drinking water supply, there is urgent need to learn about various aspects involved. He urged the participants to participate freely and speak out their mind so that all their doubts are removed. Er. Navin Vasoya gave the past background about the group of activities undertaken by IE(I) in general and explained various levels of memberships available and their benefits. He urged the delegates to join IEI as member if not joined so far by filling up the form from the Information Desk set up outside the Hall. Er Shyam Verghese gave a brief outline of the programme and the structure of the seminar session-wise. He informed that there would be four technical sessions based on sub themes which would be narrated by Er Udani.
11 Er Pankaj Udani narrated the sub themes to be discussed during the seminar. These were: 1. Planning and designing of pipeline system for conveying water; 2. Manufacturing of pipes & pumps; 3. Laying of pipelines and installation of pumps; and 4. Operation and Maintenance of pipelines & pumping system Er Bharat Patel conducted the inaugural session very efficiently. A vote of thanks was proposed by Hon Secretary Er. C.V. Nadpara. About 200 delegates from various Govt. Organizations/ Undertakings, Educational Institutions, and representatives of industry participated in the deliberations. Technical papers on the sub themes were deliberated in the respective sessions. There was very active participation and in-depth discussion during all the sessions and good recommendations emerged. The AIS was organized by The Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat State Center Under the aegis of Mechanical Engineering Division Board, in association with Water Resources Department, GoG, Gandhinagar. Following recommendations came out during the seminar which were summed up at the Valedictory function presided over by the Chairman, who was accompanied on dais by Er Shyam Verghese, Er V P Kapadia and Er C.V.Nadpara: For pipelines, Quality Assurance Plan and Technical Specifications should be drafted properly so that required quality could be achieved. Type of tests, testing procedures, frequency of various tests, etc. should be properly defined. In the government projects, these aspects are very essential. All the state governments are required to be made aware of the same. Inside and outside coatings for steel pipes are of different types and various material are available. Single coating, dual coating and multi coating is possible. According to life of the project, its objective and significance the material of coating and method should be selected. Handling of pipe is also a crucial aspect in selecting the coating as it can be damaged its repair after commissioning is necessary. Because municipal corporations and state governments commission large projects of pipelines, they should be enlightened on the same. Zero Velocity Valves and Air Cushion Valves are essential in controlling the surges in rising mains. Surges are critical while the pumps trip and therefore proper analysis should be made for such conditions and accordingly the Zero Velocity Valves and Air Cushion Valves should be placed. In projects of large pumping stations of governments and municipal corporations this consideration is required to be given importance in order to avoid failures. Transformers with large losses are now-a-days a problem and efficiency has become a critical parameter. Proper quality materials for different components of transformer are very important to achieve the required efficiency of transformers. Grey market of different materials introduce substandard products in the market. It should be made mandatory for the manufactures to certify some crucial parametric values that assures the efficiency and losses. IS codes are silent on such critical issues and hence should be enhanced to encompass them. CBIP guidelines are little more specific and hence it is possible to improve the IS codes. The Bureau of Indian Standard needs to consider this point.
12 Title of Activity: Gujarat State Centre Celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day-2015 Date: 17/05/2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad Dignitaries lighting the lamp on the occasion of Celebration of the 47 th World Telecommnicaiton and Information Society Day with the CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange, Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Prof, Bipin Mehta, President CSI, Mr. Navin Vasoya, Council Member IEI, IEEE Chair, Gujarat Chapter. Left to Right: Dr. Kishor Maradia, Chairman IETE, Dr. N P Gajjar, Chairman IEEE, Ahmedabad, Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary, Research Head, Ahmedabad University, Mr. Navin Vasoya, Council Member,IEI, Mr. Ashish Chauhan, CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, Prof. Bipin Mehta, President CSI, Mr. Vijay Shah, Chairman CSI, Mr. C V Nadpara, Hon Secretary, IEI and Mr. Bharat Patel, Convener WTISD-2015 and past Chairman IEI The 47 th World Telecom and Information Society Day was celebrated on May 17, 2015 at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ellis bridge, Ahmedabad. The celebration was jointly organized by the Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat state center, Computer Society of India, Ahmedabad Chapter, IETE, Ahmedabad Centre, IEEE Communications Society Gujarat Chapter. The event was supported by GESIA (Gujarat Electronics & Software Industries Association), Association of British Scholars (ABS), Ahmedabad Chapter, Broadcasting Engineers Society, Ahmedabad and Gujarat Innovation Society (GIS). The theme for the day was : Telecommunications and ICT: Drivers of Innovation. It was based on 150 th year celebration of ITU (International Telecommunication Union). More than 145 delegates were registered for the event. They are major members were from concerned professional organizations, student s members and professionals. Mr. Ashish Chauhan, MD and CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange was the chief guest of the function and Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Professor and research dean of Ahmedabad University was the key speaker. In the inauguration the dais was graced by Chief guest Mr. Ashish Chauhan, DR Sanjay Chaurdhary, Mr. Navin Vasoya (Council Member-IEI and Executive committee member of Federation Of Engineering Institutes Of Central and South Asia-FEISCA), Mr. Bipin Mehta, President CSI, Mr. C V Nadapra, Secretary, IEI Gujarat State Center, Mr. Bharat Patel, Convever of the Programme and Chair, Association of British Scholars, Mr Vijay Shah, Chairman CSI Ahmedabad Chapter, Dr K G Maradia Chair, IETE Ahmedabad Center and Dr N P Gajjar, Chair, IEEE Communications Society, Gujarat Chapter. Mr. Bharat Patel, the convener of the program, anchored the inaugural program and brief about the ITU and WTISD and its celebration. He also mentioned about how technology is driving the mankind and how important this subject was as drivers for Innovation and Growth of a Nation. Mr. Vasoya welcomed the chief guest, key note speaker and introduced the gathering about IEI and its special wing of Electronics and Telecommunication division activities. Shri Vasoya invited all professional societies to come forward for membership exchange programme.
13 The Event was inaugurated by lighting lamp by Chief guest an, Key note speaker and all the dignitaries present from various professional societies. Shri Bipin Mehta, President CSI, Dr Kishor Maradia, Chairman IETE, Dr N P Gajjar, Chairman IEEE, narrated about activities of each organizations respectively, its global impact for advancements in technology for humanity. He also informed about the interdisciplinary approach need for sustainable development of technology in the coming years. Prof Bipin Mehta, President CSI was felicitated by Shri Bharat Patel for his contribution in the region in the field of ICT and Professional Societies. After the inauguration session, Series of video messages compiled by Mr. Bharat Patel, included a video message of ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao, and another two videos showcasing the next revolution that will drive the mankind and kept the gathering mesmerized by showing the disruptive technologies in the field of Telecommunication and ICT: The Drivers of Innovation Shri Ashish Chauhan, MD and CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange started his inaugural address with the punch line of reset your mind to see futures He described following technologies to appear in next 25 years in the field of Technology to touch up the society in general and human life specifically: E-Commerce, Energy, Solar deployment in the country, Big Data and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence for Machines and Humans, Cloud Computing, 3-D Printing, Vertical Agriculture, Robot Society, Street-Wifi like street Light, Storage of Energy. Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Professor and research dean of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Ahmedabad University presented key note on Telecommunications and ICT: Drivers to Innovation. Few glimpses were given for IoT, Green Computing and Clouds computing showing few results of research projects. Dr Viral Nagori, from CSI Ahmedabad chapter anchored the post inaugural event and Dr Nilesh Modi Ex Chair, CSI Ahmedabad center proposed vote of thanks and the program was followed by lunch to all the invitees and delegates.
14 Gujarat State Centre Title of Activity: Celebration of World Environment Day 2015 Activity under Divisional Board: EN Date: 05/06/2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad The Institution of Engineers (India) Gujarat State Centre has celebrated World Environment Day 2015 at Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad on dt. June 5, This year Theme of day is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. The Keynote speakers were Prof. Dr. N. S. Varandani, Principal Research Scientist, Env & Energy Efficiency RW, GERMI, Gandhinagar and Mr. S. D. Vora, Retired Chief Conservator of Forest, Government of Gujarat. Mr. C. V. Nadapara, Hon. Secretary, IEI, GSC welcomed the keynote speakers and audience. Prof. Dr. N. S. Varandani explains the theme in general and stressed on careful easement of each and every word of theme. In short he explained that human being must consume our daily needs with care for use of food, air and water. Day by day human population is increasing so we have to sustain regarding natural resources. Economic growth can be achieved by rationally using the natural resources. Natural resources air, land and water are important for human survival. Air pollution is increasing due to industrial growth and increasing vehicles day by day. For this we have to use energy efficient vehicles and rational use of fuel resources. We have to save energy by using LED lights etc, use fuel efficient vehicle, public transportation, use small car and good fuel quality. Grow more food for increasing population. For increasing food production increase the crop yield, use of synthetic fertilizers & pesticides, consume food with care, minimize wastage of food etc. Water is important for human survival. We are already living in water scares area. For economic use of water reduce wastage of water during supply to city and agriculture, conserve water, use water rationally, conduct awareness programme for saving of water, adopt reuse & recycle for treated sewage and industrial waste water. Mr. S. D. Vora, retired chief conservator of forest explains important of social, economic and enviorenmantal development in detailed. He explains concept of sustainable development implemented in Sardar Sarovar Narmada project with different types of illustrations.
15 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Centre All India Seminar on Safety Evaluation and Remedial Measures for Existing Civil Engineering Structures Civil Engineering Division Board Date: June 12-13, 2015 Venue: Bhaikaka Bhavan, Ahmedabad view of the dais Lighting of lamp by Er B.N.Navlavala, Chief Guest All India Seminar on Safety Evaluation and Remedial Measures for existing civil engineering structures was inaugurated on 12 th June at Ahmedabad by Shri B.N.Navlavala, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Gujarat and also Advisor to the Ministry of Water Resources,River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. Shri V.B.Patel, ex-chairman, Central water Commission graced the occasion as Special Guest and Shri P.N.Jain, Secretary Roads and Buildings Department as Guest of Honour besides Shri S.J.Desai, Chairman, GSC; Shri C.V.Nadpara, Hon Secretary, GSC; Shri Navin Vasoya, Council Member; Shri Bharatbhai Patel, past Chairman & Shri V.P.Kapadia, Organizing Secretary of the seminar. In his address Shri Navlavala stressed the need for such a seminar and cited the example of Ganga canal in Uttarakhand which is the oldest system built by the Britishers. He stated that proper upkeep and periodic maintenance and supervision of civil engineering structures could avert any major mishap. He also insisted on observance of stricter quality control during construction as was being practiced in good old days so as to prevent or minimize hazardous situation resulting out of poor construction. He wished the seminar grand success. Shri V.B.Patel who had worked with the State Government as Irrigation Secretary before moving to the Government of India advised the participant to keep their eyes open while inspecting the structures. He stated that by doing so impending failure could be mostly averted. Timely action is the key according to him. Shri P.N.Jain made a presentation giving facts and figures of failures/ mishaps and presented a very good analysis. Earlier, Shri S.J.Desai welcomed the dignitaries and the delegates as well as distinguished speakers and explained the importance of the seminar.shri Kapadia gave session wise outline of the programme. Shri C.V.Nadpara concluded the Inaugural session by proposing a vote of thanks. The Technical Sessions were taken up thereafter as under: Technical Session I : Safety of Dams This session was chaired by Prof S.R.Gandhi, Prof Civil Engineering Department, IIT, Madras. 3 papers were presented. These were:
16 (a) Common Distresses in dams & safety measures-- Case studies by Prof Gandhi (b) Safety measures in dams by Shri S.R.Toley, Retd Chief Engineer, Central water Commission, New Delhi. (c) Integrated geophysical approach for dam health checks & dam condition monitoring by Shri Sanjay Rana, Professional Engineer, Geo Technique & Dam Safety. Technical session II: Safety of Canals This session was chaired by Shri Sanjay Rana. Following 2 papers were presented: (a) Safety issues for foundation of aqueduct: a case study of restoration of Sardar Sarovar Project : by Shri V.P.Kapadia, Managing Director, Gujarat water resources Development Corporation. (b) Safety evaluation of structures by Shri B.V.Harsoda, Retd DEE, R&B Department, Govt of Gujarat. Technical Session III : Safety of Buildings This session was chaired by shri S.R.Toley. Following two papers were presented: (a) Inspection of buildings & remedial measures: Case study of renovation of Administrative building of GERI, Vadodara by Smt Prasanna Chari, Executive Engineer, GERI. (b) Scar of multi-storied buildings by Shri Vijay Kumar, Retd Engineer, Space Application Center, ISRO. Technical Session IV: Safety of bridges and canal structures Shri S.K.Patel, Superintending Engineer, Roads & Buildings Designs Organisation chaired the session. Three papers were presented as under: (a) Failure of obligatory span of flyover bridge -- a case study by Shri S.K.Patel. (b) Use of Ground penetrating radar for concrete inspection by Shri Sanjay Rana. (c) Health check, problems and remedial measures for Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Approaches by Shri Mangesh Shinde, Regional head, Reinforced Earth India Pvt ltd, Navi Mumbai. Valedictory session was held on 13 th June. Chairman, GSC welcomed the delegates to the session, Shri Kapadia read out the recommendations that came during the session which are listed below.shri Nadpara proposed a vote of thanks. The Seminar was attended by about 125 participants. Recommendations: For dams, canals, canal structures, bridges, buildings, etc. there is no mandatory norms for inspection and health monitoring which are essential and the state governments should consider it seriously as safety of many lives and performance of the projects depend on their condition. There are several dams, bridges, etc. which are older than 50 years which are required to be thoroughly inspected as the baseline survey and thereafter their periodical inspection should be done. Their repairs should also be planned accordingly. All the state governments should take up these activities because old assets are still having potential of delivering a lot. Sometime the considerations made at the design stage for structure do not hold good during the actual usage or they go completely wrong and the structure or foundation is endangered. It is necessary to inspect the structure in this context to avoid a sudden catastrophe. Large structures on canals and bridges are required to be monitored with this aspect for which the state governments and municipal corporations are needed to pay proper attention. Non-destructive testing in earthwork and concrete like radar penetration, tomography, etc. can be very useful and economical as compared to conventional techniques and hence those techniques should be explored by all the state governments and municipal corporations for health monitoring of their assets.
17 During the life span of structures and buildings, many services are required to be installed but that installation is done by the workmen having no or only little knowledge about structural engineering and hence they drill the holes through reinforcements. Before drilling any hole or chiseling the concrete surface, location of reinforcement should be known through non-destructive testing and accordingly the drilling or chiseling should be allowed. There is an urgent need of spreading awareness amongst the users, workmen and civic authorities. Sensitization of the entire society on this issue is needed. In geo-reinforced earth walls, i.e. mechanically stabilized walls, regular inspection of the drainage condition, bulging of outer surface, cracking of facia, etc. should be conducted after monsoon to avoid their failure. In large projects of the government, private design consultants are appointed for the purpose of design but sometime their design is not properly validated and hence a proof check is must. The administrative machinery of the government should take this point in to consideration to avoid failures.
18 Title of Activity: Activity under Divisional Board: Gujarat State Center One-Day Seminar on Safety Examination, Operation & Maintenance of Gates for Dams, Canals, Drains & Other Structures MCDB Date: 3/07/2015 Venue: Ahmedabad Inauguration ceremony of One Day seminar on Safety Examination, Operation & Maintenance of Gates for Dams, Canals, Drains & Other Structures Participants at the Inauguration ceremony of One Day seminar on Safety Examination, Operation & Maintenance of Gates for Dams, Canals, Drains & Other Structures One Day Seminar on Safety Examination, Operation & Maintenance of Gates for Dams, Canals, Drains & Other Structures was inaugurated by Mr. V.B.Patel, retired Chairman, Central water Commission and and ex-officio Secretary to Government of India and also ex- Secretary, Water Resources Department, Government of Gujarat on 3 rd July Mr S.J.Desai, Chairman, Gujarat state Center, Mr. C. V. Nadpara, Hon Secretary; Mr Vivek P Kapadia, Convener, Technical committee, Mr Bharat Patel, Past Chairman of the Center and Mr Pankaj Udani, Member- MC, Executive Committee graced the inaugural function. Keynote address was delivered by Mr V.B.Patel. Welcoming the dignitaries and participants, the Chairman Gujarat State Center Mr. S.J.Desai informed about the purpose of conducting the seminar. He stated that the seminar was kept with a view to bringing awareness among all the participants and sensitizing them about the importance of the functions performed by the gates, namely storing behind them water which is a scarce resource and also controlling flood releases in case of dams and therefore safety examination as well as Operation and maintenance aspects for gates are required to be carefully attended to. Speaking about the theme and purpose of the workshop, Mr. V. P.Kapadia stated that the seminar would run in three technical sessions viz. 5. Various kinds of gates, their important components and their functions & General deficiencies found during inspection and remedy with case studies 6. O & M of radial gates and fixed wheel type gates 7. Safety inspection of gates and its documentation He further stated that the learned speakers are highly experienced in this particular field and therefore the seminar would be very much interesting and inspiring for the young as well as experienced delegates.
19 Mr. V.B.Patel, Chief Guest of the function said that gates form vital part of any water retaining or water conveying structure like dam, canal, flood embankments, drains etc. In case of dams, as in case of water scarce areas of Saurashtra & Kachch, most of the storage is behind the gates. Therefore it is very much necessary to have the gates in proper condition so that no water is lost due to malfunctioning of gates during monsoon and thereafter. These dams provide water for drinking purposes and therefore, any loss of water is considered to be a criminal action. Further, during floods the gate operation becomes very much crucial as failure in appropriate operation of gates would lead to loss of life and properties. To prevent this from happening, detailed safety examination and evaluation is extremely necessary. Further, based on such inspection, a plan needs to be worked out to rectify the deficiencies detected before monsoon. Unless this is done, the result would be catastrophic. Most of the dams have been aging and therefore appropriate upkeep of the same particularly the gates is very vital and therefore he stressed the need of following strictly the maintenance & operation guidelines. He referred to painting of gates, removal or replacement of corroded gate parts, oiling and greasing as per schedule, testing of gates under full load condition etc. He stated that similar treatment needs to be given to the gates of other civil engineering structures which are also equally important. He stated that funding should not be a constraint as safety comes first. He cited several examples of failures of dams and stated that one ought to learn from such failures so that recurrence of such incidents could be avoided. He therefore congratulated the Gujarat State Center for coming out with the idea of organising this one day seminar at a very appropriate time. He congratulated the State Center and The Institution of Engineers (India) for organizing such a wonderful thought provoking seminar. Mr Bharat Patel conducted the inaugural session very efficiently. A vote of thanks was proposed by Hon Secretary Mr. C.V. Nadpara. About 150 delegates from various Govt. Organizations/ Undertakings, Educational Institutions, and representatives of industry participated in the deliberations. Technical papers on the sub themes were deliberated in the respective sessions. There was very active participation and in-depth discussion during all the sessions and good recommendations emerged. The OD Seminar was organized by The Institution of Engineers (India), Gujarat State Center Under the aegis of Mechanical Engineering Division Board, in association with Water Resources Department, GoG, Gandhinagar. Following recommendations came out during the seminar which were summed up at the Valedictory function presided over by the Chairman, Gujarat State Center who was accompanied on dais by Mr V P Kapadia and Mr C.V.Nadpara: Guidelines for safety inspection of gates should be adhered to religiously year after year. Based on the result of such an inspection deficiencies detected must be attended to on topmost priority. Fund availability should not come in the way of rectification of such deficiencies. Operation of gates at the time of floods needs to be done very carefully so that there is no loss of life and damage to the properties is minimized. List of papers along with name(s) of authors, presented during the technical sessions Details are given in the CD enclosed. 1. Various kinds of gates, their important components and their functions & General deficiencies found during inspection and remedy with case studies By Shri D.K.Mehta, Retired Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, Government of India 2. O & M of radial gates and fixed wheel type gates By Shri N. Kannaiah Naydu, Advisor Gates 3. Safety inspection of gates and its documentation By Shri M.V.S. Murthy, Retired Chief Engineer (Mechanical) & Joint Secretary, Government of Gujarat