About Civil Engineering
The word “Engineering” stands for the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to design, build and maintain structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. The field of Engineering is infinite, much like the multitudinous galaxies in space or the sand particles in a desert. Engineering is all around us; in fact, it lies beneath our own feet.
There are different branches of engineering and each specialized branch presents a significant impact on our surroundings, although all are linked to each other. Civil Engineering is considered the mother of all other forms of engineering. It has been practiced for many centuries. A Civil Engineer is someone who designs mega structures and carries out the execution of all work related to roads, bridges, dams, plants, and similar structures, by using his knowledge of the physical sciences and the principles of engineering. These are acquired by professional education and practical experience. A professional Engineer provides his services for public welfare, or for the safeguarding of life, health or property. Engineers use their knowledge of science and logic, as well as all appropriate experience to solve different problems.
Civil engineering is considered a pioneer subject in the field of engineering. Civil Engineers—in one form or another—have been around ever since humans started building major public structures such as roads, bridges, tunnels and large public buildings. The discipline includes the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructures that surround us, and which underpin our society. Civil engineering branches into environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resource engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying and construction engineering, among others.
The planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a variety of structures and facilities such as water taps, roads, skyscrapers, hydropower projects, railways and harbors also fall under the tasks undertaken by Civil Engineers. All engineering requires civil work, and this is the job of a civil engineer. To produce safe, easy, economical, eco-friendly and sound infrastructure for the community is his/her major responsibility. In a way, civil engineers make this world a better place to live in by converting invisible complex ideas into visible form of infrastructures required for the enhancement and development of the world.
The scope of Civil Engineering is broad in our contemporary developing world. Civil engineers have many roles to play in the various sectors that are needed to cater to the needs of growing populations, deteriorating infrastructure, natural disasters and constantly-updating technologies. A civil engineer’s career is very wide in terms of its horizon. It covers sectors such as planning, management, research, design, consulting and the construction of all development projects, as well as teaching. There are opportunities to work in government and semi-government sectors, as well as be selfemployed. The choice depends on one’s individual interest.
The use of a modern teaching-learning method is the pride and beauty of the Department of Civil Engineering at KEC. It believes in the following when it comes to enhancing its academic activities:
- Use of Projector and Multimedia
- Advanced heavy and light labs
- Modern/Digital equipment
- Qualified and experiences academicians
KEC for Civil Engineering Education
With more than 16 full-time and more than 25 part-time and visiting faculties, which include Assistant Lecturers, Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Professors as well as other professionals and experts, the Department of Civil Engineering at KEC is working vigorously to conduct all academic activities as excellently as possible.
The academic buildings and labs are all located within the city’s commercial area, although they’re situated at a safe distance from the Main Street to ensure that noise and air pollution, as well as other forms of disturbance do not affect our students. The department has the authority to arrange for guest lecturers, organize talk programs and seminars with the involvement of noted academicians, professionals and experts on all concerned matters to enhance the learning process among students.
Several academic field visits like survey camps, geology site visits, hydrology field work, irrigation field visits, hydropower field visits, transportation field visits, and the like are arranged by the department to help inculcate practical knowledge, as well as to aid students in the process of synchronizing these skills with their theoretical knowledge they’ve gained. In addition to regular courses, students are also trained to use software related to the civil engineering sector. Departmental academicians are also empowered to take advantage of research activities and technical papers. The most powerful characteristic of the department is that it provides an all- and any-time learning environment to its students as and when required.
The Department of Civil Engineering at KEC believes in the enhancement of its human resources. Hence, it encourages the participation of both its students as well as its teachers in various seminars and trainings with reputed organizations. Some of our teachers have acted as noted resource-persons in national- and international-level trainings organized by various groups.
KEC offers its students a choice of the most relevant subjects in the final year of their study as electives: Elective I, II and III are all topics of their choice. The subjects offered are:
- Solid Waste Management
- Structural Dynamics
- Suspension Bridge
- Advance Geotechnical Engineering
- Traffic and Transport Modeling
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Rock Slope Engineering
- Finite Element Methods
- Hill Irrigation
- Traffic Engineering and Planning
- Design of R.C.C. Bridge
- Rock Engineering (for hydropower development)
- Urban Planning
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Construction Safety Management
- Environmental Management System
- Design of Earthquake resistant structure
Civil Engineering Curriculum
|1st Year / Part||2nd Year / Part||3rd Year / Part||4th Year / Part|
|1.1||Engineering Mathematics I Computer Programming Engineering Drawing I Engineering Chemistry Fundamental of
Thermodynamics & Heat
transfer Workshop Technology
|2.1||Mathematics III Applied Mechanics (Dynamics) Strength of Materials Engineering Geology - I Fluid Mechanics Surveying - I Civil Engineering Materials||3.1||Numerical Methods Theory
of Structure II
Foundation Engineering Survey Camp
Water Supply Engineering Concrete Technology and Masonry Structures
|4.1||Project Engineering Design of RCC Structure
Transportation Engineering II Hydropower Engineering Estimating and Costing Elective I
Project (Part I)
|1.2||Engineering Mathematics II Engineering Drawing II
Basic Electrical Engineering
|2.2||Theory of Structure - I
Surveying - II
Probability and Statistics
Engineering Geology - II
|3.2||Design ofSteel and Timber Structure
Engineering Economics Sanitary Engineering
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
|4.2||Computational Techniques in Civil Engineering
Engineering Professional Practice
Technology Environment and Society
Construction Management Project (Part II)