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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Conversion Factors | Web-app for Converting Cubic Meters to Brass



   Use the module below to convert the values from cubic meter to brass. It is specifically designed to convert the Cubic Meter value into its corresponding value in Brass. Brass is the commonly used unit by material suppliers on construction sites. The materials such as Aggregate, Sand, Earth-muck (used for backfill), etc. are all measured and billed considering brass as a unit.

1 Brass = 1000 Cubic ft.


Input Addition

Input Value in Cubic Meters




Brass

Cubic Feet


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Systems Approach in Civil Engineering | BE Civil Elective Subject [PREP SUPPORT]


Systems approach is an easy subject and provides a great load of experience especially if you a person who is involved in coding and software related parts. For me personally, I was reluctant and had selected Advance Concrete Technology as an elective subject, on the recommendation of teachers and having reviewed the subject I decided to give it a shot.

This is subject is composed of a lot of math and techniques and it becomes really easy if you have learning aids,
Here are a few things that could help you while preparing for this subject.




This Video provides information on Unit 4 that includes Dynamic programming. 







This is a playlist comprising of Concepts from Unit 5 & 6
Typically the Transportation model, Allocation and etcetera 

This was about the videos and most commonly the last unit requires a bit of practice. I used the books that were about Operation Research but If you want to study about the syllabus of SPPU only then I would recommend Nirali, there are a few mistakes in the book but overall the author has covered the entire syllabus excluding the solutions on Golden section rule.



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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sign Conventions for Plotting SFD & BMD | Useful for Structural Analysis & Design


Structural Analysis is about Plotting SFD & BMD to derive an idea of the forces the members are subjected to

Many times while studying or practicing the fundamentals of structural design I come across this problem, what were the conventions that are arbitrarily used for plotting an SFD or BMD? and this becomes a serious problem. So as a solution I decided to write a post so that I can bookmark all the basic fundamentals that are put into action while performing this academic task.

For analyzing any structure, first the SFD that is the Shear force diagram is plotted.

Here are the conventions that are being used: 

Sign Conventions For Shear Force

This is how a typical SFD would appear like


Shear Force Diagram

Generally, all questions in the academic curriculum require you to plot a BMD and elastic deformation curve for the given set of loading, so here's how the sign conventions for BMD are determined.

Here are the conventions that are being used: 

Sign Conventions for Bending Moment
If the resultant of the forces makes the element sag, then it is considered as positive else its' considered negative.

Either sagging or hogging both induce stresses in the member which could be better explained from the image below:


Finally once you've determined the BMD conventions and calculated the BMD, your final solution for the question would be something as follows:


This was all the text, I assume a video could explain the concepts to a better extent


Check out the video below to learn how to plot the SFD & BMD



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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Using Facebook Groups for BE Project | Productivity Hack

  
  Co-ordination and Data Logging are one of the most important parts of a Project and when it comes to BE project it is extremely important to have all the documents and media in one place so that you can search and later on review the stuff while finalizing the thesis.

    I tried using a couple of software and tools such as Asana, Trello, Google Groups, etcetera to coordinate the activities with my group. The sad part is that most of the members are reluctant to install the new software or are really scared to learn a new tool. It becomes very difficult at times when you are running an extremely de-motivated group & people are simply not interested in learning new means of management. 

 Check out our article on the use of Trello for managing Group Projects and activities

    Then I came across Facebook groups, almost all adults and teenagers on this globe are having an account on Facebook and are actively using it for their daily leisure. It is often found that many students check their Facebook more often than their email. The best part of a Facebook group is that there is relatively no bar on the amount of Data that you keep there and the attachment size is also quite good, about 100mb files can be easily uploaded. Initially, we maintained a diary of daily meetings and tasks accomplished but as the time passed all such activities became obsolete and also the dairy went missing. So as a solution the facebook groups in secret configuration can be used to create a log of activities and reports which at the end can be compiled to prepare a summary of meeting notes. The best part is that photos and videos could be easily posted in the group making it a little fun to work.

    My experience is that people won't try new stuff if they're boring, you somehow have to make those boring stuff appear fun. Like nobody likes to post a daily meeting note unless they're getting comments and likes. Another important part is that you can control the privacy of items you share in the group and who is having access to the parts in the group. Like by setting the group to closed, secret or open you can manage the audience that is supposed to have insights into your works.



    Data savings is another part that I am very much cautious about, typically most task management software and email client provides limitations on the data transmission (though it is never consumed, limitations do make us feel sick on using them). As of my S&D, I didn't find any limitations on the sharing of items and data on Facebook. So why not make use of this free tool that is making people millionaires and uses it for our own benefit. 
    I would have preferred Google Groups for this task as it is much professional and better to use, also has tagging features, but the problem is that people aren't much used to and habitual of responding and updating on the Google groups. Especially when it comes to visiting a specific website to make a comment. 

    I like the update project feature on research gate but applying that for our projects requires to have the team of people who are actually willing to use and implement those online tools. Anyways Group projects aren't much of good experiences and somehow I hope this could make it less of a bitter experience.

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- Sayyed Shadaab
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