CASE STUDIES

INTRODUCTION

Aakaar, IIT Bombay is proud to launch the event “Case Study” for the first time. Case studies provide one effective platform to educate tomorrow’s civil engineers with the expertise and accomplish a desired aim of practice engineering. This offers provides a good opportunities and a new source of interest to the students. Case studies illustrate the past and present problems in their real context. They create a learning environment where students learn a sense of worth and accomplishment. By this students will learn to solve the present and past problems using innovative ideas. The case study can be an effective tool that brings the classroom theories into practice.

THEME

The theme of the Case Study for this year is Life Cycle Assessment(LCA).

LCA stands for life cycle assessment is a technique or method which is used for analyzing the environmental impacts on products or services throughout the life cycle. The assessment comprises the whole life cycle of materials product, process or activity, encompassing, extraction and process of raw material, manufacturing, recycling, maintenance, and final disposal. In life cycle assessment the process involved from the excavation of raw materials to waste disposal. The basic idea has got from life cycle assessment is that analysis is done over the whole life cycle of the product or service.

The goal of LCA is to evaluate the full range of environmental effects cede to product and service by estimate all inputs and outputs of materials. Its goals also to think about the flow of energy and matter involved in the manufacturing, product, materials, and process, etc

The life cycle assessments (LCA) consists of four phases/methodology:

  1. Goal and scope definition
  2. Inventory analysis
  3. Impact assessment
  4. Interpretation

This theme not only mentions the age of materials but also we can go through, how the building, bridge collapses, how the materials had degraded of the structure before the age limit of materials and what innovative ideas should be implemented for preventing such type of degradation of materials in the structure.

KEY INTENTIONS

  1. To encourage participation in the civil engineering research area.
  2. To provide an excellent platform for an exchange of new ideas and knowledge among Academia, Industry professionals and Research Scholars.
  3. To give students an exposure to the designing of research papers and to present them in a formal conference.

REGISTRATIONS

  1. Register as a team with a maximum of 3 members.
  2. Submit your abstracts before the given deadline.
  3. Abstracts will be scrutinized and finalists will be invited to the International Civil Engineering Symposium during Aakaar.
Register Here

Registration Rules:

  1. The team should consist of a maximum of three members and no team member should present in more than one group.
  2. You are required to submit an authentication letter (signed by your mentor) which confirms that you are doing the research for which you have submitted the abstract. Note that IIT Bombay students are not required to submit an authentication letter.
  3. Download the Blank Authentication Letter from here. Please fill it completely and then scan it.
  4. Save your file as "LastName-FirstName_CS20_Authentication” as the image (jpg/png) or in pdf format and email it to us along with the abstract at symposium_aakaar@civil.iitb.ac.in.
  5. Registration starting date(01/02/2020) and the deadline(20/02/2020).
  6. Abstracts submission deadline(20/02/2020)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

An abstract is a concise version of your research presented in skeletal form, which focuses on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. It should be sufficient enough for reviewers to discern the nature and significance of your research, the fairness in your approach, and the nature of the results or progress to date.

Four important elements of an abstract-

  1. The research focus (i.e. statement of the problem(s)/research issue(s) addressed);
  2. The research methods used (experimental research, case studies, questionnaires, etc.);
  3. The results/findings of the research;
  4. The main conclusions and recommendations

Abstracts will be invited on the following topics of civil engineering which has mentioned below:

  1. Concrete Technology and Building Material
  2. Structural Engineering
  3. Transportation Engineering

Abstract submission guidelines:

  1. Download the Abstract Word Template.
  2. In the template provided, you should click and enter text directly in the boxes provided.
  3. Complete all fields: Poster title, Name (if multiple authors then separate names by a comma), Advisor name, Abstract, keywords, and Category.
  4. Make sure that Title is in Times New Roman, font size 14 (Bold), center-aligned, all letters capital, and proper names only, followed by a single blank line.
  5. Author and Advisor names should be in Times New Roman, font size 11, italicized, right-aligned, followed by affiliation in the next line.
  6. The abstract should be of 150-300 words.
  7. After completing the above procedure save your file as
    "LastName-FirstName_CS20_Abstract" (Last name and first name of the first author mentioned in the abstract) in word's default file format (.docx) and email it to us at symposium_aakaar@civil.iitb.ac in along with your authentication letter after filling the registration form. The subject of the email should be "Abstract_CS20_".

Please note that your abstract will be reviewed by our review committee. Therefore, you are requested to submit a high-quality version of your abstract approved by your mentor. Any plagiarism will lead to disqualification.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Download the Summary Paper Word Template.
  • Save your file as "LastName-FirstName_CS20_Summary Paper" (Last name and first name of the first author mentioned in the paper) in word's default file format (.docx) and email it to us at symposium_aakaar@civil.iitb.ac.in and the subject of the mail should be "Summary Paper_CS20
  • In the template provided, the font size for all types like as- headings, titles, etc
  • Those font sizes provided in summary paper word templates have followed to make your paper. All the types of font sizes mentioned in summary word template for different types of heading which is used to make the paper.
  • There is maximum page limit of 6 pages.
  • Submit your paper in correct format by 5th Mar'2020

FAQ's

How can analyze the problem of case study?
  • Read the case thoroughly.
  • Define the central issue.
  • Identify the constraints to the problems.
  • Identify all the relevant alternatives.
  • Select the best alternative and implement your ideas on those cases.
How can be executive summary/conclusion?

This is a concisely written statement, less than one page, placed at the front of the report. It briefly summarises the major point of the cases and solutions. It should describe the major issues, the proposed solutions, and the logic supporting the solution.

How can approach the discussion in a case study?
  • Summarise the major problem(s)
  • Identify alternative solutions for these problem(s)
  • Briefly draft each alternative solution and define the advantage(s) and disadvantage(s)
What should be the format of abstract of case study?
  • Title
  • Author
  • Introduction
  • Case description
  • Discussion
Who is eligible to participate?

All undergraduate and postgraduate (B.Techs, M.Techs, Dual Degree students, PhDs) students undertaking research work in the field of civil engineering are eligible to participate.

What is the procedure for application?

Under the Important Guidelines section, go through the guidelines of abstract submission carefully. After this go to the Registrations section, fill the form completely and upload abstract and proof at the specified mail id. You will soon receive an mail from our side confirming your registration.

Is it compulsory to attach of authentication letter signed by faculty/mentor?

Yes, it is mandatory to attach the authentication letter failing which your paper will be rejected. It serves as proof of your research work.

How should I start preparing the abstract?

Since your abstract gives an overview of your research work, we recommend you to take help from your mentor while writing an abstract. Abstract submitted should be of high-quality version verified by your mentor.

Is a group allowed for registration of one project?

Yes, a group can present one project. There should not be more than three members in the group. Please include the names of all the members while doing the registration.

What if my work of research is not yet finished? Can I still apply?

Yes, students can present research that is still in progress. As long as it has sufficient content to be displayed in the presentation, it is perfectly acceptable.