Five Day Course on Construction Pollution and Management
12-16 February 2018
Construction industry is one of the leading contributors of climate (e.g., greenhouse gases) and health (e.g., particulate matter) emissions to the atmosphere. In addition, it is also responsible for the air, water and noise pollution of the surrounding environment. However, not much attention is
being given to date to understand the associated pollution and relevant measures. It is worth noting that majority of construction sites generate high levels of dust (typically from concrete, cement, wood, aggregates), which disperses to large distances with the wind, over a long period of time, to affect people at site, passers-by and those living in their surroundings. It is reported that construction activities produces dust in the form of PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter) and PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter); the latter is usually invisible to the naked eye. Research has shown that these particles penetrate deeply into the lungs and cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory illness, asthma, bronchitis and even cancer. Considering this in point of view, this course is designed based on a research-oriented teaching approach to give a basic idea on the causes of construction site pollution, assessment
methods and their mitigation. International expert(s) with demonstrated credentials in teaching, research, consulting, and training will be part of the course to deliver lectures, and discuss various case studies and real life experience. The course will be planned and offered as per the norms set by NITK Surathkal.
Successful completion of the course will lead to the following learning outcomes. Using a research-oriented teaching approach, this cross-disciplinary course will provide with:
- An understanding of wind flows and its local importance
- Interaction of wind with the pollution
- Pollution sources at construction sites
- Emerging pollutants from construction sources
- Exposure assessment methods
- Pollution and exposure mitigation at construction sites
Topics to be Covered:
Sources of pollution at construction sites and associated emissions, Wind flows and pollution dispersion, Exposure assessment and mitigation methods, Real-world case studies.
Dr. Prashant Kumar is currently working as a Professor and Chair in Air Quality & Health, Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey (UK). He obtained a PhD from University of Cambridge (UK)
and a master degree (M.Tech) in Environmental Engineering and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India). He was awarded Cambridge Nehru Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship Award for pursuing his PhD research. Prior to his M.Tech, he worked in India for a research Institute for 5 years and in construction industry for about 2 years. Prashant’s research is focused on three key areas: (i) airborne nano/ultrafine particles and aerosols, (ii) urban air quality, and (iii) wind engineering. His research has acclaimed international recognition resulting in over 120 articles in topranked journals, winning awards at various international conferences for his outstanding academic performance and research contributions. He has obtained over €3.5 million of individual research funding from numerous UK (e.g., ESPRC, ESRC) and international funding bodies (e.g., EU H2020, QNRF). His h-index is 26 and i10-index 56, his articles have received in excess of 2400 citations. Prashant is a reviewer for over 20 peer-reviewed international journals. He is currently serving as an executive editor for the Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering, besides acting as an editorial board member for the five journals including Science of the Total Environment. Prashant is currently serving as aICE Air Pollution Task Force Panel Member for London (February 2016-September 2017) and was Expert Group Member on Urban Nexus for United Nations. He was awarded FEPS “Researcher of the Year 2016” as well as Vice-Chancellors Award for Research (2016) for his outstanding research contributions to the University of Surrey.
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Participants from abroad: US $ 100 (students), US $ 200 (others)
Industry/ Research Organizations: Rs. 5000/-
Academic Institutions: Rs.1500 (students), Rs.3000 (others)
Note: Maximum number of Participants: 50 (Participants will be selected on first-cum-first serve basis). The Registration fee includes instructional materials and tutorials.
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Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Das
Department of Civil Engineering,
National Institute of Technology Karnataka,
Surathkal, Mangalore – 575025, Karnataka, India.
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