Dr. V. Balakumar: SEAGS 50th Anniversary Lecturer

Lecture Titled: A Critical and Comparative Study on the 2d And 3d Analyses of Raft And Piled Raft Analyses


Dr. V. Balakumar is the whole time retainer consultant for M/S Simplex Infrastructure Limited at Chennai office. He heads the research and designs division of the organization. He has both professional and academic experience. He has two national awards to his credit for his work on piled raft. He got graduated from I.I.T., Madras, Chennai in Civil Engineering).and Ph.D from the Present Anna University Chennai  for his Thesis Experimental Studies of Model Piled raft On Sand and Field Study of Proto Type Behaviour.

Till 1987, he worked in various organizations in different capacities. In 1987, he started his own practice as Structural & Geotechnical consultant. Numerous Multi Storied Residential apartments have been designed by him, one of which is supported on piled raft. The piled raft was instrumented and monitored to form a part of his Ph.D thesis.

He has published more than 20 papers in National and International conferences and one journal paper. He is a life fellow of Indian Geotechnical Society, life member in Southeast Asian Geotechnical society, member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and Deep Foundation Institute USA. He is also a member in TC207 (Soil Structure interaction) in the ISSMGE involved in soil structure interaction and deep Foundations study. He has been in the board of studies for various institutions including, Anna university affiliated colleges, Anna university CEG for ME course in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical engineering, Presently he is an Adjunct Professor in Vellore Institute of Technology – university He has traveled to various countries in Europe, Asia, United States, and Australia, He has been a visitor to Darmstadt University Germany, University of Wisconsin United States and Griffith University, Australia  He has organized workshops on Pile termination criteria and embankments respectively and a  one day seminar on behalf of DFI in Mangalore.. He is reviewer for Indian Geotechnical journal and DFI conferences and journal. He was the Co-Chairman for the forthcoming Indian GeoTechnical Conference-2016.