Dr. Rupesh P. Vasani is a Principal at Ahmedabad Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad. He has done his Master's, M. E. Civil (WRM) and Ph.D. (Civil-WRM) from Gujarat University. He has 13 years of experience which includes 5 years of field experience. He is an Academic counsellor of IGNOU. He has delivered various expert lectures at M. E. level as well as for practising engineers and for Government Engineers. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences and has published papers in national journals. He is a member of various national and international professional bodies.

Mrs. Nita N. Patel is a Ex. faculty member of Civil Engineering Department at Nirma University, Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad. She has done her B.E. and M.E. in Civil Engineering from B.V.M. Engineering College of S. P. University, V. V. Nagar. She has 7 years of academic experience. She is an academic counsellor of IGNOU. She is also involved with various activities in Technical Field.

Dr. Chintan P. Dave is a Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Laljibhai Chaturbhai Institute of Technology, Bhandu. He has done his B.E. from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat (Formerly Sardar Vallabhbhai Regional college of Engg. and Tech.). He has worked as a professional on various prestigious national level construction projects prior to joining academics. He belives in cultivating the use of technology for a common man. His major areas of interest are environmental issues, convergence of civil engg. and I.T. and exploring ancient methods for ground water recharge.


ISBN 81-89050-23-0

Edition 3rd

Price: 215=00

By: Dr.Rupesh P. Vasani, Mrs. Nita N. Patel, Dr.Chintan P. Dave


Most of the Universities in India have felt the need to introduce the subject "Elements of Civil Engineering" covering various topics of civil Engineering. This subject is meant to be studied by students in all branches of engineering. Engineers in any discipline are expected to have a good concept about Civil Engineering topics in various fields like Building Construction, Surveying and Levelling, Environmental Engineering Transportation Engineering etc.

It also deals with other supporting subject like Civil Engineering Drawing. While teaching the subject "Civil Engineering'' to non-civil engineering students at degree level, the necessity of a single comprehensive text book, covering the full syllabus has been felt by the teachers and students. An attempt has, therefore, been made to present, "Elements of Civil Engineering'' primarily for the non-Civil Engineering students to cater to their need for a complete text book. This book covers all topics of Elements of Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Drawing according to the revised syllabus of Gujarat University,

Authors do not claim for its originality but an attempt has been also made to compile different aspects of Civil Engineering in lucid manner.

Though, every effort has been made, a few mistakes, omissions might have occured due to oversight. The suggesting for the improvement of this text book shall be gratefully acknowledged for incorporating the same in the next edition of the text book.


Section 1 : Surveying

  • Introduction to Civil Engineering

  • Surveying

  • Linear Measurements

  • Anguler Measurement

  • Vertical Measurements

  • Contouring

  • Introduction of Theodolite

  • Computation of Area and Volume

  • Modern Electronic Equipments

  • Scales

Section 2 : Building Construction

  • Principles of Planning and Designing A Building

  • Masonry and Concrete Construction

  • Miscellaneous

  • Building Components

Section 3 : Environmental Engineering

  • Ecology and Biosphere


  • Civil Engineering Drawing

  • Conventional Signs, Symbols and Abbreviations

  • Electrical Installation Plan

  • Building Drawing

  • Residential Building Drawing

  • Foundation Plan

  • Industrial Building

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