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CIVIL Laboratories

Highway Engineering Lab

The Highway engineering laboratory in RPS is well equipped with all the required instruments and equipments that are helpful in the overall understanding and practical knowledge of a student. The Highway engineering lab has equipment required to conduct all standardized tests to assess quality of highway materials, pavement evaluation and traffic engineering studies. Experiments are conducted in pre-, during- and post-construction phases of highways. The Transportation Engineering lab does quality assurance and quality control tests for the Roads, Traffic engineering surveys are also conducted in the lab and students learn to conduct spot speed studies, volume counts, and conflict studies for preparing road improvement plans to enhance road safety. The objective of Highway engineering laboratory is to determine some of the properties of coarse aggregates and bitumen. Experiments include tests for impact, abrasion, attrition test and crushing strength for coarse aggregate and tests for penetration, ductility, viscosity, softening point and flash and fire point for bitumen. The students will be able to infer the suitability of these materials for construction of road. This laboratory course will help the students to understand the theoretical concepts learned in the course transportation engineering.

Following is the list of equipments in the laboratory:

  • 1. Ductility testing machine, electrically operated
  • 2. Los angles Abrasion testing machine, IS 2386
  • 3. Aggregate crushing value apparatus
  • 4. Aggregate impact tester IS 2386(IV)
  • 5. Laboratory CBR Apparatus IS 9669, IS 2720 (Part XVI)
  • 6. Thickness( flakiness ) gauge, ISI mark, IS 2386 (Part I)
  • 7. Length( elongation) gauge, ISI mark
  • 8. Flash point closed Pensky Martens Apparatus, IS 1209
  • 9. Ring ball apparatus, electrically heated , IS 1205

Structure Analysis Lab

Structural engineering is one of the most fundamental engineering disciplines because it deals directly with the structural integrity and strength of a building or structure. Thus all construction projects must utilize the principles of structural engineering in order for the new building or structure to bear its own load and to be able to withstand the demands that will be placed upon it. Structures must be designed so that they can withstand their own weight as well as the loads and pressures that will be placed upon them. Structural engineers provide crucial information about roof types, foundations, floors, steel beams, material quality, retaining walls, and more. Structural mechanics experiments help to understand, to know the practical behavior of the physical structures like beams, different arches, roof truss etc. A proper structural analysis of these structures helps the students to solve the practical problems. Different structural apparatus like Two-Hinge Arch, Three- Hinge Arch, Simply Supported Beam, Curved Member of Different shape, Pin Joint Truss are available in the laboratory

Plumbing services Lab

Plumbing is a system of pipes, fittings, valves, drains and fixtures installed for the distribution of tap water for drinking, heating and waste removal. On occasion these systems needs to be extended, modified or repaired, requiring a plumbing skill set provided by plumbing services. Plumbing services involves laying of drain pipes, sewer pipes, traps. It also deals with installation of sink, wash basin, bath tub, Geyser, water heater, trap and central heating system, etc.


  • 1. Pipe cutter
  • 2. Pipe bender
  • 3. Threading tool
  • 4. Pipe vice
  • 5. Bench vice
  • 6. Drilling Machine
  • 7. Hand Hack saw
  • 8. Tape etc.

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering lab.

This laboratory is designed to obtain the basic knowledge about the soil under loading and unloading conditions occurred during the construction of structure at site. This laboratory helps the students to understand the basic and engineering properties of soil such as specific gravity, Atterberg's limit, compaction, consolidation, permeability, shear strength and bearing capacity of soil.


  • 1. Unconfined compression Test apparatus
  • 2.Sieves and sieve shaker
  • 3. Direct shear test apparatus
  • 4. Standard and Modified proctor test setup
  • 5. Soil sample extractor
  • 6. Permeability test apparatus
  • 7. Oven
  • 8. Casagrande apparatus
  • 9.Sand Replacement and core cutter setup
  • 10.Pycnometer
  • 11.Triaxial shear test apparatus

Surveying, G&AS lab

Survey Laboratory contains measuring instruments for distance, vertical and horizontal angles, and elevation. Students gain proficiency over diversified techniques for gathering field data with conventional, modern and advanced instruments in lab sessions. The available instrument in the lab includes total station instruments, hand-held and GPS units, Digital Theodolites, Vernier Theodolites, Dumpy levels, Prismatic and Surveyor Compass units, Plane table with accessories etc.
• The laboratory of Surveying is well equipped with all the required instruments and tools that are helpful in the overall understanding and practical knowledge of a student.
• Students learn techniques for gathering field data with both traditional and modern instruments.
• Surveying Lab offers additional experience in fundamental land surveying measurement methods for surveying courses, including precision steel taping methods to perform horizontal measurements, digital theodolites to perform angular measurements and traditional and automatic levels for elevation measurements.
• Students have opportunity to use total station equipment, which enables horizontal, vertical and angular measurements to be made in one operation.