CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY (CTRTC)

Centre for Technology Research Training and Consultancy (CTRTC) was formed in the beginning of 1997. The present position and strength of the Centre are such that it is able to deliver consultancy services for almost any project of any magnitude. It is also capable to train-up young professionals to make them suitable for their respective jobs and conduct research works on building technology.

CTRTC is an application wing of the College of Engineering and Technology [CEAT]. The College of Engineering and Technology (CEAT) offers bachelor degree programs in engineering and computer science. Also included in the area of computer is a Diploma Program which is offered under the Computer Education and Training Center (CETC) of IUBAT University. The College has the objective of producing professionals who would apply knowledge of science and mathematics to solve real world problems. The CEAT programs are directed towards preparing students with solid foundations to face a challenging life and enjoying a rewarding career in the society undergoing continuous technological changes.

BACKGROUND

CTRTC was initiated as a design cell for the design of the designing of the permanent campus of IUBAT University with one senior architect as advisor on voluntary basis and a full-time salaried draftsman in early 1995 after Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripaksa (RAJUK), on principle, agreed to allot a plot of land for housing the university at Uttara Model Town, Dhaka. Design work for campus development started in late 1994 jointly with Architect Raziuddin Ahmad, the local architectural advisor, and Mr. Miles Danby, Professor Emeritus, University of New Castle Upon Tyne, an advisor seconded by British Executive Services Overseas (BESO), England. Necessity for more man-power was felt, so, one diploma architect and a diploma engineer (civil) were appointed. A separate space was arranged and the necessary instrument, equipment and other materials were procured to run its activities. At this stage it was felt that a center might be given its appropriate shape.

ACTIVITIES TO DATE

CTRTC has successfully carried out the Physical Development Plan of IUBAT University permanent campus at Uttara with a 15 years developed perspective involving professional education and training of a student body of 9000. As a part of this plan, CTRTC has developed the architectural plan for the 1st 15 storied building of IUBAT University and got approval from RAJUK for the construction of the first phase of this building covering 6 floors, including the design work.

CTRTC undertook the task of construction of this building involving all the related work of soil testing, site development, pile foundation work, earth filling, sourcing of materials, procurement, direct construction and supervision. The center is now fully engaged in the expansion of this building and development of the permanent campus. The experience being gained is being passed on to other construction work of the university as well as other organizations and individuals who may be interested in availing building services on a professional basis.

The center is also designed two residential buildings at Uttara Model Town as a part of its widening service base.

The CTRTC has also been actively providing quality consultancy services to its clients. In 2005, it provided two contract package consultancy services to the Dhaka City Corporation. Package 1 was on Widening & Beautification of the Airport Road from Banani Rail Crossing to North Side of Mohakhali Flyover and Package 2 was on Widening & Beautification of Airport Road from West Side of Mohakhali to Sonargaon Intersection Excluding Mohakhali Flyover Section. The services included preparation of designs and bidding documents, top supervision, conducting all surveys (topographic, traffic, pavement condition, and drainage), preparation of detailed engineering designs and bidding documents including engineering estimates and bills of quantities, preparation of plans and specifications for civil works components, preparation of bills of quantities and pre tender estimates, preparation of bidding documents, bid evaluation and presentation on drawing and design to different authorities of DCC and Government of Bangladesh.

Water Treatment Plant for Rangamati Cantonment

Presently CTRTC is providing consultancy services to Bangladesh Army for construction of a Water Treatment Plant (WTP) at Rangamati cantonment. The objective of that project is to supply drinking water at Rangamati Cantonment. The project objective is to make provision of drinking water for the inhabitants of the cantonment. The capacity of the plant is 150,000 gallon/day. The Kaptai lake is the source of water for the plant and the treated water will have to meet the Bangladesh Drinking Water Quality Standards. The scope of work was to design the water treatment process, concrete and steel structures, water intake system, power system and selection of electromechanical equipments. The consulting team  submitted all the necessary design and drawings to the Bangladesh Army Authority. The Military Engineering Services (MES) has already constructed the Water Treatment Plant. The plant is now ready to run.    A good number of experts of the CTRTC  worked for this consultancy project.

R&D in Water Sector

CTRTC acts as a catalyst within the university to promote research and development (R&D) acitivities. One of this work relates to water and environment sectors. CTRTC has an efficient team in Environment Management sector consisting of a pool of academic talents from different disciplines. Under this centre, scientists are working on designing of Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) for different entities. The R&D motto is to establish bridge between the indigenous and modern technology to find out low-cost solutions which will fit into the local environment.

Technical Training

The CTRTC organizes training on integrated building Drawing, analysis and design by using the software Auto CAD, and ETABS on a regular basis. Twenty to twenty five participants are normally allowed in these training programs.

Auto CAD: This is a beginner level course have been designed for civil engineering students.  Examples related to civil engineering are drawn in the class. This is restricted within 2D drawing only. The main aim of the course is to make the student proficient in producing  computer aided civil engineering drawings. The key topics discussed are  introduction to Auto CAD, work with commands,  drawing views, drawing  setup, draw objects, make  modification, precision drawing, symbles  and  hatches, dimensioning, annotation, layers, blocs, array, creating layout and plotting, basic Auto CAD Customization.Basic computer skills are required to catch up with the class.

ETABS: Extended Three-dimensional Analysis of Building Systems is sophisticated, yet easy to use, special purpose analysis and design program developed specifically for building systems. It is an extremely versatile and powerful program based on finite element method with many features and functions. The intent is to demonstrate the fundamentals and to show how quickly and easily a model can be created using this program. ETABS engineering software generally use to model, analysis and design procedures and have a powerful graphical interface. The steps are to simulate the model with different load combinations  (including wind and seismic loads),  To Analyze the entire model, To design the model (basically the columns and beams),  To Shear wall design etc

PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH

CTRTC has access to the technical resource pool of the College of Engineering and Technology (CEAT) of IUBAT University which offers graduate level programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as in computer science. Besides, the faculty base, the center has a number of professionals who are devoted to its work. Such professionals include overseas architectural and engineering advisors, senior architectural advisor, senior structural advisor, construction engineers, technical supervisors, architects and draftsmen. Additional need is met through contracting out of services.

ACTIVITY FRAME

The activity frame of CTRTC includes design and construction work of the university, train-up young professionals and builders in their relevant fields, provide consultancy services to any other organization or individual, who might be interested, and to conduct research activities for the development of building technology. The Center also would award certificates to individuals who would involve themselves in its research and training programs.

CTRTC provides the following specific services:

  •  Topographical survey with contour 
  • Sub-soil investigation
  • Architectural design
  • Structural and other engineering design
  • Urban, regional and site planning
  • Interior design
  • Landscape design
  • Construction supervision
  • Project profile and feasibility study
  • Socio-economic survey

CTRTC endeavors to be a center that could come to the benefits to the people who will need consultancy services as well as to them who want to build themselves as befitting professionals in their relevant fields.  Besides, the center aims at developing standards of services and fees in building planning, design, construction supervision, construction as well as in technology related training and services.