Optimization methods for Civil engineering

By Prof. Rajib Kumar Bhattacharjya   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2056
The primary objectives of the course are to introducing the students to the fundamentals of classical optimization techniques and also exposing them to the theory of different non-classical optimization methods and algorithms developed for solving various types of civil engineering optimization problems. The course will also enable the students to apply the various classical and non-classical optimization techniques in solving real-world optimization problems by using Matlab and MS Excel. At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the importance of optimization, apply basic concepts of mathematics to formulate an optimization problem, analyze and appreciate a variety of performance measures for various optimization problems. This will encourage the students to use optimization techniques in solving real-world civil engineering design and planning problems and will promote research interest in optimization techniques.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : PG Students, Research Scholar and B. Tech(Final Year)

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week-1:Introduction to optimization
Week-2:Linear Programming Problem
Week-3:Classical Optimization methods
Week-4:Classical Optimization methods
Week-5:Classical Optimization methods
Week-6:Classical Optimization methods
Week-7:Metaheuristic optimization methods
Week-8:Metaheuristic optimization methods
Week-9:Metaheuristic optimization methods
Week-10:Engineering application using Matlab and Excel solver
Week-11:Engineering application using Matlab and Excel solver
Week-12:Civil Engineering Application

Books and references

1.S. S. Rao, "Engineering Optimisation: Theory and Practice", Wiley, 2008. 
2.K. Deb, "Optimization for Engineering design algorithms and Examples", Prentice Hall, 2005. 
3.S. R. Komaragiri and N. Kumar, "Multicriterion Analysis in Engineering and Management", Prentice Hall, 2010 
4.F. Bennis, and R. K. Bhattacharjya, "Nature-Inspired Methods for Metaheuristics Optimization: Algorithms and Applications in Science and Engineering", Springer Inc. 5.A. D. Belegundu and T. R. Chandrupatla, "Optimization Concept and Applications in Engineering", Pearson Education Asia, 2002

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajib Kumar Bhattacharjya

IIT Guwahati
Prof. (Dr.) Rajib Kumar Bhattacharjya is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. Before joining the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, he worked in the Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Silchar (July 1997-May 2008), and also at Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat Assam (May 1995- July 1997). He received his Bachelor and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Gauhati University, India in the year 1993 and 1995 respectively, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, in the year 2004. His current research interests include Water resources management, Climate change, groundwater management and pollution control, management of saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers, classical and non-classical optimization methods, and artificial neural networks. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience and has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications in various reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He has jointly edited several books, including Urban Hydrology, Watershed Management and Socio-Economic Aspects (Springer 2016), Urban Ecology, Water Quality and Climate Change (Springer 2018), Nature-Inspired Methods for Metaheuristics Optimization: Algorithms and Applications in Science and Engineering (Springer 2020), etc. He has implemented several research projects related to water resources management as PI and Co-PI. He has also been a visiting professor at other institutes, including the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, Ecole Centrale Nantes, France, and the National Institute of Technology Meghalaya. He also received training at IHE, Delf on Integrated River Basin Management.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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