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Pradhan Sarada Prasad
Pradhan Sarada Prasad Assistant Professor sppradhanfes[at]iitr.ac.in +91-1332-284851 Website
Areas of Interest
  • Engineering Geology & Rock Mechanics, Slope stability
  • Reservoir Geomechanics & Petroleum Geo-sciences, Reservoir Geo-mechanics, Well bore stability
  • Carbon Dioxide Sequestration, Geo-mechanical aspects of storage sites
Professional Background
FromToDesignationOrganisation
2015-Assistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
20152015Executive Engineer (Reservoir)Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
20102014Assistant Executive Engineer (Reservoir)Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
20092010CSIR-Junior Research FellowIIT Bombay
Honors and Awards
AwardInstituteYear
Young Scientist AwardCAFET Innova Technical Society 2010
Asset Manager Award for excellent performanceOil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.2012
Co-Chaired a sessionINDOROCK-2016 Conference, Mumbai2016
Best Paper AwardINDOROCK CONFERENCE - 2017, New Delhi2017
Best Paper AwardGeosummit Conference (DST sponsored), Chennai2011
Nominated for CSIR - Shyama Prasad Mookherjee FellowshipCSIR New Delhi2009
Member, High Level Policy Recommendation Committee for Landslides/flash floodGovt. of Uttarkhand2016
Educational Details
DegreeSubjectUniversityYear
Ph.D.Engineering GeologyIIT Bombay2014
M.Sc.Applied GeologyIIT Bombay2009
B.ScGeology (Hons)Ravenshaw University2007
Administrative Background
FromToDesignationOrganisationLevel
2017-Member, DAPCIIT Roorkee
2016-O.C Geotechnical LaboratoryDepartment of Earth Sciences
2016-Faculty Advisor, M.Tech (GLT 5th Yr & GPT 2nd Yr)IIT Roorkee
20152016Co-ordinator, M.Tech Dissertation EvaluationIIT Roorkee
20162017Co-Coordinator, M.Tech Dissertation EvaluationIIT Roorkee
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Geotechnical investigation of slopes along Koraput-Rayagada Railway TrackDST India2017
High resolution structural and damage zone mapping along along Rishikesh-Deoprayag, UttarakhandDST, India2016
Geotechnical Investigation of Stability of Slopes around Dumripat, Koraput, OdishaIIT Roorkee2015
Consultancy:Geo-mechanical testing of rock samples conducted on NX size drill coresSJVN Ltd2017
Consultancy: Conceptual study of slope stability study of pit wall, side wall and dump stabilityOdisha Power Grid Corporation Ltd, Odisha2014
Consultancy:Preliminary study of behavioral pattern of dump slope Vis-a-Vis fly ash utilizationAES Chhattisgarh Pvt. Ltd2012
Participation in seminars
NamePlaceSponsored ByDate
Indorock-2016MumbaiISRMTT2016
Co-cordinator, Orientation course on Damage zone Mapping in the MANU ProjectIIT RoorkeeDSTOct
National Conference on Advances in Geotechnical EngineeringAMU AligarhIGS2016
International Conference on Earth Science and EngineeringHyderabadCAFET Innova Technical Society2010
Memberships
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers , Member
  • Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Membar
  • Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunneling Technology , Member
  • CAFET INNOVA Technical Society, India, Member
  • The Society of Earth Scientists, Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Engineering GeologyESN-407M.TechAutumn
Reservoir GeomechanicsESN-620M.ScSpring
Structral GeologyES-205M.Tech in Geological Technology, M.Tech in Geophysical Technology,Autumn
Technical CommunicationESN-540M.ScSpring
SeminarES-411M.TechAutumn
Projects and Thesis Supervised
Title of ProjectNames of Students
Wellbore Stability Prediction in a Hydrocarbon ReservoirKetan Hasija
Mechanism of Sand Production in a Hydrocarbon ReservoirParamatma Nand Singh
Investigation of Rainfall Induced Landslides Near Mohand Along NH 307Harsh Sharma
Geotechnical characterization of Himalayan debris - effects of grain size on strength parametersSatyajit Rout
Effect of Joint Orientation on Slope StabilitySubrat Sahoo
Well Based Facies Analysis of Mangahewa Formation, Kapuni Field, Taranaki Basin, New ZealandKhiroj Padi
Stability Analysis of Himalayan Debris Slope along NH-58: Rishikesh - Saknidhar, UttarakhandPriya Nayak
Assessment of Stability of Hill Cut Rock Slopes along NH-58: Rishikesh -Saknidhar, UttarakhandShikhar Saxena
Stability of Slopes along Koraput- Rayagada Railway Track, OdishaMohit Kumar Phophliya
Stability Analysis of Slopes Reinforced With PilesAnurag Tak
Slope Stability Analysis of Landslide Prone Himalayan Slopes Along NH-58, UttarakhandNani Das
Rockfall analysis of slopes around DevprayagRishika Sinha
Slope stability analysis of road cut slopes around DevprayagVikas Lamba
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Year
Slope stability investigations of road cut slopes along NH-58, Rishikesh to Devprayag Traiq Siddique O2014
Geotechinical investigations of landslides along Koraput- Rayagada railway trackAmulya Ratna RoulO2016
Investigation of Kotrupi Landslides Himachal Pradesh, IndiaSoumya Darshan PandaO2016
Geo-mechanical modeling of a hydrocarbon reservoir Krishna Chandra SundliO2016
Engineering Geological Investigations of AcquiferSunit KumarO2017
Rock mechanicsAditya Kumar AnandO2018
Engineering GeologyNani DasO2018
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Landslide mitigation by modern techniquesNDMA2015
Geo-mechanical stability of wellbore, GMI International, Hyderabad, 2013SPG2013
Pressure transient analysis ONGC Ltd2013
Reservoir management of mature fields ONGC Ltd.2012
Natural gas processing including sour gas ONGC Ltd2012
Workshop on drilling and its complication in Mumbai offshore areaONGC Ltd.2013
Design and implementation of stage gate project management process for E&P projectONGC Ltd.2014
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Workshop cum field orientation progra on Damage zone mappingDST2016
National International Collaboration
TopicOrganisationLevel
Geomechanical modelling of hydrocarbon reservoirOil and Natural Gas Corporation LtdPHD
Slope stabilityAligarh Muslim UniversityPHD
Landslides and ClimateIIT BombayRP
Books Authored

S. P. Pradhan, V.  Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2018, Landslides: Theory, Practice & Modelling in series Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Vol 50, ISBN 978-3-319-77376-6, p-338, Springer, (Edited).

Refereed Journal Papers

Book Chapters:

  1. S. P. Pradhan, T.  Siddique, 2018, Mass Wasting: An Overview, Landslides, Modelling in series Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, (Edited by S. P. Pradhan et. al), Vol 50, pp. 3-20, ISBN 978-3-319-77376-6, Springer.
  2. T.  Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, 2018, Rockfall: A Specific Case of Landslide, Landslides Modelling in series Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, (Edited by S. P. Pradhan et. al), Vol 50, pp. 61-81, ISBN 978-3-319-77376-6, Springer.
  3. J.C. Pashin, S. P. Pradhan, V.Vishal, 2018, Formation Damage in Coalbed Methane Recovery, In Formation Damage during Improved Oil Recovery (Edited by Bin Yuan et.al), Elsevier, ISBN: 9780128137826, pp.499-514.
  4. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2015, Study of slopes along River Teesta in Darjeeling Himalayan region, Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, (Edited by G. Lollino et. al), Springer Publishers, ISBN 978-3-319-09299-7, pp. 517-520.
  5. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2015, Analysis of stability of slopes in Himalayan terrane along National Highway: 109, India, Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, (Edited by G. Lollino et. al), Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-09299-7, pp. 511-516
  6. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, P. G. Ranjith, 2015, Real term implications of carbon sequestration in coal seams, Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization, (Edited by M. Goel et al.) TERI Press, ISBN: 978-81-7993-568-2, pp. 249-256.
  7. V. Vishal, A. Sudhakaran, A.K. Tiwari, S.P. Pradhan, T.N. Singh, 2016, A review summary of hydro-mechanical changes in coal due to CO2 flow, Geologic carbon sequestration, Springer, pp. 161-182.

 Journal Papers:

  1. V Vishal, B. Mahanta, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2018, Geologic sequestration of anthropogenic CO2 for enhanced coalbed methane recovery in Jharia coalfields, India, Energy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2018.06.104.
  2. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2018, Finite element modelling of landslide prone slopes around Rudraprayag and Agastyamuni in Uttarakhand Himalayan terrain, Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-018-3381-1.
  3. T. Siddique, S. P .Pradhan, 2018, Stability and sensitivity analysis of Himalayan road cut debris slopes: An investigation along NH-58, India, Natural Hazards, doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3317-9.
  4. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2017, Stability assessment of Himalayan road cut slopes along National Highway-58, India, Environmental Earth Sciences, Vol 76:759.
  5. V. Vishal, T. Siddique, Rohan Purohit, Mohit K. Phophliya, S. P. Pradhan, 2017, Hazard assessment in rockfall prone Himalayan slopes along National Highway - 58, India: Rating and Simulation, Natural Hazards, Vol 85, pp. 487-503.
  6. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2015, An investigation on stability of mine slopes using two dimensional numerical modeling, Journal of Rock Mechanics & Tunnelling Technology, Vol 21 (1), pp 49-56.
  7. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, V. K. Singh, 2014, Optimisation of dump slope geometry vis-à-vis flyash utilisation using numerical simulation, American Journal of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol. 2 (1), pp. 1-7.
  8. V. Vishal, L. Singh, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, P. G. Ranjith, 2013, Numerical modeling of Gondwana coal seams in India as coalbed methane reservoirs substituted for carbon dioxide sequestration, Energy, Vol 49, pp. 384-394.
  9. V. Vishal, P. G. Ranjith, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2013, Permeability of sub-critical carbon dioxide in naturally fractured Indian bituminous coal at a range of down-hole stress conditions, Engineering Geology, Vol 167, pp. 148-156
  10. T. N. Singh, S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, 2013, Stability of slope in a fire prone opencast mine in Jharia coalfield, India,  Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Vol 6, pp. 419 – 427.
  11. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2012, Target potential for zero gas emissions in India: CO2 sequestration in coal beds, Earth Science India (Springer) - Special Issue
  12. R. Trivedi, V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, J. C. Jhanwar, 2012, Slope stability analysis in limestone mines, International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Vol 5 (4), pp. 759-766.
  13. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2011, Tensile strength of rock under elevated temperatures, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol 29, pp. 1127-1133.
  14. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2011, Stability of slope in an open cast mine in Jharia coalfield, India   – A Slope Mass Rating approach, Mining Engineers’ Journal, Vol 12 (10), pp. 36 – 40
  15. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2010, Instability  analysis of mine slope by Finite Element Method approach, Dedicated volumes of Jharkhand Mineral Resources, International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Vol. 3 (06), pp. 11 -23

Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts:

  1. S. P. Pradhan, T. Siddique, 2018, Finite Element Method Modelling and Limit Equilibrium Method Analysis of Shivpuri Landslide, Uttarakhand, Natinal workshop in Landslides, Pithoragarh, Inida (Accepted)
  2. A. K. Anand A.R. Roul, S.P. Pradhan, S.D. Panda, 2018, Geotechnical and geomorphometric insight to the landslides in Eastern Ghat, India, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  3. S.P. Pradhan, A.R. Roul, D.P. Mohanty, S.D. Panda, 2017, Stability assessment of a Railway cut rock slope using slope mass rating and finite element modelling, 4th Indian Landslides Congress, Mumbai
  4. T. Siddique, Ali P. Yunus, S.P. Pradhan, M.E.A. Mondal, 2017, Landslide Hazard Zonation: A case study from Garhwal Himalaya. In International Conference on “Remote Sensing and GIS for Applications in Geosciences” organized by Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; pp. 199.
  5. A.R. Roul, S.P. Pradhan, T. Siddique, 2017, Stability assessment of road cut slopes in parts of tectonically active Himalayan region. In International Conference on “Remote Sensing and GIS for Applications in Geosciences” organized by Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; pp. 21.
  6. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, A. R. Roul, M.E.A. Mondal, 2017, RMR, SMR, CSMR, Q-system and Kinematic analysis: Implications to slope stability; In National seminar on “Recent Advances and Challenges in Geochemistry, Environmental and Sedimentary Geology” organized by Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; pp. 57.
  7. E. A. Khan, T.Siddique, S.P. Pradhan, 2017, Rock mass classification and Kinematic analysis along NH-58, Kaliyasaur to Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand; In National seminar on “Recent Advances and Challenges in Geochemistry, Environmental and Sedimentary Geology” organized by Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; pp. 58.
  8. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2016, A finite element method based predictive model on dumping of fly ash along with over burden material of a coal mine, Indorock-2016, Mumbai, India.
  9. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2016, Finite element modeling of a coal Mine Slopes, International conference on geo-mechanics, geo-energy and geo-resources - 28, 29 September, Melbourne, Australia.
  10. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, 2016, Road cut slope stability investigation along NH-58, near Shivpuri, Uttarakhand, National Conference on Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, April 08-09, AMU, Aligarh.
  11. S. S. Ahmad, S. P. Pradhan , S. De Sarkar , S. Sengupta, V. K. Bhattacharya, 2015, Innovative Completion Approach to Develop Unconsolidated Shallow and Thin Multi-Layered Gas Reservoir: A Case Study of North Tapti Field, Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-178115-MS, doi:10.2118/178115-MS.
  12. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2013, Influence of bio-stabilisation on dump slopes – A discrete element modeling approach, 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, USA. ARMA – 736.
  13. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2011, Numerical simulation of slopes constituted of weak rocks in a hilly terrain, Geosummit, July 27-29, Chennai   (Best Paper Award)
  14. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2011, Environmental restoration by greenhouse gas reduction through geological sequestration, International Congress of Environmental Research, Dec 15-17, Surat, Gujarat.
  15. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2011, Microstructural characterization of Lower Himalayas geodynamics,International Conference on Indian Monsoon and Himalayan Geodynamics, Nov 2 – 5, Dehradun.
  16. T. N. Singh, V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, 2011, Instability analysis of a road cut slope in a hilly terrane for mitigation of landslides, Landslide Hazard – Consequences and Challenges, Feb 10-12, Roorkee.
  17. V. Vishal, S. P. Pradhan, T. N. Singh, 2010, Mine sustainable development vis-a-vis dump stability  for  a  large  open  cast  mine, Proceedings  of  International  Conference  on  Earth Sciences and Engineering, pp. 7 – 14.   
  18. V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, S. P. Pradhan, 2010, Analysis of slope in a fire prone surface coal mine in Jharia coalfield, India, Slope Conference - 2010, Chiangmai, Thailand, pp. 31 – 37.
  19. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2010, Biostabilisation approach to enhance dump stability, Proceedings of International Conference on Earth Sciences and Engineering, pp. 15 – 21.
  20. S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2010, Numerical modeling approach to evaluate the mine slope conditions, Geoyouth Conference Abstracts, Nov 22-23, Udaipur, pp. 7.