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Dr. Vishwajit Anand
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering IIT (BHU)
Area of Interest: 
Earthquake Engineering; Soil-Structure Interaction; Rupture-to-Rafters Simulations; Dynamics of Offshore Structures; Machine Learning Applications in Earthquake Engineering


Earthquakes can be severely punishing if our structures and communities are not prepared for it. I am passionate towards building seismic resilient structures and communities. I believe that this is possible through a holistic understanding of earthquakes including its science, engineering and arts. I am open to collaborate with people working on earthquakes from diverse perspectives, viz. engineering seismology, geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic structural design and seismic policy implementation.

To collaborate on my current research and/or any potential research of your interest, please feel free to connect with me.

If you are a prospective PhD candidate interested to join my research group, I encourage you to contact me through email. You should provide a Statement Of Purpose (SOP) and highlights from past research along with a detailed resume and transcript / marks sheet for the previous degree. If you are found suitable, you will be contacted at the earliest.


Ph.D, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2021
B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, 2014

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, March 2022 to Present
Adhoc Faculty, National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh, July 2021 to March 2022

If one or more of the following research projects fascinate you, please feel free to connect with me through email. We are up for knowledge sharing and research collaborations depending on the project requirements.

S.No. Research Objective and Description Timeline


Development of performance-based seismic SSI design protocol
This project involves a probabilistic evaluation of various performance metrics such as total lateral displacement, total drift, inter-story drift and foundation rotation. Through a fragility study, the project is likely to deliver a performance-based seismic SSI design protocol which can be added to IS 1893-1 (2016). Towards the end of this project, shake table tests on scaled structural models are likely to be conducted to validate devised design protocol.




Ground motion selection for seismic fragility studies considering SSI effects, using machine learning algorithms
This project begins with identifying critical ground motion characteristics affecting seismic SSI response of structures using regression algorithms. Another machine learning algorithm will then be implemented to select fewer ground motions which are good representatives of the whole ensemble, and thereby reducing computational costs in evaluating seismic fragility.




Enhancement of seismic resilience of built environment through rupture-to-rafters simulations
This project is aimed at evaluating seismic performance of a number of typical structural forms against seismic hazards in Indian region (particularly seismically active Himalayan region) by conducting rupture-to-rafters simulations. The simulations are expected to comprise of stochastic source modelling, seismic wave propagation, and consideration of local site and SSI effects, followed by dynamic analyses of structural forms at a number of sites spread across the region. Effects of stiffness and mass irregularities in building plan and elevation, on seismic behaviour of buildings, are also to be studied in depth.




Displacement control in offshore wind turbine (OWT) structures
Considering need for generating clean energy and blessed with a long coastline, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of Government of India (GoI) has set a target of 5 GW of offshore wind installations by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030. A number of wind farms are already coming off Gujarat and Tamil Nadu coasts. Considering this rapid setting plan of offshore wind farms and susceptibility of OWT structures to large lateral displacements, this project aims at controlling excessive displacements under working as well as stalled conditions.


5. Machine learning applications in earthquake engineering
This project aims to apply machine learning in earthquake engineering problems such as seismic vulnerability assessment and control of structures, development of novel algorithms for obtaining optimal retrofit in existing structures and/or any other seismic design issues. This is a continuous research objective in pursuit of solving problems upon elaborate literature review and identification of research gaps.
2022 Onwards



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Journal Publications:

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Sensitivity of strength reduction factor for structures considering soil-structure interaction" Structures, 39, 593-606.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Evaluation of seismic response of inelastic structures considering soil-structure interaction" Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, 6(2), 83:1-19.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Seismic soil-structure interaction response of elastic and inelastic moment resisting framed structures on embedded rafts" Journal of Structural Engineering (Madras), 47(4), 344-361.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Seismic soil-structure interaction: A state-of-the-art review" Structures, 16, 317-326.

Conference Publications:

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Seismic performance of semi-rigid steel frames considering soil-structure interaction" Indian Structural Steel Conference, Hyderabad.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Elastic seismic response of moment resisting framed structures with soil-structure interaction" 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Effects of engineering design parameters on elastic soil-structure interaction response of moment-resisting framed structures" Indian Geotechnical Conference, Guwahati.

Vishwajit Anand and S R Satish Kumar "Analytical soil-structure interaction formulations in frequency domain for structures founded on flexible bases" 10th Structural Engineering Convention, Chennai.

Vishwajit Anand and Vimal Kumar "Urban building model in Gangetic plains" National Conference on Environment Friendly Sustainable Construction- Need of the Hour, Patna.

Vishwajit Anand and Arindam Dey "Estimation of filter dimensions for a homogeneous earth dam resting on impervious foundation based on basic seepage analyses" 4th International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation, Hyderabad.

Vishwajit Anand and Sumit Kumar "Groundwater management: Sustainability and methodology" International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Urban Ecosystems, Guwahati.

Book Chapters:

Vishwajit Anand and Sumit Kumar "Groundwater management: Sustainability and methodology" Urban Hydrology, Watershed Management and Socio-Economic Aspects, Springer, 73, 135-143.


  • CE331: Structural Mechanics- II
  • CE204: Concrete Technology Laboratory

Courses Taught:

At IIT (BHU) Varanasi

  • CE101: Basic Surveying
  • CE102: Surveying Laboratory

At NIT Andhra Pradesh

  • CE101: Engineering Mechanics
  • CE254: Building Materials and Concrete Technology
  • CE257: Concrete Technology Laboratory
  • CE301: Theory of Structures- I
  • CE413: Prestressed Concrete

Ph.D Scholars

M.Tech Students

B.Tech / Dual Degree Students

Summer Interns

1. Saurav Dutta, National Institute of Technology Silchar
    Topic: Characterization of ground motions

2. Neelotpal Singh Raghuwanshi, National Institute of Technology Patna
    Topic: Analysis of open ground storey buildings considering soil-structure interaction

3. Abhishek Singh, National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh
    Topic: Non-Destructive Testing (UPV and Rebound Hammer) of Concrete

4. Aaditya Priyadarshi, National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh
    Topic: Non-Destructive Testing (UPV and Rebound Hammer) of Concrete

Professional Memberships:

Young Professional Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Oakland
Graduate Member, The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), London
Mail-list Member, National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Kanpur

Reviewer Experience:

Geophysical Journal International, Oxford University Press
Earthquakes and Structures, Techno Press
Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, Springer
Scientia Iranica: Transactions of Civil Engineering

Mailing Address:
Dr. Vishwajit Anand
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
Varanasi - 221 005
Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

Phone: +91-8072908384

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