Pradhan Sarada Prasad - Department of Earth Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Pradhan Sarada Prasad
Sarada Prasad Pradhan Assistant professor +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
2015-01-01OngoingAssistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2015-01-01Executive Engineer (Reservoir)Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
2010-01-014 years Assistant Executive Engineer (Reservoir)Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
2009-01-011 year CSIR-Junior Research FellowIIT Bombay
Multiple Posts
2020-01-01OngoingWarden (Wellness)IIT Roorkee
2018-01-01OngoingO.C. ExaminationIIT Roorkee
2020-01-01OngoingMember, DACIIT Roorkee
2016-01-01OngoingFaculty In-charge, Geo-technical LaboratoryDepartment of Earth Sciences
2020-01-01OngoingMember,DRCIIT Roorkee
2016-01-011 year Co-Coordinator, M.Tech Dissertation EvaluationIIT Roorkee
2017-01-013 years Member, DAPCIIT Roorkee
2016-01-01OngoingFaculty Advisor, M.Tech (GLT 5th Yr & GPT 2nd Yr)IIT Roorkee
2015-01-011 year Co-ordinator, M.Tech Dissertation EvaluationIIT Roorkee
Honors and Awards
ConvenerInternational Geological Congress-20202020
Member, High Level Policy Recommendation Committee for Landslides/flash floodGovt. of Uttarkhand2016
Best Paper AwardINDOROCK CONFERENCE - 2017, New Delhi2017
Co-Chaired a sessionINDOROCK-2016 Conference, Mumbai2016
Asset Manager Award for excellent performanceOil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.2012
Best Paper AwardGeosummit Conference (DST sponsored), Chennai2011
Young Scientist AwardCAFET Innova Technical Society 2010
Nominated for CSIR - Shyama Prasad Mookherjee Fellowship (Top 25)CSIR New Delhi2009
All India Rank 2Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) in Geophysics2007
All India Rank 8JAdmission Test for MSc (JAM) in Geology2007
Educational Details
Ph.D.Engineering GeologyIIT Bombay2014
M.Sc.Applied GeologyIIT Bombay2009
B.ScGeology (Hons)Ravenshaw University2007
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
Geological, Geophysical Investigation and Design and Development of Cyber-Physical-System for ....DST,India2020-01Ongoing
A systematic large scale assessment for potential of CO2 enhanced oil and natural gas recovery in keDST-DBT2019-01Ongoing
Experimental and numerical studies on fracture propagation and matrix deformation in basaltsMinistry of Earth Sciences2019-01Ongoing
High resolution structural and damage zone mapping along along Rishikesh-Deoprayag, UttarakhandDST, India2016-014 years 7 months
Geotechnical investigation of slopes along Koraput-Rayagada Railway TrackDST India2017-013 years 7 months
Consultancy:Geo-mechanical testing of rock samples conducted on NX size drill coresSJVN Ltd2017-013 years 7 months
Consultancy: Conceptual study of slope stability study of pit wall, side wall and dump stabilityOdisha Power Grid Corporation Ltd, Odisha2014-016 years 7 months
Consultancy:1. Design of Slope Protection Work of Nadikedu Srikalahasti New Bg Line ProjectOST Slope2018-012 years 7 months
Consultancy:Preliminary study of behavioral pattern of dump slope Vis-a-Vis fly ash utilizationAES Chhattisgarh Pvt. Ltd2012-01Ongoing
Geotechnical Investigation of Stability of Slopes around Dumripat, Koraput, OdishaIIT Roorkee2015-01Ongoing
Participation in seminars
NamePlaceSponsored ByDate
Brain storming session on landslide early warning sessionIIT BHUDST, Govt of India2019-01
Co-cordinator, Orientation course on Damage zone Mapping in the MANU ProjectIIT RoorkeeDST2016-01
National Conference on Advances in Geotechnical EngineeringAMU AligarhIGS2016-01
International Conference on Earth Science and EngineeringHyderabadCAFET Innova Technical Society2010-01
  • Indian Society of Engineering Geology (ISEG), Member
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers , Member
  • 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
Engineering GeologyESN-607M.ScAutumn
Reservoir GeomechanicsESN-620M.ScSpring
Soil and Rock MechanicsESN-345M.TechSpring
Structral GeologyESN-205M.TechAutumn
Technical CommunicationESN-540M.ScSpring
Physical GeologyESN-102M.TechSpring
Projects and Thesis Supervised
Title of ProjectNames of Students
Effect of Fracture Intensity on rock mass behaviorArif Hussain
Mechanism of Sand Production in a Hydrocarbon ReservoirParamatma Nand Singh
Fracture initiation and Propagation in BasaltAyush Kothifera
Wellbore Stability Prediction in a Hydrocarbon ReservoirKetan Hasija
Effect of Weathering on Geotechnical Properties of road cut rock mass along NH-7Dhirendra Kumar
Slope stability Analysis in Seepage ConditionMandeep Asiya
Effect of Macerals on the length and width of Hydrofractures in Jharia CoalfieldKomal
Role of planform dynamics and morphometric parameters in avulsion of Brahmani river, OdishaMohd Athar
A 3D model based simulation of Kotropi Landslide, Himachal Pradesh,IndiaSaurabh Kumar
Correlation between Grain Size, Atterberg Limit and Clay minerals in Himalayan DebrisSoubhagya Ranjan Barik
Rainfall threshold for initiation of possible landslides in Uttarakhand, IndiaShivam Jaiswal
Debris flow modelling of Kotropi landslide using flow-RGangadhar Dalai
Stability Analysis of Slopes Reinforced With PilesAnurag Tak
Investigation of Rainfall Induced Landslides Near Mohand Along NH 307Harsh Sharma
Slope Stability Analysis of Landslide Prone Himalayan Slopes Along NH-58, UttarakhandNani Das
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
Slope stability analysis of road cut slopes around DevprayagVikas Lamba
Rockfall analysis of slopes around DevprayagRishika Sinha
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Slope stability investigations of road cut slopes along NH-58, Rishikesh to Devprayag Traiq Siddique O2014-01
Geotechinical investigations of landslides along Koraput- Rayagada railway trackAmulya Ratna RoulO2016-01
Investigation of Kotrupi Landslides Himachal Pradesh, IndiaSoumya Darshan PandaO2016-01
Geo-mechanical modeling of a hydrocarbon reservoir Krishna Chandra SundliO2016-01
River bank stability analysis in the lower reaches of Brahmani river, OdishaAditya Kumar AnandO2018-01
Engineering Geological Investigations of AcquiferSunit KumarO2017-01
Effect of weathering on geomechanical properties of road cut rock mass along NH:7, Rishikesh to DevpNani DasO2018-01
Applicability of classification systems for stability analysis of slopesLalhruaikimaO2018-01
Effect of structural discontinuities on rockmass behavior of Garhwal Himalaya.Mr. Jaspreet SinghO2018-01
Fracture PropagationPiyush Kumar SinghO2020-01
Submarine landslide due to exploitation of gas hydratesDirectorate General of Hydrocarbon, Delhi2019-01
Third advisory committee meeting on Gas hydratesDirectorate General of Hydrocarbon, Delhi 2019-01
Slope stability along transportation corridor in mountainous regionNCESS, Trivendrum2019-01
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Landslide mitigation by modern techniquesNDMA2015-01
Pressure transient analysis ONGC Ltd2013-01
Geo-mechanical stability of wellbore, GMI International, Hyderabad, 2013SPG2013-01
Reservoir management of mature fields ONGC Ltd.2012-01
Natural gas processing including sour gas ONGC Ltd2012-01
Design and implementation of stage gate project management process for E&P projectONGC Ltd.2014-01
Workshop on drilling and its complication in Mumbai offshore areaONGC Ltd.2013-01
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Workshop cum field orientation progra on Damage zone mappingDST2016-01
National International Collaboration
Enhanced Hydrocarbon RecoveryBritish Geological Survey, UK
Geomechanical modelling of hydrocarbon reservoirOil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
Slope stabilityAligarh Muslim University
Landslides and ClimateIIT Bombay
Books Authored

S. P. Pradhan, V.  Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2019, 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, 2019, 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, 2019, 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, 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. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, V. Vishal, T. N. Singh, 2020, Applicability of Q-slope Method in the Himalayan Road Cut Rock Slopes and Its Comparison with CSMR, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (Accepted)

  2. D. Chandra, V. Vishal, A. Debbarma, S. Banerjee, S. P. Pradhan, M. K. Mishra, 2020, Role of Composition and Depth on Pore Attributes of Barakar Formation Gas Shales of Ib Valley, India, Using a Combination of Low-Pressure Sorption and Image Analysis, Energy and Fuels, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c00746 (Accepted)

  3. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, N. Das, A. K. Anand, T. N. Singh, 2020, Stabilization of cut slopes along the highway by optimizing geometry, NH-58, Lesser Himalaya, Journal of geological society of India (Accepted).

  4. B. Yuan, M. Sun, L. Xiong, Q. Luo, S. P. Pradhan, H. Li, 2020, Investigation of 3D deformation of transparent soil around a laterally loaded pile based on a hydraulic gradient model test, Journal of Building Engineering,

  5. S. P. Pradhan, T. Siddique, 2020, Stability assessment of landslide-prone road cut rock slopes in Himalayan terrain: A finite element method based approach, Rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering, 12(1), 59-73

  6. T. Siddique, S. P. Pradhan, 2019, Road widening along National Highway-58, Uttarakhand, India, Current Science  17 (8), 1267-1269 

  7. S. P. Pradhan, S. D. Panda,  A. R. Roul, M. Thakur, 2019, Insights into the recent Kotropi landslide of August 2017, India: a geological investigation and slope stability analysis, Landslides,

  8. A. K. Anand, S. P. Pradhan2019,Assessment of active tectonics from geomorphic indices and morphometric parameters in part of Ganga basin and its implications, Journal of Mountain Sciences,16 (8), 1943-1961

  9. 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,

  10. 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.

  11. T. Siddique, S. P .Pradhan, 2018, Stability and sensitivity analysis of Himalayan road cut debris slopes: An investigation along NH-58, India, Natural Hazards,

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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. C.Komdja, N.Das, A.R.Roul, S.P.Pradhan, 2020,Slope stability analysis by finite element modelling of a debris slope along NH:58, Uttrakhand,National conference on Geology and Natural resources of Himalaya, Rishikesh

  2. J.Singh, S.P.Pradhan, M.Singh, 2019, Slope Stability Assessment of Himalayan Road Cut Slope Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques and Numerical Simulation" for the AGU-2019

  3. A.R. Roul, S.P. Pradhan, D.P. Mohanty, 2019, Geological and geotechnical analysis of landslide along a railway cut rock slope in Eastern Ghat, India, EGU-2019

  4. S. D. Panda, S.P. Pradhan, A.R. Roul, 2018Geological and Geotechnical Insights to Kotropi Landslide, Himachal Pradesh, India: A Finite Element Modelling Approach, AGU-2018

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.   

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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