Centre For Analysis and Systems Studies (CASS)
CASS plays an important role in the discharge of the School’s academic functions. It has been developed as the main ICT center of the School. It is equipped with servers, workstations, plotter, scanner, printers etc. In addition, a number of tasks are performed by the centre. Some of the important tasks include: Facilitate ICT support and assistance in conducting oncampus and online classes and meetings; conduct training programmes in software applications for faculty, students and staff; providing internet facility to all departments, units, centres and hostels; maintaining website and social media of the school; employee attendance management; email management for students, employees and staffs; day to day ICT support for functioning of computer related activities, server management, providing technical support in admissions; providing census related data to students for research.
Prof. Dr. R. Biswas
B.E. (Civil), MRP, PhD, FITP, FICER, AMIE
Centre for Geographical Information System (GIS)
The Centre for GIS was established to provide facilities for conducting GIS classes for students. It conducts training programme from time to time for students and faculty members on the use and application of GIS Software for planning and analysis of human settlements. Its facilities are also used by the students for hands-on training on academic exercises and research projects. The Centre is equipped with number of software such as: Arc View 10.0 and Arc Info 10.0 Universal Lab Kits with extensions (spatial analyst, network analyst, 3D analyst); Statistical package for Social Science (SPSS); ERDAS Imagine 2011 and Leica Photogrammetry Suite (LPS) 2011, Auto Desk 2012 Master Suite includes Raster Design, Architecture, Revit Architecture, Revit, Structure, AutoCAD Inventor Professional Suite, 3DS Max, Design; MicroStation and other related utility software extensions, Advanced Geo Structural Analysis and STADD.Pro; Primavera P6 Professional Project Management, Primavera Contractor and Primavera Risk Analysis; Bentley Software; Check for Plagirism and URKUND software for plagirism check.
Head-CASS is in charge of GIS-Lab.
Centre for Remote Sensing (CRS)
The Centre for Remote Sensing has facilities for remote sensing related courses offered as part of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the school. It is presently equipped with basic tools required for stereovision and aerial photo interpretation, viz. pocket and mirror stereoscopes, parallax bars, aerial photographs, etc. The Centre also has a couple of image processing software placed in GIS lab.
Head- CASS is in charge of CRS.
Audio-Visual Unit (AVU)
The Audio Visual Unit provides audio and visual services like still photo shoots, video filming etc. for covering various academic activities of Departments of Studies of the school such as special lecture talks, jury examinations etc. In addition, it also provides necessary technical support service for school events such as Annual Convocation, Foundation Day, student events, workshops,seminars, conferences etc held from time to time. It is also involved in providing support input for school publications such as the school’s annual report, annual prospectus, journals, newsletters etc.
Head-CASS is in charge of A.V. Unit.
The library at SPA has a unique collection of over 80,459 publications housed in two separate libraries in the Planning and Architecture blocks respectively. This considerable collection includes titles in planning,architecture, architectural conservation, building engineering and management, environmental planning, housing, industrial design, landscape architecture, physical planning, regional planning,transport planning, urban design and urban planning.The library also houses a large body of student work in the form of theses, dissertations and seminars reports. The library subscribes and receives to 73 national and international journals, which includes 43 online journals. Apart from this have subscription and access to JSTOR digital library archives of more than 1978 academic journals and primary sources with remote login facility.The School library is a member of Developing Library Network (DELNET) and this has given the facility of online access to our students, faculty members to the union catalogue of 5,376 libraries, Inter Library Loan (LLN), access to free online journals and books available to the member libraries. The library is computerized and is using LibSys software, which is an integrated multi-user library management system. All library databases are stored in LibSys software. The LibSys consists of modules cataloguing, acquisitions, circulations, serials, article indexing and OPAC. The web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) of the Library provides online facility through LAN (Local Area Network) to the faculty,students and students to search the bibliographic databases on their own desk. The Web OPAC also provides the acquisitions list of recent additions to library collection and allows users to find the material issued to them as well to put material on reserve etc. The bar-coded library membership cards have been replaced borrower tickets to the considerable convenience of borrowers and library staff. Library also brings out a monthly list of new additions in the library and made available by e-mail to members. The library also alerts members by e-mail to relevant information in the dailies.
The library is being headed by the Mr. Narendra Singh Dhami, Library and Information Officer.
Documentation and Publications Unit
Documentation and Publications Unit (DPU) looks after the publication of SPA‘s quarterly journal called SPACE. Preparation and dissemination of a monthly bulletin named SPA Abstracts is also prepared by the DPU. SPA Abstracts contains synopsis of significant articles featured in technical journals subscribed by the School. Furthermore, newspapers are scanned daily and items of technical and professional interest to physical design and planning professions are collected. Copies of such clippings are displayed on notice boards, and cuttings are then maintained in classified files for use as research materials. The printing of various research materials are required by the departments of studies and administrative sections of the School. These requests are compiledwith by the DPU. Compilation, preparation and printing arrangements leading to the publication of the School’s annual reports for submission to the Parliament, both in Hindi and English are also done by the DPU. The unit works under the supervision of a senior faculty member.
The Documentation and Publication Unit is being headed by Dr. Ashok Kumar, Library and Information Officer
Conservation Materials Laboratory (CML)
Conservation Materials Laboratory or CML was established recently to provide scientific training in testing ancient artefacts and materials. The CML is equipped to carry out both physical examination under magnification, and chemical analysis for determining composition and characteristics of material mortals, etc. Visiting scientists associated with the ASI conduct regular courses for students of Architectural Conservation using this laboratory as a resource.
The Material Workshop at SPA provides a range of training and maintenance services to the SPA students. The students are trained in basic carpentry and metal work and have access to workshop facilities for making architectural models. The workshop is fully equipped for all categories of carpentry, machine tooling and so on. Major responsibility for routine repairs and maintenance of various campus buildings also rests with the workshop.
The Head of the Department of Industrial Design looks after the Workshop.
Materials Testing Laboratory
Material Testing and Surveying laboratory is intended to impart practical training to undergraduate and post graduate students. It caters the need of research/consultancy. The laboratory is equipped with both Destructive/Non-destructive test equipment like universal Testing machine (4000 KN Cap.); Compression Testing Machine (2000 KN Cap.), UPV, Rebound Hammer, Double acting Hydraulic Jacks for pre-stressing etc. Surveying Laboratory is equipped with latest modern equipment like Electronic Total Station apart from other conventional equipment. The procurement of other latest equipment like Loading frame, LVDT, Load Cell, Data Logger, Rebar Locator etc. are under process.
Mr. Piyush Kant Jain is heading the Lab.