Water Resources Engineering Computational Lab

The Computational Lab stands at the forefront of technological innovation, utilizing advanced computational tools to address pressing challenges in water management. From simulating river dynamics and groundwater flow to harnessing the power of geospatial analysis and precision agriculture mapping, this lab exemplifies the fusion of computational science and water-related research for a sustainable and water-resilient future.

Equipment Facility (Softwares available)

Google Earth Engine: Google Earth Engine (GEE) is an open-source software based on Java script. GEE can be used for geospatial analysis and satellite image processing. It combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities. Scientists, researchers, and developers use Earth Engine to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface.

SNAP software:

 SNAP software is a an open-source software for the developed by European Space Agency (ESA). SNAP was mainly built-up for the image processing of sentinel satellite missions. This software has been utilized to estimate biophysical parameters such as leaf area index (LAI) using Sentinel-2 data.

PIX 4D Fields It is an advanced agriculture mapping software for aerial crop analysis and digital farming. It is used to visualize and analyze crop data by creating different digital maps. It creates precision agriculture maps using images from drones and satellites. It can be used to analyze real-time maps of crops to enhance agriculture workflow.

The AquaCrop Model

The AquaCrop is a model established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This model operates on a water-driven growth engine. This model simulates biomass and dry yield of various types of crops, especially in limited water conditions. In addition, the model also helps in studying the effect of climate change on food production, generating the irrigation schedules for various crops, understanding crop responses to environmental changes, and optimizing water productivity.


Hydrus-1D is used for the analysis of water flow and solute transport in variably saturated porous media. The software package includes the one-dimensional finite element model HYDRUS for simulating the movement of water, heat, and multiple solutes in variably saturated media.

QGIS and ArcGIS: These softwares are used for viewing, editing, and analysing geospatial data. It has the tools for calculating vegetation indices. It offers tools for image classification, which can be used to classify land cover types in agricultural areas. This can be helpful identifying different crop types, monitoring changes in land use, and assessing crop health. It can be used for change detection analysis by comparing multiple remote sensing images acquired at different times.

Flow-3D Hydro: FLOW-3D is a powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software known for its accuracy in simulating complex free-surface flows. Widely used in engineering and research, it excels in modeling fluid dynamics, turbulence, and multiphase phenomena, providing valuable insights into diverse applications, including water dynamics, industrial processes, and environmental studies.

OpenFOAM: OpenFoam stands as an open-source CFD software, revered for its flexibility and extensibility. Widely adopted in academic and industrial settings, it enables users to customize simulations for various fluid flow problems. OpenFoam's collaborative development model encourages innovation, making it a preferred choice for researchers and engineers tackling diverse CFD challenges.

Some of the computational results are furnished below:


  • Faculty
  • Gopal Das Singhal, Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Civil Engineering, SNIoE
  • Hitesh Upreti, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SNIoE
  • Ellora Padhi, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, SNIoE
  • Lab Staff
  • Rajneesh Kumar, Department of Civil Engineering, SNIoE
  • Doctoral Research Students
  • Vikalp Chauhan (July 2019 - present)
  • Manoj Yadav (August 2021 - present)
  • Ghanshyam Giri (August 2021 - present)
  • Nishank Agrawal (August 2021 - present)
  • Adwait Singh (January 2023 – present)
  • Undergraduate Researchers
  • Likith Muni (Opportunities for UG Research 2023-24), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 3rd year
  • Anika Govil (Opportunities for UG Research 2023-24), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 3rd year
  • Chinthamani Sriyodh (Opportunities for UG Research 2023-24), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 3rd year
  • Shivam Babu (Final Year Project 2022-23), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 4th year
  • Sriram Manikyala Theerdh (Final Year Project 2022-23), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 4th year
  • T. Chaturrya Final Year Project 2022-23), B. Tech., Civil Engineering, 4th year
  • Alok Pandey (Opportunities for UG Research 2022-23 & Final Year Project 2023-24), B. Tech., Civil Engineering

Location: C009