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It’s a great pleasure to welcome you all to the International Conference on Research & Innovation in Civil Engineering (ICRICE 2018) to be held on 12-13 January, 2018 in Chittagong, the second largest city of the country in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. The conference is organized by Southern University Bangladesh, a leading private university of the country located in Chittagong


Chittagong is the main sea port of Bangladesh handling almost ninety percent of its exports and imports. Often dubbed as the commercial capital of Bangladesh, picturesque Chittagong , embraced by the river Karnafuli in the east, has sea, hills, river and lake, all in one place. This unique natural combination has made Chittagong the prettiest city in Bangladesh. Chittagong is a large city having a population of around five million people in the city and the urban fringe combined together. Natural harbor of Chittagong made it a gateway for ancient Bengal. Roman geographer Ptolemy in the 1st century had identified it as one of the largest ports in the east. It is an ancient port city with a recorded history dating back to 4th century BCE.


Driving distance of Chittagong is only 265 kms from Dhaka, the capital of the country. Chitagong has an excellent international airport providing easy linkage with Dhaka and other major cities of the world. Cox’s Bazaar, the prime tourist spot in Bangladesh with around 120 kms of unbroken sandy beach, is only 127 kms south of Chittagong with excellent road and air linkage.


The aim of this conference is to bring together leading academicians, practicing engineers, researchers, scholars and policy makers in different fields of civil engineering around the world to explore and exchange new ideas, share knowledge and expertise and reinforce networking in the arena of scientific collaboration and cooperation. We are planning to convene this conference of sharing knowledge and expertise at regular intervals every two years.


As the conference chair of ICRICE 2018, it gives me immense pleasure in inviting you to participate in this conference of exchanging views, learning, sharing and fellowship. Look forward to welcoming you at Southern University Bangladesh, Chittagong in January 2018.


On behalf of the organizing committee.
Professor Mojammel Hoque
Conference Chair