B M Sunil


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Professional Experience: 

Total: 13.5 years

At NITK13.5 years

Contact Details


bmsunil [at] gmail.com



Academic Background

Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D (2009)- NITK-S
  • M.Tech (2003) - NITK-S
  • B.E (1999) - KREC, Mangalore University
Areas of Interest


Ground Improvement Techniques

Environmental Geotechnology

  • Integrated Solid Waste Management
  • Alternative liner material in landfills
  • Landfill cover systems.
  • Performance of CCLs
  • Use of liners in industrial applications etc.
  • Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs)
  • Utilization of industrial waste/ by products in construction projects.
  • Characterization of contaminated soils.
  • Remediation of contaminated soils.

Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Rock Mechanics

Significant Projects
  • Industry Sponsored research project "Studies on the Usage of Granulated slag in Infrastructure and Construction Projects", Funded by Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Koppal.
  • Blended Soil as an Alternative Liner Material in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.
  • Usage potential of Reactive barriers in Engineered Landfills.
  • Experimental Studies on Slag-Filter for Drinking Water Treatment.
  • Use of Stabilized Mine Tailings in Bulk Fill Construction and Replacement for Fine Aggregates in Concrete.
  • Investigation of Ground Water Contamination due to Organic Compounds in D.K. and Udupi Districts
Supervision of Ph.D

Completed (02)

On-going (06)

Significant Publications


Berhe, K.T., Sunil B.M., & S. Shrihari (2020). Challenges of Eco-friendly Solid Waste Disposal in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa Industrial Park. Proceedings of the Geoenvironmet-2020 Conference, February 17–21, 2020 (pp. 228–234). New Delhi, IN: Network of Experts and Resources for Subsurface Investigations and Remediation of Contaminated Sites (NERCS).

Anjali, M. S., Shrihari, S. and Sunil, B. M. (2019). “Potential valorization of ferrous slag in the treatment of water and wastewater: A Review.” J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 8, No. 1, 55-69. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/aer.2019.8.1.055.(Accepted Oct 11, 2019)

Anjali, M. S., Shrihari, S. and Sunil, B. M. (2019). “Experimental studies of slag filter for drinking water treatment.” J. Environmental Technology & Innovation, Elsevier, Vol. 15 (2019) 100418 (Aug. 2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2019.100418

Sunil B.M.,Manjunatha L.S., and Subhash C Yaragal (2017). Durability studies on concrete with partial replacement of cement and fine aggregates by fly ash and tailing material Advances in Concrete Construction, Vol. 5, No. 6 (2017) 671-683  DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/acc.2017.5.6.671

Praveen and Sunil B.M.,  (2016). Potential Use of Waste Rubber Shreds in Drainage Layer of Landfills – An Experimental Study, J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) 188-199,  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/aer.2015.4.3.197

Sunil B.M., and A.V. Deepa (2016). “Influence of Drying Temperature on Three Soils Physical Properties” Geotech Geol Eng (2016) 34:777–788, DOI 10.1007/s10706-016-0001-2.

B.M. Sunil (2015). Review on performance of geosynthetic liners in municipal solid waste landfills, Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication of The 15th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, pp. 2368-2372; 2015

Sunil B.M.,and Saifiya Faziludeen (2015). Removal of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) by adsorption in blended lateritic soil, J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015) 197-210,  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/aer.2015.4.3.197.

Sitaram Nayak, Sunil B.M., Shrihari S. and P.V. Sivapullaiah (2010).“Interactions Between Soils and Laboratory Simulated Electrolyte Solution” International Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering,Springer Netherlands.Vol.28, , pp.899-906, 2010; DOI 10.1007/s10706-010-9333-5.

Sunil B.M,Shrihari S. and Sitaram Nayak (2009). “Shear strength characteristics and chemical characteristics of leachate contaminated lateritic soil ”, International Journal of Engineering Geology,  Elsevier Publications  Vol.106, No.1, pp.20-25, May 2009.

Sitaram Nayak, Sunil B.M. and Shrihari S. (2007). “Hydraulic and compaction characteristics of leachate-contaminated lateritic soil”, International Journal of Engineering Geology, Elsevier Publications Vol. 94/3-4, pp.137-144, June 2007.

Sunil B.M.,Sitaram Nayak and Shrihari S. (2006). “Effect of pH on the geotechnical properties of laterite”, International Journal of Engineering Geology , Elsevier Publications Vol. 85, No.1, pp. 197-203, May 2006.

  • Technical committee member for assessing damage caused by MSW landfill at Mangalore-2019.
  • Curriculum and laboratory development. Lead contributor to environmental geotechnology course at NITK-S
  • Setup New Environmental Geotechnology Laboratory.
  • Visited University of California, Davis for research interaction with Prof. John Eric Bolander-2016
  • Visited various Universities in Japan (Kagoshima University, Kyoto University, Kumamoto University, Osaka University) for research interaction with Faculty of International repute.
  • Reviewer recognition: Reviewed manuscripts submitted to various Elsevier & Springier Journals, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Soil Research, Journal of Waste Management etc.
  • Joint Organizing Secretary, 10th International Symposium on Low Land Technology (10th ISLT), Mangalore, India, 09/2016.   International Association of Lowland Technology (IALT)Department of Civil Engineering NITK-S, and Institute of Lowland and Marine Research (ILMR), Japan[Sponsored by: TEQIP II, NITK & ILMR, Japan]
  • Chair, NITK-DBCE International Conference on Trending Moments & Steer Forces., Goa, 11/2019.
  • Hon. Secretary of Institution of Engineers (India) - Mangalore local Centre (2016 to 2018).
  • Springer Best Paper Award- The Need for Unsaturated Soil Mechanics - A Brief Review. International Conference “Trending Moments & Steer Forces” - Civil Engineering Today (TMSF - 2019), 31 Oct 2019 to 01 Nov 2019, DBCE, Goa.

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Karnataka, India.

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