Congratulations! 2016 Bentley Institute Student Design Competition Winner: Prantik Chatterjee from National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research, Kolkata

On December 15th, Prantik Chatterjee from National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR), Kolkata, India was presented with the award for winning the Structural Engineering Design -General category in the 2016 Bentley Institute Student Design Competition.

Left to right: Prantik Chatterjee, Prita Bhattacharya (Bentley), Dhruba Mukhopadhyay (Bentley)

The challenge for this category of the 2016 competition was to design a six-story residential building that is appealing to occupants and in compliance with local design code standards, and to perform load analysis to optimize the design for intended use and location.


Prantik, who is pursuing his masters in structural engineering at NITTTR, Kolkata, designed a complete model using STAAD.Pro V8i SS6 that also took into consideration all types of loading (gravity, lateral, static seismic, dynamic seismic, wind, dead, and live loads) as well as natural and accidental torsion. He found out about the competition from Bentley’s Academic Community, and used the learning materials available on STUDENTserver to improve his approach to the problem statement.



  Prantik’s project aimed to achieve an ideal simulation of an earthquake-resistant building design, with provisions of dynamic analysis. He believes with the increasing level of strain on the land it is very important that all future structures are built in compliance with local standards for earthquake resistant structural analysis and design. He intends to further his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in structural engineering and this competition provided a boost to his ambitions!


Prantik discusses his winning project for the audience at the awards ceremony, including Director Prof. Phalguni Gupta and Prof. Santanu Bhanja

You can see Prantik’s winning project in this 2016 winners video.