Introduction of Construction Faculty

Construction Faculty of Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU) was established back in March of 1979 and currently has the following four professional and two general departments:

Professional Departments:

General Departments:

The Construction Faculty since its establishment in 1979 up to 1995 had offered a graduate degree program and then due to the civil war in the country which made some of the lecturers at this university to flee the war zone where KPU was located and also the damage to the University buildings caused disruption to the educational program at this University. Therefore, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) at that time decided to substitute the graduate program and undergraduate program in 1995 where the first batch of undergraduate students completed their study program in 2000. As of establishment of Construction Faculty to date, more than 2000 graduate and undergraduate talented engineers have been graduated from CIC and AR departments. Currently, the Construction Faculty has a total of 572 undergraduate students including 43 female and 529 male students studying in its four professional departments.

Luckily, the Construction Faculty has re-established its master degree program after a long halt in 2012; it’s a night shift study program at Civil & Industrial Construction department. As the master program re-establishment to date, a total number of 99 students have been admitted to the program from which 54 students are currently studying in this program and the rest 45 students are graduated. It is, as per master program requirements, a two academic years or four semesters full-time program. All the requirements of the program are administrated by master program board. The construction faculty annually receives about 30 graduate and 140 undergraduate students in its departments. 

The graduate and undergraduate degree plan of Construction Faculty at KPU is being taught by 44 professors with different academic ranks including professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and lecturers. Out of 44 professors, 26 professors are with graduate M.Sc. degrees and others are with undergraduate B.Sc. degrees. It is worth mentioning that amongst 44 professors 5 are female instructors who contribute the construction Faculty of KPU in terms of teaching the undergraduate students.

The students who graduated from this academic institute i.e. Construction Faculty of KPU serve the Afghanistan in different fields. They contribute to different governmental and non-governmental productive establishments in terms scholarly consultation and offering various designs for construction and reconstruction projects in the country.

Developments of Construction Faculty between 2002 and 2017

Since establishment to date, Construction Faculty has had many considerable achievements. In addition to enforcing rule and regulations of Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in Construction Faculty to maintain regularity and discipline and providing opportunities for capacity building, procedures sanctioned for construction Faculty, academic session of Construction Faculty and the academic session of the university and all the executory affairs are carried out as per these procedures. Until 2001, the construction Faculty had four professional departments namely: Civil and Industrial Construction (CIC), Architecture (AR), Hydraulic structures (HS), and Transportation Engineering (TE). However, endeavors of professors and deanship of university have been resulted in following achievements so far;

Establishing of Water Supply and environmental engineering Department in 2005

Establishing of Building Construction Department in 2011 under Construction faculty

Establishing of Urban Planning Department in 2013 under Construction faculty

Establishing of Transportation Engineering Faculty in 2015 with Transportation Engineering and Railway Engineering departments.

Establishing of Water Resource Faculty in 2014 with Hydraulic Structures and water supply & Environmental Engineering departments.

Reconstruction of laboratories of Construction Faculty departments.

Furnish and Equip of the CIC and TE departments laboratories.

Soil tests:

Atterberg limits

Sampling of Soil

Moisture content drying method

Moisture density relationship (proctor standard)

Moisture density relationship (proctor modified)

In-place nuclear density testing

C B  R of Soil tests

Field densities using by sand con test

Sieve analysis of soil (wash) method

Unconfined Compression  test

Specific Gravity of Soil

Aggregate tests

Specific gravity of course aggregate 12.5MM

Specific gravity of course aggregate 25MM

Specific gravity and absorption of fine aggregate

Sieve analysis of course

 Sieve analysis Fine aggregate(FM)

Moisture of course and fine aggregate

 Los Angles abrasion

 Unit weight of course aggregate 12MM

 Unit weight of course aggregate 25MM

 Unit weight of fin aggregate  

Flakiness index

 Elongation index

Concrete test :

Air content in concrete

Sampling  of  freshly  mixed  concrete

Casting  concert  cylinders

Slump test

Temperature of  fresh  Concrete  test

Casting  of  cubes 40*40   50*50  100*100  150*150   200*200

Compressive  strength  of  cylinders

 Compressive strength of cube


Cement Sitting Time:

  3. EARLY STIFFENING OF CEMENT Fines of cement (Average (%))
  4. DENSITY OF CEMENT (Specific Gravity by Le Chatelier Flask

Testing of Bricks:

  • SIZE AND UNIT WEIGHT :( Full Size Bricks)      
  • SIZE AND UNIT WEIGHT :( Full Size Bricks)            
  • WATER ABSORPTION: (Full Size Bricks)
  • CRUSHING STRENGTH: (Half Bricks)                

Soil Tests:

  • Sieve Analysis of Soils
  • Particle Size Analysis of Soils
  • Specific Gravity of Soils
  • Moisture Content of Soils
  • Atterber Limits (Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit and PI)
  • California Bearing Ratio of Soils (CBR)
  • Density of Soil in Place by Sand Replacement Method (6 and 8 inch Dia. Cone)
  • Unconfined Compressive Strength of Cohesive Soils.
  • Consolidation of Soils
  • Direct Shear of Granular Soil (12” x 12”)
  • Sampling of Soil
  • Dynamic Cone Penetration


Aggregate Tests:

  • Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregate
  • Specific Gravity and Absorption of Aggregates
  • Surface Moisture in Aggregates
  • Specific Gravity of Aggregate
  • Unit Weight of Aggregate
  • Los Angles Test of Aggregates
  • Blending of Aggregates
  • Flakiness of Elongation


Cement and Concrete Tests:

  • Compressive Strenght of Hydraulic Cement Mortars
  • Fineness of Hydraulic Cement
  • Normal Consistency of Hydraulic Cement
  • Desnsity of Hydraucl Cement
  • Time of Setting of Hydraulic Cement
  • Soundness of Portland Cement
  • Early Stiffening of Portland Cement
  • Sampling and Casting of Freshly Mixed Concrete
  • Marking and Curing of Concrete Specimen in Lab
  • Temperature, Slump  and Air Content test of Freshly mixed concrete
  • Compressive Strenght of Concrets Cubes and Cylinders and Crashing