Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Adeyemo Bags the ASCE Distinguished Medal Award

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24th September 2020 was a very remarkable day in the American Society of Civil Engineers Nigeria International Section family as Engr. Dr. Adeyemo FASCE, FNICE, FNSE, FNIM received the ASCE Distinguished Medal Award. Dr Adeyemo who was one of the 3 recipients of this award across 171 Countries that makes up the ASCE Region 10 was presented this award at the Section's 3rd Quarterly meeting by the International Director, Dr Elias Sayah ably representated by the Region 10 Governor, Engr Saliu A. Lawal FNSE, FNICE .

The guest speaker, Aileme Unuigbe who presented the technical paper said that construction failure occurred because stakeholders had a tendency to concentrate on the visible aspect, while ignoring the most vital one, which is quality foundation. Unuigbe advised governments at all levels to engage professionals at every stage from contract procurement, design to construction stage to avert errors of wrong foundation. He said that soil types played an important role in buildings. “This presentation is talking about the present situation in Lagos State, especially where we have different types of soil layers and we have pile construction practice, and there is a misnomer which we are trying to let people know.

The Awardee during an interview appealed to all levels of government and private individuals to engage professionals to avert construction failure. He also appealed to government to take the lead in addressing corruption in the built environment.
The event was graced by Senior Public and Private Sector office holders, Fellows and Corporate Members of the ASCE and student members.


Maiden Edition of the World Engineering Day Celebration

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The ASCE Nigeria International Section EXCO along with some members organized the World Engineering Day and celebrated with the Nigerian young Engineers, undergradutes, lecturers, and staff from the Faculty of Engineering at the new Engineering Lecture Theatre of the University of Lagos.

It was educative, interactive, inspiring and amazing as the general Engineering body present was taken through the goals and objectives of the World Engineering Day. Also the theme of the program was “Dream Big: Engineering Our World”. The ASCE Dream Big video was displayed and participants were motivated to always think “ Öutside and even without the Box” and “Dream Big” as the name implies...

They were also introduced to some selected Mega Engineering Projects in the World and in Nigeria.
The event was graced by school Management represented by the Dean of Engineering, in person of Prof. Falade, C. Engr,FNSE, and Dr. Akije of Civil Engineering Department.


Abuja Engineering Community shuts down as ASCE Nigeria Section EXCOs pays courtesy visit to Minister of Water Rèsources, COREN President, others

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The ASCE Nigeria International Section President, Engr. Ajose Otinwa along with the Team of ASCE Nigeria Section EXCOs on the 4th and 5th of February 2020 paid a courtesy visit to The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, FNSE, FAEng; COREN President, Engr. Ali Alimasuya Rabiu, FNSE; The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Babagana Mohammed,FNSE and NICE National Chairman - Engr. Aishatu Aliyu Umar, FNSE, FNICE.

During the visit with the Minister of Water Resources, the ASCE President, Engr Ajose Otinwa in his remarks congratulated the minister on his reappointment saying it was well deserved.He commended the minister on the recently signed Executive Order 009 on open Defecation Free Nigeria by the year 2020.Otinwa said the order would help improve the healthy living standards of Nigerians by eliminating water and environmental pollution.Otinwa added other areas of partnership to include capacity building of the ministry’s key staff in conjunction with it’s members at the headquarters while also carrying out a membership drive in the ministry among other collaborations. The Minister, Engr. Adamu also solicited the support of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Nigerian Chapter to achieve an Open Defecation Free country by 2025. Adamu made this appeal when the President of the society and his team paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Abuja. The minister said there was need to take a cue from the Indian government while hoping that by 2025, open defecation would have ended in the country. The ASCE Nigeria Section President also presented a Distinguished Membership Award to the Minister who was overwhelmed with joy.

The team also met the COREN President earlier who gave ASCE Members a very warm reception, promised to Partner/Collaborate with ASCE Nigeria Section in various activities of his organisation, including the implementation of the COREN ACT. The ASCE Nigeria Section team received numerous gifts from the COREN President who also promised to join the delegation to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
Furthermore, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Nigeria Section team did not leave Abuja without paying a homage and congratulating the NSE President, Engr. Babagana Mohammed who received the ASCE Members with joy on the 5th February and to NICE National Chairman, Engr. Aishatu Aliyu Umar, who gave the ASCE Members a very warm reception with showers of gifts and also joined the delegation to the Ministry of Water Resources.


Technical Visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project, Lagos

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Nigeria International Section visited the Lekki Deep Sea Port on the 22nd November 2019. The Technical visit which was attended by some Fellows of ASCE, Corporate and Student Members turned out to be a great success.

The Project Manager Engr. Kunle Fadumiye and the Project Director Engr. Steven Heukelom addressed the ASCE Members, gave a deep dive demonstration and a very warm reception. According to the project Manager Engr. Kunle, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited was awarded the concession for 45 years by Nigerian Ports Authority on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. Under this agreement, LPLEL is required to develop, finance, build, operate and, at the end of the concession term, transfer the port to NPA. LPLEL will earn revenues through operations of the port.Upon completion, Lekki Port will have a total of 3 container berths, 1 dry bulk berth and 3 liquid berths. The shareholding structure of the Port is as follows:International Consortium led by Lekki Port Investment Holding Inc. (Tolaram Group) -(75%) , Lagos State Government - (20%), and The Nigerian Ports Authority - (5%).

This Concession is granted under the Nigerian Ports Authority Act 2004. The Concession and the Nigerian Ports Authority Act 2004, form the legal and regulatory basis for the construction and operation of Lekki Port.
Also according to the project team, this multi-purpose, Deep Sea Port at the heart of the Lagos Free Trade Zone, will be one of the most modern ports in West Africa, offering enormous support to the burgeoning commercial operations across Nigeria and around the West African region.


Great Participation in the 2019 ASCE Convention

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The ASCE Nigeria International Section President, Engr. Ajose Otinwa along with the Team of ASCE Nigeria Section, attended the 2019 ASCE convention in Miami Florida.

The President who attended the just concluded Presidents and Governor’s Forum with the Region 10 Governor Engr. Saliu Lawal, was conferred the Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE) at the ASCE convention. He was also badged with the Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (FNIStructE).

Also the President-Elect, American Society of Civil Engineers Nigeria International Section, Engr. Hassan Rasheed was conferred a Fellow of Amerian Society of Civil Engineers.
Furthermore, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) renewed their agreement of co-operation during the convention.


Industrial Visit to the Agege Pen-Cinema Bridge/Road Project

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The aim of the project is to reduce conjestion at the Agege Pen-Cinema Road. The workers on the project showed support and commitment. The challenges are obviously enormous, but with collective engagement they are set to take the rightful place in the scheme of things as it relates to the Completion of the Project.

It will also have a positive effect on business around the area and add value to Lagosians. The State Government is serious with its infrastructural renewal and building of the Lagos smart City.

As at the time of the visit, about 232 piles was already installed underground. The height of the bridge is about 10.3m. The project team (LSG & HITECH) also opened up alternative routes while the major construction is ongoing, to ease the traffic. The flyover and bridge ramp will be equivalent to Ajah/Abule-Egba flyover. The project is expected to be completed in 18 months.
The new Government have pledged to key into the plans and vision of the past administration with respect to the project.


Technical Visit to the Nigerian Navy Jetty Project, Lagos

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The Industrial/Technical visit to the Nigerian Navy Jetty expansion project site which was organized by the Membership/Programs committee took place on Jan 30, 2019.

The demolition and reconstruction of seven(7) Jetties and two (2) slip ways at NNS Beecroft is ongoing at the project site. According to the project team, 5 existing Jetties are being demolished while two new jetties will be added. The project has been estimated to last for two (2) years.

The event was well attended by members and students of University of Lagos, Lagos State Polytechnic, Federal University of agriculture, Abeokuta, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho and other schools.
A total of about 38 persons participated in the exercise including the President, Vice President and other National EXCO members.


The Nigerian Port Authority Industrial Visit

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The aim of the project is to receive much more ocean going vessels of any size directly from foreign waters. The Project being handled by Eco Support Services has some foreign contractors; Trevy and Codecco

In order to achieve this, the construction went 30meters into the ocean. Firstly, after chasing the ocean by filling, a machine was used to drill down and remove the muds; as the machine is removing the muds, it is casting concrete at the same time (the drilling is 24m to 46m into the ocean). Then casing, reinforcement and casting was done and caps were constructed. Desk Slabs (3m) were also constructed and the final concrete topping was done (Insitu Concrete). Shift pile (Anchor walls) was put inside the combiwalls and then the Thyroids were connected to join the two ancor walls (30m). Then between the Thyroids is 1m spacing.

After the final concrete topping has been done for the first 20m into the ocean, it was discovered that the base was not strong enough.
SOLUTION: Long piles were put at a closer spacings and then stronger concrete mix were used for the final concrete topping.


World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

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American Society of Civil Engineers participated in the past World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure American Society of Civil Engineers, Nigeria international section also participated in the past World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (WECSI).

The conference held from 2nd to 7th November 2014. The Conference was organized by the World Federation of Engineering Organization(WFEO).

The event hosted a lot of Engineering organizations around the world in Abuja, Nigeria.

Furthermore, the event also featured technical papers and engineering exhibitions including Infrastructure Data Management using Geographical Information System (www.wfeo.org/wp-content/uploads/wecsi2014/A4/.../A4-5.MAINPAPER-Okoye.pdf) presented by Uzo Okoye Felix(MASCE).

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NPA Extension Industrial Visit/Inspection ASCE Nigeria International Section on July 2013 paid an Industrial Visit to the new Nigeria Port Authority Extention construction site. The purpose of the new extension is to receive heavy ships of very high capacities into the Nigerian Lagos Sea port.

Inspection of Construction Sites ASCE Nigeria inspects a construction site. This visit amongst others is to help sanitize the practice of Civil Engineering and ensure that qualified Engineers are handling projects and also that quality services are delivered to the clients.


The “Introduce a girl to engineering” day
American Society of Civil Engineers, Nigeria International section partnered with The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) to organize The “Introduce a girl to engineering” day.

Inauguration of Student Chapters
ASCE Nigeria International Section recently inaugurated her student chapter at the Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria.