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The Builder’s day

Published by on March 13th, 2020.

The Oyo state (NIOB chairman) Builder Ayo Akinpade and others executive’s
Bld’r Seun Ayegbusi, Bld’r A.C olaoye, Bld’r H.F olaniran, Bld’r Abimbola Shittu and Majority’s of builder’s said A lot about building collapse. What in your opinion are the main cause of building of collapses.

The NIOB Chairman stated that the Building Production Management Standards, which are to ensure the success of building production process, are segmented into construction, project quality management, health and safety programmes and construction methodology.

It isnt always construction failures. Laymen tend to blame collapse on construction failure and use of poor quality materials.

But we Builder’s know that most building collapse is as a result of lack of soil test data, no prior structural analysis and design done by a competent structural engr.

Ours is a country where we praise people who build blindly in the fraud of building by experience. Structural design prescibes the medicine needed to cure the disease of structural failure in the life span of the structure , this prescription states the exact size and arrangement of structural members, the grade of construction materials for the computed forces, bending and torsional moments the structure would undergo in its design life.

The prescription is usually the most economic and safest solution and is contained in a document known as structural detailed drawing.

It is with this document that the site engr is supposed to construct the building, any deviation without a written approval of the design engr makes the site engr culpable in the event of a structural failure.

At least that is what is obtainable in saner climes but in ours you hear such rubbish like “na so we take build the other one and e dey stand” This is rubbish because no two structures are the same except they are an exact replica, sometimes a smaller structure is even more critical than a large one.

So if you ask me to rank the causes of building collapse, i would say

1, Absence of soil test data and prior structural design.
2. Lack of regulation and on ground supervision by COREN. COREN is abt the most toothless dog i know
3. Quackery or absence of a civil engr on project(most folks who parade themselves as engrs are not engrs, let alone civil engrs)
4. Deliberate use of poor quality materials inorder to make astronomical gains.

5. Incompetence(a good number of engrs are incompetent)
6. Hijacking of engineering projects by politicians, if you have worked in one of such you would know these guys dont care about doing things the right way.
7. Civil engineering is academically tasking and the real reading starts when you start practicing, unfortunately the pay isnt commiserate unless you are self employed.

Even worst the society doesnt appreciate competence, often times we want competence and ridiculously cheap service, something only a quack can offer. Moreso, a good number of engrs were mentored by quacks and dont improve themselves or read, so the nations engineering capacity is largely a joke.

My advice to civil engr undergrads is dont fall for the lie that all those equations and theories you are being taught in school are meaningless and have no real life application. Every single one of them matters.

When you graduate, you would wish you had known better, depending on if you are lucky to practice true engineering. Moreso work hard to bridge the gap between theories and preal life applications. We need you to, it is a mess out here. We need more competent engrs to help redeem the engineering sector.




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