The Department of Civil Engineering held its Industry Board Meeting on the 28th of January, 2019, at the Dean’s Conference Room. meeting had in attendance, the Dean, College of Engineering, Prof. D.O. Omole, the HoD, Dr. A.N. Ede, Engr. Oludayo Oluyemi (Industry partner) among other notable staff of the department.
The HoD, in his opening remarks, welcomed members of the committee to the meeting, and thanked everyone for honoring the invitation. He also made a brief presentation where he highlighted numerous successes and achievements recorded by the department in the last couple of years. Among these were full COREN/NUC accreditation, Commonwealth scholarship and ACU fellowship awards received by some of our staff, in addition to a remarkable increase in the number of Scopus-indexed publications by faculty and staff of the department.
The HoD further emphasized that the essence of the meeting was to improve the partnership between Covenant University and the industry. According to him, such partnership can engender industry support in the areas of teaching and research, repairs of equipment, and procurement of new ones. He therefore expressed the gratefulness of the University to the supports provided by Engr. Oluyemi’s organization to the University, particularly for awarding cash prizes to best graduating students of the department, starting from 2017/18 academic session up till the next five years.
The industry guest, Engr Oluyemi commended the department for all the achievements made so far, and also lauded the soundness of Covenant University industrial trainees who have previously worked in his organization. He then spoke on the need to ensure adequate supervision of students on industrial training, so as to maximize the benefits of the scheme. Prof. Omole revealed that the University, through the CSIS is working on creating an online platform where lecturers can connect with both the student and their IT organization, which would be more cost effective, and reduce traveling related risks.
Engr Oluyemi stressed the need for lecturers to use videos of industrial processes to help students understand basic concepts. He also urged lecturers to allow students participate in their research so as to get the best out of them. In addition, he suggested that students should be taught how to use specific software in all aspects of civil engineering.
Meanwhile, Dr Akinwumi suggested that industry partners should give virtual lectures and also contribute to curriculum review in the department programmes, if they could not be physically present at the University. However, Engr Oluyemi stressed that virtual meeting between students and industry partners might be difficult because of internet network issues. He therefore provided names of industry-based partners that could be available for one day to teach students who are in 400 and 500 levels how to use different civil engineering software. He mentioned the names:
i. Engr Muray Ekong, Morgan Omonitan Associates for structural designs
ii. Engr Leye Abiri, Trevi Foundation, for geotechnical design
iii. Sur Fesho Akintoye, for surveying and geoinformatics
iv. Engr Oludayo Oluyemi, for Highway designs
However, Dr Okeke suggested that students should be given a foundational knowledge of software before they use such software to do design. In the same vein, Dr Ofuyatan requested for a two day period for software design, as against the one day period proposed by Engr Oluyemi, with one day dedicated for theoretical studies and the second day for practical designs, which would allow the students to understand both theoretical and practical design aspects. The committee therefore resolved that the training should be for a period of two days.
Engr Oluyemi informed the committee about a number of innovative projects that his organization is currently handling, which he would love the students and staff to visit. One of the projects involves the use of Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) on a road project at Agbara, Ogun State. According to him, the project should be completed by Feb 2, so he urged members of staff to see the project before its completion. Again, he mentioned another ongoing project at Shagamu, Ogun State, where post-tensioned members have been used instead of flat slabs in a building. He therefore urged staff and students of the department to find time to visit the project sites. In response to his invitation, four staff and faculty of the department visited the project site at Agbara, Ogun State, to gain more experience on the application of GPR in road construction. Plans have been set in place to mobilize staff and students of the department to the ongoing project site at Shagamu, Ogun State.
Dr. A. N. Ede (HoD)
Engr. Oludayo Oluyemi
Prof. J. O. Akinmusuru
Prof. D. O. Omole
Prof. D. O. Olukanni
Dr. A.S. Ogbiye
Dr. B. U. Ngene
Dr. O. M. Ofuyatan
Dr. I. I. Akinwumi
Dr. A. C. Okeke
Dr. A. A. Busari
Dr. P. O. Awoyera
Dr. O. M. Olofinnade