Introduction

The Department of Civil Engineering started in 1970 as one of the five engineering departments of the School of Engineering of the former College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, running only diploma programmes. On the 6th of August, 1980 the Rivers State University of Science and Technology was established by law and all the assets and liabilities of the then College of Science and Technology were inherited by the University. Thus, the School of Engineering became the Faculty of Engineering with Departments of Chemical/Petrochemical, Civil, Electrical, Marine, and Mechanical Engineering.

Today the Civil Engineering Department is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Engineering. The Civil Engineering Department currently runs programmes leading to the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.), Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Technology, (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). These programmes are concerned with transmission of knowledge and concepts in science and technology and are primarily aimed at producing civil engineers who would function immediately and effectively in government and industry in the planning, design, construction and management of facilities serving the needs of society. The B.Tech programme was approved by the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) after the first visitation in 1984, and also had full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1990. The department produced her first batch of B. Tech. graduates at the end of the 1984/85 session; and to date over 1000 students have graduated from the B. Tech. Programme.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Civil Engineer can have career opportunity in a wide range of employment areas such as the following areas of the economy

• Public Works Departments

• Construction Industry

• Engineering Consultancy

• Department of Ports and Harbour Works

• Research Institutes such as Building and Road Research  Institute, Flood, Erosion and Reclamation Institute and Pollution   Research Institute.

• Private Organizations such as Oil and Gas Companies, Iron and Steel, Energy and Communications firms for the design,   construction and maintenance of infrastructural facilities. 

• Universities and Polytechnics

• National Defense Service

Admission Requirements

The Undergraduate Programme

The philosophy, objectives and career opportunities of the bachelor’s programme in Civil Engineering are detailed in the Programme handbook of the department.

Postgraduate Programmes

The Department runs two sets of PGD programmes, one year for those with Pass/Third Class Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and two years for those with HND in Civil Engineering.  Two M. Tech. programmes in Structural Engineering and Highway/Transportation Engineering are run for duration of 2 years: one year of instructional coursework and one year of research project work. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Structural Engineering and Highway/Transportation Engineering also started in the 1995/1996 session. 

Physical Facilities

In addition to the classrooms and lecture theatres, the Soil Mechanics, Structures, Concrete, Hydraulics and Asphalt Testing Laboratories have all been equipped within this period to meet the challenges and requirements of running B. Tech. and higher degree programmes in Civil Engineering. Obsolete equipment are currently being phased out and replaced or upgraded where necessary.

Departmental Research Efforts

The Department has been involved in a variety of research programmes. Individual research projects and collaborative research are mainly in the areas of Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering and Materials Engineering. The emphasis is to develop appropriate technology, i.e. to find solution to problems of local interest. In addition to staff seminars, the Department runs regular seminars for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Consultancy Activities

The Civil Engineering Department is noted for providing outstanding consultancy services. The University has benefited from these services in many of her developmental efforts, thus making the Department an esteemed partner of the University Consultancy Services Unit. Being located in a major industrial centre, the department has enjoyed the patronage of many construction and industrial organizations in and around Rivers State, especially for soils and concrete testing. For an unbroken period of about 18 years till 2004, the Department held a contract with Shell Petroleum Development Company for the Provision of Quality Control and Laboratory Testing Consultancy Services, which ran into millions of naira per year. Also at the inception of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) now Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) the Civil Engineering Department was one of the major Consultants on roads, shore protection and geotechnical investigation projects. Indeed, the department is unique in making enormous and enviable contributions towards the consultancy efforts of the University.

In addition, the Department had organized training programmes for Local Government engineers to upgrade their knowledge and expose them to new skills in project supervision, work measurement and quality control of civil engineering works. Several students of the Department have been proud beneficiaries of this practical exposure.

The Department is intensifying her effort to widen her scope of services in devising new academic programmes, involvement in consultancies and research to meet the new challenges of the environment and industry.

Staff Contribution to Engineering and Industry

Departmental staff members have made meaningful contributions to national and international professional bodies and engineering industries. This is evidenced by the high level of professional recognition in terms of fellowships and awards. Two Civil Engineering staff have served as Port Harcourt branch chairmen of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, COREN Engineering Regulations Monitoring (ERM) inspectors, Chief rapporteurs at COREN assemblies, chairmen of zonal and national professional committees and members of the National Engineering Council. As mentioned earlier, the Department can provide consultancy services on Quality Control and Material Testing as well as structural design, failure analysis and investigation.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the B. Tech. programme in Civil Engineering consists in  the transmission of existing body of knowledge in science and technology  for the production of civil engineers who would function immediately and effectively in government and industry in the planning, design, construction and management of facilities. These facilities include highways and roads, airfields, and waterways, railways, and traffic control systems; buildings and bridge structures; energy and communications structures; foundations; hydraulic structures; water resources development; water supply, waste disposal and treatment; land reclamation and erosion control, and other civil engineering structures.

The programmes consists of lectures supplemented by tutorials, laboratory and field-work, and projects supported and reinforced by practical training in industry. Courses are designed to impart sound knowledge to students on application of scientific principles to solution of practical problems.

In this regard, a good background in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry is required. These subjects enable the student to develop the necessary technical skills, intellectual discipline and the power creative thinking to analyze and solve complex systems.

A five- year programme of training is run, of which the first two years are common to all the branches of Engineering in the Faculty, and are devoted to the teaching of general engineering courses to give a broad-based engineering education. From the third year onwards, the emphasis is on the teaching of courses in the various areas of the Civil Engineering discipline.

In the fifth and final year, an in-depth study of some aspect of Civil Engineering is undertaken by each student in the form of a project. A total of 12 months of compulsory supervised industrial work experience (SIWES) aimed at giving the student a practical orientation and adaptability towards industrial life is also arranged by the university from the second to the fourth year of study.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are broken into two categories – primary and terminal.

Primary Objectives

i) To give a balanced Civil Engineering education and training suitable for a developing country. ii) To enable the student to master the basics of Civil Engineering analysis and design.

Terminal Objectives

On successful completion of the programme, the Graduate Civil Engineer will be able to: • Read, interpret and prepare technical drawings. • Actively participate in the analysis, design and construction of any infrastructural facility of Civil Engineering nature. • Prepare Bills of Engineering measurement and Estimation and assess the resource requirement of a civil engineering project. • Plan, organize, control and co-ordinate the execution of a construction project.

New

 

Academic Staff of Civil Department

Engr. (Dr) M.E. Ephraim

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Department:Civil

Engr. Prof. T. Johnarry

Rank:Professor

Department:Civil

Engr. Prof. Ify N.

Rank:Professor

Department:Civil

Engr. Prof. Sam U. E.

Rank: Professor

Department:Civil

Engr. A. Y Sangodoyin

Rank:Professor

Department:Civil

Engr. (Dr) G. R. Otoko

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Department:Civil

Engr. (Dr) A.L. Otunyo.

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Department: Civil

Engr. I. Ologhadien

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Department: Civil

Mrs Love Arimieari W.

Rank:Assistant Lecturer

Department: Civil

Mr. Barisua Ngekpe

Rank:Assistant Lecturer

Department: Civil

Mrs. Ilayegbagam O.

Rank:Assistant Lecturer

Department: Civil

Mr. Godfrey Jaja

Rank:Graduate Assistant

Department: Civil

Engr. A. L. Nwanodi

Rank:Chief Instructor

Department: Civil

 

Laboratory/Technical Staff of Civil Department

Mr. T. A. LongJohn

Rank:Technologist II

Department:Civil

Mr. Justin N. Egbebike

Rank:Technologist II

Department:Civil

Mrs. Aleruchi Owuru

Rank:Technologist

Department:Civil

Mr. S. I. Akpana

Rank:Pr Technical Officer

Department:Civil

Mr. S. Nwaiwu

Rank:Snr Plant Operator

Department:Civil

Mr. P. Egbule

Rank:Snr Plant Operator

Department:Civil

Mr. Gbobo Opalibo

Rank:Lab Assistant

Department:Civil

 

Administratives Staff of Civil Department

Mr Franklin C. A.

Rank:Secretary I

Department:Civil

Mrs. Boomni G.

Rank:Snr Comp Operator

Department:Civil

Ms Blessing

Rank:Clerk

Department:Civil