The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) was founded in Lagos, in 1967, by a group of British trained Nigerian Structural Engineers as an avenue for Professional Training and Development in the field of Structural Engineering in Nigeria to produce professional Structural Engineers in line with the growth aspirations of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers is concerned with the general advancement of the science and art of Structural Engineering in Nigeria
The Nigerian Institution is also a qualifying body for Structural Engineers in Nigeria. In discharging her responsibilities in this regard, the Institution prescribes courses of study, arranges examinations and assesses training and experience of potential Structural Engineers.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers is more specifically mandated, amongst others, to
- Determine who is a Structural Engineer in Nigeria.
- Determine what standards of knowledge and skills are required for somebody to be recognized as a Structural Engineer in Nigeria.
- Admit members to the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers through a 7 hour, open book, Part 111 – Structural Engineering Examination.
- Maintain a register of qualified Structural Engineers in Nigeria
- Maintain a register of Structural Engineering Firms in Nigeria
- Regulate and control the practice of Structural Engineering in close collaboration with COREN
- Serve as a reference database for Structural Engineering manpower and Structural Engineering firms in Nigeria
- Monitor and maintain best-practice standards for Structural Engineering Service Delivery in Nigeria.
- Virtually eliminate wastage of National Resources, its negative impact on the nation’s economy and the death of innocent Nigerians as a result of the collapse of buildings.
Brief Scope of Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering deals with the following areas of Engineering endeavour:
- Building Structures – Bungalows and Multi-Storey buildings.
- Bridges and Culverts on Highways and Railways.
- Marine Structures (Jetties, Quay walls, Ports and Shoreline protection works)
- Masts and other Telecommunication Structures.
- Swimming Pools, Water Tanks, including elevated Water Thanks
- Dams and other Water Resources Engineering Structures, e.t.c
The Nigerian Society of Engineers is the umbrella body of all Engineers in Nigeria, it has over forty career-divisions.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) merged with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on the 29th of August, 1996. The merger terms made NIStructE the Structural Division of the NSE.
The Institution’s members were deeply involved in the establishment of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and are still contributing to her successful operations through very close professional collaboration.
The Institution has the Governing Council as its highest policy organ under the leadership of the President and it is administered through committees.
A person is entitled to be registered as a Structural Engineer by The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) if, he or she, having attained the prescribed academic qualifications in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering, and after having acquired the necessary post-graduation Structural Engineering experience for a minimum period of three (3) years, sits for and passes the 7 hour part 111 examination of the Institution.
Well over ten years ago, the Council of the NSE gave its nod to the proposal for the NIStructE to handle its unique 7 hours Part 3 Examination to determine those who must be called Structural Engineers Nigeria. It was an accepted fact at the time that it could really not have been otherwise, since it is only the body of Structural Engineers, as represented by NIStructE that can truly decide how best new entrants into the profession can be tested as opposed to the simplistic practice, then, of just handpicking Structural Engineers.
Forgings Structural Engineers
Non-Nigerian Structural Engineers are entitled to be registered as Structural Engineers by the Institution if after meeting all the prescribed, Moral and Legal qualifications are successful at the Professional Interview of the Institution.
The Practice of Structural Engineering in Nigeria
Only qualified and duly registered Structural Engineers are expected to practice the Structural Engineering profession in Nigeria for safety, economy, durability and quality service delivery. To do otherwise is to continue to fertilize the growth of mediocre in the profession and the consequences are economically expensive and psychologically excruciating, the collapse of buildings is just one of such consequences.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers ( NIStructE) has a robust list of Structural Engineers of ‘World – Class Competence’. One of our Past Presidents, Engr. Ike Chukwuneke, designed and supervised the construction of the largest auditorium in the world. Another of our members, Engr. G.O. Onaeko, designed the Ijebu-Ode Stadium and Engr. V.O. Oyenuga designed the Teslim Balogun Stadium. These two stadia were used in the last U-17 FIFA World Cup, tagged Nigeria 2009.
We have the capacity and capability to render International Standard Structural Engineering Services to the benefit of our people and our great Nation, Nigeria.
Our Other Goals
- For the National Assembly to enact laws that will put the responsibility of Structural Stability on Nigerian Structural Engineers certified by the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers either through the enactment of separate laws or through the amendments of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Laws.
- For COREN to take The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers as the only Technical Partner in the Certification of the Nigerian Structural Engineer or any Engineer from other nations who wants to practise Structural Engineering in Nigeria.
- For COREN to also enforce the Part III (7-hour Professional Practice) Examination of The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers as the only yardstick for registration as a Structural Engineer in the country. This is the practice in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.