Expert Urges Budding Civil Engineers to Be Creative
The Chief Executive Officer of Mospad Constructions Limited, Engr. Oluwarotimi Opadola, has urged budding Civil Engineers to put on their thinking caps and be creative, if they are to make a mark in the industry.
Engr. Opadola gave the charge as the Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the civil engineering conference room.
The guest speaker, who spoke on the topic ‘The Role of Civil Engineers in the Society: Engineering Practices and Ethics’, described a civil engineer as an innovative, logical, creative, and versatile professional.
He educated the audience on the several popular and unpopular roles of a civil engineer. According to him, the profession is the bonding point for all other professions involved in the construction industry. The seasoned engineer stressed that without the civil engineer, the construction plan remains on paper and there is no actualisation in view. He lauded the participants for their bravery by choosing one of the most challenging, yet interesting fields of engineering.
In the word of the guest speaker, “The construction industry is the largest employer of manpower; more than one-third of the wealth creation of the globe is from the construction industry. Investment in the construction industry, all over the world, is in the region of over one trillion dollars per annum”.
Engr. Opadola stated that the practice of civil engineering plays the role of supporting the economic development and the standard of living of the people. He added that a good civil engineer has the task of providing the needed infrastructure that supports the development of the nation even with the minimal available resources.
The guest speaker, who noted that the success of the industry is tied to the interconnection of all the professions and professionals in it, said a civil engineer must have a good relationship with the Architect as well as other professionals he will work with.
He impressed it on the students that “impossibility is never in the dictionary of a civil engineer”. He did not round off his presentation without expressing his gratitude to the Management of Covenant University for a highly commendable initiative such as the Town and Gown Seminar series, which bridges the huge gap between classroom knowledge and field knowledge.
Also at the seminar were faculty and staff of the Department of Civil Engineering.