Expert Enlightens Students on Engineering Geology
A geologist from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Portsmouth University, United Kingdom, Dr. Malcolm Whitworth, has emphasised the importance of Engineering Geology to the engineering sector. He said engineering geology provides geological expertise to help with location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering works.
Dr. Whitworth, who was speaking on the topic, ‘Engineering Geology: The Role of Geology in Society’, at a recent lecture organised by the International Office and Linkages, Covenant University, said engineering geology encompasses geology, engineering, geotechnical work, and site investigation. The Guest Lecturer said that Engineering Geologists are in demand in the construction, energy, mining, tunnelling, and environmental sectors. Their work involves desk study, mapping and reconnaissance, site investigation, sample geotechnical testing, data analysis, and modelling, he added.
Dr. Whitworth stated further that the role of an Engineering Geologist is to understand the geology of a work site and try to predict how it will behave during and after construction. He pointed out that the dynamics have changed considerably and more accuracy with site investigation is achieved with the development of high-end software, which aids the work of a Geologist. “Engineering geologists use technology such as remote sensing imagery to support their work with specialist software,” he said.
The guest lecturer, who was accompanied to Covenant University by the representative of the University of Portsmouth in Nigeria, Mrs. Chinelo Konwea, later paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor AAA. Atayero.
While situating the purpose of the visit, the Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peter, explained that they were there to show gratitude to the Covenant Management for granting approval for the day’s lecture, as well as to express the wish for a renewal of the long-standing Memorandum of Understanding between Covenant University and Portsmouth University in order to make it more viable for both parties. She added that the University of Portsmouth was willing to receive guest lecturers from Covenant University as well.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, appreciated Portsmouth University’s efforts at keeping the partnership with Covenant University vibrant and active. He expressed the willingness of Covenant to return the favour and promised to visit the University of Portsmouth on his next trip to the UK.
Also, Professor Atayero stated the readiness of Covenant University to have the relationship between the two institutions reviewed in order to refine the contents of the existing Memorandum of Understanding.
Both Dr. Whitworth and Mrs. Konwea commended Covenant for its well-organised ambience and state-of-the-art equipment, which made the lecture session very easy to execute, comfortable, and enjoyable unlike at other universities they have visited in the country.