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Showing posts from April, 2010

Computer Application in Structural Analysis and Design (HouseCAD)

Dear colleagues, As you are aware, it is mandatory for graduates and practicing engineers nationwide to undergo refresher courses to upgrade their skills and also qualified for the membership upgrade from both NICE and NSE. As part of our effort to assist members to be up-to-date in current engineering practice, NICE has been organizing regular Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) for members in Lagos and environs. The objective of this course is to: 1. Provide basic needed skills and professional skills for civil engineers to remain relevant and competitive in the field of engineering 2. Provide training on software application to civil engineering works 3. Serves as prerequisite for membership upgrading The MCPD is structured in modules and certificates awarded per unit modules. The May Edition of the Mandatory Continuing professional development organized by Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineer, NICE is here. The details are as follows: T

Cluster of Strong Quakes: Coincidence or Trend?

By   KATHLEEN MASTERSON This week's earthquake in rural China has once again brought to the forefront scenes of devastation and rising numbers of fatalities. Hardly a month goes by this year without news of a devastating quake in some part of the world. It might seem as though earthquakes are increasing in frequency or strength compared with past years, but scientists say that isn't the case. Every year, there are on average 130 earthquakes in the magnitude 6 range, which can cause significant harm if they strike populated areas. A car is buried under the rubble Wednesday after an earthquake in Yushu county in southwest China's Qinghai province. The   Magnitude 6.9. quakes Wednesday hit southwest China's Qinghai province, in a sparsely populated, mountainous area. Nearly 600 people were killed and thousands were injured or missing. While it marks yet another high-profile, destructive quake this year, scientists say these quakes aren't above average in st