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Hi, im a newly licensed professional engr and still finding a job. they say that what a student learns in school is different from what he learns outside.. What exactly does a site engr do in his work.. i mean what are the duties and responsibilties of an engineer..

Hi Roy,

A fresh graduate in an office will learn about practical aspects of his design and how "buildable" it is. So when you go on site, the duties you will have include:

1. Checking drawings and checking clashes between architectural, structural and MEP details.
2. Checking dimensions and setting out locations of columns, walls, foundations, etc on site.
3. Checking quality of concrete and rebar and other materials against specifications.
4. Checking formwork and rebar (or structural steel) placing on site against the drawings.
5. Monitoring progress against agreed program.
6. Checking verticality and leveling.
7. Ensuring good compaction and curing of concrete (or joints, etc in steelwork)
8. Writing daily and weekly reports and taking progress photos

...and much more too!

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Arshad Khan


I can answer any questions to do with civil and structural engineering consultancy and construction industry in East Africa and the Middle East, and specifically with the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. My particular expertise is in the aseismic design and optimisation of tall buildings.


Employment history: 40 years in Construction and consultancy in the UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Africa, Somalia, Zambia, Austria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Doha and the U.A.E.

.Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) .Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers(UK) .Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kenya .Registered Engineer, ERB, Kenya .Member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (Engineers Chapter) .Chartered Engineer (UK)

•1984: International Conference on the Art and Practice of Structural Design, London •1994: 3rd Int. Kerensky Conference in Structural Engineering, Singapore •2008: International Conference on High-Rise Towers, Abu Dhabi •2013: IEK International Conference, Kisumu, Kenya

BSc, 1st Class Hons, in Building Engineering, University of Bath, UK MSc in Concrete Structures and Technology, University of London. Diploma of Imperial College, UK.

Awards and Honors
•Science Congress Special Award (for 2-seater Hovercraft - 1968) •Institution of Civil Engineers Award for outstanding performance at Bath University (1975) •Concrete Society Postgraduate study Bursary Award (1976) •Consular Representative for British High Commission, Nairobi. (1995 to 1998) •Examiner for Institution of Civil Engineers Professional Interviews, Nairobi. (1997 to 1998) •Branch Representative in Vienna for PI assessment for Inst. of Struct. Engrs. (1999 to 2010)

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