Structville Design Competition for Students (Prizes to be won)

Structville Integrated Services is calling on civil engineering students in various universities and polytechnics in Nigeria to participate in her first structural design competition. This is in line with our ambition of promoting civil engineering knowledge among students in Nigeria, and encouraging the hardworking ones to keep their efforts up. We also believe that this will help ignite the love of structural engineering among students. For this competition, serving NYSC members are also eligible to participate. NOTE THAT PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITION IS BY CHOICE, AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE.

The prize money to be won is as follows;
1st Position ~ =N= 10,000
2nd Position ~ =N= 3,000
3rd Position ~ =N= 2,000

Competition Details
Structure: Reinforced Concrete Office Building
Location: Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos Nigeria
Concrete covers: Design and Select
Fire rating of building: 1 hour
Yield strength of reinforcement = Fy = 460 N/mm2
Design strength of concrete: Design and select

The relevant drawings for the building are given below. You should however download the questions and soft copy of drawings for more clarity. This can be obtained by following the link below.

Design Questions
(1) Design the floor slab of the conference room and do the detailing sketches (100 marks)
(2) Design the beam on axis F with detailing sketches (100 marks)
(3) Design beam on axis 3 and do the detailing sketches (100 marks)
(4) What is the design axial force and bending moment on column G3 considering first floor loads only. Go ahead and provide reinforcement (100 marks)
(5) Comment on the technicalities of the design, your assumptions, the challenges you encountered, how you approached it, why you made the decisions you made, and recommendations (if any) to the architect/client. (100 marks)

(1) This design may only be carried out using BS 8110-1:1997 or Eurocode 2 only.
(2) All designs must be FULLY referenced to the code of practice used.
(3) You are to provide the member sizes, except the thickness of the floor slab.
(4) All assumptions made in the design must be explicitly stated, and all other references well cited.
(5) All analysis and design must be manually done. Do not skip any step on calculation or you will lose marks. All works must be shown.
(6)You can type set your calculations using MS Word (Font style: Comic Sans Size: 12). If you are using pen, the design must be neatly done on plain A4 paper, scanned and compiled to MS Word or PDF format before being sent. Documents sent as jpeg will not be assessed.
(7) Detailing sketches can be done manually or using AUTOCAD.
(8) Where necessary, use sketches to drive your point home.
(9) Your name and application number must be clearly stated on your design sheet.
(10) Neglect roof load in your analysis.

You design will be assessed based on the following;

(1) Adherence to instructions (10 marks)
(2) Attention to details (10 marks)
(3) Accuracy of calculations and adherence to the code of practice (20 marks)
(4) Robustness and durability of design (20 marks)
(5) Economy (20 marks)
(6) Detailing sketches (20 marks)
Total = 100 marks for each question

Application Procedure
(1) Download application form here
(2) To confirm that you are still a student, you are expected to forward either of the following;
JAMB admission slip, School ID card, or Departmental ID card to Corp Members must provide Corpers ID card.
This submission must be done before final submission of answers.
(3) You can download the question booklet below
(4) You can also download the architectural drawing in .DWG (AutoCAD) format below.
(5) If your application is approved, you will be issued an application number. However, you can start your design pending your approval.
(6) Your well compiled and completed design and drawings should be forwarded to the following e-mail addresses;
Copy Cc;

(6) The deadline for submission is 12 mid night, 31st May, 2018.



Additional Benefits:
Outstanding students/participants will have their designs published so that the whole world will see what they have done, and why they were selected as the best. The most outstanding student will also be featured on Structville, where his profile will be published, and his achievements celebrated. So by participating in this competition, you are consenting to this. The whole aim of this exercise is to teach, and to inspire.


  1. Wow, am short of words for this. This is impressive. I wish I was still in school but all d same am privileged to be an avid reader of this blog. Thank you Engr ranks and ur partners for putting this up…thank u.


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