💡 Issues

One of WCCE's main objectives is to enhance regional and interregional cooperation, dialogue and the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with tangible impact on our civil engineering community. WCCE identifies and supports projects which enhance partnerships and interactions in the region between promoters, partners and beneficiaries through the scaling up effect and development of innovative initiatives. WCCE acts as a catalyst of projects, accompanying promoters throughout the project lifecycle and enhancing the dialogue to create synergies for partnerships. Such initiatives are driven by its Standing Committees.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees require the approval of the General Assembly, on recommendation by the Executive Committee. They are created in an area with specific interest to Civil Engineering and with a balanced membership participation. Currently WCCE hosts 6 Standing Committees.Each Standing Committee has the hosting support of a National Member, providing the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee as well as the administration and expenses. The Standing Committees are elected for a period of three years, renewable for another three years, altogether six years. Then the host country must change. The Chairmen of the Standing Committees are Vice Presidents and become ex-officio members to the Executive Committee.

Following, we present WCCE's Standing Committees.


Construction hosted by Puerto Rico
Acting Chair: Ing. Emilio Colon - Bio [+]

Main goals

  • Establish a Forum for Discussion of Construction Related Topics
  • Promote the establishment of:
    • Uniform Building Codes
    • Standard Specifications
    • Model Contracting Instrument
  • Promote the Use of Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Develop Ethics and Integrity in Work Execution
  • Promote Use of Technology and Technology Transfer

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Natural Disasters hosted by Turkey
Chair: Prof. Tügrul Tankut - Bio [+]

Main goals

  • Raise awareness in the civil engineering communities of the member countries about the natural disaster issues in civil engineering applications.
  • Follow the advances in the civil engineering practice concerning natural disaster issues over the world.
  • Disseminate information about the developments in natural disaster civil engineering practice.
  • Foster global partnership and disaster knowledge network.
  • Organize an international congress concerning earthquake and tsunami in collaboration with other international organisations.

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Education, Training and Capacity Building hosted by Zimbabwe
Chair: CEng Martin Manuhwa - Bio

Main goals

  • Sharing of professional and technical information and capacities in developed countries with engineers in the developing world
  • Deliver needed information to engineers and engineering educators in developing countries via distance learning technologies
  • Strengthen engineering education in developing countries via sharing of best practices in curricular reform and in engineering practice
  • Promotion and public understanding of engineering and technology
  • repare guidelines for definition of the necessary basic knowledge and skills in engineering education, and provide them to engineering schools and to national and international members.
  • Develop policies for regional and global recognition of engineering qualifications including strengthening of bilateral recognition of qualifications.
  • Develop and support policies to strengthen the mobility of engineers.

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Water hosted by Spain
Chair: ICCP  Ignacio González-Castelao - Bio [+]

Main goals

  • Establish a Forum for Discussion for Water related topics through industry organizations, governments, NGOs, other professions and civil engineers.
  • Foster Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies.
  • Promote Use of Technology and Technology Transfer
  • Training and capacity building.
  • Promote transparency and full stakeholder participation as guiding principles for all aspects of water governance
  • Improve fair competition and accountable implementation of water projects
  • Collaborate on advancing UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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Coastal and Oceanic hosted by Mexico
Chair: Ing. Civil Mauricio Porraz -  Bio [+]

Main goals

  • Establish a Forum for Discussion for Water related topics through industry organizations, governments, NGOs, other professions and civil engineers.
  • Foster Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies.
  • Promote Use of Technology and Technology Transfer
  • Training and capacity building.
  • Promote transparency and full stakeholder participation as guiding principles for all aspects of water governance
  • Improve fair competition and accountable implementation of water projects
  • Collaborate on advancing UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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Gender equality hosted by Portugal
Chair: Eng. Civil Cristina Machado -  Bio [+]

Main goals

  • Establish a Forum for Discussion for Water related topics through industry organizations, governments, NGOs, other professions and civil engineers.
  • Foster Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies.
  • Promote Use of Technology and Technology Transfer
  • Training and capacity building.
  • Promote transparency and full stakeholder participation as guiding principles for all aspects of water governance
  • Improve fair competition and accountable implementation of water projects
  • Collaborate on advancing UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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