Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers
The Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers (TCCE)
Selanik Cad. 19/1 Kizilay
|Phone:||+90 312 419 3882|
|Fax:||+90 312 417 0632|
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The Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers (TCCE) is the widest technical organisation in Turkey, with over 64,000 members, 26 branches and 135 representation offices. TCCE was founded by law, in 1954, under the umbrella of the Union of Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA).
Since 19th December 1954, the week of foundation has traditionally been accepted as National Civil Engineering Week. By investigations (surveys, etc.) and activities, TCCE has sought to provide the best evaluation of national resources for the benefit of the country. It has supported and formed any necessary public arrangements in the idea of a more civilized nation; it has opposed and debated attempts that are against the national will and has always fulfilled the responsibility of the engineering concept in sustainability and consistency.
Every civil engineer who has graduated from a civil engineering department of a university in Turkey is obliged to be a member of TCCE for private sector engineering. Being a member of TCCE is discretionary for public sector engineers. Within this framework, TCCE has 64,000 members out of the current total of 80,000 Turkish civil engineers. This provides consistency in civil engineering within Turkey, and forms a strong organisation of professional standards. One of the principles of TCCE is to protect and maintain the rights of colleagues whenever the situation requires.
TCCE actively participates in the planning and preparation of laws, legal arrangements, and rules about civil engineering; working with both public and academic areas to achieve this. It proposes upgrading the legality of applications in civil engineering, taking into consideration benefits both to the public and the country. TCCE controls the validity of civil engineering projects and the application of legal treatments in order to protect labour rights and workers’ health and safety regulations. The TCCE maintains production of appropriate materials in specific standards and provides the quality management of material application in Turkey; carries out studies on city planning features and problems of the country in consideration of regional social and economic structures and improvement in structural typologies. It researches civil engineering developments and presents professional advances both to the public and to colleagues.
One of the essential roles of TCCE is being an effective body for earthquake-related studies, regulations and technical-academic-social aspects. TCCE participates actively in ‘before and after’ crisis situations, legislation studies on structural issues relating to earthquakes, relationships with governmental and non-governmental organisations. The Chamber has presented quite essential support during the aftermath of disasters, providing human, logistic and moral assistance, as well as technical and academic research specialists, mobilisation supports and official reports on earthquake observations. Earthquake engineering studies are included in the Chamber’s professional development programmes and courses, covering a wide range from design to damage determination. These have contributed greatly to general earthquake studies of the country.
Through such activities and Chamber publications, TCCE has improved professional education and raised consciousness of progress across the sector. We are willing to widen this perspective to an international basis: we maintain strong relations with chambers or societies from other countries to support acceleration and correlation in civil engineering media.
Within the framework of relations with other organisations, membership of TCCE in the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), is an essential international relationship for the chamber. As a gathering of member organisations whose aim is to have a common perspective throughout Europe’s civil engineering profession, ECCE has been influencing profession-related studies and representing a common view of civil engineers in Europe. With the initiative of advancing the built environment by protecting the best of the natural environment, TCCE expresses interest in a wide range of areas and maintains an ongoing cooperation between involved bodies within the framework of ECCE.
Advances in issues covering environment, research and development, education and training, ethics, information technology, continuing professional development, liability and transportation, are the aims of TCCE and its fellow member organisations in ECCE. In order to achieve these goals, the Chamber organises many activities such as workshops, conferences, periodic meetings and, most importantly, task forces for rapid and productive progress. In parallel to these goals, member organisations and countries are informed about both national and international activities via ECCE documentation, and encouraged to keep up with the latest events and advances, as well as the recent decisions to have best possible functions.
The achievements in progress and advances resulting from common studies in ECCE, provide the best endorsement for the civil engineering profession in Europe and related countries. In particular, the relationship between ECCE and the Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers, TCCE, has been enduring with successful accomplishments for both sides, as Turkey figures as an important region for civil engineering, and has been developing close relations with Europe.
Number of active members in the organisation
61,626 members were registered with TCCE at 7th July, 2004.
Form of legal establishment:
Established in accordance with legal requirements. TCCE was founded by law, in 1954, under the umbrella of the Union of Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA) by law no. 6235-7303. Legislation can be accessed via Ministry of Justice, web site (www.adalet.gov.tr).
There are no associate societies: TCCE is one of the engineer and architect organisations under UCTEA. Therefore, TCCE is related to the other 22 chambers of engineering disciplines and architects, based on a common legal definition.
The Government body certifying eligibility to represent civil engineers:
The Ministry of Justice whose address is:
Adalet Bakanligi 06659 Kizilay Ankara.
Internet: www.adalet.gov.tr Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As mentioned above, the Regulation for UCTEA and chamber formations was accepted and legalised by the Turkish government in 1954.