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Facilites :

The institute owns eight specialized laboratories for research, services, training in different areas:

    Three geotechnical Engineering laboratories.

    Environment laboratory.

    Two computers laboratories one for graduated students and the other for research and services. The connection with the Net is possible from all parts of the Institute.

The Institute owns three specialized drilling rigs used for geotechnical investigations. Each is constituted of : Drilling rig that can drill down to 65m, truck and 4wd vehicle. The Institute also owns a mechanical Cone Penetration Test (CPT) machine which can penetrate down to more than 30m depth. There are also equipments for field tests such as plate load test, in situ CBR test etc… and camping facilities.

The Institute is aimed at:

    Performing supplied scientific research related to design planning construction and performance of buildings and roads in Sudan with emphasis on research that can be transferred to pilot projects.
    Provision of graduate program, leading to M.Sc. & Ph.D. degree.
    Provision of training courses and program, in related fields.
    Provision of consultation and services in fields related to the institute’s work.
    Cooperating with national and regional international corporations in the institute areas of research.
    Dissemination of information and reports and research outcome and availing information in local regional and international levels.
    Availing information and provision of recommendations to help those who are concerned with setting specifications for buildings and road industries and code of practices.

    Carrying out all what is needed to fulfill the institute objectives.

In 1967 the University Council passed Statute 32 giving the NBRS a large degree of independence but keeping strong connections with the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in the form of affiliation.

In 1977, the University Council passed the revised Statute 32, whereby NBRS developed into the present Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI).

In 1983, the Statute was revised again, whereby a resolution was passed by the Council allowing the Institute to provide post graduate studies leading to Master Degrees in Building Technology and Road Technology and/or Ph.D. degrees in the relevant fields of specification.

In 2006, the University Council passed the new Institute's Statute, according to which four departments were formed. They are:

1. Department of Architecture and Physical Planning

2. Department of Building Materials and Structures

3. Department of Geotechnology

4. Department of Road Engineering

The senior management structure of the BRRI consists of the following roles:
Elhussein Ahmed Elhussein Elarabi
The Director is appointed by the Chairman of the University Council on the recommendation of the Vice Chancellor for a period of time as specified by the University ACT.
He is responsible, to the Vice-Chancellor, for the general administration of the Institute and is generally responsible for the fulfillment of the functions and objectives of the Institute. The Director runs the Institute in accordance with the policy laid down by the Board and is assisted by the Heads of Departments who are responsible to him for the activities of the Institute in their respective fields.
The Academic Committee
The Academic Committee, chaired by the Director, consists of the senior academic staff of the Institute. Deputy Dean for Fundemental and Engineering Sciences, Graduate College. Deputy Dean for academic affairs of the Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Heads of relevant departments of the Faculty of Engineeering and Arch., and the Faculty of Science.
The Academic Committee has the following functions:
1. To advise the Board on matters of policy, research priorities, post graduate studies and training.
2. To approve research projects and to consider priorities of services to be offered, in accordance with the policies of the institute.
3. To approve vocational training courses and to recommend to the Board the award of Diplomas and Certificates of the Institute.
4. To approve the publications of the Institute.
5. To formulate and recommend to the Board, the Postgraduate programmes and Curricula.
6. To recommend to the Council of the Postgraduate College, the approval of the post graduate examination results.
7. To initiate and approve the organization of Symposia, Seminars and Workshops.

From its foundation in 1963 as a small research station within the Faculty of engineering and Architecture, the BRRI has grown to become one of the country's leading undertakers and providers of research, technical services and vocational triaining in problems related to planning, design, construction and performance of Buildings and roads.

The Institute is now the main unit entrusted by the University to undertake research, provide technical services and vocational training in problems related to planning, design, construction and performance of buildings and roads in the Sudan.