About Civil Engineering


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What civil engineers do

Civil engineering is arguably the oldest engineering discipline. Designing, constructing and maintaining the built environment dates back to the first time someone built a roof over their head or laid a tree trunk over a river to get across.

Traditional roles

Civil engineering professionals have been and still are involved in everything that defines modern civilization. First to come to mind are structural engineering (buildings and bridges) and transportation systems (roads, railways, transit systems and airports). Then there are the less obvious creations of civil engineers (water supply systems, wastewater treatment, aerospace innovations, automotive advances, ship building and more).

Today's emerging roles

In recent times, civil engineers are placing more emphasis on computer vision, building modeling, virtual reality, sustainability, the Internet of Things, 3D printing technologies and more. In addition, civil engineers involved in biomedical engineering focus on areas like joint inflammation, imaging and diagnostic tools, and therapeutic products.

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