What is Civil Engineering?

So Civil Engineering, what is it? A lot people think its architecture, well
kind of, but really they work together, the architects work on the artistic and creative
feel of the design and the Civil Engineer work on bringing this to life. So let’s get into it, there are three main
roles as a Civil Engineer. The designer, The contractor, and the client representative. Okay, so the designer, it’s in the name
really. With calculations, standards and design software such as AutoCAD. Designers can visualise
the end structure whilst also pushing boundaries with new and exciting innovations. But it’s
not all about building mind blowing sky scrapers like The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building
in the world by the way. Sometimes designer’s work in areas you least expect them to. How about designing a water slide in an theme
park. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Let’s consider the problems that need to be resolved. They need to ensure the waterslide can withstand the weight of the riders, the force of the
wind blowing on it and of course the rushing water, because without no water there is no
ride, and what would be the fun in that! Next is the Contractor, they turn the plans
of a designer into reality. They are responsible for attaining materials, equipment, and labour all required to carry of projects in accordance with budgets, time schedules and safety regulations. Do these names mean anything to you? Pacific Bridge Company, Barrett & Hilp, McClintic-Marshall Corporation These are just some of the contractors
who united together to build the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A massive 1.7 mile long suspension bridge, that weighs over 800,000 tonnes, whilst also being able to withstand
90mph winds and magnitude 8 earthquakes. Last but by no means the least, the Client
representative, what do they do? Let’s think of it this way, if the designers
are composers who write music and the contractors are musicians then the client’s representatives
are conductors of the orchestra. They ensure the project does not deviate from the client’s vision by solving any issues on site, between, the designer, the contractor and anyone else for that matter. Modern Civil Engineering is a broad field
that comprises of various types of engineers each specializing in different types of construction Did you know gusts of 100 miles per hour
have been recorded near the top of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe? So how is the iconic tower still standing? It’s all down to Structural engineers, these guys
analyse how such structures can hold up to environmental factors like floods, winds and
earthquakes. Here’s another problem, You’re in Tokyo
Japan you need to get to Shinjuku from Shibuya in ten minutes flat, it takes 50 minutes by
foot and 14 minutes by car, what do you do? You get on the Tokyo metro of course and get
there in 7 minutes flat! You have the transportation engineers to thank for such a Super-fast,
super-punctual, super-everything railway system! And these engineers don’t stop there, they
are also responsible for, highways, ports, airfields in fact anything involved with getting
from A to B. Sometimes what many think is impossible is actually possible. Imagine a dam that could hold back a 500 ft
deep, 10 trillion gallon reservoir. Well there is such a Dam, The Hoover Dam, built in 1936
and is still here today as a source of fresh water, electricity and not to mention a top
tourist attraction with more than a million visitors each year! This is just the tip of the iceberg, there
are thousands of projects across the globe that civil engineers have been getting stuck
into. See with engineering, you can leave a legacy, you never know, you could help build
the next wonder of the world or even design the next shuttle to space, yes engineers get
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