Civil Engineering

Definition - What does Civil Engineering mean?

Civil Engineering is a professional engineering branch that helps people and maintains the physical and naturally built environment. It is the construction and design of public works like bridges, dams and various other infrastructure projects. It is one of the oldest branches of engineering that came into existence when people initiated shaping the environment suiting their requirements and living in permanent settlements. It occurs in the public sector from the municipal to the national governments. In the private sector, it takes place from the individual home owners to the international companies.

Petropedia explains Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is considerate with all forms of structures such as pipelines, dams, towers, buildings, bridges and roads. The specialties of the engineering include structural, architectural, traffic, water resources, transportation and geotechnical engineering. Civil engineers are creative people who work for local or state governments, in private sectors at construction and consulting firms. Some of the civil engineers hold administrative or supervisory positions and other pursue their careers in teaching, design or construction. The engineers may also be required to handle the site preparation activities like earth moving, grading and excavation for the large construction projects. In addition to these activities, the civil engineers also write or conduct the reliability, performance and long-term durability of structures and materials.

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