Civil engineering deals with much of the infrastructure that is part of an urban society, including the buildings in which humans live and work, roads and highways, tunnels, water and waste water treatment, and protection against flooding. It deals with society’s larger infrastructure, including transportation networks (e.g. highways, bridges and airports), small- and large-scale water resource projects such as dams and associated works (e.g. canals, pipelines, components of power systems), and works associated with protection and/or enhancement of the environment (e.g., waste containment and management systems, land reclamation, water quality protection).
The civil engineer is involved with aspects of both the development of new works and, in an increasingly significant way, the maintenance or preservation of existing works. Given the state of our country’s (and world’s) infrastructure and the anticipated growth in human population, the future of civil engineering is very bright!