Civil engineering is one of the oldest forms of engineering and encompasses many forms of engineering we think of today. Areas such as architectural engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering and construction engineering among others. Generally speaking, civil engineering deals with the design and construction we see all over the place, things such as roads, bridges, and buildings. Most governmental building, for instance, tends to fall under civil engineering. The building plans, analysis, and structural report done for almost every project has its roots in civil engineering.
Although vitally important to society, it is not something we read about on a daily basis. Instead, civil engineering sort of remains in the background making sure we have places to live and work and a way to get there, it helped to build the society we know but it isn’t discussed as much as it should be. Things such as airports, trains, and the subway are attributed to civil engineering, but less obvious areas, such as the ability to have running water in every house is also from this field. It is an area that can be explored more by students. Looking at building plans, reading a structural analysis report-those are useful things for people to know, but not something that typically happens.
Most aspects of civil engineering are taught at the university level, but younger students, college students studying other subjects, and laymen with a general interest in this interesting field can learn more by reading through different manuals, books, and tutorials online. They range from the more basic to extremely complex. Although typically used by civil engineering professionals, given the many ways that the field influences everyday life, looking over and learning to read a building plan is just one example of a worthwhile endeavor. Anyone who has built their own house or done a planned renovation or addition has studied plans that have their roots in civil engineering.