Civil Engineering



You have a very interesting movie to see at the cinema with your friends on a weekend, and you meet this terrible traffic jam on your way. How long do you think you’d spend on the way with a journey that had supposedly take just 5minutes? With a traffic jam like this, you could spend 1-2hours on the way, and miss the movie hangout you planned with your friends.

What if an interchange that can get these people to their various destinations was created over this crazy jam. The traffic jam here would reduce drastically, more so there might be no jam, and you can make it on time to the movies and have fun with your friends. The process of solving this traffic jam problem with the intelligence of creating a flyover bridge is civil engineering.

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the planning, analysis, design, construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities  such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, canals, `channels, dams, docks, highways, irrigation projects, power plants, water and sewage systems  with complex building structures.

A person that carries out these functions is called a Civil Engineer.

There are other problems in the world that civil engineering has helped solved. We experience and enjoy Civil engineering activities throughout our day.

An international organization has just come to your country and in need of an office space that can accommodate 1000-1500 staff. Building a bungalow in this regard would take a lot of space, 5acres and above.  But by applying an intelligence of building a very tall building otherwise known as a high rise building called skyscraper you can accommodate same number of staff in just 1-3plots of land. In this case you only need a land space to create a formidable foundation, while you use the space in the air to create as many office spaces as you want. There is lots of intelligence put in establishing a skyscraper from making a blueprint design done by an architect to ensuring that the soil and ground is fit to mount the design envisioned by the architect which is the function of the geotechnical engineer. The materials to be used for the building of the structure is suggested and analyzed by the structural engineer to suggest what kind of material would be appropriate for the building in that environment. For example the glasses used must be able to withstand environmental factors like wind, noise, bullets. Architecture, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, highway and transportation are some of the various arms of civil engineering.

There are lots of amazing civil engineering structuresand facilities around the world, both ancient and modern structures. To see some amazing civil engineering structures in the world, click on this link.…-around-the-word/Looking at the top modern structures and facilities in the world, Africa has not really done much because we are yet to solve some problems with an intelligent solution. Isn’t it rather amazing that we have lots of problems around us. Since there are many problems around us, it then means we have many opportunities to create intelligent solutions and get enlisted internationally.

Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis and troubleshooting in their work. They create graphical representations of civil structures, they recommend technical designs, and they inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet design specifications and requirements.

A civil engineer needs to have the ability to reason mathematically i.e. the ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. He/she also needs to have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. He/she must have the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Perhaps you are a lady and thinking that you can’t be a civil engineer because you will have to use hard tools, carry building blocks and heavy materials. A civil engineer does not perform all these functions. A group of people called technicians perform these functions. As a civil engineer, you supervise, inspect and instruct technicians on what materials to use, where to place them, and the how to go about a duty. Your job is more of mental labour, while the technician job is more of physical labour.

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