Understanding Civil Engineering
Civil engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering and quite literally shapes the world in which we live. Civil engineers design, construct, project manage and commission a wide range of infrastructure projects, from buildings and bridges to roads and water supply systems.
For as long as groups of people have been living together in towns and cities, we have needed protection from flooding, clean reliable drinking water, ways to recycle and reuse our rubbish and a network of streets and roadways to move around efficiently. Early examples of great civil engineering projects include the roads of the Roman Empire, the Great Wall of China and ancient Mayan ruins while more recent projects include the Panama Canal and the Eiffel Tower, among many others.
What we know
Today’s civil engineers need an in-depth understanding of physics, mathematics, geology and hydrology, using computer-aided design (CAD) systems to make the process faster, and easy to modify designs and generate working drawings for construction crews. They must also know the properties of a wide range of construction materials, such as concrete and structural steel, and the types and capabilities of construction machinery.
Many civil engineers become experts in a specialised area of civil engineering such as structural, water, geotechnical, transportation or environmental fields. They can apply their knowledge of construction methods and properties of materials into the design and construction of safe structures, deal with the storage and distribution of water including irrigation and river control structures, the design of stable slopes and retaining walls, safe and efficient transportation networks, and environmentally friendly recycling, treatment and disposal of waste.
What we do
Civil engineers can be involved in nearly every stage of a construction project. That can include site selection, preparing accurate calculations, writing specifications for processes and materials, reviewing bids from subcontractors, ensuring compliance with building codes and monitoring all phases of construction from grading and earth moving to painting and finishing.
Designing structures that meet requirements for cost, safety, reliability, durability and energy efficiency is a key part of civil engineering. Engineers have responsibility for managing people, equipment, resources, time and money and good communication skills are vital. All professional civil engineers must be able to effectively articulate complex information to people.
How the Surveying Company can help
The Surveying Company are land development consultants that cater to various aspects of surveying and land development, including engineering.
Our professional Civil Engineers specialise in subdivision design of all types and sizes throughout the Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti and Horowhenua regions. As Wellington Civil Engineers, we understand all Council requirements and can project manage the work from design to completion. You can rely on our expertise in all infrastructure and access design, earthworks design and certification, and pavement design. We undertake the monitoring and final as-built surveys as well as the initial ground testing to establish the strength of land before construction or loading even takes place.
Talk to our highly skilled, award winning Wellington team about your next civil engineering project – we’ll find solutions on time and within budget.