Civil engineering is all about helping people and to shape the world to be a better and more functional place to live. Civil engineers are constantly switched on with new, innovative ideas to keep us powered up by supplying electricity and gas to our homes.
They provide us with clean water and purify it so we can use it over and over again. They enable us to get around going about our day-to-day lives by providing roads, bridges, airports and the underground to get out and about in the beloved Capital.
North West civil engineering companies and others across the UK, Europe and all over the world are all involved with shaping the cities we live in today into a better place. Rebuilding cities after natural disasters, using seas defences to protect communities and building bridges to help us commute from one place to another. These are just a few examples of how civil engineers help us to live in a better place.
The current campaign, ‘This is Civil Engineering’ showcases the industry by displaying huge banners at a large number of construction sites across the country. These banners have been designed and placed across the UK and Northern Ireland to show the public what civil engineering is and how the projects will benefit the community.
These projects could be anything from ensuring there is safe drinking water, protecting homes and businesses from floods and also providing roads and railways to keep people connected. The campaign was first launched in 2012 and ever since has seen over 100 projects join to celebrate their vital role in society.
Two of the most famous civil engineers to date are Thomas Telford and Mary Fergusson. Telford had constructed over 1,000 miles of highway and was nicknamed ‘the Colossus of Roads’. One of his most well-known projects was the London to Holyhead road, but this also included the Menai Suspension Bridge.
Fergusson on the other hand was the first woman thought to have a full-time career in as an engineer. During her career she progressed from a trainee position to a senior partner, making her the first female to hold this position in a civil engineering company.