25/08/2020

Categories: Civil Engineering, Undergradute

Get inspired - study BEng Civil Engineering

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Of all the kinds of engineering out there, civil engineering might be simplified as the engineering of really big things. The largest bridges, the longest tunnels cutting through mountains, the most massive hydroelectric dams, and many more large structures, are the products of civil engineers.

The key is in the word “civil”, which refers to the fact that these huge projects are built for the benefit of everyone, the “civilians” of society, as opposed to the military or, more traditionally, the church. That’s one of the amazing things about being a civil engineer. You get to work on creating some of the most impressive constructions, and you do it to make society better.

That’s pretty inspiring. And clearly the idea was inspiring to one particular man, who not that long ago was voted the second greatest Briton who ever lived, after only Winston Churchill.

You’ve almost definitely been on if not at least seen some of his work, which still survives over 150 years after the man died. Isambard Kingdom Brunel built a legacy to last, and he did so through his incredible talents in civil engineering.

One of the really interesting things about Brunel is that unlike a lot of the famous names from British history, he didn’t come from much. His dad had to work his socks off and accrue large debts to ensure Isambard got a proper education, but it definitely paid off. Graduating university at a young age with an astonishing talent for maths, Isambard was soon engineering his first project, the still surviving Thames Tunnel.

 

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