10 of the Largest Civil Engineering Projects in History
05 Feb 21
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Crossrail is due for completion in winter 2020, approval for the HS2 project has been granted, and Northern Powerhouse Rail promises to enhance the UK’s economic potential. This infrastructure is deemed an essential social and economic catalyst.
The British have earned a reputation for building railways and engineering expertise. These modern developments promise shorter journey times and improved connectivity. It is hoped that they will reduce congestion on our roads and lower the environmental impact of travel. They should also help the nation remain a viable and competitive trade partner after the dramas of Brexit.
Railways have long presented a challenge for civil engineers. The stability and speed of the trains are dependent on relatively straight routes through the landscape. Across the world, there are impressive examples of expansive railway bridges and mountain tunnels. These have been designed and constructed to resolve the challenges of the land.
Civil engineers have to consider the best route, resources and solutions to ensure that the new rail links can pass through flood plains, ancient woodlands and valleys. Additional challenges come when the route runs through densely populated regions. The Crossrail project, running beneath London, is a prime example.
If critical thinking, problem solving and involvement in the construction of the UK’s infrastructure gets you fired up, a Civil Engineering degree can develop the necessary skills to get your career on track.
For those with mathematics and science understanding, we offer a technical learning lab to develop an in-depth knowledge of hydraulics, geotechnical design, structures and materials. Coupled with surveying equipment and CAD software, you’ll be equipped to make the best use of resources to resolve complex construction challenges.
The employment prospects for Civil Engineer graduates are high, there is a demand for skills and starting salaries are around £24,000. There are excellent opportunities for career progression, and further professional training and projects could take your work global.