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The Numbers Behind NJIT’s Civil Engineering Graduates

Pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering poses some serious questions.

The Managerial Aspects Of Construction Contracting

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Construction is the second largest industry in the United States with well over six million employees.

The Fundamentals for Smooth Traffic Control

The Fundamentals for Smooth Traffic Control
It’s tempting to get angry when stuck in traffic but when it comes to traffic control, impatience will have to do.

The Fast Future of Metro Transportation

The Fast Future of Metro Transportation
There is so much going on in the world in terms of exciting changes to our transportation infrastructure.

The Components Of American Public Transportation Systems

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According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans are increasingly using public transport…

The Basics of Temporary Traffic Control

The Basics of Temporary Traffic Control
Every year, accidents in the roadways around construction and work sites cause hundreds of fatalities.

Smart Tools for Construction Project Managers

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There are several steps to effective project management, beginning with determining the scope of work and associated budgets.

Estimating Construction Costs Of Heavy Projects

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Every day, millions of people use or benefit from large infrastructure, with little or no thought as to how these conveniences came to be.

Civil Engineer’s Role in Demolishing Buildings

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When demolishing a structure, engineers evaluate many facts before, during and after the project.

Civil Engineers and Tech: The Utility of the Mobile Device Movement

The Utility of the Mobile Device Movement
Everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, and correspondingly, there seems to be an app for everything.

Civil Engineering Construction Methods

Civil Engineering Construction Methods
Total Quality Management (“TQM”) is an approach to continuous improvement of quality widely used in manufacturing.

Building Systems Theory for Civil Engineers

Building Systems Theory for Civil Engineers
Any type of construction will inevitably involve contributions from across the spectrum of the physical and life sciences.

Basics of Underground Construction

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Underground construction is essential in the mass transportation systems that move millions of urban commuters in cities every day.

An Introduction to Project Management for Civil Engineers

Introduction to Project Management for Civil Engineers
Project management is rarely as complex as it is in the civil engineering sector…

An Introduction to Prestressed Concrete

An Introduction to Prestressed Concrete
Although concrete is highly versatile, one of its major drawbacks is its weakness in tension.

An Introduction To Hydrology

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The field of hydrology is a crucial area of scientific study and employment for people interested in protecting the earth’s water resources.

A Speedy Look At Highway Traffic

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Interstate highways span the continental United States from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico…

A Soft Introduction to Rock Mechanics

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arly in our lives, during our first foray into the sciences, we learn the basics of geology.

Understanding the Sources of Water Pollution

Engineers classify water pollution based on its origin. Ecological engineers, or ecoengineers, investigate water pollution and make recommendations about how to reduce or prevent further contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses this research to mandate the actions that each state should take to make its water supply safe. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [...]

Transportation Planning for Better Cities

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The history of transportation planning in the United States dates back to the earliest days of the highway system.

Evaluating Waste Disposal Methods

Evaluating Waste Disposal Methods

Athens citizens discarded waste in the streets until legislators banned the practice in 320 B.C., enacting the first recorded waste disposal law. Then in the late 1800’s, organized waste collection emerged with metropolises such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia and London discarding collected raw debris in the nearest bodies of water.

8 Benefits of Building Sustainable Infrastructures

8 Benefits of Building Sustainable Infrastructures

Sustainable infrastructures protect the environment and add long-term value to the facilities and roadways that the public depends for prosperity. [1] The Greenroads Foundation promotes environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure through training and project support, using a rating system that encourages sustainable transportation infrastructure.

Sanitary Landfill Design for Civil Engineers

Sanitary Landfill Design for Civil Engineers

Civil engineers design landfills to serve as safe and sanitary sites to store and manage waste. [1] The sites protect modern communities from toxic gases and chemicals that synthesize when waste degrades. Local and state officials plan, regulate and manage nonhazardous consumer and industrial solid waste using Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D, while hazardous materials fall under RCRA Subtitle C or the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). As the topic of sustainability moves toward the forefront of the waste management field, legislators are transiting from asking if recycling is feasible to educating officials on how to operate financially successful sustainable waste management operations.

Civil Engineering and Natural Hazard Mitigation

Civil Engineering and Natural Hazard Mitigation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) leads a $280 million initiative enabling researchers to recreate natural hazards by shaking and rocking full-sized structures. [1] In one experiment, Professor Tara Hutchinson tests steel beam resilience on the device located near San Diego’s outer limits. The earthquake machine utilizes strain gauges and accelerometers numbering in the hundreds to record the many forces that artificially induced seismic activity places on the structure.

The Project Life Cycle for Construction Management

The Project Life Cycle for Construction Management

From the world’s most magnificent structures to embankments that yield to modern day traffic ways, property owners use project management to organize complex builds that bring ideas to life. By following the project plan, contractors build structures in phases, beginning with project pre-planning and culminating in the erection of physical land features. For many years, construction firms documented tasks manually and with limited technology. Now, however, sweeping innovations promise to bring the construction trade up to speed with other technology savvy industries.

8 Considerations for Construction Cost Estimates

The largest construction misconception is that financial losses occur during the build, a myth perpetuated due to cost overruns that go unnoticed until project termination. Accurate cost estimation and monitoring provide stakeholders with a sensible alternative to an ill-fated financial overage disclosure when the project ends. On the contrary, negligent cost control ruins contractors and [...]

A Look at 8 Famous Civil Engineers

Even the most fundamental principles today’s civil engineers rely on had to be discovered and clarified by those who came before. Civil engineering has only been discussed as a distinct discipline for a few hundred years, yet the contributions of pioneering leaders in the field were decisive in the Industrial Revolution, World War II, and [...]

The Importance of Flood Routing

Flood routing is a key element in hydrologic analysis, but one that is often overlooked. Civil engineers, hydrologists, and conservationists all need to be ready to use flood routing as an analytical tool when dealing with any river system that might have its flood profile altered by proposed or ongoing projects. By performing flood routing, [...]

America’s Deteriorating Transportation Infrastructure

The United States once boasted one of the most modern and comprehensive transportation systems in the world. The Interstate Highway System, authorized in 1956 and including 41,000 miles of highways, is just one example of the eagerness with which Americans of the recent past tackled their infrastructure challenges. Thanks to the innovation represented by the [...]

10 Phenomenal Civil Engineering Projects

10 Phenomenal Civil Engineering Projects

Advancements in construction techniques, materials science, big data, and many other disparate fields are impacting civil engineering in amazing ways. As technology moves forward, engineers are equipped with new methods for approaching tough challenges. The last decade has seen many significant civic planning, energy, logistics, and transportation feats that would have been unimaginable just a short time before. Engineers worldwide are embracing cutting-edge ideas.

Insights on the Future of Urban Transportation

Insights on the Future of Urban Transportation

Transportation is changing with remarkable speed. Especially in urban settings, people are coming to expect greater speed, security, and efficiency from their transportation options. It’s no longer enough for everyone in the city to jump into rush hour traffic or crowd onto even the most advanced mass transit systems. These days, completely new ideas are emerging to make urban transportation a new, better experience for everyone who uses it.

Tips for Managing a Construction Project

Tips for Managing a Construction Project

Construction projects can be extremely complex. Dealing with competing pressures in terms of time, money, and personnel is a major challenge – so much so that the entire practice of project management developed around it.

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