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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
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

Public Transport
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

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

Estimating Construction Costs Of Heavy Projects

Public Transport
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

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

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

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

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

A Soft Introduction to Rock Mechanics

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

Urban trans pic
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.

Three Strategies to Fix Traffic Congestion

Traffic Congestion Control
As the population continues to grow, here are three innovative solutions to traffic congestion that can help fix some of the problems it causes.

Top Five Bridge Innovations

Bridge Construction Process
Five of the best new bridge designs that improve functionality, aesthetics, safety, and sustainability in modern cities and countries around the world.

How Skyscraper Construction Is Changing

The Project Life Cycle for Construction Management

Although skyscraper design hasn’t changed much in the last century, here are three new innovations that promise to revolutionize skyscraper construction.

Top 5 Challenges in Tunnel Construction

How these five challenges in underground tunnel construction affect the mass transportation system its and millions of commuters.
Top 5 Challenges in Tunnel Construction

3 Real Sustainable Engineering Projects

As part of an effort to combat climate change and conserve precious natural resources, engineering firms are beginning to explore sustainable engineering.
solar panels on a building

Risk Management on a Constriction Site: 5 Steps

Civil engineering projects often require a great deal of construction work, which can create hazardous conditions for employees.
Aerial view of construction site

Outlook for Hydrology Jobs

What is hydrology? Hydrology focuses on the study of Earth’s water systems. The field also explores how water’s movement, properties, and distribution cycle directly impacts the environment. Hydrologists study water in all of its forms, whether it appears as a gas, solid, or liquid. Water can be found in the soil, atmosphere, in lakes and [...]

3 Examples of Sustainable Bridge Design

Sustainable bridge design has become increasingly popular over the past several decades. As with many civil engineering projects, bridges are being built with green design technology, which has numerous environmental benefits for current and future generations. Several green bridges are using solar technology, for example, while being carefully placed so as not to disturb the [...]

Better Workplace Safety: OSHA and the Civil Engineer

Civil engineers and workplace safety Civil engineers are responsible for the construction of numerous structures in the private and public sectors, including bridges, dams, tunnels, airports, water facilities, sewage treatment plants, utility plants, stadiums, and museums. No matter the project, civil engineers must adhere to certain rules and regulations, as failing to do so can [...]

7 Categories of Construction Project Management

Construction project managers are primarily responsible for overseeing the workplace safety and health of construction workers. Additionally, they also often work to ensure that construction crews operate efficiently, and that they remain on schedule and on budget. Construction projects feature multiple stages, and each stage of the project requires its own set of responsibilities. Project [...]

Smart Transportation: How the IoT is Changing the Transportation System

What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of interconnected computer devices embedded in various objects, ranging from mobile devices and household appliances to vehicles and even structures. The IoT is changing numerous industries, including the field of civil engineering, as it allows for technology integration in a [...]

5 of the World’s Longest Bridges

Advancements made in the field of civil engineering are leading to far more possibilities than ever thought possible for structural projects. Civil engineers across the globe have recently applied their design skills and knowledge to building the longest bridges the world has ever known. Each of these bridges is entirely unique, and each one helped [...]

4 Societal Benefits of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

The monitoring and maintenance of structures that mark modern society has long been considered to be crucial. Applying effective approaches to the regular upkeep of bridges, skyscrapers, roads, and other structures is essential. In addition to the need to keep buildings and infrastructures running smoothly, maintaining safety and public health is also of great importance. [...]

5 Insights on Bridge Engineering

Many civil engineers specialize in the design and construction of bridges. In this area, the engineer works closely with architects, urban planners, and other personnel to bring new bridges to final construction. In addition to considering its basic function, engineers must understand the social and environmental impacts of designing a bridge, determine the best location, [...]

Three Low Impact Development Techniques

Low impact development has been acknowledged by the Water Environment Research Foundation as a sustainable stormwater practice. It is used to develop systems that imitate natural water movement processes. These systems facilitate the use of storm water as a resource rather than eliminating it as a waste product, effectively reducing the impact that an urban [...]

5 Ways the U.S. Green Building Council Improves Civil Construction

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is making several efforts at implementing wide ranging methods of green design into the field of civil engineering. Formed in 1993, the USGBC was created with the goal of promoting and providing better choices in sustainability and green design practices for the construction and building industry. The USGBC was [...]

Civil Engineering or Architecture: How Should You Choose?

While the fields of civil engineering and architecture overlap and share numerous details in several ways, there are notable differences between the two. It is best for students to understand these differences before choosing which career path is right for them, since each position requires its own set of training and skills. Determining whether to [...]

Civil Engineering versus Construction Management: What You Need to Know

If you are a student looking to enter the fields of either civil engineering or construction management, you should note there are several distinct differences between the two. While the fields do overlap in many respects, each career path requires its own type of education and training. It is important that students entering these fields [...]

Engineering vs. Structural Engineering: Understanding the Specialization

When choosing which career path to prepare for, civil engineering students should be familiar with the field’s many specializations and understand what makes each one unique. While there can be a lot of overlap among the various civil engineering branches, each one requires its own set of training and skills. Confused about the civil engineering [...]

Top Civil Engineering Careers for College Graduates

A civil engineer is a highly trained professional responsible for public works project planning, supervision, and implementation. While the private sector offers the most employment opportunities, some civil engineers work for the government. Major public works projects include infrastructural development, airports, bridges, dams, commercial buildings, and other facilities. Because of the vast range of options, [...]

What Does It Take to Be a Civil Engineer?

Civil engineers conceptualize, design, create, and repair major and minor projects that support infrastructure systems in the public and private sectors. They can work on anything from roads and tunnels to airports, bridges, and dams. Civil engineers are needed in many industries — government, education, consulting, and manufacturing, for example — and often hold positions [...]

Your Future Transport Engineer Career Is Calling

As more people populate urban areas, the local governments, public utilities, and other service agencies in those regions will need to meet the growing demands for infrastructure systems that are affordable, reliable, resilient, and safe. Transporting people and goods safely and efficiently is a key component of a stable infrastructure, and a master’s degree in [...]

What Type of Engineer Should I Be?

Engineering is a field of practical creativity. Engineering degree graduates can apply principles drawn from the intersection of math, science, and technology to produce solutions that can have a positive impact on daily living, on both large and small scales. The effect a graduate can have on society depends on the branch of engineering the [...]

What Is Structural Design?

Sturdiness and safety are the hallmarks of a successfully engineered structure. It doesn’t matter how good a finished product looks if it can’t withstand various environmental and man-made factors. Sturdiness and safety are the reasons structural design is such a crucial element of the engineering process. However, the answer to the question “what is structural [...]

What Is Construction Management?

Every successful construction project — such as building a bridge, office tower, or a family home — is based on the solid foundation of the construction management process. Those who want to know more may ask exactly what is construction management, and why is it important? Construction management is the process of planning, coordinating, controlling, [...]

What Does a Civil Engineer Do?

Civil engineering is one of the most crucial fields in modern society. After all, civil engineers can be curators of the infrastructure that people use every day. Yet the answer to the question what does a civil engineer do shouldn’t be reduced to “building things.” A civil engineer’s skills are too complex to warrant such [...]