Civil and Structural Engineering
“Civil engineers and structural engineers both help shape the world and improve people’s lives by designing, creating and maintaining the buildings and large structures that we need. They build all sorts of things so we can get around and live our lives safely – from roads, bridges and tunnels to railways, hospitals and airports.” Tomorrow’s Engineers: From Idea to Career
Links and Resources
This activity from Siemens challenges students to design a mountain hut that reduces heat loss.
They investigate the process of heat loss by the design, construction and use of physical models, considering the properties of different materials and their suitability for the purpose of constructing a model.
This design, make and evaluate activity asks students to create a bridge from a range of simple materials (I.e. pasta, card). A number of bridges from across the world are used as inspiration for the students designs.
This presentation provides a great introduction to the work of structural engineers. Created by the The Institution of Structural Engineers, it provides an overview of the types of activities undertaken by structural engineers, examples of the impact that they make on society and provides an overview of the types of qualifications and training that you need to become a structural engineer. This would be useful as a classroom presentation or in an assembly as part of a careers activity.
Engineers like Philippa use technology to help keep us safe and well-informed as we travel around the country’s roads. They’re installing cameras that measure traffic speed and watch out for accidents and hazards, or information boards that let you know when there’s a jam. They’re also planning the road network and improving the road surface you travel on.
Sue Hitchcock is a civil engineer working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a new engineering project which, along with the Lee Tunnel and upgrade of London's major sewage treatment works, will update London's Victorian sewer system to cope with the many millions more people now living and working in the capital.
Pete is a structural engineer who has worked on the impressive looking Velodrome, recently finished in Olympic Park, amongst other projects. Tomorrow’s Engineers spoke to Pete about the importance of fundamental maths and physics in making structures stand up and the excitement he feels when a new building goes up and design becomes reality.
|Subject(s)||Engineering, Mechanisms and structures, Design and technology, Careers|
|Tags||Design and technology, engineering, civil, structural, Careers|
|Last updated||12 May 2020|
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