Civil engineers design and build a wide range of structures:

  • Buildings
  • Bridges
  • Dams
  • Tunnels

Civil engineers are involved at every stage of a structure. The construction of all structures requires the involvement of a team of structural engineers for:

  • Initial concept;
  • Planning and design;
  • Construction stage;
  • Lifetime monitoring and maintenance.

The job requires co-operation with other professionals including architects, planners, economists, building contractors and the ultimate owners of the structure. To achieve this teamwork effectively, the civil engineer needs strong analytical and technical capability matched with excellent communication skills.
As a designer the civil engineer uses his/her technical knowledge and experience to derive solutions to the practical Cable Stayed Bridge under construction problems met. There is a vast array of tools, from computer aided design and drafting to sophisticated mathematically-based modelling techniques such as the computer based finite element method.
As part of the construction team, the civil engineers ensure that Well designed structures withstand the storm...the structure is built in accordance with the design.
This involves:

  • careful planning of construction operations;
  • ensuring high quality;
  • supervision to maintain safety standards;
  • ensuring budgetary controls;
  • feedback to designers to improve future designs.

As a student in civil engineering at UCD, you will study a range of subjects which prepare you for a career in structural engineering. In addition to this, there are specialised optional courses available in the final year of study in areas such as advanced structural modelling and advanced structural design.
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