Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Role of Civil Engineers

Manage and direct staff members and the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.

• Provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modifications and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel.

• Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.

• Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.

• Test soils and materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.

• Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, and material stress factors to determine design specifications.

• Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems and structures, following construction and government standards, using design software and drawing tools.

• Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects.

• Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.

• Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations and establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction.

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