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30 Jul 21
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For thousands of years, man has been creating structures, some small, some large, but the one thing that they all have in common is the civil engineering skills that went into making them. Whether they were created in 2504 BC or 2020, many of the techniques that were used will remain roughly the same.
Many of the greatest civil engineering projects are historic icons; they are structures that showcase an incredible degree of design and vision. Every engineer will have their own opinion on which of these are the greatest civil engineering projects, but here are a few of what we believe are some of the best.
The Great Pyramid
Built in 2504 BC, The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt stands at 450ft high and 756ft long. As one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the pyramid is relatively undamaged and for over 3,800 years was the tallest man-made structure in the world. Experts estimate that it would have taken around 30,000 workers over 20 years to build, using 5.5 million tonnes of limestone, 8,000 tonnes of granite and 500,000 tonnes of mortar. In today’s terms it is believed that constructing a replica of The Great Pyramid would cost around £3.5 million. When we consider that all of this was done without any of the advanced machinery that engineers have access to today, it truly is one of the biggest civil engineering projects ever undertaken.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was not actually built as one entire wall but rather smaller parts over many centuries. The first part was built in 475 to protect China from the Hun. Over the years, parts were rebuilt, expanded and eventually joined together to create one of the biggest civil engineering projects ever created. The wall measures 13,171 mile in length but contrary to popular belief, it is not visible from space with the naked eye. This theory was disproved during a space mission by a Chinese astronaut.
Located in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, or Dubai Tower is currently the tallest building, and the tallest free standing structure in the world, standing 2,717ft high. This is one of the more modern civil engineering projects that is instantly recognisable. The ground-breaking design of this building was not without its challenges, it took in excess of 22,000,000 man hours and due to the extremely high daytime temperatures for much of the work, particularly the work that involved concrete, was completed at night. Extensive testing was carried out in wind tunnels to see how the building would respond to winds of up to 99 miles per hour, to ensure its safety.
BEng Hons Civil Engineering with Foundation at the University of Bolton – Inspiring the Next Generation
If you have been inspired by our small snapshot of the biggest civil engineering projects, then maybe civil engineering is the course to help you take that next step and use your skills to open up a fantastic future.
At the University of Bolton, we offer an undergraduate BEng Hons Civil Engineering with Foundation course that will help you to learn and fine tune the skills needed for a career in civil engineering. Our passionate lecturers and state-of-the-art facilities provide you with the perfect setting for taking those rewarding first steps in further education, giving you the skills and knowledge that will help you on the journey to a successful career.
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