2022: Celebrating Women in Civil Engineering
02 Aug 22
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Categories: Civil Engineering, Postgraduate
Civil engineers are known for their love of the conventional. However, embracing sustainability is a must for all industries considering the current climate. With that in mind, we will explore the future of sustainable engineering in this post. How do we embrace sustainability in this traditional sector? And what will this mean for those taking on sustainable civil engineering jobs in the future?
Gone are the days of blissful ignorance. The world is finally waking up to climate change and the severe threat it poses. The statistics are damning, and time is running out. We need to do more if we want to truly combat this issue. The construction sector also needs to step up, and we’re seeing sustainability weaved into the curriculum when taking a degree in Civil Engineering.
What are the Challenges of Embracing Sustainability?
One of the reasons why we are so reluctant to change is because it always comes with a number of challenges, and embracing sustainability is no different.
It is first critical to consider that, for those in civil engineering, global warming will have a number of major consequences. Struggling drainage systems, increasing natural disasters, and rising water levels are just some of the issues that those in sustainable civil engineering jobs will be expected to solve. That’s without considering the impact that these things will have on current projects.
In order to help the UK progress to a country that is more sustainable, innovation is key. However, we need to embrace sustainable civil engineering solutions at a much quicker pace. Civil engineers are known for their love of the conventional, but it is vital that we look to the future and consider how the construction sector is changing. Through the use of new construction materials and methods, we are making real progress in lowering carbon and working toward a future that is more sustainable.
Aside from innovation, technology is giving the industry the ability to enhance the way we do things in the future and get a better handle on the impacts our actions of today have. We must look at using technology in better ways to create more sustainable buildings. Whether this is through advanced modelling, new systems, or smarter materials, there is no denying that technology has a vital role to play in creating sustainable civil engineering solutions.
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