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Top Civil Engineering Projects of All Time

Top Civil Engineering Projects of All Time

Humans have always had high aspirations when it comes to engineering. Even before the modern technology we have now, there were people building impressive structures with little more than blocks and manpower. So, what defines civil engineering? It’s the design and construction of projects such as roads, bridges, buildings, canals, and in some cases, pyramids.

Let’s take a look at the top engineering projects of all time. If you need help with AutoCAD drafting services or design of any kind, please call Indovance for a free estimate.

Qingdao Haiwan Bridge
Located in China, it’s considered the longest bridge in the world at over 26 miles long. It was constructed in 2011 with 450,000 tons of steel and 3 million cubic yards of concrete and is supposed to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons. It took 4 years to complete the bridge and 10,000 workers to build it.

Burj Khalifa (Dubai Tower)
At 2,717 feet tall, it’s the tallest building and tallest free-standing structure in the world. It was built in 2010 in Dubai with workers putting in over 22 million man-hours. It has 163 floors and 27 terraces. The wind was an obstacle during construction so they has to run over 40 wind tunnel tests to ensure it wouldn’t have an impact on the building.

English Channel Tunnel
Named one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, this tunnel is 31 miles long and 250 feet deep. It’s the second-longest tunnel in the world. It took 6 years and a team of 13,000 engineers, technicians and construction workers to complete it in 1994.

Golden Gate Bridge
An American icon, this bridge was built in 1937. It is made up of 80,000 miles of wire, divided into 27,572 strands on each of the bridge’s main cables, and 600,000 rivets.

Hoover Dam
Another of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, this dam generates about 4 billion kilowatt hours of hydroelectric power every year for 1.3 million people in Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Panama Canal
This 47-mile waterway connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Built-in 1914, it shortened the trip between North and South America by 9,000 miles. More than 15,000 ships pass through it every year. It’s also on the list of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

Brooklyn Bridge
This was the first suspension bridge using steel for its cable wires. It was constructed in 1883 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today, it’s one of the busiest bridges in New York City with 144,000 vehicles driving across it each day.

Aqueduct of Segovia
Built-in 50 A.D. in Spain, this is the third oldest structure on the list. It was designed to transport water 11 miles to the city. It is comprised of 24,000 blocks that were made without mortar. It has 167 arches over 29 feet high.

Great Wall of China
At 5,500 miles long, the wall was built in 475 BCE to keep the Huns from invading China. Over the course of 2,000 years, it was rebuilt and expanded to become the structure it is today. It was completed sometime between the 15th and 17th centuries.

Great Pyramid of Giza
The most impressive structure is also the oldest. Built-in 2504 BC, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world for over 3,800 years. It is made up of 2.3 million stone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each. It’s estimated that it took 30,000 workers to build the pyramid.
source: Norwich University’s Online Master of Civil Engineering Program

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