Thursday, August 2, 2012

Civl Engineering - An Introduction

If you search the wikipedia then the definition of of Civil Engineering is  "Civil Engineering is a branch of Engineering which deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and natural environment including works like roads, bridges, canal, dams and buildings."
In earlier times there was only one discipline and that is Military Engineering. The military people use to construct the varoius kinds of structures like bridges and bunkers etc for their own purpose.
To dinstinguish the same works done for the public from the works done by military it was named like Civil Engineering.
Civil Engineering is the oldest trade after the Military Engineering. It is sub divided into various sub-disciplines
1. Environmental Engineering
2. Geotechnical Engineering
3. Structural Engineering
4. Transportation Engineering
5. Municipal Engineering/ Urban Engineering
6. Water Resource Engineering
7. Materials Engineering
8. Surveying

Some people who got famous after doing some good works in the field of Civil Engineering are:

1. John Smeaton (8 June 1724 – 28 October 1792)
He is known as the father of Civl Engineering. He designed varoius civil engineering structures. You can find more about him in wikipedia. Here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smeaton.

2. Thomas Telford.(9th August 1757 – 2 September 1834(1834-09-02) )
He was a Scottish Civil Engineer, Architect, and was elected as the first president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He gave some very useful technique of Highway Construction, Known as the Telford Construction.
3. Dr. Karl TErzaghi  (October 2, 1883[1] – October 25, 1963)
He was an Austrian Civil Engineer and Geologist. He is known as the father of the Soil Mechanis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Terzaghi. He wrote the book on the Soil mechanics in early 20s named  Erdbaumechanik. He gave the concept of effective stress.

When someone get admission in the college for a graduate degree in Civil Engineering then no one is going to explain the Civil Engineering like this. I like the Wikipedia for many such reasons.
I am graduate in Civil Engineering practical knowledge comes from the field and until someone don't know the practical use of things they are hard to grasp.
I learned Solid mechanics, Hydraulics and then soil mechanics but never knew what is it that I am studying for. All the uses are also written in the book itself but for me until I don't see it in work thorugh my own eyes it hard for me to understand.
If you are the person who have the same problem then may be we share the same problems and it will be productive for us to discuss the things here.
I am always interested in the broad picture of everything and until someone don't show me that I am not interested. It is boring for me to discuss the design procedure of a beam until I don't know the use of it, how much I will  save or earn like that.
I think it will be entertaining if you post some querries about any topic of Civil engineering here and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
I will soon come up with some interesting stuff on this subject so please be patient. I just created the blog 2 days ago and I want to put here some useful stuff only.
Thank you for your time.

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