What skills will civil engineers need in the future?
With the pace of digital transformation within the construction industry increasing, we look at the skills civil engineers may need in the future in order to adapt to changing technologies.
In the construction industry, we know that the use of digital technology has increased with the use of apps and dashboards to summarise information and provide real-time access to live information. But equally, we know that organizations don’t always prioritize efficient digital solutions.
- Analyze long-range plans, survey reports, maps, and other data in order to plan projects
- Consider construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors in planning the stages of, and risk analysis for, a project
- Compile and submit permit applications to local, state, and federal agencies, verifying that projects comply with various regulations
- Perform or oversee soil testing to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations
- Test building materials, such as concrete, asphalt, or steel, for use in particular projects
- Provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, or labor to determine a project’s economic feasibility
- Use design software to plan and design transportation systems, hydraulic systems, and structures in line with industry and government standards
- Perform or oversee surveying operations in order to establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction
- Present their findings to the public on topics such as bid proposals, environmental impact statements, or descriptions of property
- Manage the repair, maintenance, and replacement of public and private infrastructure