CIVIL ENGINEERING

We see bridges, buildings and highways on a daily basis, but have you ever wondered how these structures are designed and built? These civil engineering articles help explain this very question.
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How Subways Work

London without the Tube? New York without its underground scene? Atlantans gliding straight from their MARTA stops to the airport? What would life be like without our underground transportation system?

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  • 10 Advancements in Environmental Engineering

    10 Advancements in Environmental Engineering

    Environmental engineering existed long before it had a name. It began at the dawn of civilization when we started changing our surroundings to meet our needs. See more »

  • How Bridges Work

    How Bridges Work

    We are a species of bridge builders. Since time out of mind, humans have engineered structures to vault over obstacles with the help of logs, stone, steel and, of course, ingenuity. So, what keeps our bridges steadfast and strong? See more »

  • How Intelligent Highways Will Work

    How Intelligent Highways Will Work

    If you were on the road for the holidays, you probably spent some time staring at the bumper in front of you. Can you imagine a world without gridlock? See more »

  • How Segways Work

    How Segways Work

    At first glance, it looks like a high-tech scooter. But people who have tried out the Segway claim that it is much, much more. Find out what's going on inside the Segway and what makes it so unique. See more »

  • How Subways Work

    How Subways Work

    London without the Tube? New York without its underground scene? Atlantans gliding straight from their MARTA stops to the airport? What would life be like without our underground transportation system? See more »

  • How the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Works

    How the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Works

    Often the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the news during a national disaster or levee project. But this agency has a long and storied history that goes back as far as George Washington. See more »

  • How the Venice Tide Barrier Project Works

    How the Venice Tide Barrier Project Works

    It's a recipe for disaster: Venice is sinking, and the waters around it are rising. Can the controversial MOSE project save Italy's famous city with a series of aqua gates? See more »

  • How do truck weigh stations work?

    How do truck weigh stations work?

    While traveling along the Interstate, you may have noticed that truck weigh stations occasionally dot the highway. What are these weigh stations for, and how do they measure the weight of a truck? Find out the answer in this article. See more »

  • Is there any rhyme or reason to how U.S. interstate highways are numbered?

    Is there any rhyme or reason to how U.S. interstate highways are numbered?

    Is there any rhyme or reason to how U.S. interstate highways are numbered? See more »

  • What is a funicular railway?

    What is a funicular railway?

    In the news about the recent accident at a ski resort in Austria, the reporters called the cable car that carried the skiers up the mountain a "funicular railway." What is that and how does it work? See more »

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