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Buildings and structures take careful planning in order to ensure that they don't collapse or fail in any way. Structural engineers analyze and study the way in which buildings support loads.

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10 Cool Engineering Tricks the Romans Taught Us

When it came to building or improving things, the ancient Romans really knew their stuff. Which cool engineering tricks did they pass along to us?


Is steel still the best material for building?

 Is steel still the best material for building?

Is steel still the best material for building? Learn about the pros and cons of using steel for building construction and engineering at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Amazing Elements of Green Architecture

 5 Amazing Elements of Green Architecture

Green architecture incorporates sustainable materials and engineering techniques. Learn about 5 amazing elements of green architecture. See more »

How Geodesic Domes Work

 How Geodesic Domes Work

Geodesic domes are an amazing engineering and architectural device. Learn about these modern marvels in How Geodesic Domes Work. See more »

How Floating Bridges Work

 How Floating Bridges Work

Floating bridges were an invention of the Romans, and they are still used today. Learn about the engineering behind floating bridges at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Things Jenga Can Teach Us About Structural Engineering

 5 Things Jenga Can Teach Us About Structural Engineering

The game Jenga can teach you about a variety of components of structural engineering. Learn 5 things Jenga can teach you about structural engineering. See more »

5 Things Lego Blocks Can Teach You About Structural Engineering

 5 Things Lego Blocks Can Teach You About Structural Engineering

Lego blocks can teach a variety of components of structural engineering. Learn 5 things Lego blocks can teach you about structural engineering. See more »

10 Reasons Why Bridges Collapse

 10 Reasons Why Bridges Collapse

Bridges can collapse for a variety of reasons based on poor engineering and construction. Learn about 10 reasons why bridges collapse. See more »

How was the construction of the World Trade Center unique?

 How was the construction of the World Trade Center unique?

How was the construction of the World Trade Center unique? Learn how the construction of the World Trade Center was unique at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What grade of steel was used in the World Trade Center?

 What grade of steel was used in the World Trade Center?

What grade of steel was used in the World Trade Center? Learn about the grade of steel used in the World Trade Center's construction at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the World Trade Center Slurry Wall Works

 How the World Trade Center Slurry Wall Works

The World Trade Center slurry wall will help support walls at the site that were damaged on 9/11. Learn about the World Trade Center slurry wall. See more »