Civil engineering is an important part of many of our towns and cities, providing us with the infrastructure we need to live safely and comfortably. Whether high-rise buildings, bridges or dams, there are many structures we come across in our daily lives that are dependent on engineering solutions. Some of the most impressive civil engineering projects in the world can be found in various places.
In this blog, we’ll cover some of the most interesting structures and the history behind them. Keep reading to learn more.
The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It was constructed during the Great Depression and impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. During its construction, several temporary towns were built to house the workers and it cost over $660 million to build.
Sitting in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum is one of the most famous structures in the world and is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It is almost 2,000 years old and has a capacity of between 50,000 and 80,000 people. Originally used for the entertainment of Roman citizens, it is now a popular tourist attraction.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China has a rich history, dating back more than 2,000 years. It is one of the great wonders of the world and attracts more than 10 million people each year. The entire wall measures 13,171 miles in length including all of its different branches. It stretches from Dandong to Lop Lake in the west. It is hard to know how much it cost to build, but modern calculations suggest somewhere between $13 billion and $65 billion.
Great Pyramid of Giza
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the oldest and undamaged wonders. It is the largest of the three pyramids in Giza and is the tallest construction in the world for over 3.800 years. The pyramid is believed to be the tomb of the fourth Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh, Khufu. It is estimated to use 5.5 million tonnes of limestone, 500,000 tonnes of mortar and 8,000 tonnes of granite.