The Civil Engineering sector is a vital and growing area in Australia, but the focus has been on engineering in the past.
In some ways, civil engineering is still in the spotlight.
But that doesn’t mean that it is not important, or that there are no opportunities to contribute.
Civil engineers are tasked with solving major problems and making a difference, said Professor Paul Williams, from the Centre for Civil Engineering at the University of NSW.
“In the Civil Engineering community, we are often viewed as an engineering discipline.
But in fact, civil engineers are a number of different fields in Australia and the world,” he said.
“Civil engineers tend to be more focussed on the physical and physical engineering of the buildings and the structures that they are working on, so they are also more involved in the community building sector, as well as the environmental aspects.”
Civil engineers can also make a big difference in building materials, and their work is important in terms of reducing the impact of climate change.
“Civil engineers work in a variety of disciplines, but they are a very relevant and very effective group,” Mr Williams said.
In recent years, there have been a number changes to the way the Civil Engineers were trained.
“The emphasis has been changed to the physical engineering aspect, and so the focus is now on the mechanical engineering aspect,” Mr Williamson said.
“So the emphasis is now not on building materials but rather on how you can design buildings with greater structural strength and durability.”
Civil Engineers have also been a part of the construction industry, working with the building industry to make the building materials more sustainable.
“The focus is on reducing the impacts of climate disruption, such as climate change, so we are working closely with the industry and industry organisations to reduce the carbon footprint.”
Civil engineers have also worked to address the problems that climate change creates.
The building industry is now moving towards building materials that are more environmentally friendly.
The Government recently announced it will introduce legislation to establish a National Building Material Standard to provide guidelines for building materials in 2018.
The building industry has also recognised the importance of civil engineering and has a range of research and development activities around the world.
The Civil Engineering Research Centre at the Australian National University, which focuses on the construction of buildings, said that it would be interesting to see how civil engineers’ skills and experience would evolve over the next five years.
“If there is a shift in the focus and in the way that the Civil Engineer is taught, we can see how that can be beneficial for the industry,” Mr Giesbrecht said.