Civil engineering is one of the major aspects of the development of mankind. History is evident that great civil engineering structures such as the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower can defy the limits.
Now that civil engineering has developed leaps and bounds, there are now remarkable structures which reflect the excellence of how far humans have come from living in a cave.
Best civil engineering colleges like Institute of Science and Technology wants their students to discover the wonders of civil engineering.
Here are the top 5 modern civil engineering wonders.
Dubai is where the passion of civil engineering abounds. Burj Khalifa, a centrepiece in Downtown Dubai, is the tallest structure in the world. Measuring at 2,722 ft, the mega-tall skyscraper was named in the honour of president of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed AL Nahyan.
The Government of Dubai was responsible for the decision to construct the building and diversify Dubai from an oil-based economy. Reinforced concrete was used for the primary structure of Burj Khalifa.
Civil engineering in Dubai has progressed to the extent of creating artificial islands. The Palm Islands are three artificial islands comprising of Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Deira Island.
Out of the three islands, only Palm Jumeirah has been completed. Palm Islands have been considered as a major achievement in civil engineering as the Palm Jumeirah was built entirely from rocks and sand. Palm Jumeirah takes the shape of a palm tree and is topped by a crescent.
Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport is an international airport which has been built on an artificial island. The main purpose for the construction of the Kansai airport was to relieve overcrowding at the Osaka International Airport (which now handles domestic flights).
As the area (where the airport was to be built) was prone to earthquakes and typhoons, engineers who were involved in the project faced the major challenge to overcome the risks. The design and construction of the island were aimed at eliminating the risk of these natural disasters. The airport has survived the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 and a typhoon with wind speeds of up to 120 mph in 1998.
Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge
The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, located between Shanghai and Nanjing is the world’s longest bridge. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge has a viaduct design as it spans several valleys. 10,000 people were employed during the construction which took four years to complete.
The bridge runs through the Yangtze River and passes through population centres in northern edges.
Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam located in Sandouping, Yiling. Three Gorges Dam has been considered as the largest power station in the world taking into account the installed capacity of 22,500 Mega Watt.
In 2014, the dam has a world record of generating power of 98.8 terawatt-hours until it was surpassed by Itaipú Dam which produced 103.1 TWh and held the world record in 2016.
IST in Chandrakona, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal offers degree and diploma in civil engineering. You can see the worth of civil engineering with these 5 wonders. The next wonder might be done by you.