While the average person might not notice, the fact is that civil engineers are responsible for almost everything that makes our world work. From bridges to highways, from wastewater systems to power grids, civil engineers provide the crucial work that allows society to function. Here are some of the primary ways a civil engineering company can assist with development.
Reducing traffic via road design
One role civil engineers play is in designing highways that support commuters who use the roads every day. This includes creating on-ramps, overpasses, commuter lanes and more that are key to accommodate the greater number of cars using the roads. Civil engineers have the skills in statistical analysis, modeling and mapping needed to deal with this complicated issue.
Floods have only increased in recent years and are liable to lead to accidents and expensive damage. Civil engineers are well versed in floodplain mapping so they can provide support to municipalities, developers and state planners for avoiding these disasters. Civil engineers do things like design floodplain maps, dams, catchments and more to limit flooding damage. This is critical to protecting the land and residents.
In any instance where the population is growing, civil engineers need to be engaged in expanding wastewater systems. Any new development needs to be assessed by a civil engineer to determine the most efficient way to connect it to local utilities systems. Civil engineers play a major role in creating utility networks that are responsible for keeping pollution low.
Accurate earthwork analysis is critical, especially for a large-scale development. Moving large quantities of dirt around may seem harmless enough, but can actually pose significant financial risks for developers. The contractor at a construction site will either have to remove earth, add earth or in some cases do both. Civil engineers are an important part of making this process as inexpensive, efficient and accurate as possible.
Failure to perform earthwork analysis could result in devastating consequences for the entire development. A professional civil engineering company will have the people on the ground necessary to provide an accurate analysis of the site.
Defining land boundaries
Defining the boundaries of a parcel of land—also known as platting—is another key component of what civil engineers do. A plat is an official survey that civil engineers carry out defining the land’s boundaries as well as any easements, paths of travel and flood risk. Some rural parcels may be formed without a plat, but it’s important to remember that platting is needed to subdivide any parcel. Working with a local civil engineering company will ensure you have experts on your side who know all the relevant development laws.
Mason & Associates is a premier civil engineering and surveying company. Our talented team handles every aspect of surveying, from topographic and boundary surveys to land development. We always work closely with our clients to ensure their projects succeed. Contact us today to learn more about our services, schedule a consultation and receive a quote.