Civil Engineering at the Threshold of the 21st Century: Focus on the Emerging Professional Environment

by David S. Gedney, De Leuw, Cather & Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


The development of America's surface transportation into the 21st century confronts the civil engineer with a distinctively new challenge arising from the twin demands of extensive infrastructure renewal and increasing responsiveness to the complex needs of an urbanized and demographically changing society. Much of the work in the future will be concerned with the conservation of the existing transportation network and its more gradual and specilized expansion. Already existing technologies must be exploited more rapidly and more effectively by the engineering community. Significant benefits can be realized immediately through the broader application of new materials design, procedures, construction methods, modernized specifications and standards, operational innovations and emerging technologies outside of civil engineering. Topics discussed include management of transportation systems; social engineering and public awareness; and education and training of civil engineers.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Construction methods | Systems management | Economic factors | Social factors | Highway and road management | Highway engineering | Engineering education

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