Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift

For as long as one can remember, the people of Belgium wanted to have an inland waterway that connected the Meuse river with the Scheldt river. With the start of the industrial age, a navigable waterway proved essential for the transport of coal and, in general, for the economic development of the province of Hainaut. […]

An Engineering Diagram of the Brain

This is a system level “engineering diagram” of the mammalian brain. (Why an engineering diagram?) The details in the thalamus and cortex are based on data for the macaque monkey brain, while the rest is common to the rat, cat, and monkey. As far as is known, everything shown at this level applies to the […]

The 5 Most Important Skills For A Civil Engineer

“Engineers: solving problems you didn’t know you had in ways you don’t understand.”   Civil Engineering is arguably one of the worlds oldest professions. From bridge design to water treatment, the work of Civil Engineers has a daily impact on the lives of most people in the world. We can therefore see how important it is […]

Tokyo’s Incredible Underground Flood Defence Systems

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (首都圏外郭放水路 shutoken gaikaku hōsuiro?), is an underground water infrastructure project in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan. It is the world’s largest underground flood water diversion facility, built to mitigate overflowing of the city’s major waterways and rivers during rain and typhoon seasons. It is located between Showa in Tokyo and Kasukabe […]

35 Fundamental Facts About Civil Engineering

If you’re interested in a civil engineering career, you may not know that this science is as old as the hills, yet as young as the 18th century. Additionally, there are at least ten sub-disciplines within this field that range from engineering buildings to sea walls to roller coasters and to water slides. If you’ve […]

The Toughest Engineering Jobs

Over the years the world has encountered numerous catastrophes that have ravaged our environment and left several dead: Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Chernobyl disaster, the Fukushima meltdown amongst others. At the center of each of these disasters, there has been engineers involved in these projects.  Some of the toughest jobs in […]