Civil Engineering Challenges

Posted on November 2, 2006  Comments (3)

I received the following interesting comment. Do any of you have suggestions? Please leave a comment:

    I’m a non-engineer doing some work with civil engineers. Here’s my question and quest: I’ll put it a couple of ways, and hopefully you’ll get what I’m after.

    I know that in mathematics there are famous problems that have never been solved, and mathematicians are constantly trying to solve them. Occasionally, someone will claim to have solved one of these problems, and sometimes they have. Either way, the announcement makes big news.

    Is there the equivalent in engineering? Something like the 10 Toughest Civil Engineering Problems in the Universe? 10 (As Yet) Impossible Engineering Challenges. Maybe something like the perpetual motion machine or the like.

    I’m looking for “something” that will tickle the imagination of a civil engineer. Amuse him. Intrigue him. Something that might fit in a smallish, mailable box, but isn’t very costly. Something he or she can play with.

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3 Responses to “Civil Engineering Challenges”

  1. JR Wallace
    December 5th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    You might find some cool gadgets at

  2. Jonathan
    August 20th, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

    Reminds me of the concrete canoe competition that all the engineering schools compete in yearly. It’s a hoot.

  3. Bart Pair
    May 12th, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    I think you may be a little off on what an engineer does – at least with my specialty civil engineering. We solve problems that typically deal with how to fit 10 pounds worth of development in a 5 pound bag.

    It is more jigsaw puzzle not a mystery of the universe type puzzle.

    Scientists try to find the truths. Engineers use close enough rules that create safe cost effective results.

    99% of engineers do not have clients willing to pay for them to figure out the answers to such difficult problems. Scientists get research grants to do that. ;]

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