Field of study

Civil engineers work internationally on large and smaller projects that capture the imagination: from the world's tallest building in Dubai and the storm surge barrier near New Orleans, to the North-South metro line in Amsterdam. This shows that there are three main fields of study in civil engineering.


If you become a water expert, you'll learn all there is to know about waste water treatment, irrigation techniques and drainage and sewerage systems. You'll also know all about flood defences, land reclamation, coastal reinforcement, the Delta Works and the right amount of water for humans, nature and agriculture. In view of the changing climate and rising sea levels, the knowledge of water experts is of vital importance for many people.
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Buildings, bridges and tunnels must be safe. Can they withstand extreme weather conditions? Are the right materials used? Is the supporting structure strong enough? Is the area subject to subsidence? As a civil engineer you are responsible for the structural and building engineering.
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The world's population has grown exponentially. Accessibility has become a problem. How many kilometres of traffic jams are there throughout the world on any given day? As a civil engineer specialising in transport, you devise innovative aboveground and underground solutions for road and rail transport. Your attention is focused on the efficiency, flow and capacity of existing transport networks, as well as new transport methods. 
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