civil engineering

Five websites every civil engineer should follow

The internet is a goldmine of information but sifting through what’s useful for you as a civil engineer can take up many precious hours so we’ve done the hard work for you and collated the top five websites that you should check out and subscribe to if you haven’t already.

Interesting Engineering – It’s a leading community with more than 7 million+ minds. Their aim is to share a new idea, a new thought, an upcoming technology or an engineering breakthrough that will change the way you think about technology and engineering in today’s world and in the near future. Whether it’s a device that can charge your mobile in seconds or it’s the latest model of Boeing that has launched moments ago, Interesting Engineering will bring everything up on your screen to view, share and grant you the power to comment. Check out their latest articles here.

Engineering Feed –  This site is chock-full of  educational resources gallery exclusively for young civil engineers.  They even have an FAQs dedicated to civil engineers. Awesome right? Their mission is to provide an e-library of good quality educational materials as collected from various eminent sources to support the learning requisites of civil engineering students throughout the world, promoting the concept of green-learning and the value of sharing knowledge. They want to offer a virtual platform to exchange, discuss and connect the knowledge contents of the latest kind for civil engineers beyond any barriers.

I am Civil Engineer – We love the site’s tagline: “bridging the gap, filling the void.” Clever yes? Their team consists of two civil engineers and two civil engineering students, one of which is a female. The site offers free downloads of books, softwares, excel sheets, presentations and tutorials. In their latest article, they share the 300+ yes 300+ civil engineering interview questions you must prepare for!

Engineering.Com – They’re a digital media publisher that brings the most influential voices in engineering to a worldwide audience of designers and engineers. The stories that they produce highlight the latest advances in technology for product innovation and manufacturing. Their mission is to deliver engaging stories that inspire engineers to push the boundaries of innovation.

Engineers Australia – Of course we’ll include an Australian one! Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. They are the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia. As Australia’s principal engineering association they serve and represent over 100,000 professionals at every level, across all fields of practice. They are committed to advancing engineering and the professional development of their members.

Engineers Australia

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Best civil engineering blog award!

We’re so proud and honoured to be included in the Best Civil Engineering Blogs List. Thanks so much to Team Feedspot for recognising our efforts!

We were selected from thousands of top civil engineering blogs in their index using search and social metrics. The winning blogs were ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Go Team ACSES!

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Never step on a crack again!

Paved roads are nice to look at, but they’re easily damaged and costly to repair. Erik Schlangen demos a new type of porous asphalt made of simple materials with an astonishing feature: When cracked, it can be “healed” by induction heating. Amazing!

Why you should listen?

Erik Schlangen is a Civil Engineering professor at Delft University of Technology and the Chair of Experimental Micromechanics. His areas of research include durability mechanics and “self-healing” materials, like the asphalt and concrete he and his team have developed that can be repaired with induction. This special asphalt is made with tiny steel wool fibers, which, when heated with induction, extends the life of the material. Currently Schlangen and his team are testing the asphalt on the A58 road near Vilssingen in the Netherlands, with the hope that it can be used in future roads all over the country.



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Top ten most impressive civil engineering projects

1) The Great Pyramid of Giza – This incredible creation consisted of two and a third million stone blocks, which required the constant labor of thirty thousand laborers to build. Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.

great pyramids

2) Great Wall of China  The Great Wall of China was created to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the Huns. What many people do not know about this enormous five thousand and a half mile long wall is that the mortar used in its construction is made of rice flour.


3) Aqueduct of Segovia – The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. These amazing aqueducts are made without the use of mortar, and are so well preserved that it is still in use today.

aqueduct of segovia

4) Brooklyn Bridge – The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed.

brooklyn bridge

5) Panama Canal   One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Panama canal

6) Hoover Dam  Named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the dam generates four billion kilowatt hours of electricity for use.

Hoover dam
7) Golden Gate Bridge – The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

golden gate bridge

8) English Channel Tunnel – A thirty-one mile long tunnel, the English Channel Tunnel currently contains the longest portion of any tunnel housed under the sea.

channel tunnel

9) Burj Khalifa – is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has a roof height of 828 m (2,717 ft), and with its antenna included, it stands a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft), making it the tallest building and the tallest structure in the world.

burj khalifa

10) Jiaozhou Bay Bridge –  It is currently the world’s longest spanned bridge over water and was specially designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge


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What is civil and structural engineering?

There are many fields of engineering but today we’re focusing on our specialty here at ACSES Engineers, civil and structural engineering.

Firstly let’s look at the term Engineering. It is derived from the Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning “to contrive, devise”. Engineering has been around since the ancient times. From the aqueducts built by the Ancient Romans to the Great Pyramids to the Great Wall of China fast forward to Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

Engineering makes our world infinitely better.

But what exactly is civil engineering? Simply put, civil engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environments. Every structure that is on or in the ground is the work of civil engineers. They build dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings. They are responsible for the design and construction of all our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways. Pretty awesome, right?

What about structural engineering? Structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures such as buildings, bridges, towers, marine structures, dams, tunnels, retaining walls and other infrastructure. Structural engineering underpins and sustains the built environment, where structures must be safe, serviceable, durable, aesthetically pleasing and economical. In other words, structural engineers are the guardians of public safety. Pretty big task.

Although our core business here at ACES Engineers is consulting structural and civil engineering design, we have an extensive range of design skills and construction site experience, with particular expertise in residential/commercial developments. We are proud experts at coordinating with other design disciplines in order to provide critical design input that will minimize costly design changes during the construction phase of the project.

But enough of us talking about ourselves, we’ll let some of our clients tell you how we do things here at ACSES Engineers.

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Our Services

ACSES Engineers core business is consulting structural, civil and geotechnical engineering design. The engineers at ACSES have an extensive range of design skills and construction site experience, with particular expertise in residential/commercial developments. ACSES Engineers are experts at coordinating with other design disciplines in order to provide critical design input that will minimize costly design changes during the construction phase of the project.


  • Concrete framed structure
  • Steel framed structures
  • Timber framed structures
  • Shoring design solutions
  • Bulk excavation design solutions
  • Retaining wall solutions
  • Foundation solutions including raft foundations & pile design
  • Post-tension concrete design solutions
  • Load bearing wall structures
  • Tilt-up & precast design solutions


  • Site inspection
  • Provision of technical design reports
  • Earth dam design
  • Tunnel design & underground excavation
  • Railway design
  • Retention systems design
  • Foundation design
  • Crane & rig working platforms design
  • Ground improvement
  • Slope stabilization
  • Reinforced soil structure design
  • Seepage analysis
  • Pavement design
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