Best Civil Engineering Projects of All Time

It’s no surprise that we have civil engineering structures dominating headlines in the world today. From the tallest buildings to the world’s longest tunnel and other exceptional projects, engineering’s gone vast than what we used to know it to be. Of course, these structures in their unique way contribute towards supporting human life at large. 

The Great Wall of China 

Being one of the finest civil engineering structures in the world, the Great Wall attracts tourists from across the globe. The 2000-year-old magnificent “Chéng” wall connects Dandong from the eastern part of the country to Lop Lake (West). It’s so fascinating that an old civil structure that measures 13,170 miles in length. Modern cost of The Great Wall of China records between $14 billion to $63 billion worth of civil engineering materials and professional expertise.

Burj Khalifa 

The world’s tallest building is clearly a civil engineering project worth talking about. Burj Khalifa in its glory stands as high as 829.8 metres costing approximately $1.5 billion. It’s no news that the Burj Khalifa inspired the recently-introduced civil engineering hexagonal core that supports high structures. The architectural design of this piece reflects the structures and patterns of Islamic architecture. The 211-floor civil engineering structure remains an interesting sight in Dubai. 

Burj Khalifa, Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Architecture

Itaipu Dam 

Another leading all-time engineering structure would have to be the Parana River’s, Itaipu Dam. As the Parana river serves as a border between Paraguay and Brazil, it’s understandable why such financial commitment was directed into this civil engineering project.  

As expected, the Itaipu Dam produces more hydro-electric energy than any dam anywhere in the world. The 103,098,366 MWH dam splits its electrical energy between Brazil and Paraguay evenly. 

The Colosseum 

Are we speaking of the largest amphitheater ever built hosting glamorous and exciting arts events annually? The Colosseum is another 2000-year-old civil engineering structure with a sitting of 50,000+ to 80,000+ almost as large as most stadiums.  

Built in the heart of Rome, Italy, it was specifically designed for entertaining Roman citizens. The Italian-arts building has featured in multiple popular culture magazines and it’s still being studied greatly today. 

Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Roman, Architecture, Landmark

Jeddah Towers 

Although still under construction, this civic engineering site has had people on their toes for years since 2013. At the time of completion, the Jeddah Towers would have a cost estimate of $1.5 billion making it rank as one of the most expensive towers in the world.  

Even at its incomplete phase, the structure still ranks the chart of the tallest buildings. It’s funny how even when downsized from its initial 1.6km length to 1000 meters, it’d surpass the height of the Burj Khalifa (The tallest building). 

Palms Island 

The oil-rich city of Dubai has embarked on a few interesting building projects lately to support tourism and the country’s economy. However, none strikes a deeper connection to individuals than the Palms Resort Island located off the city’s coast.  

The civil engineering achievement breaks a world record of constructing such a magnificent piece from 3 billion cubic-feet of sand from the sea.  

Kansai Airport 

Building one of the longest airports in the world was the vision of the civic engineers associated with the Kansai Airport project. When faced with the restrictions of expanding the Osaka International Airport, these engineers made a plan that seemed almost impossible.  

An airport on an island was something people never heard often yet the project launched by clearing 21,000,000 metre cubes of dirt. The Kansai Airport’s shape was intentional to protect the structure from typhoon level winds.  

Delware Aqueduct 

As one of New York’s underrated civil engineering structures, the Delware Aqueduct ranks as the world’s longest tunnel. The tunnel was designed to accommodate the safe transportation of approximately 50 million volume of water through New York daily.  

As the largest city in the United States and the centre for business, tourism, and arts, you’d understand the need for a high volume of water. The Delware Aqueduct is clearly a vital project to the life of New York’s citizens. 

Let’s Work on Your Construction Next Project! 

The impact of civil engineering in creating the world’s fascinating structures can never be overemphasised. You’d agree that the above-listed structures involve lots of planning, finance, and professional expertise. To achieve a building or structure with similar quality and standards you’d require the experience of a professional.  

At Peake Consulting, they’re the creative civic engineers with several years of experience in mechanical engineering on construction projects around the Gold Coast region and beyond. More information on their services can be found at if you’re a local to the gold coast and need professional advice for you next building or construction project. Whether it be another Burj Khalifa or Great Wall of China you’re wanting to recreate, they’re the people to get in touch with! 

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