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About Civil Engineering Tools

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Civil engineers build structures such as bridges, highways and waterways, and rely on very precise tools and instrumentation to guide them. Without technology and state-of-the art civil engineering tools, structures wouldn't be as safe. Civil engineers rely on the following tools to make their jobs easier and more efficient.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Drafting Tools

Civil engineers rely on geographic information systems (such as AutoCad) and drafting tools to help plot and map geographical land information.

Computer Software

Civil engineers need specific software to help design structures. Some civil engineering software includes The Engineer's Toolbox (ETBX), EngiLabBeam!2D, WinPost and Civil Tools Pro.

Surveying Equipment

Civil engineers rely on surveying equipment to measure land and water areas. Surveying equipment also includes specialized high-tech GPS (Global Positioning System) tools.

Online Resources

Civil engineers also utilize weather, geology, hydrology and geography websites to track down information for structural projects. Scientific research and information found online plays a crucial role in designing structures, bridges and waterways.

Scientific Calculators

Scientific calculators allow civil engineers to calculate complex mathematical equations and graphs. There are also more advanced scientific calculators specifically designed for civil engineers, such as the Hewlett Packard 50G Graphing Calculator.


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