The scope of Construction Management in Civil Engineering
I hope we knew. Nobody can predict what will happen in the future, but we can guess. If I had to say I would bet on BIM. In case you don’t know what BIM is, here is a brief definition:
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Despite it started as a methodology for buildings, the time has proven that can be applied in multiple projects. Talking about civil engineers, now it is possible to design, build and control the whole life cycle of the infrastructure with a digital model. This means, that professionals will have to know how to use not only the software but also de collaborative workflows BIM is requiring.
American Society Of Civil Engineers asked this question to a gathering of 60+ thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and countries—civil engineers, engineers from other disciplines, architects, educators, and other leaders.
The result was:
Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as master:
- planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine — the built environment;
- stewards of the natural environment and its resources;
- innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors;
- managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and
- leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.