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Civil engineering is arguably the oldest engineering discipline. It compacts with the built environment and can be dated to the first time someone placed a roof over his or her head or laid a tree trunk across a river to make it easier to get across. The built environment encompasses much of what defines modern civilization. Buildings and bridges are often the first constructions that come to mind, as they are the most conspicuous creations of structural engineering, one of civil engineering’s major sub-disciplines. Roads, railroads, subway systems, and airports are designed by transportation engineers, another category of civil engineering. These few examples illustrate that civil engineers do a lot more than design buildings and bridges.

The Handbook covers systems design, community and regional planning, the latest design methods for buildings, airports, highways, tunnels and bridges. It includes sections on construction equipment, construction management, materials, specifications, structural theory, geotechnical engineering, wood, concrete, steel design and construction.

The handbook encompasses all the formulae and important theoretical aspects of Civil Engineering, with appropriate diagrams, whenever it is appropriate. An extensive coverage of key points for additional information is also given.