Civil engineering is an industry that plays a significant role in our daily lives. It is through civil engineering that systems are constructed – including buildings, infrastructure, water lines, and more. The work done through civil construction will often focus on serving the public. 

Between 2023 and 2030, the market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 6.8%. Several changes can be seen in the industry throughout the last few years, contributing to its growth and shaping the world as we know it. 

What Is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is an industry that involves construction for community growth and development. The functions that civil engineers play in construction tend to include three phases, starting with research. 

The research phase is when planning is conducted based on the requirements and expected outcome of the project itself. The plans are then put into action during the construction phase, followed by continued maintenance after the project is complete. 

There are various areas where civil engineering is used, from the construction of town halls to the planning and development of road systems that allow for efficient transport inside cities and between them. The development of water systems that carry water toward residential and commercial buildings are also completed through civil engineering, as well as lines that carry wastewater to a dedicated area.

Civil engineering is considered to be one of the oldest industries still used in the modern day. 

Civil Engineering Trends

Over the years, civil engineering has evolved significantly. Today, the industry is different compared to older times, and new trends continue to develop. Experts are actively working on bringing virtual technologies into the industry, making the process of planning out projects significantly easier. It also makes decision-making more efficient and creates a resilient infrastructure that is capable of adapting to the rapid rate at which the world is changing. 

Improving Sustainability 

Many civil engineering projects in the modern day focus on sustainability and the โ€œgreen movementโ€. Due to concerns related to climate change, experts in the industry are constantly looking at ways construction and civil engineering projects can be executed to be more sustainable. This essentially helps to reduce the environmental impact, limit carbon emission, and assist in providing more energy-efficient solutions through the implementation of renewable energy sources. 

The Future Of The Civil Engineering Industry

Changes in civil engineering will continue to occur in the future. We can already see several trends that signals how the industry will look, such as:

  • Modular Construction – modular construction is increasing in popularity, allowing certain building structures to be constructed off-site. This helps to enhance efficacy and even produce faster results. Modular construction is also reducing the number of wasted materials rendered in civil engineering projects. 
  • 3D Printing – The introduction of 3D printing and other advancements made in technology is being used by civil engineers to enhance the efficacy of their projects. Technologies are likely to evolve to the point where robotics, along with 3D printing, might be used in the construction of real-world structures – even on-site in some situations. 

Creating The Future With Chastain Skillman

Chastain Skillman is focused on providing superior levels of service when it comes to civil engineering. For more than seven decades, we have served numerous communities and helped with shaping various hometowns for a sustainable future. 

Reach out to learn how we can help your project succeed. 

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About Chastain-Skillman

CS is a leading engineering firm headquartered in Lakeland, FL, with satellite offices in Orlando, FL, and Nashville, TN. Established in Lakeland in 1950, our company provides Civil Engineering, Water/Wastewater Engineering, Land Surveying, Geology/Hydrogeology, and Construction Management/Inspection services.

At CS, we treasure our role in creating thriving communities, always respecting the impact our work has on their foundations and their futures. For more information, visit


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