When I was renovating houses I never knew how involved you could get in the job on a large scale where you are building a city. If I put in a sidewalk at your house, it was a simple process that did not need any more complex of a calculation than to estimate how many yards of concrete the job would take. Now in my capacity as a city engineer, I use civil engineering software to figure out things such as the shear strength of concrete retaining walls used on highways, or to check to see if the footer design of a new building meets our codes for construction of skyscrapers in the city.
Years ago my dad worked in an office where he used a slide rule to make calculations for the same sort of information. Now I have complex software that lets me simulate different construction scenarios to come up with a design plan that is economically feasible and safe. It is a delicate balance of safety, longevity, construction costs, maintenance and aesthetics for anything that gets built in the city. Continue reading “Using Software As a City Engineer”