Civil engineering is a professional engineering authority that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and natural aspects built into an environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and various other buildings. Civil engineering is the oldest engineering authority after military engineering and it was defined to distinguish non-military engineering from military engineering. Civil engineering is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to national governments, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.
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