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Technologies In Civil Engineering


The rise of technology can be seen in almost all industries, from content creation to automated vehicles to construction. The civil engineering field is seeing new developments. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most well-known ones, but cloud-based collaboration solutions, robots, and wearable tech are also making their way into the field. These technologies are not just fads. They have practical applications and benefits that can dramatically improve the workflows of every civil engineering company.

Cutting-edge technologies have been used in the civil engineering field for decades. As with any tool, it’s important to be ethical with its use. Here’s a look at some of the most common technologies.


AutoCAD is a software program that has been around for more than 40 years. AutoCAD Civil 3D is the software of choice for professional engineers. It offers various design, analysis, and simulation tools for civil engineering projects. The software has a range of tools that allow users to create detailed and innovative designs. AutoCAD Civil 3D harnesses the power of building information modeling to enable design coordination and project collaboration.


Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are becoming more and more common in the civil engineering industry. They have different applications, ranging from undertaking inspections to surveying vast areas of land to keeping people safe.

Once viewed mainly as a toy for kids, drones are now known for improving both safety and productivity in the world of civil engineering. Nowadays, many drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras to collect data, create interactive 3D maps and models, and measure volumes.


LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a remote sensing method that allows civil engineers to examine the surface of the Earth. A LiDAR instrument generally involves a laser, a scanner, and a specialized GPS receiver. It uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure variable distances to the Earth. Those light pulses generate 3D information about Earth’s surface characteristics. LiDAR systems such as mobile mapping are commonly used in the civil engineering industry.

3D Printing

3D printers and materials used to be very costly and pretty much inaccessible. That has changed. 3D printing has become a promising construction technology for sourcing materials.

Materials for a given project can be 3D printed and then transported to the job site, streamlining building processes. 3D printing is also eco-friendly, reducing construction waste. 

Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Professional Engineers Licensing Lawyer 

Professional engineers have a lot to be concerned about. With technology starting to take over, licensed professionals need to worry about ethics.

If you’re dealing with ethical concerns or licensing issues, a Tampa professional engineers licensing lawyer from The Law Offices of David P. Rankin, P.A. can help you keep your license. I have represented more than 100 professional engineers before the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (813) 968-6633.