The civil engineering field has been booming in the past decade, with the likes of Lockheed Martin and Boeing developing advanced civil engineering systems, as well as companies like Google, Facebook, and even Apple.
As we continue to push the boundaries of civil engineering through our innovations, the next frontier in civil engineering will be the design of future transportation systems.
As this year marks the 25th anniversary of the civil engineering discipline, we have compiled a list of the top 10 civil engineering technologies that you’ll want to check out in 2018.1.
High-performance, high-tech roads: From road designs to roads themselves, this year saw a flurry of innovative designs.
From a low-tech, self-driving vehicle that could travel in the city to a futuristic high-speed tunnel that could be used to transport goods, engineers are pushing the boundaries.2.
New electric car technology: With a fleet of up to 250 electric vehicles available, it’s hard to imagine how this new technology will play out.
But a number of companies are making significant strides in the field of electric vehicle technology, and this year, a new class of electric cars, including the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt, are coming to market.3.
The new world of superconducting magnets: The next generation of supercomputers is bringing high-performance computing power to the field.
With superconductors and other materials, superconductivity is the process of a material being made conductive, like glass, and is a key element of high-power computing, supercomputing, and quantum computing.4.
A new breed of supercapacitors: A supercap, also known as supercaputer, is a metal that has superconductive properties.
A capacitor is made of a small number of elements and is composed of one or more conductors.
Supercapacitor technology has been used to boost energy efficiency in consumer electronics, and it’s also making its way into transportation.5.
A self-assembling, multi-layered building: While we’ve been seeing superconducted structures in buildings and other structures for decades, this may finally be the time for the first building with the same structure in a different place.
The technology is called “mixed-layering,” and it allows a structure to have multiple, interconnected layers.6.
A superconductor laser: A laser is a laser with a strong magnetic field that can be used for building superconductant structures, and a number new research projects are exploring the field in the coming years.7.
The latest in supercapaicin: The new supercapapen, which is a chemical compound that acts like supercaprylic acid, has become a key ingredient for new supercomputational materials, such as superconductance-capable quantum dots, which could help solve the world’s energy problems.8.
A graphene-based supercapuctor: Researchers are working on a graphene-carbon composite that could provide more strength, conductivity, and electrical properties than carbon.
These properties could lead to materials with even better energy efficiency.9.
A carbon nanotube: This material can be a key component in a variety of applications, including energy storage and supercapability.10.
A 3-D printing laser: While 3-d printing has been a technology for a while, this technology has yet to be widely adopted.
With 3-axis printing, the printer is able to produce multiple copies of a design for each layer.11.
A laser that works like a compass: Laser-based lasers are able to use laser light to orient objects, which can be helpful in navigation, but have limitations that have led to some problems in the construction industry.
This year, 3-dimensional printers have taken on new importance, thanks to the introduction of laser-based laser navigation systems that can make sense of a map.12.
A microprocessor that can think like a machine: This year’s innovations in artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks were a major breakthrough in computer science and artificial intelligence research.
But we’re still far from being able to program computers to do what we need them to do, and the research into neural networks is still in its infancy.13.
A solar-powered electric vehicle: A new class that’s combining batteries and electric motors is making headlines around the world, but a lot of that power is still held back by the need for batteries.
The company behind the electric vehicle, Tesla, recently announced that its battery production facilities are producing the first commercial vehicles powered by its Solar Roadster concept, which uses solar energy to produce power for the car.14.
The next frontier for the human body: This technology could make humans taller, thinner, and healthier, all while reducing carbon emissions.
A body-sculpting technology called LIFT, developed by a team at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, could also help