Being a civil engineer you might know some cool facts about the field. There are heavy machines out there which will defnitely impress you. There are buildings out there. There are airports, tunnels, stadiums, highways and more.
Burj Khalifa gathered a lot of attention during its construction. And we all were stubbed by the architechture when it was finished. Standing 830 meters high this is the most amazing creations of human history.
Antilia is a private home in South Mumbai. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, which includes a staff of 600 to maintain the residence 24/7. This is the most expensive house in the world.
However, I am going to talk about completely random facts today. Amazing civil engineering facts that will definitely blow your mind.
Amazing Civil Engineering Facts
Concrete is the second most consumed material on the planet by human beings (first is water). Annually, over 3 metric tons per person concrete is produced globally.
The Empire State building is designed to be a lightning rod. In fact, it is struck by lightning more than 100 times every year.
The Burj Khalifa can apparently be seen from 90 kms. Yes! this gigantic architecture is visible from a distance of approximately 295276 feet.
Hong Kong is the city with the highest number of skyscrapers. It has a total of 308 skyscrapers taller than 150 meters.
The Panama canal was one of the most difficult engineering projects ever. It is estimated that more than 25,000 workers lost their lives during the construction.
The Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space with naked eyes. Rumors that the astronauts can see the long architecture with naked eyes is completely false.
Sagrada Familia, a Roman catholic church located in Spain is still unfinished. However, the construction was started back in 1882. The same is expected to be finished by 2026.
The Empire state building was the first to have 100 floors and was the tallest building of the world from 1931 to 1972.
The tallest turbine in the world, Vestas V164 in Belgium has rotor tips that reach over 220 meters (722 feet) above the ground.
The Hoover dam is made of enough concrete to make a two lane highway from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram. That’s around 2800 kms (4000 miles)
Nearly a third of Germany is powered by renewable energy. Peak-generation from combined wind and solar reached a previous all-time high of 74% in April 2014.
The Millau Viaduct is the highest bridge being 343 meters high. That’s more than the height of Eiffel Tower. A 90-story building extends that high.
The Pan-American highway is the longest highway in the world. It is 47,958 kilometers long and travels through 14 countries.
The Eiffel tower is made of iron weighing more than 10000 tons. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower
The Petronas towers are the twin towers with deepest foundations. 104 concrete piles, ranging from 60 to 114 meters (197 to 374 ft) deep, are bored into the ground.
Highway 1 is Australia’s longest highway of total length of approximately 14,500 kms. It is one of the longest national highways in the world.
The Delaware Aqueduct in New York is the longest pumping tunnel in the world. It extends up to 137 kms in length.
The Zhaozhou bridge is the oldest standing bridge in China and the world. It is the oldest segmental arch bridge built in 605 AD standing for 1400 years now.