If you are interested in civil engineering and would like to find out more, there’s lots of information out there. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction
This book explores nature and the importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization. It also looks at the social and environmental considerations and the challenges facing civil engineers of the future.
By David Muir Wood
Engineering: A Very Short Introduction
This book explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, craft, science, and technology. It considers the role of engineering in the modern world and explores how engineers use natural phenomena to embrace human needs.
By David Blockley
Rosie Revere, Engineer
This rhyming text tells the story of Rosie, who dreams of becoming a great engineer. It’s Inspiring bed-time reading for young potential engineers.
By Andrea Beaty illustrations by David Roberts
Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures
Structural engineer Roma Agrawal takes a unique look at how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach hundreds of metres into the sky.
By Roma Agrawal
Engineering in Society
An e-book published by the Royal Academy of Engineering,
that is available as a free (pdf) download. http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/reports/engineering-in-society
Science and the City
By exploring cutting-edge research from labs across the world, you’ll build your own vision of the megacity of tomorrow, based on science fact rather than science fiction. Science and the City is the perfect read for anyone curious about the world they live in.
By Laurie Winkless
Think Like An Engineer
Guru Madhavan reveals the extraordinary influence of engineering on society, not just today but throughout history. Drawing on a cast of star engineers including Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison, Madhavan explores aspects of this mindset and shows its usefulness to life and business.
By Guru Madhavan
The New Science of Strong Materials – or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor
Why isn’t wood weaker that it is? Why isn’t steel stronger? Why does glass sometimes shatter and sometimes bend like spring? Using both SI and imperial units, Professor Gordon’s account of material science is a demonstration of the sometimes curious and entertaining ways in which scientists isolate and solve problems.
By J.E. Gordon
Structures – or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
Do you want to understand how structures work without having to go into all the maths and detailed calculations? This book explains the theory, helping you to develop the kind of understanding of structures that civil engineers need.
By J.E. Gordon
Invention by Design – How Engineers get from Thought to Thing
Petroski takes us through the thinking that goes into an object as humble as the simple paperclip, right the way through to citywide mass infrastructure and aerospace engineering.
By Henry Petroski
Why Buildings Fall Down
In this book, two of the world’s premier structural engineers take us on a journey through the history of architectural and structural catastrophes, from the Parthenon and Rome’s Coliseum to more recent disasters such as the Ronan Point Tower in London, the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City and the Malpasset Dam in France.
By Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
Why Buildings Stand Up
By Mario Salvadori
Collapse: Why Buildings Fall Down
By S Wearne
Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air
By David J.C. MacKay
The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York
The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily, who oversaw the bridge’s construction. This graphic novel tells the back story of this iconic structure.
By Peter Tomasi
Making the Metropolis – Creators of Victorian London
This book chronicles the lives of eight men who created the Victorian capital. it gives an insight as to the critical role that civil engineers play in shaping our environment.
By Stephen Haliday
How to Read Bridges
A practical pocket guide to looking at the structure and purpose of bridges.
By Edward Denison ad Ian Stewart
Engineering – A Beginner’s Guide
This book explains how engineers think and demonstrates how every aspect of our lives, from fun gadgets to vital infrastructure, has been engineered.
By Natasha McCarthy
In the Footsteps of IK Brunel
Brunel was one of the UK’s great early engineers. This book celebrates his amazing engineering projects, both the successes and the failures. There is also a useful guide to where his work can still be seen.
By Jonathan Falconer
Super structures: the science of bridges, buildings, dams, and other feats of engineering
Ever wonder how a graceful and slender bridge can support enormous loads over truly astonishing spans? Why domes and free-standing arches survive earthquakes that flatten the rest of a city? This book will answer your questions.
By Mark Denny
Published by Johns Hopkins Press, 2010
Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners
How does a city obtain water, gas, and electricity? Where do these services come from? How are they transported? The answer is infrastructure, or the inner, and sometimes invisible, workings of the city. Read on to find out more.
By Matthys Levy and Richard Panchyk