Civil engineering, as a field, has come a long way, and still has a long way to go. Recently, there’s been a sentiment being expressed throughout the industry that not enough young people are entering the field. At MAGIC, we recognize our community and nation’s futures are reliant on civil engineering as well as active youth involvement that advances the industry. So, we wanted to talk today about why more students and specifically gamers may find an interest in civil engineering.
Like Video Games? Civil Engineering May Be A Career Path
Video games have come a long way since the first players were moving their pong paddles trying to bounce that little white dot back and forth. There are video games of all different kinds, but a number of popular titles throw players (and designers) into the realm of world building.
Games like SimCity, Tropico, and Bridge Builder have introduced young Americans to the challenges that beset civil engineers, including things like city planning, structural designs, and building constraints. These simulations highlight both marvelous achievements and sprawling societies as well as the dangers and consequences that stem from a lack of investment. If you or a friend has an interest in strategy games built upon civil engineering, there may be a bright path forward for you in the field.
Digital Twin Technology is Paving the Way
While it is a relatively new piece of tech, digital twin technology is another amazing civil engineering tool built for the 21st century. In short, digital twin technology allows engineers to create digital representations of machines, designs, and even entire city maps, which allows them to study and troubleshoot without affecting the actual physical object.
Here at MAGIC, we’ve had the pleasure of incorporating Digital Twin Technology into phase 1 of our Autonomous Corridor project. As autonomous driving works to become more mainstream, the primary driving force behind its implementation is mapping the digital twin city of Westminster, MD so smart vehicles can easily maneuver around real city streets.
Learn More About Careers in Civil Engineering at MAGIC
Interested in learning more about the future of the civil engineering industry? Think this would be a profession you or a loved one would excel in? At MAGIC, we’re actively supporting 21st century infrastructure projects and encouraging students to explore careers in fields where opportunities for real world impact and technological advancements exist and civil engineering certainly checks all the boxes. Explore our website for more information on projects, programs and events related to education and technology in our area.
We want to hear from you! Do you know anyone in the field? Are you aware of a civil engineering problem in your neighborhood that needs to be addressed? Is there a specific civil engineering problem facing our nation that you think deserves more attention? Join the conversation on social media and share your stories about civil engineering.