Any construction project whether it’s a new stadium, road-bridge, housing estate or a house extension needs to be designed.
The same is true for existing buildings or road systems which are to be extended or re-purposed. Generally, Architects design structures and Civil Engineers design infrastructures. These design and planning professionals work closely with other specialists to ensure designs don’t harm the environment or over-burden existing transport, water and power grids. The design and planning element of construction can take a very long time.
Civil engineering technicians put their science and technology know how to work on complicated construction posers – from how to widen a motorway to building the world's tallest structure.
A clerk of works – also known as a site inspector, construction inspector or building quality inspector – inspects the workmanship, quality and safety of work on a construction site and reports their findings to the client.
Senior managers are responsible for leading teams of people working on all kinds of construction projects. As the boss, he or she comes up with strategies for getting jobs done efficiently, then makes sure people follow them.
3D visualisers bring the architect’s ideas to life, taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials and using these to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments.
Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of rail, road and air traffic models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.