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Tools and Programs the Best Civil Engineers Use for Design Engineering

For our communities to have properly functioning infrastructure such as streets, water systems, sanitary and storm sewers, storm water detention reservoirs, and the like, it is essential to have high quality design engineering. At WLC, our civil engineers work hard to ensure the integrity of these systems that impact our community’s daily lives. In order to do this, the best civil engineers use specific tools and programs to deliver innovative design engineering.


At the very least, a civil engineer should have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited program. This means the program that meets the quality standards of the civil engineering industry are met and civil engineers have a foundation built for the future work they will do. Completing an ABET-accredited program means civil engineers are capable of applying innovation to the field.


For a robust, top-of-the-line CAD program, the best design engineers turn to Civil 3D by Autodesk. Although there are plenty of other programs on the market, Civil 3D is a market leader and offers the best benefits for civil engineering design. For example, Civil 3D excels in 3D drafting and grading, performs faster design iterations, provides flexibility and collaboration, uses visualization and analysis, streamlines industry specific tasks, and boosts overall productivity.


In any given area, the terrain varies greatly, as does the use of land. For this reason, it is crucial that civil engineers are familiar with and experienced in their area. To better understand and work with different geographical areas, engineers use ArcGIS by ESRI. This tool is best used when working with maps and geographical information or data. Therefore, the best engineers use it for a variety of purposes. This includes creating maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing maps and mapped information, and using maps for a range of applications.


As with any project, organization is key. Microsoft Project allows design engineers to develop a plan, assign tasks, track progress, manage budgets, and analyze workloads all in one program. Microsoft Project provides seamless project management all from one place. For instance, it updates workflows and clearly lays out tasks, who they’re assigned to, and their completion date. Finishing projects on time and within the budget is important for civil engineers. Microsoft Project allows the best design engineers to do so.

Design engineering requires expertise, special techniques and intricate work. At WLC, we ensure our engineers are equipped with the tools and programs that allow them to offer the best work possible. To learn more about design engineering head to our website or contact us for help on your next designing project.