Civil engineering is the oldest branch of engineering, with major civil engineering projects dating back more than 5,000 years. Today, civil engineers plan, design, and supervise the construction of facilities essential to modern life. Projects range from high-rise buildings to mass transit systems, from airports to water treatment plants, from space telescopes to off-shore drilling platforms.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is organized into 11 technical divisions and councils that develop and disseminate technical information through conferences, book and journals, and policies and standards:
Source: Landis, Raymond B. Studying Engineering; A Road Map to a Rewarding Career, Los Angeles: Discovery Press, 2007.