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Jen wrote at 2006-10-31 14:58:38
For your statistics, you could derive counts of the number of people safely using engineered products on a daily or annual basis.  Watch out, though, once you start thinking like this you will soon realize that EVERYTHING we do uses engineered products!  Common activities such as driving to work (automobile, highways, bridges, traffic signals), going to a football game (safe design of a stadium), or surviving a heavy rainstorm (proper design of a city's drainage system) all require the proper application of engineering knowledge!

deanna m wrote at 2009-06-02 16:38:48
civil engineers are responsible for clean drinking water. more children die in third world countries from diarrhea caused by polluted and bacteria infested drinking water than have died in all wars since WW2. a doctor can give medicine to help, but the cure is clean drinking water.

Ben wrote at 2010-10-28 02:38:56
It's not abstract at all.  Civil Engineers povide clean drinking water, eliminate and treat waste water, safegaurd against natural disasters, and provide safe transportation and building infrastructure.  The comparison is not really useful, but infrastructure improvements often obviate the need for a physician.  When was the last time your heard of a cholera outbreak in the 1st world?  A 7.0 earthquake kills only a handful of people in Southern California while the same kills several hundered thousand people in Western China.  These are the saved lives that are being compared.  

simple scientist wrote at 2013-03-08 14:53:12
By designing clean water distribution systems and separate sewage removal systems, they have eliminated dysentery from modern society, it is the major cause of death in some third world countries so yes, civil engineers have done this.

Angural wrote at 2013-07-15 13:55:36
It is not like giving intra-muscular or I.V injection. A team of doctors operate upon a person to save him/her whereas an engineer solely designs the structures and held responsible for safety and security of hundred thousand people. Answer is with you now.

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I can answer any questions to do with civil and structural engineering consultancy and construction industry in East Africa and the Middle East, and specifically with the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. My particular expertise is in the aseismic design and optimisation of tall buildings.


Employment history: 40 years in Construction and consultancy in the UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Africa, Somalia, Zambia, Austria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Doha and the U.A.E.

.Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) .Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers(UK) .Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kenya .Registered Engineer, ERB, Kenya .Member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (Engineers Chapter) .Chartered Engineer (UK)

•1984: International Conference on the Art and Practice of Structural Design, London •1994: 3rd Int. Kerensky Conference in Structural Engineering, Singapore •2008: International Conference on High-Rise Towers, Abu Dhabi •2013: IEK International Conference, Kisumu, Kenya

BSc, 1st Class Hons, in Building Engineering, University of Bath, UK MSc in Concrete Structures and Technology, University of London. Diploma of Imperial College, UK.

Awards and Honors
•Science Congress Special Award (for 2-seater Hovercraft - 1968) •Institution of Civil Engineers Award for outstanding performance at Bath University (1975) •Concrete Society Postgraduate study Bursary Award (1976) •Consular Representative for British High Commission, Nairobi. (1995 to 1998) •Examiner for Institution of Civil Engineers Professional Interviews, Nairobi. (1997 to 1998) •Branch Representative in Vienna for PI assessment for Inst. of Struct. Engrs. (1999 to 2010)

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