Top Civil Engineering Projects of All Time

By: | January 12th, 2015

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Picking the top civil engineering projects of all time is tough, so we’ll look at three lists. The first list was created by Forbes and features the most over-budget large construction projects. The second list was created by the Civil Engineering Department at Norwich University and includes both ancient and modern structures. Third is a video, “72 Great Engineering Structures,” created by The McCormick School of Engineering and covers the globe.

In all three lists, we’ve added links to stories IndustryTap has written about some of these projects.

Top Over Budget Construction Projects:

  1. Channel Tunnel
  2. Three Gorges Dam
  3. Boston’s Big Dig
  4. Berlin Brandenburg Airport
  5. Great Belt Fixed Link
  6. Denver International Airport
  7. World Trade Center Transportation Hub
  8. Montréal Olympic Stadium
  9. Budapest Metro Line 4
  10. Millennium Dome
  11. Wembley Stadium
  12. Elbphilharmonie

Top All-Time Great Projects

  1. The Great Pyramid
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. Aqueduct of Segovia
  4. Brooklyn Bridge
  5. Panama Canal
  6. Hoover Dam
  7. Golden Gate Bridge
  8. English Channel Tunnel
  9. Burj Khalifa aka Dubai Tower
  10. Qingdao Hawaiian Bridge

72 Great Engineering Structures

  1. Millau Viaduct, France
  2. Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia
  3. Mount Rushmore, USA
  4. Suez Canal, Egypt
  5. Red Square, Russia
  6. Brooklyn Bridge, USA
  7. Channel Tunnel, English Channel, UK
  8. Palm Islands, United Arab Emirates
  9. Great Wall, China
  10. Wembley Stadium, England
  11. Skshardham, India
  12. Teotihuacan, Mexico
  13. Acropolis, Greece
  14. Empire State Building, USA
  15. Autobahn, Germany
  16. Baha’i Terraces, Israel
  17. Burj Al Arab, United Arab Emirates
  18. Boston Big Dig, USA
  19. Beijing Forbidden City, China
  20. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
  21. Times Square, USA
  22. Kansai International Airport, Japan
  23. Eiffel Tower, France
  24. Rungrado May Day Stadium, North Korea
  25. Panama Canal, Panama
  26. Ice Hotel, Sweden
  27. Augusta National Golf Course, USA
  28. Aswan High Dam, Egypt
  29. Golden Gate Bridge, USA
  30. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  31. The World Islands, United Arab Emirates
  32. Large Hadron Collider, Switzerland
  33. Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
  34. Moai Statues, Chile
  35. Hadrian’s Wall, England
  36. Karnak Temple Complex, Egypt
  37. Kyomizu Dera, Japan
  38. Sydney Opera House, Australia
  39. Delta-Zuiderzee Works, Netherlands
  40. Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  41. Taj Mahal, India
  42. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
  43. Hong Kong International Airport, China
  44. Saladin Citadel, Egypt
  45. Hoover Dam, USA
  46. Stonehenge, England
  47. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates
  48. Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
  49. Thames Barrier, England
  50. Xi’an Terracotta Army, China
  51. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  52. Three Gorges Dam, China
  53. London Underground, England
  54. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
  55. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
  56. Coliseum, Italy
  57. Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
  58. Canton Tower, China
  59. Temple of Artemis, Greece
  60. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  61. Statue of Liberty, USA
  62. Machu Picchu, Peru
  63. Potala Palace, China
  64. Akashi, Kaikyo Bridge Japan
  65. Chrysler Building, USA
  66. Shanghai International Circuit, China
  67. Taipei 101, Taiwan
  68. Itaipu Dam, Paraguay, Brazil
  69. City of Petra, Jordan
  70. Shanghai World Financial Center, China
  71. CN Tower, Canada
  72. Grand Coulee Dam, USA

The following video shows images of all these structures:

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David Russell Schilling

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