Why is Civil Engineering Known as the Mother of all Engineering?

The term “engineering” can be traced back to 1390, but engineering has always been the essence of mankind. Before the term engineering was created, the oldest civilizations established the concept of engineering by creating fundamental inventions out of necessity to survive, such as weapons to hunt and modifying caves to live in.

The term “engineering” comes from the word “engineer” and is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the activities or function of an engineer.” In today’s society, engineers continue to use the principles of engineering from early ages as a foundation to continue innovating and developing new technologies. Engineers’ creativity has helped shaped civil engineering in today’s society by adopting and finding solutions to new and old problems that could affect our everyday lives.

Civil engineering is called the mother of all engineering branches because it is the most versatile branch. In addition, civil engineering is one of the first branches of engineering developed by mankind and it acts as a platform to other forms of engineering. Civil engineering covers multiple services such as environmental, geotechnical, roadway design, wastewater treatment, water supply, and much more.

KC’s civil engineering services include site grading, drainage, and earthwork; pavement evaluation and design; soil erosion and sediment control plans; drainage structures design; utilities engineering, including water and sewer systems; stormwater management; roadway and site lighting; civil site plans, subdivisions, and site layouts; parking lot design; and permitting, cost estimation, and specifications. Our civil engineering group provides these services for roadway and highway projects, as well as residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use projects. To learn more about KC’s services, please visit our Services tab.