Civil Engineering

Free Civil Engineering project ideas


The growing population demands more space and efficient structures therefore it has become important for civil engineers to come up with unique ideas for making use of spaces efficiently. This article is based on civil engineering projects that will give the students in this field a kickstart career. It gets difficult to select civil project ideas therefore the headache is over and we are here with modern ways of building various structures. Due to its demand in the present technological era, these civil projects are carefully selected. 

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Types of Civil Engineering Projects

Civil engineering topics are broadly classified into five major types that are structural engineering, construction and management engineering, water engineering, transport engineering, and geotechnical engineering. The concepts are taken from these forms and applied for the construction of productive structures. 

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How to choose a project topic?

Often, we see the students getting confused about their projects in the final year of engineering. Therefore, they tend to find ideas that are either too common or too easy to create. Before selecting a topic, you must keep in mind the following checklist. 

  • Demand in the market.
  • Efficient enough for a particular space.
  • It should be out of the box so that it attracts the professors.
  • Proper research on the topic and prepare a draft before starting.
  • Make sure you select something you are confident about and just don’t go blankly into it.
  • Discuss with experts for gaining more information.

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Free Civil Engineering Project Ideas

1. Design of a Tall Building civil project


Most companies are constructing high skyscrapers and for that, engineers are in demand. This civil project will help you integrate all that needs to be done to construct a tall building by designing the necessary materials. 

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2. GIS


Maps on the internet have solved the issue of locating even the remotest places. This civil project is based on making maps using Q-GIS software and you will be learning concepts of data collection, processing and manipulation.

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3. Structural and Foundation Analysis


The basic of engineering is to learn structural analysis as this will teach you how to build tall buildings, seismic design, and foundation design using SAP2000, ETABS & SAFE software.

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4. CPM & BIM


While constructing an efficient infrastructure it is important to have an efficient project management technique. This civil project is based on that and on making quality BIM engineers by introducing them to Primavera & Graphisoft Archicad software.

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5. Quantity Surveying


This civil project helps students to understand the fundamentals of constructing a structure to an advanced level. It will help learn how to make design and estimate the costing needed for the project as a whole. In this phase of the project, Archicad and Primavera software will be used. 

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6. ETABS Software


This civil software is the foundation of structural engineering and should have a gist of it for all those who want to build a career in. In this civil project, you'll be introduced from basic, intermediate to advanced level to all three levels of ETABS software. 

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7. Soil Excavation Analysis using PLAXIS 2D

This civil project is based on understanding the soil below for various construction purposes especially dams. You are going to build a robot that will be powered by a mobile phone using DTMF technology. 

8. Diagrid Structure Analysis Using ETABS

This civil project is based on building diagonal structures in a building since they are capable of resisting the gravity loads and provide lateral stability. ETABS software is used to build this structure. 

9. Effect of Shear Wall on I-Shaped Building

Due to scarce flat grounds most of the buildings are built on slopes which makes construction difficult. Therefore, this civil project is based on understanding buildings made both on flat grounds and sloping grounds and the usage of shear walls on such buildings.

10. Wind Load Analysis on Buildings of Varying Heights Using ETABS

With rising skyscrapers, the problems of wind effects have been ignored and since modern technology is based on making lightweight structures these are more prone to top destruction caused by winds. This civil project is based on making efficient buildings that can withstand the harmful effects caused by the wind.

11. Use of Steel Bracings for Retrofitting Reinforced Concrete Frames

Earthquakes cause devastating effects on main structures; therefore, this civil project helps in understanding such buildings and making steel bracings for withstanding stronger quakes. ETABS software is used to understand the tolerance level of the building and accordingly refitting is done or is either entirely replaced.

12. Green Building

In addition to technology, engineers have been working to make buildings that are environmentally friendly. These will have more greenery around them and will reduce the use of toxic materials. Because of its level of sustainability, this civil project is more in demand. 

13. Water tank

Saving our resources has become the need of the hour and this project is based on an age-old process of building water tanks that can be used for various uses. Efficient models are to be designed t holding capacity of water without any leakages.

14. Technique for Improving Railway Embankment

With the increased demand for using railways for transporting and travelling there has been a need for constructing efficient tracks. This project is based on understanding the subsoil structure after construction and also ensuring no slip failure.

15. Ground Improvement using stone Column

Due to growing population infrastructures are increasing and it has become important to make efficient quality structures. The stone columns have been used to solve large space problems and time constraints. It helps to strengthen the vitality of the city and to create a stronger base. 

16. Use of Augmented Reality in Construction

Certain construction takes long hours and gets monotonous, the advancement of technology like Augmented Reality helps in reducing errors and work is done quite fast.

17. ArsenicRemoval from Groundwater by coagulation process

Groundwater has become essential in the past few years due to the depletion of other water resources. However due to the disposal of waste products mainly arsenic products these waters have become contaminated. This civil project is based on the removal of toxic arsenic materials from groundwater using the coagulation process.

18. Mivan Formwork technology

With a growing population, there has been an increasing need for infrastructure. The Mivan formwork is one that has evolved in this era of crowded cities and towns to build structures. Aluminium formwork is used for building housing structures and engineers will be learning the methodology of this.

19. UAV Mapping System application

Advancement in the mapping system has spread its vastness to creating aerial mapping systems by controlling it from remote locations. This civil cum aeronautical project is based on building a drone structure with a camera fitted in it to understand the areas where it gets difficult for a man to reach. This is mainly used for understanding forest areas, urban planning, forest floods, topographical survey, etc.

20. Parking management in urban areas

The cites nowadays are facing major problems with sufficient parking spaces. This project is based on making various types of such spaces for efficient parking system such as

  • Multi-storeyed car parking complex,
  • Hydraulic lifting system,
  • Elevator type or tower parking system,
  • Vertical rotary type and
  • Puzzle type.

Some Other Project Ideas Are Given Below

I hope you got some good project ideas from this article. If you are very much interested to learn and develop a civil project but don’t know where to start. We at Skyfi Labs has developed some online project-based courses for civil students you can make use of those courses to develop your skills.

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Free Civil Engineering project ideas
Skyfi Labs Last Updated: 2020-02-02

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