Last year, for the first time, The Grid introduced the Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2013. We’ve now returned with an updated list, including different rankings and two new names, The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and National Council of Structural Engineers Association. Thanks to Alexa Analytics, we were able to find out which sites receive the most web traffic. No matter which type of engineer you are or the level of experience, there is something for you here. Read through our latest list to find out where both structural and civil engineers are getting their information.
With over 37,000 individuals delivering engineering services to customers in over 130 countries, the US Army Corps of Engineers is the go-to source for those interested in starting or advancing their careers. The site is ranked number one for the second year in a row and it’s clear why. The Corps was founded in 1775 and has locations around the country, with an expanded list of missions and tasks to meet the needs of the country. Readers will find an impressive archive of resources and information on the site’s library, which includes maps and charts, publications, research and more. There are plenty of opportunities to do business with the Corps or you can contact them to reach specific programs.
For the second year in a row, EMPORIS is number two on our list. The online database was founded in 2000 as Skyscrapers.com, when it collected information only on high-rises. But it has since expanded to collect data on all construction types. You can use the site to find buildings around the world, search for companies in the industry and conduct research. Their database contains an archive of over 600,000 images from 18,000 cities. You can contribute to this community by creating an account, which lets users sell images, submit buildings and network with other like-minded individuals.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, now has over 152,000 members from the civil engineering community. Also number three on last year’s rankings, their website provides a plethora of resources for users, including research tools, career resources and ways to get involved through advocacy, among others. The ASCE has three strategic initiatives, focused on improving America’s infrastructure, raising the bar into professional engineering practice and achieving a more sustainable built environment. You can get involved with the organization by becoming a member, which comes with loads of perks!
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is a non-profit founded in 1969 at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago and has worked its way up from number seven in 2013 to four this year. The organization is a top resource for professionals focused on the design and construction of tall buildings and future cities. With the help of its staff, Board, Advisory Group and members, the Council educates the public through events, publications, research and working groups. The CTBUH has representation from regions around the world, which you can learn more about through an interactive map. Readers can stay updated with their work by scrolling their news section, seeing where they’ve been featured in the media or signing up for their newsletter.
Although it didn’t appear in 2013’s list, The Constructor comes in high at number five this year. Founded by Civil Engineer Gopal Mishra, the website is a helpful source for construction professionals and students around the globe. Users will find information on building and concrete technology as well as geotechnical, earthquake and structural engineering. Users may find the how to guide most helpful, as it provides tips in every area of the field. You can contact The Constructor with any questions and inquiries or sign up for their newsletter to keep yourself updated.
Engineering for Change (E4C) has jumped up two spots on our list since ranking number eight last year. E4C uses its expertise to find the most appropriate solutions to the most pressing humanitarian challenges faced by communities around the world. Their areas of interest include water, energy, health, structures, agriculture and sanitation. They also focus on information systems to bridge the digital divide to the rural poor. Users will find E4C’s resources helpful as well. Workspace creates a collaborative platform for members to work together while the learning lab educates individual on scalable solutions. Other tools include the bulletin board, solutions library and news section. Create an account to enjoy all the benefits of the site.
Founded in 1818 by a “small group of idealistic young men,” the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has grown to represent 80,000 members around the world. The organization, based out of Scotland, is a registered charity that strives to promote the field of civil engineering. Their website, ranked nine last year, allows users to browse content according to specific areas, which include energy, industry initiatives, international development and transport, to name a few. If you become a member of ICE, you’ll enjoy numerous benefits, depending on which level you join at. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, which allows you to work with young adults and students, or be an ICE Council Member.
NCEES, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals advance their careers as engineers and surveyors. The organization, ranked five last year, was founded in Chicago in 1920 and provides aspiring engineers all of the tools and knowledge they need to become a professional in the field. NCEES develops and scores several exams for engineering and surveying licensure. On their website, users can find helpful information on achieving a licensure, including where the licensure boards are located and a question and answer page about credentials evaluations. Finally, you can learn about the steps needed to complete the Record application process. If you want to work towards your licensure in engineering or surveying, start by creating an NCEES account.
Although Structurae has dropped three spots since last year, the site has undergone some noticeable improvements since we saw it on our 2013 list, including a new homepage. Since Nicolas Janberg created the site in 1998, the international database has grown to be the largest of its kind for civil and structural engineers, according to the website. Users can search through structures and large-scale projects, firms around the world or various products and services. You’ll even find an index of notable individuals. Any search can be narrowed down by focusing on specific regions, via their geographic index. Sign up for Structurae’s monthly newsletter for free to stay updated with their latest content!
Rounding out our top 10 is STRUCTURE Magazine, the leading resource for practicing structural engineerings. The website holds the same spot as it did in 2013 and continues to provide quality content to its readers, which is approved by its Editorial Board. Readers can search through the archives to find what has been published in the past, dating back to March 2011. Writers will find several forms to help guide them through the process of submitting content to the site. Other helpful resources include education surveys, book reviews, tips on promoting your structural engineering business and their Marketplace. If you’d like to promote your own work on the site, check out their guidelines for advertising.
The following are just shy of the top 10, but provide readers with excellent information and resources in the field. The two new members of our list are number 16 and 17, respectively, The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and National Council of Structural Engineers Association.
This is our final Top 20 list of 2014. Make sure to check out our lists for urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture as well. We hope you find these sites to be helpful sources of information in the fields of structural and civil engineering. And please leave any feedback or suggestions for other sites on this list in the comments section below. If you do, we’ll be sure to see if they are contenders for 2015′s rankings!
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