What will the civil engineering world be like in 2025?
What roles will civil engineers play in that radically transformed world?
ASCE asked those questions to a gathering of 60+ thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and countries—civil engineers, engineers from other disciplines, architects, educators, and other leaders. The result was:
Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as master:
The aspirational Vision 2025 challenges you, the civil engineer, to rise to a new level of leadership and professionalism—to be entrusted by society to achieve a sustainable world and raise the global quality of life. To earn that confidence, civil engineers, as a body of
professionals, should exhibit mastery in five key areas:
As masters of a new, more expansive body of knowledge and skill base, you, as civil engineers, will lead global, multi-disciplinary teams made up of professional engineers, technologists, and technicians, all with well-defined roles.
You will introduce new technology, techniques, and financial methods for sustainable planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance. You will routinely encourage owners to adopt new, sustainable approaches to the built and natural environment.
You will define the strategic research direction for leading-edge infrastructure and environmental technologies and promote faster application of new approaches. Multi-national knowledge exchange will become your staple, along with faster integration of technology
through spirited partnerships.
You will gain mastery in assessing and managing risk and forge new tactics for reducing the incidence and effects of natural and man-made disasters. You will lead enterprise-wide risk management efforts and routinely make project-specific risk decisions while
communicating options to all stakeholders.
You will greatly expand your role as public policy leaders for broad-based policy discussions and serve as opportunity finders as well as problem solvers. You will be the go-to professionals for insights on public policy decisions that shape the built and natural environment.
Vision 2025 provides the point of future arrival but not the path. As the next step, ASCE developed a framework to move forward—Achieving the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025: A Roadmap for the Profession—thereby driving action among civil engineers around the globe.
Aspiration Becomes Action
Now is the time to embrace the Vision and the Roadmap and put your passion and expertise into play. Vision 2025 embodies a number of key outcomes for the future—new states of affairs within the social and civil engineering environment targeted for reality by the year 2025. The
Roadmap takes those outcomes, separates them into manageable pieces, and then spells out tactics for achieving each.
Many have already embraced the challenge:
Consult the Roadmap and find out how you can make a difference today.
Download a free PDF of The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025
Download a free PDF of Achieving the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025: A Roadmap for the Profession