Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 123,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life.
Our heritage enables us to benefit from the experience of those who have preceded us. This is the value of history in any field of endeavor. Our heritage also enables us to enjoy the receive inspiration from the accomplishments of the past, great and small, and gives us a stronger tie with the people who created them.
History and Heritage of Civil Engineering on the website of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) showcases the work of American civil engineering in the past two centuries. The site is attractive and a good resource for an introduction to this field that encompasses many different types of work. There are eleven Landmark Projects in the broad categories of transportation by air, land, and sea, water supply and control, power generation, and structures such as buildings, bridges, and dams. An overview of each type of project is accompanied by an interactive timeline from 3000 BC to 2000 AD that includes major world events. Examples of major projects within each category include images and links to more information. Brief biographies of more than 40 notable engineers are included, again with images and links. A searchable image library has high quality pictures available for download, although there is no way to browse the holdings of this small collection. Finally, in the Resources section there are links to libraries and information available online, as well as a bibliography of print resources.