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Civil Engineering Quiz

Quiz Questions

  1. The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River was constructed in which decade?
  2. Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is best remembered for which contruction?
  3. Which suspension bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon?
  4. What's the name of the three, large artificial islands in Dubai built out of seven million tons of rock?
  5. What is the Gravelly Hill Interchange popularly known as?
  6. Which town was named after the Scottish civil engineer who designed the Menai suspension bridge?

  7. Constructed in the early nineteenth century, which canal connects the Scottish east coast with the west coast near Fort William?
  8. Name any of the two Mersey road tunnels that connect Liverpool with the Wirral?
  9. Victorian architect and civil engineer Eugenius Birch was a noted builder of what?
  10. Can you name the longest Roman road in Britain? Its name derives from the Latin meaning 'ditch'.
  11. Known as the 'father of civil engineering', John Smeaton designed Smeaton’s Tower which is better known as what?
  12. Who earned the nickname "magician of iron" and was one of the first engineers to recognize the importance of wind forces on tall structures?
  13. The United States took over which civil engineering project in 1904 and completed it by 1914?
  14. What was officially opened on 8 May 1984 by Queen Elizabeth II?
  15. Which bridge in the United States was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world?
  16. The word "JCB" comes from trom the initials of the company founder. What do they stand for?
  17. Which sticky, black, highly viscous liquid form of petroleum is used as the glue or binder in road construction and is referred to as asphalt in the United States?
  18. Important in engineering design, the Young’s modulus of elasticity is the ratio of the stress to what?
  19. The Channel Tunnel is actually how many tunnels?
  20. Which university named after a Victorian engineer and pioneer of the Industrial Revolution was founded in 1966?
  21. Among all 7 wonders of the ancient world which is the only one remaining?
  22. Which international infrastructure group, founded by a politician and engineer of Scottish heritage and an English accountant, opened for business in London on 12 January 1909?
  23. Which bridge collapsed during a violent storm on 28 December 1879?
  24. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is a skyscraper in which city?
  25. Which hydroelectric dam on the Yangtze River is the world's largest power station?
  26. The main route of which railway runs from Moscow to Vladivostock?
  27. The world’s largest steel structure, what name is given to the National Stadium in Beijing due to its intricate circular design?
  28. The Great Western Railway ran its first trains in 1838 between which two cities?
  29. Which civil engineer became the first president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1820?
  30. Opened in 2000, in which country is the Laerdal Tunnel? It's the longest road tunnel in the world.
  31. What is the official name of the M25 motorway?
  32. The network of street-level and underground trains that serve which American city is fondly referred to as the 'L'?
  33. Victorian civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed Hammersmith Bridge but what was his greatest achievement developed during the late 19th century?
  34. French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps is best remembered for developing and building which project?
  35. What large reservoir in Northumberland is the largest artificial lake in the United Kingdom?


  1. 1930s (between 1931 and 1936)
  2. The Thames Tunnel
  3. Clifton Suspension Bridge (in Bristol)
  4. Palm Islands
  5. Spaghetti Junction
  6. Telford (in Shropshire)
  7. The Caledonian Canal (constructed by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford)
  8. The Queensway Tunnel (opened 1934) and the Kingsway Tunnel (opened 1971)
  9. Seaside piers
  10. The Fosse Way
  11. Eddystone Lighthouse
  12. Gustave Eiffel
  13. Panama Canal
  14. The Thames Barrier
  15. Brooklyn Bridge
  16. Joseph Cyril Bamford
  17. Bitumen
  18. Strain
  19. 3 (2 large train tunnels and a smaller service tunnel)
  20. Brunel University (named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
  21. The Giza Pyramid
  22. Balfour Beatty
  23. The Tay Bridge
  24. Dubai
  25. The Three Gorges Dam
  26. Trans-Siberian Railway
  27. Bird's Nest
  28. London and Bristol
  29. Thomas Telford
  30. Norway
  31. London Orbital Motorway
  32. Chicago
  33. Sewerage system for central London
  34. Suez Canal
  35. Kielder Water