What is civil and environmental engineering?
Civil engineering serves society with its infrastructure needs, including roads, buildings and water supply.
Creating a liveable and sustainable society means understanding how infrastructure development affects the world around us. By combining civil and environmental engineering, we’ve built a foundation that will give greater insight into ways we can mitigate the environmental impact of the infrastructure lifecycle.
Our research and teaching creates opportunities to specialise in a number of disciplines, including construction, geotechnical, structural, transport and water engineering. This cross-disciplinary expertise allows us to focus on holistic approaches to safe, efficient, sustainable and resilient infrastructure—now and into the future.
Our research, learning and teaching, and professional services cover four disciplines:
- geoengineering and construction
- structural engineering
- transport engineering
- water and environmental engineering.
We proactively engage with key stakeholders from government, industry and the community to provide sustainable solutions to real-world engineering challenges. Our expertise is leading to safer, more efficient and more resilient civil infrastructure.
Want to know more about our research strengths and explore opportunities for collaboration?
Our Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Showcase, held on 19 February 2021, is your chance to meet our researchers, see our work and find out how we're changing our world for the better.
Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.
Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.
Study with us
Take the first steps in your journey to become a civil or environmental engineer. Work in state-of-the-art labs, be taught by the best, and build practical experience into your degree from the start.
Choose your specialisation and dive into postgraduate study. With our exceptional courses, you can boost your career, change your professional direction, or embark on the pathway to research.
Safeguarding iconic buildings
QUT researchers have developed a technique to prevent glass facades on iconic buildings from shattering if the building is targeted by terrorists in a bomb explosion.Read more about this research
When cars crash into buildings
Professor David Thambiratnam is leading a research team that's developing a new building material. In the event of a collision this material can lead to less damage to the car, the vehicle’s occupants and the building itself.Read about the research on The LABS
Should you have a bushfire-safe room?
A safe room could be your last resort when a bushfire is closing in. Our researchers have written an article about whether you need a bushfire-safe room, how they protect you and how our research will improve them.Read the article on The Conversation
Rebuilding Australia’s masonry industry
Dr Hossein Derakhshan and Dr Tatheer Zahra want to improve the masonry industry in Australia. They're assessing whether seismic risks and mitigation strategies have any effect on masonry performance.Read the story here
ARC Discovery Project grants
Our researchers have been awarded ARC Discovery Project grants to mitigate vehicular crashes into masonry buildings and investigate fire resistance in building materials.QUT researchers awarded $9.4 million