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Construction on the North Bytown Bridge in Ottawa, Canada. A crane gets ready to lower a barge into the water. This barge will be placed under any cutting work on the bridge to lessen the environmental impact. Note the concrete barricades and snow fencing in place to protect the public and workers.

In civil engineering, construction is the building or assembly of any infrastructure. Although this may be thought of as a single activity, in fact construction is a feat of multitasking. Normally the job is managed by the project manager, supervised on site by the design engineer and foreman, scrutinized closely by the stakeholders, and often, when construction delays occur, detested by the public.

The successful execution of a project often is more the result of effective planning than anything else. Those involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful scheduling, budgeting, site safety, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays, preparing tender documents, etc...

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