What exactly is a civil engineer?

Following what was the apparently entertaining broadcast this week of “Masterchef: The Professionals” from the HQ of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, a number of people have asked me “what exactly is a civil engineer?”
The stock response about “…the art of directing the great sources of power in nature”, hasn’t been going down very well. So rather than Tredgold’s words from 1828, I’ve been quoting a more recent, very wise man, “A civil engineer is a person who solves problems you did not know you had, using methods you don’t understand”.
Perhaps surprisingly, most people seem to get it.


My name is Allan Mungall and I’m a chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

I founded my own engineering consultancy, Mungall Associates Ltd,  in 1992 and ran it successfully until 2016 when it was taken over by Cottus Consulting Ltd, a specialist project management consultancy.   Mungall Associates continues to trade and I now work for it as a part-time consultant, principally involved in some complex technical and contractual/commercial issues as well as progressing  a number of instructions as an expert witness or expert determiner.

To contact me, you can leave a message on this Blog, email me at allan@mungall.co.uk  or telephone on 44 (0)131 623 5000.