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The Difference Between Structural Engineering & Civil Engineering

Structural engineering and civil engineering are two disciplines within the field of engineering that deal with the analysis, design, and construction of infrastructure projects. But despite their similarities, there are some clear differences that set them apart. All structural engineers are civil engineers, but not every civil engineer is a structural engineer.

In this blog, we take a quick look at structural engineering and civil engineering and explore what makes each critical to project success.

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural engineering involves the analysis, design, construction, and maintenance of structures that reinforce or counteract loads. A deep understanding of structural engineering is vital to the safe development of both existing and proposed structures. From bridges to culverts to parking garages, structural engineers are focused on the load-bearing design and material elements that allow construction projects of all sizes to take shape. At Carroll Engineering, some of the projects we work on that fall under structural engineering include:

  • Bridge design and rehabilitation
  • Deep foundations
  • Retaining walls
  • Building design and renovation
  • Bridge and building condition assessments

Carroll’s structural engineering capabilities allow us to provide comprehensive condition assessments and floor live-load ratings for existing buildings, roofing assessments, and material recommendations.

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is the overall engineering discipline that deals with the constructed world around us. That means all public and private buildings, roads, airports, and water systems. It includes engineering sub-disciplines such as construction engineering, traffic engineering, water/wastewater engineering, and environmental engineering. Civil engineers at Carroll work on a vast range of engineering and infrastructure projects of varying scales, including:

Our civil engineers collaborate with other engineers, architects, planners, designers, and builders to develop major institutions, commercial buildings, public and recreational facilities, industrial projects, and residential projects.

Getting the Best of Both Worlds

Some engineering firms specialize in civil engineering, others in structural engineering, and others in any of the countless other engineering disciplines. At Carroll Engineering, our extensive experience and dedication to quality come together for full-service engineering solutions that are customized to meet the unique needs of your project.

Visit our Structural Engineering Services and Civil Engineering Services pages to learn more about how Carroll Engineering can help with your next project.


Take the opportunity to see the entirety of your site from a bird’s eye view, with the help of Carroll Engineering’s drone technology. We have been utilizing the drone’s ability to capture aerial views of clients’ projects from start to finish, pre-planning initiatives, site mapping and offer real-time video captures for hard to see areas using accuracy and speed. Our licensed drone pilot uses his experience to remotely pilot the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), as it collects aerial data through its pivotal imagery sensors. For instance, when used in a drone survey, a client can request measurements at certain distances and in other specified volumetric distances. Project managers can inherently benefit from utilizing the drone information for day-to-day project updates and staying informed to make quicker reaction times to any project delays that can arise.

Here are some areas employing the accuracy and quality of Drone Technology:

  • Municipal Planning
  • Planning and Design for Water Resources
  • Engineering for Public Facilities, Bridges, and Roads

Check out our drone in action with these videos from our YouTube page:

Feasterville Water Tank – Ladder and Roof Inspection
Feasterville, Bucks County, PA
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Uhlerstown Covered Bridge – Bucks County Bridge #203
Uhlerstown, Bucks County, PA
Click to watch video

Upper Mount Bethel Township Community Park
Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton County, PA
Click to watch video

Have a project in the pipeline that needs an aerial capture?

For more information on our drone service, please contact Joel Ardman, Vice President by email at

or call 215-343-5700 ext 243.

For more information about all of our services, please visit our website at


When the danger of walking surpasses that of driving in a vehicle, flying in an airplane, or riding on public transportation lines (trains and buses), there is cause for concern for the on-going rise in pedestrian fatalities. Death statistics from 2017 show that every 88 minutes a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle. While overall vehicular fatalities have been trending down for years, the percentage of “outside the vehicle” fatalities (involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, and other non-occupants) has increased from a low of 20% in 1996 to a high of 34% in 2018. Sadly, this represents the greatest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. Pedestrians are at a high-risk level of being put in danger, even when obeying proper traffic laws and controls.

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MCATO Spring Convention 2020Township officials gathered on the morning of Friday March 6th, 2020 for the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials (MCATO) Spring Convention, which is the first of two annual events held each year.

The event was located at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, PA. Township Officials first visited with the exhibitors, then took part in the discussion of various issues affecting the municipalities throughout the Montgomery County region. Attendees got to hear about the newest Public Safety additions to Montgomery County, including the Mobile Communication Center and Drone Truck.Attendees also had the ability to see the truck and tour first-hand outside the event in the parking lot from Montgomery County’s Public Safety Director, Tom Sullivan.

Next, the Montgomery County Health Department advised on the contingency plans for COVID-19 being implemented and answered questions on safety precautions as well as the procedures in place for testing and quarantining. Following this presentation, PSATS Director of Legislative Affairs, Joe Gerdas, spoke on various Legislative Updates, and encouraged attendance at PSATS 2020 Educational Conference & Trade Show taking place on May 3rd through May 6th in Hershey, PA.

Joel Ardman, Vice President and Manager of our Sales and Marketing Department, and Alison McNamee-Herman, Marketing Associate, represented Carroll Engineering Corporation as exhibitors. Carroll Engineering is proud to serve various municipalities in Montgomery County.


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Spotlight on Warminster Township, Bucks County & West Whiteland Township, Chester County

Warminster Township was originally part of Southampton Township before its borders were established in 1711. Warminster was mostly settled by English and Scotch-Irish colonists after William Penn received a grant of land in the area from King Charles, II.  It was the site of the Battle of Crooked Billet during the Revolutionary War, which resulted in a resounding defeat for George Washington’s colonial troops. Continue reading

Local Veteran Receives New Home

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. These homes have over 40 special adaptations including wider halls and doorways for wheelchair access; roll under sinks, stove tops and counters; pull-down shelving, and roll-in shower with digital temperature controls. Continue reading