What is Infrastructure Engineering and Master Planning?

07 December 2017

Viewed from ground level, buildings look like islands. It’s only when your view switches to a higher vantage point that the reality of the situation becomes clear. Everything is connected. Utility lines tie buildings together metres below the street. There are drainage systems and communications lines running nearby. Water, electricity, even gas, all of these services form an organized grid. It’s a grand engineering challenge, this master planning work.

What is Master Planning?

This term sounds intimidating, but it’s really a straightforward practice, a mode of engineering design that takes care of certain critically important assessment duties. If this is an open parcel of land, the planning stage addresses the topographical features on that land. Existing drainage factors, land survey services, zoning issues, and potential industrial assets all fall under this umbrella term. In the meantime, on an existing facility or already established city infrastructure, the drafting assessment accounts for the functional requirements of that facility/city block. Rendered as data field sets, as tabulated information cells, the collated information is used to improve, repair, and upgrade the local infrastructural backbone.

Understanding Infrastructure Engineering

Interconnected linkages hook buildings to essential services. Even in the country, these connections invisibly tie everything together. It’s just, in the city, those ties are much stronger. They’re the fundamental systems that pulse with resources, with water and electricity, with gas and any other modern resource. Below that primary resource layer, there’s yet another system. This time, the pipes and channels are draining waste and stormwater so that the city can keep cycling in new resources. Like a living creature, this infrastructure breathes and pulses with its own lifeblood. Unlike a biological organism, these fluid conduits require an engineering service.

Designing The Layered Groundwork

This is where technical excellence enters the engineering equation. Imagine a new installation or new city complex rising from the ground. The land survey and master planning stage come first. As for city linkages, those utility lines must be laid before the structures are built, so the infrastructure plan must include all required resources. In order to accomplish that challenging feat, the engineering team needs to know the role played by each structure. Intended for occupancy, commercial application, or some large-scale industrial block, the underlying infrastructure must provide all necessary resources.

Not only are those fluid/energy discharge lines already in place and working alongside the drainage channels, they’re also rated to handle an assessed load, as determined by the infrastructure master planners. Supplied with all of these fundamental services, that groundwork breathes easily, even when an additional load is temporarily encountered. Indeed, the finest infrastructure engineers in the field even include plenty of redundant system spurs, which means the infrastructure always has room to grow.

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