What is civil and environmental engineering?

Civil and environmental engineering is an applied science that deals with the protection of the natural environment, improvement of human environment and the safety of human society, among other things, from a global viewpoint. On the basis of engineers' ethics, civil and environmental engineering plays an important role of pursuing ways to build infrastructure indispensable for people leading a safe and cultured life in harmony and coexistence with nature.

The Department of Civil Engineering that has maintained its tradition for 60 years in the 100-year history of Waseda University's School of Science and Engineering was reorganized into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the academic year of 2003. As its name indicates, civil and environmental engineering is a type of engineering in which human life and the natural environment are closely related to each other. Synthesizing highly public fields, the department seeks to develop modern human society and to build a future society for humans.



Exploring structures to support daily life

New steel (new material) for bridges was used in constructing the Tokyo Gate Bridge. Professor Ono conducts research aimed at development of new bridge structures and design methods that exploit the characteristics of new materials through understanding of the structural characteristics obtained through experiment and numerical analysis.

Professor Akiyama undertakes the comprehensive research required to increase seismic safety of concrete structures, including study of actual earthquake damage, experimentation, and numerical analysis. This department does research on building structures that provide the social foundations that support people's lives.

Infrastructure 1
Tokyo Gate Bridge
Infrastructure 2
Study of earthquake damage to bridge
Infrastructure 3
Structual analysis of the subway tunnels of the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

For disaster prevention/mitigation and restoration of the environment

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. From immediately following the disaster, the staff of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering undertook research in support of reconstruction. Professor Shibayama, who specializes in coastal engineering, drew upon his accumulation of research into tsunami damage from around the world to conduct damage surveys in the Tōhoku region, build tsunami simulations, and propose plans for preventing or mitigating damage from tsunamis.

His department also conducts research into urban disasters caused by localized torrential rains, environmental problems involving rivers and soil, and environmental restoration processes.

Environment 1
Storm surge damage caused by typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines / Tsunami damage from the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Environment 2 3
Simulation of the tsunami resulting from the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku
Analysis and restoration of water environment
Environment 4
Refrigerant pipes constructing the frozen soil wall

Future town design based on in-depth investigation

There is no single solution to urban development. Accordingly, reasonable planning proposals must be prepared based on in-depth studies for each location. Sasaki Yoh Laboratory performs townscape planning for various regions based on field surveys of local color and network analysis of street layouts.

Professor Morimoto promotes studies of city planning that utilizes LRT (Light Rail Transit) and self-driving as advanced road transportation systems. Sasaki Kuniaki Laboratory studies the people who live in and visit cities with the objective of understanding and predicting their behaviors. This is where research is conducted that is aimed at enabling sustainable urban development based on regional characteristics.

Planning 1
Flowering landscapes competition for students and young practioners of architecture. Award for Excellence to "Poly-Morphism of the Town Landscape"
Planning 2
Estimated total current population at a given point in time
Planning 3
Color survey for townscape planning
Planning 4
Proposal for city center revitalization through light rail transport
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