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Engineering in the City

The hustle of daily life often means it’s easy to overlook all that engineering accomplished in the city – skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, subways, water works, the list goes on.  To highlight some of the city’s engineering feats, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation have partnered with The Franklin Institute to create a self-guided walking tour for the public to better understand how engineering has played a role in creating some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and some lesser-known attractions.

The first of its kind in Philadelphia and new in 2013, the Engineering in the City Tour will challenge residents and tourists alike to look at the city in a new way and to appreciate the work of engineers.  Tour goers will visit the Ben Franklin Bridge, Fairmount Water Works, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and more, where designated Engineering in the City signs will describe the engineering work connected to that site and a QR code will link them to this website.

Click here for a map that will guide you to the sign locations »

You can download a pdf with the map and all the signs

The Philadelphia Engineering Foundation extends its extreme gratitude to Kathryn P. Russo, PE, PTOE of Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson for her significant effort and leadership in developing this program and tour.  We also thank Colette Montague, PE of Urban Engineers for her assistance.  We also extend our gratitude to their respective firms for their support.

Sponsor Sign Title Discipline Location
American Society of Naval Engineers, Delaware Valley SectionSociety of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Philadelphia Section American Society of Naval Engineers, Delaware Valley Section (ASNE-DVS)andSociety of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Philadelphia Section (SNAME-PS) How does a ship slip through the water? Naval Engineering Independence Seaport Museum
American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians, Philadelphia Area ChapterSociety of Fire Protection Engineers Philadelphia- Delaware Valley Chapter American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians, Philadelphia Area Chapter (ASCET-PAC)andSociety of Fire Protection Engineers Philadelphia- Delaware Valley Chapter (SFPE-PDVC) How do you protect lives and property from fire? Fire & Safety Engineering Fireman’s Hall
American Society of Highway Engineers- Delaware Valley Section American Society of Highway Engineers- Delaware Valley Section (ASHE-DVS) How do you get people from here to there? Highway Engineering Franklin Square
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Mid-Atlantic Section Institute of Transportation Engineers, Mid-Atlantic Section (MASITE) How do you move people and goods through a crowded area? Traffic Engineering Across from Dilworth Plaza
Intelligent Transportation Society of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Delaware County Chapter Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania (ITSPA)andPennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Delaware County Chapter (PSPE-DCC) How can we manage traffic better? Intelligent Transportation Systems Across from Dilworth Plaza
American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Section American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Section (ASCE-PS) How do you water a thirsty city? Hydraulic Engineering Waterworks
American Society of Civil Engineers, Delaware Valley GeoInstitute American Society of Civil Engineers, Delaware Valley GeoInstitute (DVGI) How do you transform a landscape? Civil Engineering Art Museum Parking Garage
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, Philadelphia Section Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, Philadelphia Section (IEEE-PS) How Does a Barcode Work? Electrical Engineering Drexel

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