Writing@CSU Guide

Civil Engineering Lab Reports

As a civil engineer, materials form the basis of what you do. Understanding material properties can help you make design decisions. Consider the road you drive on every day. Is it concrete or asphalt? At some point, an engineer had to ask, "How do those materials behave?" The answer to that question can be read in a book or developed through tactile knowledge in a lab. Testing materials and writing lab reports familiarize you with materials' properties.

Lab Reports are factual presentations of test results done in a materials lab. Typically, lab reports discuss materials and procedures as well as describe the details of a test. As a student, you'll write lab reports not only for a passing grade, but to learn from the observations you make. As an engineer in industry, you'll read many lab reports. Whether or not you write lab reports in industry depends on the company you work for and your position there.

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