|Overview: Soft Engineering|
The use of vegetation and natural materials such as rocks in civil engineering.
AestheticsShoreline AccessCost ReductionBiodiversityRunoff ReductionPreventing Erosion and Landslides
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What is Soft Engineering?
John Spacey, updated on February 22, 2017
Soft engineering is the use of vegetation and natural elements such as rocks in civil engineering. It is typically applied to reinforce shorelines and hills to prevent erosion and landslides. In many cases, soft engineering results in reduced capital and operational costs such as maintenance. Soft engineering can be used to increase green space, improve biodiversity and allow access to shorelines. As compared to concrete infrastructure, plants and rocks are typically considered more aesthetically pleasing.
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