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Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering Professor Dr. sc. ing. Juris Smirnovs:
A builder should not only have empathy with people, but also with nature and history. It is the greatest magic of the work of a builder.
Before implementing construction works it is necessary to both assess the long term impact on the environmental factors building design and consider what is hiding beneath. Several years ago, a secret cable laid by Germans during WW2, used for communication with Berlin, was discovered in the process of constructing a road in Latvia. Thus, builders again and again come into direct contact with history and artifacts. Each builder, who in the course of professional career wants to create many new buildings that will serve several generations of residents for many years, should thoroughly explore climatic conditions of the respective region. In Latvia, it is necessary to learn to account for freeze-thaw cycles, additional loads imposed by snow, etc. It is possible to learn all this at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.