This blog will cover the various limitations an Engineer Civil London may face that can hinder the success or slow down the rate of their projects. 


We see the finished products and are blissfully unaware of the troubles the engineers likely faced. Although the engineers generally don’t voice the setbacks occurring while the project is still in motion, several site constraints aren’t out of the ordinary. 

Here are some site constraints of construction:

  • Economic constraints
  • Technical constraints 
  • Legal constraints 
  • Social constraints
  • Environmental constraints 
  • Design constraints 


There are numerous problems that a civil engineer could face while planning and working on a project. These constraints form part of the reason why some projects aren’t completed on time. This post will delve further into the limitations mentioned above. 

1. Economic Constraints 

Economic constraints can refer to aspects of the project like resource issuing and budget. Economic limitations don’t only stop at the budget and resource allocation but extend to constraints such as competition and worker availability.


Incorrect fund allocation or an insufficient budget has ripple effects on the whole construction. Economic setbacks affect the project’s quality, workforce performance, and safety.

2. Technical Constraints 

The technical side of a project refers to the implementation of the methods involved in building and completing the structure. The technical aspects of a project impact the health and safety of the workforce, as hindrances of construction standards and methods can impede the safety of all parties involved.


Incorrect coordination of the processes involved in the construction of the structure can introduce several technical constraints that negatively impact the quality, safety, and timeliness of the project. 

3. Legal Constraints 

Every project that involves construction will have to comply with a set of laws that adhere to building, safety, and environmental regulations. Learning and adhering to the legal requirements of the project can take a lot of time and a rigorous understanding of the best practices.


Inability or failure to comply with the legal requirements can result in heavy penalties or being fined and taken to court.

4. Social Constraints 

Social constraints can arise as a result of the public’s opinion or possible objection to the construction of the project. Objections or opposition to the project may appear minor but can make it difficult for the project to commence.


Scrutiny and negative press can severely hinder the movement of the plans set in place, with some projects having to be scrapped completely.

5. Environmental Constraints

Environmental constraints can be linked to legal constraints, as certain materials used could be prohibited as part of safety regulations. Environmental constraints include factors such as carbon emissions, waste management, and pollution. 


Environmental constraints can cause the project to fail or be cancelled per the safety laws that prohibit the use of specific materials. Ignorance of environmental constraints can result in health and safety compromises for everyone involved.

6. Design Constraints 

Design constraints can be an incredibly slippery slope, as some limitations may only become evident in the later stages of the project. Should design constraints present themselves further into the project’s construction, it can negatively impact its budget, functionality, and timeliness. 

Final Thoughts 

Having several things that could go wrong with a project can be severely stressful and inconvenient for the workers and clients involved. With constraints follows the likelihood of having to change the date of completion, budget, and resource allocation. Construction is a complex industry that can face various setbacks!