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Structural and Civil Engineering Design

Structural and Civil Engineering Design

William Addis
November 11, 2016

The importance of design has often been neglected in studies considering the history of structural and civil engineering. Yet design is a key aspect of all building and engineering work. This volume brings together a range of articles which focus on the role of design in engineering. It opens by...

The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals

The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals


November 11, 2016

The great cathedrals and churches of the medieval West continue to awe. How were they built, and why do they remain standing? What did their builders know about what they were doing? These questions have given rise to considerable controversy, which is fully reflected in the papers selected here....

Studies in the History of Civil Engineering, 12-volume set

Studies in the History of Civil Engineering, 12-volume set

M.M. Chrimes, A.W. Skempton, N. A. F. Smith, Joyce Brown
August 28, 2001

Studies in the History of Civil Engineering focuses on the following areas: · the analysis of early structures to discover how ancient or medieval builders used the materials available to them, and the principles upon which they worked; · the ideas and practices of design as employed by both...

Early Reinforced Concrete

Early Reinforced Concrete

Frank Newby
August 22, 2001

This volume traces the process by which reinforced concrete emerged during the 19th century as the successful building material of today. Early work on testing the strength of cements led into a period of experimental work by a number of engineers, notably in Britain, France and America, to devise...

Structural Iron and Steel, 1850–1900

Structural Iron and Steel, 1850–1900

Robert Thorne
December 29, 2000

This volume covers the second great period of developments in iron construction from 1850, following its establishment as a structural material described in volume 9 of this series. Using the Crystal Palace of 1851 as a starting-point, the papers trace the history of iron-frame construction in...

Masonry Bridges, Viaducts and Aqueducts

Masonry Bridges, Viaducts and Aqueducts

Ted Ruddock
August 28, 2000

For 2,000 years the most durable spanning structures have been built of masonry, and the surviving bridges of the Roman Empire have challenged master masons, architects and engineers to emulate and surpass them. Down the centuries, bridge-builders have been commissioned by monarchs, bishops,...

The Development of Timber as a Structural Material

The Development of Timber as a Structural Material

David T. Yeomans
June 28, 1999

Woodworking has been one of the most important technologies from the earliest times. Carpentry was important for buildings and bridges and as an integral part of most construction processes. The history of this subject has been explored by a variety of scholars, from archaeologists who have studied...

Water-Supply and Public Health Engineering

Water-Supply and Public Health Engineering

Denis Smith
March 31, 1999

This volume traces the evolution of the concept of Public Health and reveals the importance of political will and public spending in this field of civil engineering. Design, construction, operation and maintenance of water-supply and main drainage works are discussed. The period covered extends...

Land Drainage and Irrigation

Land Drainage and Irrigation

Salvatore Ciriacono
December 23, 1998

Man’s control over the elements of land and water for the purposes of agriculture was fundamental to the development of civilisations in the past, and remains so today. This volume deals with the processes of irrigation, and land drainage and reclamation, and illustrates the variety of...

The Civil Engineering of Canals and Railways before 1850

The Civil Engineering of Canals and Railways before 1850

Michael M. Chrimes
August 27, 1998

Between 1750 and 1850 the British landscape was transformed by a transport revolution which involved engineering works on a scale not seen in Europe since Roman times. While the economic background of the canal and railway ages are relatively well known and many histories have been written about...

Port and Harbour Engineering

Port and Harbour Engineering

Adrian Jarvis
July 09, 1998

During the 19th century, the engineering of ports and harbours became a large and specialised branch of the profession. This development began in ports in physically difficult locations and may be particularly identified with the growth of the Port of Liverpool. Stimulated by the arrival of...

Dams

Dams

Donald C. Jackson
March 01, 1998

Dams have been used to control water for thousands of years, with the oldest known dam being a small earthen structure in present-day Jordan dating to c.4000 BCE. Since then, cultures throughout the world have practised the art of dam-building and the technology has evolved in myriad ways. The...

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