International Engineering History and Heritage: Improving Bridges to ASCE's 150th Anniversary: Proceedings of the 3rd National Congress on Civil Engineering History and Heritage, October 10-13, 2001, Houston, Texas

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Contains 60 papers presented at the October 2001 congress, which was held as part of the ASCE's national convention. Most address topics related to civil engineering in the US, including the restoration of historic bridges, the formation of early professional societies, archives and resources, pioneering surveying journals, the evolution of offshore platforms, historic landmarks and projects, environmental and water resources history, Texas historical bridges and projects, and ASCE branches in Texas. Topics of the dozen or so papers which cover international civil engineering history include Gustave Eiffel's engineering genius, restoration and adaptive re-use of landmark structures in Britain, restoration of medieval churches, and Zimbabwean civil engineering history and landmarks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780784405949
  • Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

The Importance of Engineering History 1
The World's Industrial Heritage and the 1972 UNESCO Convention 8
1852-2002: 150 Years of Civil Engineering in the United States of America 14
Gustave Eiffel's Engineering Genius: Bridges, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty 36
Engineering the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals (1768-1822), Scotland, and their Regeneration via the Falkirk Wheel (2000-2001) 41
The Evolution of the Forth Bridge and its Engineering Significance 50
Restoration and Adaptive Re-Use of Some Landmark Structures in Britain 59
150 Years of Geotechnical Design and Construction 67
Civil Engineering - A Brief History of the Profession: The Perspective of the Institution of Civil Engineers 73
Engineering Intrigue at Barnum's Hotel 94
The American Society of Civil Engineers Founded in 1852 in New York City: Civil Engineers and Civil Engineering in the Metropolitan Section 100
The 1913 Formation of the First Texas Professional Engineering Society 107
Archives and Resources for Historical Engineering Structures: The Historical Treasures of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London 113
The Huntington Library's Civil Engineering Treasures and the Trent Dames Fund for the Heritage of Civil Engineering 123
History and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 131
Documenting Engineering Heritage in the 21[superscript st] Century 135
The Ellicott Stone 147
Surveying the Louisiana Purchase: The Three Initial Points of the South Dakota Public Land Survey 155
Boundaries of Texas 163
Designating World Heritage Industrial Sites 171
Commemorating Historic Engineering Landmarks in Canada 175
Restoration of Historic Wooden Bridges 185
Restoration of Historic Masonry Bridges 193
Restoration of Cast and Wrought Iron Bridges 201
Rehabilitation of Two 1890s Metal Truss Bridges 212
Reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge: Transition to a Modern Structure 221
Restoration of a Concrete Arch Railroad Bridge 231
Documenting Historic Bridges 239
Saving York Minster from Collapse: An Engineering Solution 252
Restoration and Preservation of Medieval Churches: Responding to Natural Disasters 257
Keys to the Evolution of Offshore Platforms 263
The Institution of Civil Engineers' Panel on Historical Engineering Works 266
Zimbabwean Civil Engineering History and Landmarks 274
Revisiting Recognition: New Plaques for Existing Landmarks: Los Angeles Section 283
Selected Historical Civil Engineering Landmarks Within the Los Angeles Section of ASCE 287
History of Kansas River Crossings at Topeka 290
Historic Civil Engineering Projects in Texas 295
Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks in New Mexico 304
Civil Engineering in the Hudson-Mohawk Section 312
National Capital Section: The 2002 ASCE History Congress and ASCE's 150[superscript th] Anniversary 333
Early Engineering Education in the United States Prior to 1850 335
Teaching Civil Engineering History with the Web 354
Henry Darcy and the Pitot Tube 360
The Bureau of Reclamation: A Century of Water for the West 1902-2002 367
Engineering for Life: A History of the Public Health Service Engineers 372
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago: For over a Century, our Goal is Clear 381
Brief History of Environmental Engineering: "The World's Second Oldest Profession" 389
Mexican Civil Engineering: Meeting with History 394
The Engineer Soldier at his Best: Leif J. Sverdrup 395
Historic Texas Suspension Bridges - Part I: History 400
Structural Analysis of Three Early Cable-Supported Bridge Forms in Texas 409
The Historic Roma International Suspension Bridge 418
Boca Chica Crossing: Early Cypress and Palmetto Pilings 427
Building the Bayfront: The Corpus Christi Seawall 434
Engineering in San Antonio's History 440
Galveston Seawall and Grade Raising Project: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island, Texas 461
Brief History of the Dallas Branch: American Society of Civil Engineers 470
El Paso Texas: 400 Years of Engineering Progress at the Pass of the North 481
Fifty Year History of the Corpus Christi Branch 488
Brief History of the Houston Branch: American Society of Civil Engineers 500
Subject Index 505
Author Index 507
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