famous civil engineering structures
Throughout history, numerous incredible engineering projects have been established and completed. From the earliest annals of history to modern times, there are numerous creations that showcase our ability to realize an incredible constructive vision. While every engineer or anyone who appreciates structures may have their own opinion on what engineering project is most impressive, it can be assumed that these ten would be placed at the top:
Great Pyramid of Giza: This incredible creation consisted of two and a third million stone blocks, which required the constant labor of thirty thousand laborers to build.
Great Wall of China: What many people do not know about this enormous five thousand and a half mile long wall is that the mortar used in its construction is made of rice flour.
Aqueduct of Segovia: These amazing aqueducts are made without the use of mortar, and are so well preserved that it is still in use today.
Brooklyn Bridge: Was the first suspension bridge to use steel in its cables.
Panama Canal: This man made canal was designed to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to provide trade ships with passage between North and South America.
Hoover Dam: Named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the dam generates four billion kilowatt hours of electricity for use.
Golden Gate Bridge: This historic wonder connects San Francisco to the rest of the bay, and is made up of six hundred thousand rivets.
English Channel Tunnel: A thirty-one mile long tunnel, the English Channel Tunnel currently contains the longest portion of any tunnel housed under the sea.
Burj Khalifa: Interestingly enough, one of the biggest setbacks to face the construction of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, was one hundred and sixty kilometer per hour winds that required special testing to determine the safety of the construction material.
Qingdao Haiwan Bridge: It is currently the longest bridge in the world and was specially designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons.