Tagged with civil engineering

Big Dams

I have done a lot of writing about water, its importance to humans though time, and how the big challenge to humanity continues to be maintaining adequate supplies of clean water. This has mostly involved the construction and maintenance of dams to provide a steady supply through summer months, and irrigation systems to increase the … Continue reading

Maidenhead Bridge

One of my great passions is the history of bridges, as examples of civil engineering, of social spaces, and also, the many changes and often disputes on who is to pay for their building and upkeep. In the past, many were maintained by religious houses as an aid to the many pilgrims and religious traffic, … Continue reading

A Newsreader’s Nightmare

A Newsreader’s Nightmare

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh,  is hopefully going onto the World Heritage listings but any mention of it is a potential minefield for newsreaders, as a letter in yesterday’s paper, by Thom Cross of Carluke,  explained: “The auld railway bridge (iconic) is the first Forth bridge but the … Continue reading

The Story of Bristol’s Eponymous Bridge

The Story of Bristol’s Eponymous Bridge

This is from a paper I presented at the Regional History Centre’s Symposium in 2010. For the full story of the Bridge, ‘Death and the Bridge – The Georgian Rebuilding of Bristol Bridge’ is available from me via Amazon. The kindle version is ‘Civil Engineering & Civic Apathy’ Bristol Bridge: Barometer of Bristol’s Prosperity The … Continue reading