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Sketch of the Civil Engineering of North America By David Stevenson

Sketch of the Civil Engineering of North America by David Stevenson

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In 1837, Scottish civil engineer David Stevenson (1815-86) travelled to North America to observe the workings of its expanding infrastructure. This influential study, published in 1838, covers the works, materials and construction methods in operation across Canada and the United States.

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Sketch of the Civil Engineering of North America Summary

Sketch of the Civil Engineering of North America: Comprising Remarks on the Harbours, River and Lake Navigation, Lighthouses, Steam-Navigation, Water-Works, Canals, Roads, Railways, Bridges, and Other Works in that Country by David Stevenson

A distinguished civil engineer, David Stevenson (1815-86) continued his father's work of designing and building lighthouses around the coast of his native Scotland. His three-month tour of the United States and Canada in 1837 resulted in this highly detailed and unprecedented survey, first published in 1838. Stevenson covers a large number of engineering works, ranging from lighthouses and canals through to roads, bridges and railways. Notably, Stevenson's praise for North America's faster and sleeker steam vessels led British shipbuilders to emulate the models he describes and illustrates in this text. The work remains a historically valuable assessment of the continent's infrastructure at a time of great industrial expansion. Stevenson's The Principles and Practice of Canal and River Engineering, 2nd edition (1872) and his Life of Robert Stevenson (1878), a biography of his father, are also reissued in this series.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Harbours; 2. Lake navigation; 3. River navigation; 4. Steam navigation; 5. Fuel and materials; 6. Canals; 7. Roads; 8. Bridges; 9. Railways; 10. Water-works; 11. Lighthouses; 12. House-moving; Note on the manufactories at Lowell.

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NLS9781108071963
9781108071963
1108071961
Sketch of the Civil Engineering of North America: Comprising Remarks on the Harbours, River and Lake Navigation, Lighthouses, Steam-Navigation, Water-Works, Canals, Roads, Railways, Bridges, and Other Works in that Country by David Stevenson
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Cambridge University Press
2014-08-28
348
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