March 27, 2019

The World’s Greatest Dams

There are many jaw dropping architectural feats around the world, but surely the engineering brilliance that goes into building a dam must be at the top of the list. The sheer size and dimensions of theses amazing structures is awesome, but the knowledge of what the dam is actually doing makes it even more poignant. Dams are some of the most intricately designed structures in the world, as they simply have to be, and here are some of the very best.

Contra Dam

Our first dam is located in Switzerland and is called the Verzasca Dam. It was made famous by the 007 film Goldeneye in 1995 as it featured in one of the key scenes. Unlike most dams, Verzasca looks slender, and that is because less concrete was used in its construction than there would normally be. At the base the dam is twenty-eight meters thick which tapers to only seven meters at the top. The dam is two hundred and twenty meters high and has a span of three hundred and eighty meters. The Verzasca Dam produces power through its 105 mega-wat power station.

Gordon Dam

This Tasmanian dam is remarkable in its design, it actually has a double curvature feature. It is curved both in the horizontal and the vertical which is highly unusual. The design of the construction is revolutionary as the engineers had to find a way of holding back the 12,359,040 mega-liters of water from Lake Gordon. These waters are diverted down a series of pipes nearly two thousand meters to the dam’s huge underground power station. The dam produces over ten percent of all Tasmania’s electricity.

Hoover Dam

No list of the world’s greatest dams would ever be complete without the amazing Hoover Dam. This dam has broken so many architectural and engineering records that they are too many to mention. This giant structure spans the two states of Arizona and Nevada and is a colossal two hundred and twenty meters high. At its base it is two hundred meters thick. The dam was constructed to provide flood control, hydroelectric power, water, and a place for leisure. All in all, it was an incredible feat of engineering to build this dam, as the waters of the great Colorado River had to be diverted during the construction. To achieve this there were four tunnels that had to be bored through two actual canyon walls. And it was the first and last time that this great river was under the control of man.

Almendra Dam

Translated from the word almond, the Almendra Dam is one of the highest structures in the whole of Spain. The dam holds back the Tormes River, and is part of a five dam program called the Duero Drops. The Duero Drops consist of three dams in Spain and two in neighboring Portugal. These four great dams are among the greatest in the world, as fantastic as they are to look at, they are even more impressive in the way they were constructed and the jobs that they do today.

January 1, 2019

Tips How to Become an Engineer

As an engineer you are probably involved in working out how to build the tallest bridge, design the slickest engine, or how to build the smallest car. And you may be caught up so much in your work that you never pay attention to your career. But today opportunities within engineering are many, and there…

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Tips How to Become an Engineer
June 20, 2018

Architectural Marvels Around the World

There are some amazing buildings and other man-made structures that have been built throughout the world. These are structures that really showcase the talent and creativity of architects. After all, to design and build a structure that is not only aesthetically-pleasing, but also safe and functional, is not an easy task. We will discuss here…

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Architectural Marvels Around the World
June 6, 2018

Top Engineering Firms Around the World

There are several engineering firms throughout the world; some of these have made more impact than others. Here we are going to discuss the top engineering firms that are known today. Well Known Firms The firm 3M  is a well-known company, it is an American company that has expanded into a multinational conglomerate with branches…

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Top Engineering Firms Around the World
May 11, 2018

The Different Types of Jobs in Engineering

There are many types of jobs available in the Engineering field, some of which pay a very high salary. Some of these fields are: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering and petroleum engineering. Within each of these engineering fields are several sub-disciplines in which a person can specialize. To obtain a job in…

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The Different Types of Jobs in Engineering
May 1, 2018

Continuing Education that is Vital for Engineers

Engineering is like many professional fields in that new methods, techniques and approaches are constantly being developed and recommended. This means that it is very important, in fact, essential that an engineer undertake continual learning to stay current within their field and profession. Continuing education thus should be made a priority for workers regardless of…

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Continuing Education that is Vital for Engineers
January 21, 2018

Top Engineered Bridges In The World

Bridges have been an effective part of transportation ever since humans started to move their goods and themselves from one place to another. In the beginning, engineers only have to do little more than fall a tree across a river or stream, but now they have discovered that bridges could cut across vast distances and…

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Top Engineered Bridges In The World
January 11, 2018

Amazingly Engineered Hotels In The World

For most travelers, finding the best place to stay is one of the essential parts of any tour of visiting a country or city. Hotels offer leisure and luxury to lots of people on vacation or trip. To have a unique peaceful and perfect holiday, it’s best to lodge in a world-class hotel to ensure…

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Amazingly Engineered Hotels In The World
January 2, 2018

Most Famous Engineers of The Last Century

The beginning of the last century marked the middle of an industrial revolution. It has seen a tremendous explosion regarding engineering and it’s developments. The 20th century often regarded as the golden year in engineering due to the enormous amount of advancement made during the time. The brightest minds of the time were busy coming…

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December 13, 2017

Engineering in Construction

Construction engineering is a vast field that tackles the designing, planning and managing the construction of various buildings. Its field of practice ranges from roads, airports, dams, commercial facilities to domestic building. Being such a vast domain, it has been divided in several sub-specialties. All in all, construction engineers have to be able to work…

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Engineering in Construction
December 5, 2017

The Different Types of Engineers

Engineering is one of the most lucrative and demanding jobs in the world. It requires vast technical knowledge and the aptitudes to put that knowledge into practice. All we see around us, from skyscrapers to smart phones, are all here thanks to some very creative engineers. The range of work that implies engineering skills is…

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