The early civilization of the Incas is attributed to the ancient engineering of structures and especially the famous Inca road system. What can modern day engineering project learn from the inca roads system?
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The Inca Road is one of the most extraordinary feats of engineering in the world. By the 16th Century it had helped transform a tiny kingdom into the largest empire in the Western hemisphere.
And to the envy of modern engineers, substantial parts of the 24,000-mile (39,000-km) network survive today, linking hundreds of communities throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Incredibly, it was constructed entirely by hand, without iron or wheeled transportation.
"The constructions were built with seismic events in mind and that's what engineers today are excited to study - how we can benefit from that knowledge."Modern road construction often relies on modifying the landscape by blasting through rock, which can result in landslides.Because the Inca relied on working within their environment, following the contours of the land and controlling the water flow around it, their road still stands today.
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Jan 13th, 2016
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