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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There is a lot that
modern day engineers can learn from the success of the Incas in construction of
their road network. First, the Inca road system was constructed in such a way
that it led to the expansion of a small kingdom into the largest empire. The
lesson is that modern day engineering projects need to focus on a larger
picture of city expansions. This is because most project presently focus on
decongesting cities instead of expanding them.
Second, a proper
understanding of the environment is the key to developing long lasting roads.
Instead of constructing road systems and infrastructures that conflict with the
environment, modern day engineer should tailor their projects to agree with it.
Modern day roads are easily destroyed by water annually. The Incas
understanding of water is what guided them in the construction of the long
lasting road network. The Incas also considered the seismic events that could
have destroyed their roads. This led to the construction of the roads in places
that were suitable and dependable. Therefore, modern day engineers need to think
of such factors keenly before any major construction are attempted.
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Jan 14th, 2016
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