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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Inca roads were built without the benefit of sophisticated surveying
equipment using only wooden, stone, and bronze tools. However, those
ancient engineers paid special attention to environmental conditions.
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
Sustainability was the key to success. The Incas paid
attention to local conditions, using local materials and working with
On steep terrain they built steps to dissipate the
water's energy and counter erosion. At high altitudes they paved the
way with local stone to protect the surface from ice and snow melt, and
when they needed supporting walls they left holes for the water to
Today, earthquakes, landslides, floods destroy so many roads
because modern day engineers use sophisticated equipments but fail to
consider these environmental factors. Modern day engineers then ought to
spend more time planning for drainage and sustainability of the modern
day roads. Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Jan 14th, 2016
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