Hoover Dam - a monument of concrete construction
Modern and Alternative Concrete
This section describes innovative modern day uses of concrete. While not directly related
to ancient construction technology, these articles demonstrate man's ingenuity in overcoming
construction challenges, from the very large to the very small.
Table of Contents
1. Modern Concrete provides articles on construction of the
2. Alternative Concrete Construction, describes use of
bamboo as a reinforcing material for concrete and concrete block construction
1. Modern Concrete
Hoover Dam: A World Renowned Concrete Monument
by David Moore, P.E., describes the incredible challenges faced in
constructing the largest concrete structure of its time, and the resultin contributions the
dam made to winning WW II and developing the American West.
California’s Debt to Hoover Dam by
David Moore, P. E.,
describes the contributions that Hoover Dam has made to
the economic development and growth of California. First published in the November/December
1999 issue of People, Land & Water, a news magazine of the US Department of the Interior, Washington DC.
2. Alternative Concrete
Concrete Construction, by Francis E. Brink and Paul J. Rush of the U. S. NAVAL CIVIL
ENGINEERING LABAORATORY, 1966. This report was written to assist field personnel in the
construction of bamboo reinforced concrete. The information in this
report has been compiled from reports of test programs by various researchers
and represents current opinion. The paper includes comments on the selection and
preparation of bamboo for reinforcing, construction principles for bamboo reinforced concrete,
and design procedures. Includes structural charts for bamboo reinforced
concrete and conversion methods for translating from steel reinforced concrete design.
Six design examples are presented.
Photos (photo 1 and
photo 2) of bamboo reinforcing being used in concrete block construction
by the US Navy for a radar site at Tarlue Naval Station in the Phillipines. Shows details
in lashing the bamboo rods together. Date: sometime in the 1960's. Photographaer: unknown.
Current status or performance of the building: unknown. [Top]
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