Dictionary of Civil Engineering


  • Authors
  • Jean-Paul Kurtz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. A
    Pages 1-66
  3. B
    Pages 67-175
  4. C
    Pages 176-344
  5. D
    Pages 345-442
  6. E
    Pages 443-486
  7. F
    Pages 487-566
  8. G
    Pages 567-605
  9. H
    Pages 606-658
  10. I
    Pages 659-685
  11. J
    Pages 686-704
  12. K
    Pages 705-714
  13. L
    Pages 715-777
  14. M
    Pages 778-838
  15. N
    Pages 839-856
  16. O
    Pages 857-880
  17. P
    Pages 881-1019
  18. Q
    Pages 1020-1029
  19. R
    Pages 1030-1107
  20. S
    Pages 1108-1305
  21. T
    Pages 1306-1390
  22. U
    Pages 1391-1410
  23. V
    Pages 1411-1440
  24. W
    Pages 1441-1506
  25. X
    Pages 1507-1507
  26. Y
    Pages 1508-1509
  27. Z
    Pages 1510-1514
  28. Back Matter
    Pages 1515-1515

About this book


I am pleased to present a work which marks a milestone in the history of public works and, more precisely, in that of permanent structures—a comprehensive dictionary of Civil Engineering terms. Since the beginning of time, Man has always tried to find a means to clear the obstacles which nature erected to displace him. With the first tree trunk thrown across a river, man sought to improve the crossing structure. After the invention of the wheel, and to satisfy his thirst for conquest (Roman ways), and comfort (aqueducts), man built bridges that became a preremptory necessity to move quickly. Thus, Man started to build wooden and masonry works. With the passing centuries, the builders became masters in the art of building masonry works. Then came the Industrial Revolution and the advent of the steel (1864), which was closely followed by the invention of the reinforced concrete (1855). The need for railways and improving the road network inspired great works of crossing such as viaducts and tunnels. The boom of the railway network and the development of the car required the construction of an increasing number of new structures. This phenomenon continues today with hundreds of structures built each year throughout the world.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-48317-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48474-2
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