Examples of enduring feats of civil engineering endeavour can be seen around the world's seas and waterways, from the SS Great Britain to the Panama Canal. In this beautifully illustrated book, John Laverick offers an insight into the intriguing field of civil engineering, taking you on a journey that crosses three continents and three centuries, exploring extraordinary achievements including the artificial waterways of the Panama and Suez canals, floating concepts such as the concrete Mulberry harbours, the world's only rotating ship lift at Falkirk, a man-made island in the Baltic linking the crossings between two countries and the ambitious restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal.
John Laverick is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He spent his career maintaining facilities for large ships and small vessels, and now volunteers the same, for which work he was made MBE in 2016. He also volunteers as Chairman/Vice President of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and as a board member of their Area Environment Group for the management of the Upper River Thames.