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, a regular guest lecturer aboard ocean liners, is a chartered engineer who has spent his career designing, building and maintaining facilities for large ships and small vessels. As a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, John is delighted that the publication of his book coincides with the organisation's bicentenary. Since retirement he has volunteered his time to the management and restoration of waterways for which work he was made an MBE in 2016