Wonders of the Modern World
Tunnel - This idea dates back to 1802, but it wasn't until
1994 that a tunnel under the English Channel was actually
Tower - CN Rail decided to build a new tower in the city
of Toronto to resolve commnications problems there. During
planning they realized they could make it the tallest building
in the world.
State Building - The beginning of the 20th century was
marked by a boom of building activity in the city of New York.
One building would soon rise above the rest: it would eventually
be 1,454 feet in height and become an icon for the city and
the 20th century.
Gate Bridge - They said it couldn't be built. When the
Golden Gate Bridge was finished in 1937 it was longest suspension
bridge in the on Earth and a wonder of the modern world.
Dam - This South American megadam has put out more electricity
than any other dam in history.
Canal - Since the 14th century man had dreamed of a way
to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific. It wasn't
until 1914 that a massive engineering project would make this
vision come true.
North Sea Protection Works - At the beginning of the 20th
century the Dutch started on a series of immense projects
to enlarge and secure their land against the sea. It took
nearly a century to complete.
1994 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) decided
to put together a list of the most remarkable civil engineering
feats of the 20th century. Nominations for this list were
taken from all over the world. The seven selected projects
are a tribute to the greatest works of the modern world.
ASCE was founded in 1852 at the Croton Aqueduct, one of the
great civil engineering feats of the 19th century. The 12
original members wished to promote excellence in civil engineering
and today the society continues that tradition. Their mission
is to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice
of civil engineering.
addition to the seven wonders the ASCE has also designated
more than 200 projects throughout the world as civil engineering
landmarks that illustrate the creativity and innovative spirit
of civil engineers.
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