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Tipon: Water Engineering Masterpiece of the Inca Empire
By Kenneth R. Wright
168 pages
Pub. Date: 2006
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers

Tipon is a little-known jewel of the Inca Empire, which once embraced the Andes from Ecuador to Argentina and Chile. Located by the imperial capital of Cusco (now in Peru), the historic 500-acre, self-contained, walled settlement served as an estate for Inca nobility. For more than 450 years, it was farmed and partially irrigated, and it remains an amazing civil engineering achievement showcasing Inca mastery of irrigation and hydraulic technology. They designed buildings, waterworks, and massive structures to be visually and functionally in harmony with the natural environment. In planning a place that would integrate water, soil, agriculture, and topography, the Inca created an impressive virtual water garden. The author takes readers on a tour of Tipon's canals, plazas, aqueducts, and fountains—infrastructure that transformed a remote mountainside into an engineering marvel. The detailed walking guide and photographs instill in both engineers and casual tourists alike an appreciation of the Inca civilization through the great works they left behind.



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Pumping Station Design
3rd edition by Garr M. Jones with co-editors Robert L. Sanks, George Tchobanoglous and Bayard E. Bosserman II
1,056 pages
Pub. Date: 2005
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

The authors of this book come from a variety of professions and have a depth of experience and expertise. Because of that, this award-winning book has unparalled content for professionals who seek valuable information on how easy it is to design, operate and maintain reliable pumping stations.


 

 



 
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