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Chapter 6

I Construction During The Settlement Years

II The Use Of Timber As A Structural Material

III Structural Steel

IV Concrete Technology

V Housing

VI Industrialised Pre-cast Concrete Housing

VII Ports And Harbours

VIII Roads

IX Heavy Foundations

X Bridges

XI Sewerage

XII Water Engineering
i Pipelines
ii Tunnels
iii Dams
iv Power Stations

XIII Railways

XIV Major Buildings

XV Airports

XVI Thermal Power Stations

XVII Materials Handling

XVIII Oil Industry

XIX The Snowy Mountains Scheme

XX The Sydney Opera House

XXI The Sydney Harbour Bridge

XXII Hamersley Iron

XXIII North West Shelf

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Water Engineering

In Australia the technology of water engineering has been largely borrowed from overseas experience. There are, however, many examples of the adaption of old ideas to new and unusual situations, as well as the extrapolation of previous experience to cover works of greater size or magnitude. Special factors which have influenced the technology of water engineering in Australia are the extremes of the climate with droughts alternating between floods, the small population particularly in the early years of European settlement, the cost of transport and the distance from industrial bases. Some examples of differing technologies and how they have been influenced by the prevailing circumstances are given in the following section.

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