Title

Comparing the Water Distribution Systems Discussed by Vitruvius with Actual Roman Systems

Presenter Information

Chad McDaniel

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Bruening, Michael W. (Michael Wilson)

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Abstract

Vitruvius Pollio in The 10 Books on Architecture discusses the construction, material specifications, dimensions, repairs and placement of water distribution systems. Vitruvius’s outline on Roman water distribution systems was then compared to systems throughout the empire particularly those mentioned by Sextus Julius Frontinus in The Strategems and Aqueducts of Rome. Specifications such as the slope of aqueducts was remarkably precise and largely agreed with actual aqueducts. Also, noteworthy is the discussion of health requirements such as the placement of detention basins, reservoirs, and even the health benefits of using clay instead of lead piping. In short this document is a comparison of Roman water resource engineering in theory and practice.

Biography

Chad McDaniel is a Senior in Civil Engineering major from Kansas City, MO. He works for the United States Navy Civil Engineering Corps and enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, and reading.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, First place

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 9:00 am - 9:30 am

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Comparing the Water Distribution Systems Discussed by Vitruvius with Actual Roman Systems

Carver Room

Vitruvius Pollio in The 10 Books on Architecture discusses the construction, material specifications, dimensions, repairs and placement of water distribution systems. Vitruvius’s outline on Roman water distribution systems was then compared to systems throughout the empire particularly those mentioned by Sextus Julius Frontinus in The Strategems and Aqueducts of Rome. Specifications such as the slope of aqueducts was remarkably precise and largely agreed with actual aqueducts. Also, noteworthy is the discussion of health requirements such as the placement of detention basins, reservoirs, and even the health benefits of using clay instead of lead piping. In short this document is a comparison of Roman water resource engineering in theory and practice.