Water Engineering in the Ancient World
The pictures below show the variety of architectural constructs on three different continents and may inspire readers to delve further into the water systems associated with these different civilizations by reading the detailed analysis in the book.
Pipeline water systems associated with monumental architecture
at Petra have been analyzed using FLOW-3D methods to
demonstrate new aspects of 2000 year old Nabataean technology
previously unknown to the history of hydraulics.
Aqueduct system built by the ancient South American Chimu
civilization in the Jequetepeque Valley of Peru c.1100 AD.
FLOW-3D analysis reveals upstream that an upstream multiple
choke system carefully regulates the water flow rate to prevent
erosion damage during El Nino flood events.
Typical elaborate architecture of the Khmer civilization of Cambodia
in the 12th Century AD; FLOW-3D groundwater analysis reveals
the function of the massive reservoir systems associated with
the site to regulate aquifer levels during the dry season.