The power to build: a brief history of heavy construction plant **POSTPONED**

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Technical lecture
29 September 2020 10:30 - 13:00
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**  Regrettably, due to the current Coronavirus situation, the decision has been taken by RICE to POSTPONE this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding in these difficult circumstances.** 

Invitation to IMechE members and guests from the ICE Retired Members. 

Dr Ralph Harrington will review how we have used equipment to make our task an easier one. From humble shovels and buckets to modern excavators, tower cranes and earth-movers.

After a brief survey of heavy construction plant before the twentieth century, Dr Harrington will discuss the changes brought by the advent of mechanical power, displacing human and animal effort and greatly increasing the power and adaptability of the machinery available to the construction industry. This process was driven by, and itself drove, the expansion of the construction industry from the late nineteenth century into ever more complex and larger-scale projects.

He will look at the impact of digital technology, robotics and other developments, and suggest possible future evolutionary paths and the form heavy construction plant may take during the next few decades.


The presentation will take place in the Lawrence suite.

Lunch will be available after the talk - cost TBC (pre-book only; payable on the day).

Booking is essential for this event. 



Dr Ralph Harrington


Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel
Thorpe Lane
United Kingdom

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