How Do Spillways Work?

We normally build a dam to hold water back and store it for use in water supply, irrigation, hydropower, or flood control. But sometimes we have to let some water go. Whether we need it downstream or the impounded water behind the dam is simply too full to store any more, nearly every dam needs […]

What is Concrete?

Concrete is as much a part of the urban landscape as trees are to a forest. It’s so ubiquitous that we rarely even give it any regard at all. But, underneath that drab grey exterior is a hidden world of complexity. Hey I’m Grady and this is Practical Engineering. On today’s episode – it’s concrete […]