NEW! The Panama Canal: The Shortcut Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
4 sessions, 6 hours
The Panama Canal is included among the Wonders of the Modern World. A shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and relief from the treacherous trip around Cape Horn had been long sought after. A canal through the narrowest part of the continental divide was first attempted by the French with disastrous results both financially and from disease. The United States later took up the effort with a change to the approach that eventually led to successful completion. This four session course will discuss the history and design of canals, the French attempt, the fight to control disease, the political creation of Panama that allowed the construction of the canal, the engineering design and construction, and the many historic characters that were involved in the canal from concept to completion.
Instructor: Bill Brittle is a retired Civil/Structural Engineer with 44 years of experience with one of the world’s leading engineering and construction companies. Most of his experience involves transportation projects. He is presently a Regional Governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a past President of the Catoctin Branch of ASCE in Frederick, MD. Bill has traveled extensively, and has traveled through the original Panama Canal, visited the Country of Panama, and sailed around Cape Horn. He is a student of the history and engineering of the canal.
ILR831 The Panama Canal: The Shortcut Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
4-Digit Number: 5635
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 10/10/17 – 10/31/17
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E124B
Tuition: $20 Fee: $49 Total: $69
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.