Engineering History

(AUGUSTA,GA) Cast your eyes on some history, detailed plans of long past. Plans that helped shape the city.

“It’s really fascinating stuff from the 18 hundreds drawings off the canal and that type of stuff the history of Augusta is here,” said Utilities Department Director Tom Wiedmeier.

Utilities Department Director Tom Wiedmeier says these old plans and documents have been out of the public eye for years after they were rescued by a Utilities Department employee when the city engineering department was planning to send them to the landfill.

“He knew the value of it so he had it bring it over here and we stored them ever since,” he said.

The Augusta canal is an important part of the city structure today and it’s been the way for years.

and this historic collection include several of these canal field guides where surveyors recorded data   keep notes of the canal level and other detailed measurements.

“What do all these numbers mean and why are they in this book I really don’t have a clue but what I do know is did a lot of detailed work on March 9th 1882

Back then engineers needed to know more than just numbers they have to have the talent to present them as well.

“The artwork and the penmanship is fascinating to me everything we do now is computer generated but their use to be a lot of art and style in field books and drawing plans,” says Wiedmeier.

Those recording the canal way back when were artists as well as workers but to Tom Wiedmeier says nothing much has changed in his department

“How were our engineers water people 50 80 120 years ago?”

“I guess pretty much like they are today,” he said.

The rest is history.

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