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Nature volume 140, pages 635636 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



WITHIN the modest compass of 300 pages, Mr. Bransby Williams has succeeded in compressing a very comprehensive and up-to-date survey of a subject the full development of which would require a number of volumes. The survey is necessarily brief and compact, covering as it does a wide range of topics: rainfall, off-flows (or run-offs) and storage capacities ; flood discharges and spillway capacities ; masonry gravity dams ; single arch masonry dams ; multiple arch and reinforced concrete dams ; earth, hydraulic-fill and rock-fill dams ; regulation of storage and reservoir features (including power stations) ; methods of construction and treatment of water for domestic supplies. In addition to these technical matters, the author finds space to conclude with what he terms an Engineer's Odyssey, being an account of a tour around the dams and reservoirs of Great Britain. Having occupied the post of chief engineer in the Public Health Department of the Government of Bengal, Mr. Williams naturally gives prominence to water storage installations in India, but his survey is representative of the most modern practice in other countries. There are a number of diagrams and some photographs.

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