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The Pantheon Introduction I chose to report on the pantheon because Ive seen pictures and I am also very fascinated by all the Roman monuments I looked all around the internet and libraries The Pantheon was very hard to find information about It was very challenging but I found enough information to complete this report This famous building stands in the business district of Romemuch as it was built some 18 centuries ago Amazingly it has withstood the ravages of both the elements and war permitting a firsthand view of a unique product constructed by Roman hands Now it is exposed to acid rain and fumes from passing automobiles and overshadowed by buildings of inferior taste but with trust in the future the Pantheon will survive Unrecognized the design of this ancient concrete building reveals unparalleled features not encountered in modern design standards Recent studies reveal several major cracks in the dome but it still functions unimpaired This condition will surely exc ite the curiosity of our structural engineers The building was built entirely without steel reinforcing rods to resist tensile cracking so necessary in concrete members and for this concrete dome with a long span to last centuries is incredible Today no engineer would dare build this structure without steel rods Modern codes of engineering practice would not permit such mischief No investor with knowledge of concrete design would provide the funding Additional constraints when attempting to build a structure as large as the Pantheon will be discussed later but briefly they include the use of inadequate hand tools and unsafe lifting devices I believe we can learn from this activity Workers can build from a plan and can successfully use their proven practices only if construction quality controls are maintained History tells us that the Pantheon is a Greek word meaning to honor all Gods particularly the Olympian divinities It is ironic that our building has existe d throughout many wars
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