Transferring bridge and road construction technology in the 1700s

French engineer Jean Marmillod as an innovator in Denmark

This article describes how technological progress in constructing roads and bridges was distributed in the 1760s and 1770s from the country leading the trade: France. Because people with tacit knowledge were needed to efficiently distribute knowledge about trades, a rapid method, presented herein, was to acquire experienced artisans. Recognising the substandard state of its national infrastructure system compared with other countries, the Danish government turned its attention to France.

P. 171-185 in: James W. P. Campbell et al (eds): Studies in Construction History. Construction History Society, Cambridge University 2023.

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