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Warhammer 40K, Little thoughts: Hive Cities

Just a quick one today, since I'm coming home late from work (again).

We had two STEM ambassadors come in today to talk about Geotechnical Engineering. The students were very interested, and one or two may have found a new career path. There was also some talk about getting more girls into STEM, but I literally have no idea why they wouldn't get into it in the first place and so can't comment on that.

In case any are reading; Girls, study Physics. There is no reason not to.

Anyway, Geotechnical Engineering is the study of how the ground we walk upon works. It's related to Geology, but becomes engineering when someone wants to do anything on the ground. Which is pretty much all the damn time. From buildings to roads, without a good idea of how the rocks underneath you behave under pressure, your new shiny tower is not going to last long.

Which brings us back to fantasy and 40K.

The question is this: Were the hive cities of 40K built before the Great Crusade, during or after?

Civil engineering aside, the talk we had today highlighted just how mind-bogglingly complex ground movements are, even for small buildings. I can't begin to imagine what a hive would have to consider... the builders would even have to factor in building across multiple strata, let alone worry about local water tables and aquifers.

I guess what I'm asking is if there is a Cult Geologicus in the Mechanicum, or if the hive cities are just another relic of humanty's glorious, and probably more interesting past?

Just a little thought.

Until next time!

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