The I-35W Bridge rebuilding proposal web site is interesting to say the least. The site reviews the technologies behind the winning bid - controversial because it did not go the lowest bidder - and lays out reviews the scoring system that says how the award was determined. The winning $234 million bid went to a joint venture between Flatiron Constructors Inc. and Manson Construction Co.
Indeed, the St. Anthony’s Falls Bridge rebuilding project will be one of the safest most-watched construction projects in American history. Among the interesting technologies will be a safety sensor and monitoring system that all bridges should have to a greater or lesser degree. In fact, such systems would be best utilized on older bridges where chances of structural failure are greater.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
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