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 Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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