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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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