The final span in the new Interstate St. Anthony Falls 35W bridge in Minneapolis was to be put in the place this week just days before the one year anniversary on the Aug. 1 of the predecessor bridge’s tragic collapse into the Mississippi River. DN editor-in-chief John Dodge ventured back to the new bridge this week to shoot some photographs just as he did a week after former bridge collapsed last year, killing 13.
As it stands, the design build process will take 437 days with the new opening planned for Dec. 24 although there is talk of the grand opening taking place sooner. A rush was put on the $234 million bridge project to mitigate the estimated economic impact which the Minnesota DOT has pegged at $400,000 a day or $60 million until the new bridge is finished.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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.
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