I remember reading about all of the technical and logistics challenges when workers were building the Panama canal many years ago. Many lives were lost due to disease at that time. The Panama canal is an engineering accomplishment and I'm glad to see continuous improvements being made.
An improvement of only seven percent in the volume of fresh water used suggests that the redesign was probably motivated by increasing the lock size for larger ships and the slight reduction in fresh water was achieved to help sell the design. I'm certain that the seven percent gain will be more than lost by the increase in traffic caused by the larger locks.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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