This article was posted on www.bridgeweb.com and here a few days back. It seems a signature bridge will be scaled back in the final design to keep under budget.
I love this
City officials originally said the bridge would keep its cables, but they would be decorative rather than load-bearing. Assistant City Manager Jim Thompson said Wednesday that will not be the case.
“It will be just a free-standing structure,” Thompson said. “It will still look similar to the original design.”
Except for the fact the first concept was a cable stay bridge and the new version is a truss. I understand budgets matter and I don’t think this is the cities fault. I think it the designer’s fault.
I had this discussion with the Happy Pontist over a year ago. I asked him/her (Batman!) if it was better to win a design concept with a bridge you know cannot be built for the money so that you can win the competition. Then you are happily employed doing the redesign. Plus you get the credit for the fabulous original concept! Double win!
Here are my original questions to HP.
“The chances of winning an open competition seem very low, do you:
1) Try to win with an “extreme” or “practical” design
2) Try to be vague or detailed?
3) Develop the concept as a portfolio piece and forget about winning?
I just gave out test 2 for my concrete design class. It is a night exam, 90 students, four rooms and me. (Or is that I?)
I had four questions but I crossed one out at the last minute. One about T-beam analysis. It is a fairly easy question but I didn’t think they could do the four questions I wrote in the two hour time frame. So they are left with a double reinforced beam, a cantilevered singly reinforced beam design and a slab design.
I took the test earlier to see how long it would take me. Right around 40 minutes which means it would take them between 120-160 minutes. (Figure around 3-4 times my time for the students.)
One of the frustrating things about a huge class is the amount of time I get to spend with each student. (very little) Coupled with the fact that I only know about eight student names.
I have tried to engage other instructors so I could learn their secrets for handling a large class. Best advice so far, get a smaller class!
Bonus Image. A quick bridge study I did on break today.
Update: I have been asked some really, lets say, worry some questions about my test. It is always a struggle to create an exam that can test the brightest and the people who “have” to take this class to get a degree. Oh well thats why they pay me the moderate bucks to teach!
Update: You really should check out the link below to the Traffic Bridge website. I think the City of Saskatoon is doing a good job answering questions about the project and they even have a forum for comments and suggestions. Go Saskatoon!
I used to travel to Saskatoon (in Saskatchewan) to play in volleyball tournaments.