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.
Okay I recorded this early in the morning and my narration is kinda, sorta, boring BUT I will work on the tone. (I really need a video editor. Suggestions for a cheap software package would be appreciated.)
This is about a bridge I designed and I wanted to see how a powerpoint presentation would work in youtube. It seems to work fairly well (It can be watched at full screen and 720p.) The pictures look clean and clear.
Listen for the mistakes (lots), and now on to the show!
A long video which shows the Iron Horse Trail bridge around the 7 minute mark (another bridge at the 13:30 mark). I think it is interesting to see the whole trail and how a rider gets to the bridge. You can build a cool bridge but the surrounding trails need to part of the overall design experience.
Some construction photos of the Calgary Peace Bridge moving into place. A temporary bridge was built to support the new bridge while it is being bolted together. Obviously it can’t support its own weight until it is fully assembled….
Okay this is not my best work but I thought it would be fun to do a weekly video podcast. The quality seems terrible in spots, but the second half is clear compared to the beginning. (I think I have to change the frame capture rate.)
Give some feedback if you think this is a good idea or another hare-brained concept.
View it at 720 for better quality and you even get a look at me near the end.
I recently learned to use Google Docs to email surveys. (Yes I am the last one to learn this…)
Soooo, I thought I would ask visitors to this blog for some feedback. The survey is COMPLETELY anonymous and there is no way I can determine who filled it out. (Maybe if I was the inventor of Facebook, I would have that super power.)
It is pretty simple, I would like to know which topics you like and those you hate. I will post the results as soon as I have enough data to post. (I think I need four or more replies to make the data statistically significant….)
This is a story from June but it does have a bridge in it! It seems an artist hung a portable sauna from an old bridge and users are encouraged to shimmy through a trap door to try it. Seems a little dangerous…
Called the Flying Sauna, H3T warns potential visitors to proceed with caution when attempting to use it, noting that the underlying river’s current is strong. Indeed, the bridge that it hangs from marks the site of a weir that was dismantled during the mid-1970s. The sauna is meant to serve as a way of calling attention to the abandoned structure.