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Taiwan Bridge Collapse: A Recent Disaster That Could Have Been Avoided

In Taiwan, a huge 140 meter (459 feet) bridge collapsed in October of 2019, the event is known as the “Taiwan Bridge Collapse”. The oil tanker that was traversing the bridge at the time fell into the water and caused a fire when it struck three fishing boats that were below the bridge. This resulted …

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Top 25 of the Worst Engineering Disasters: including most recent!

In this article we will look at the worst engineering disasters. We included the most recent engineering disasters, as well as the oldest on record that happened almost 400 years ago! Dams, bridges, walkways collapsing; molasses pouring down the streets, nuclear stations exploding, massive ships (other than Titanic!) sinking, tons of poisonous gas leaking – …

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge – the world’s longest

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge opening was seen as a massive political coup for China. The political tensions between Hong Kong, Macau and China have unfortunately overshadowed what is an amazing feat of modern day engineering. We will now take a look at the history of the project. The cost in terms of money, lives and …

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A Guide to Rebar Sizes – an overview of steel reinforcement bars

Steel reinforcing bar, or rebar, is used to reinforce concrete in building work. It can be a complicated area of construction to navigate if you’re unfamiliar with it. Rebar sizes vary greatly and choosing the right ones for the job requires a certain amount of knowledge and skill. As well as the size of rebar, …

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Riccardo Morandi – Profile of a revolutionary bridge designer

Born on 1 September 1902, Riccardo Morandi is very much in the news even though he passed away on 25 December 1989. Renowned as a groundbreaking figure in bridge engineering throughout his career, the collapse of the Genoa Bridge (official name Ponte Morandi) in 2018 cast a dark shadow across his reputation. While it is …

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Genoa Bridge collapse 2018 – how did it happen, could it have been avoided?

On 14th August 2018 the Morandi Bridge (Ponte Morandi) in Genoa collapsed with initial fears that more than 30 people lost their lives. As you might expect, the Genoa Bridge collapse has created concern and confusion in the engineering sector and politicians have already started the blame game. This will go down as one of …

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Designing and building the Queensferry Crossing

When officially opened by the Queen on 4 September 2017 the total duration of the Queensferry Crossing project was a decade from the initial idea to completion. It is officially the longest three tower cable-stayed bridge in the world and while the bridge itself is 1.7 miles in length when you include changes to the …

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The Whitestone Bridge – An Engineering Masterpiece

The Whitestone Bridge (also referred to as the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge) is a suspension bridge in New York City which connects the borough of Queens, Long Island to the Bronx on the United States mainland. It is now an integral part of the landscape and the value of his engineering masterpiece can literally be measured in …

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse

Engineering Disasters: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)

  The Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened to traffic on July 1, 1940 and collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the same year. At the time it was the third longest suspension bridge in the world, just behind the Golden Gate Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. Fortunately no human life was lost during …

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