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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    It's premature to assume anything about the steel. Anyone here have the bidspec?? No?
    There are hundreds of potential causes, not least of which could be bad design and or implementation.
    For the moment maybe it would be better to think about the poor people caught under it and any construction workers that were on it.
    I am thinking concrete with prestressed cables for general construction of the deck. That deck is basically flat, it depends on the cables and braces for support, they have not been installed. I’m guessing when they moved it there were numerous supports to lift it, they were apparently removed. I am surprised it did not collapse immediately once the supports were removed.
    Does anyone know if they used a single crane, multiple cranes, multiple crawler transports, what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hfcomms View Post
    Brought to you by the lowest bidder.
    Yep, and one that cut too many corners.

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    Video grab of the scene immediately after the structure collapsed per Fox News.

    Pedestrians running toward the scene to render aid.

    Note the crane on the right. That will be an issue soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    I am thinking concrete with prestressed cables for general construction of the deck. That deck is basically flat, it depends on the cables and braces for support, they have not been installed. I’m guessing when they moved it there were numerous supports to lift it, they were apparently removed. I am surprised it did not collapse immediately once the supports were removed.
    Does anyone know if they used a single crane, multiple cranes, multiple crawler transports, what?

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    I think you are on the right track.

    Fox News had an eye witness on air saying that a cable snapped on a crane supporting the bridge.


    Other Fox News reports stating that a planned "stress test" was underway when the bridge collapsed.

    All the hazards of erecting this structure while traffic on a busy thoroughfare is still allowed to travel under the bridge while testing is still in progress?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    It's premature to assume anything about the steel. Anyone here have the bidspec?? No?
    There are hundreds of potential causes, not least of which could be bad design and or implementation.
    For the moment maybe it would be better to think about the poor people caught under it and any construction workers that were on it.
    I concur.

    My humane emotions have already prompted my prayer. Now I’m busy thinking about the integrity of our national infrastructure. IIRC this very subject matter was brought up by a very very VIP recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    That is misleading. Main tower and cables were not installed yet. Therefore impossible for it to have been signed off as implied.
    It's very possible since construction and inspections are done in stages and not saved until the job is completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki View Post
    That's what I was thinking as well. Everything we have bought in the last decade or two falls apart quickly. Isn't Globalism great!
    The US has been using imported steel for well over 40 years that I know of.

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    OH LOOK! WHAT'S THIS???? Wonder if this was used in Florida?







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    Live New Conference - WSVN 7 News: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1BdGYRXVzzyJX

    Eight People were taken to local hospital.
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    Picture taken just after the collapse.
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    The world's tallest deputy mayor started the news conference in Miami?

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    This MCM company had another bridge collapse not long ago. In the age of computer design programs a lot can go wrong. Because they don't do much over designing when the computer says good enough.
    But not likely to die free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    I am thinking concrete with prestressed cables for general construction of the deck. That deck is basically flat, it depends on the cables and braces for support, they have not been installed. I’m guessing when they moved it there were numerous supports to lift it, they were apparently removed. I am surprised it did not collapse immediately once the supports were removed.
    Does anyone know if they used a single crane, multiple cranes, multiple crawler transports, what?

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    Post tension cables are a given in prefab structures like that. Pre-tension doesn't work well on that kind of span. It was two crawlers that carried it to the site and lifted it.

    There is a chance two people may yet be alive under that, one the driver of the crushed white chevy, the other I haven't seen but is reported to be a small boy in the back seat.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    The plan is to build a pedestrian bridge similar to that one in Dublin, Oh spanning the Scioto river. Hope they take notice of this one.
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    A lot of new structures fall down in China, too. What the heck is going on???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    Post tension cables are a given in prefab structures like that. Pre-tension doesn't work well on that kind of span. It was two crawlers that carried it to the site and lifted it.

    There is a chance two people may yet be alive under that, one the driver of the crushed white chevy, the other I haven't seen but is reported to be a small boy in the back seat.
    Unsure of my terminology.
    Have been around a few stressed structures.
    Slab for apartment building, they laid quite a few plastic sheathed cables in the slab, would bend them around obstacles a bit.
    They had an anchor at one end, a plate at other end, after slab sets, tighten cable, anchor end and cut off excess. The sheath allowed the cable to stretch as tensioned, no bonding to concrete like rebar does. This puts the entire slab in compression, the strongest mode for concrete.
    I have seen 80’ concrete piles (about a foot square) transported on trucks and driven into the ground for overpass foundations, they had four bars on the top. I believe these are poured while the rebar inside is under tension, when the concrete sets the entire length of the rebar is bonded to the concrete. This requires some sort of jig to pull on both ends of the rebar, stretching and holding it while the concrete sets. I have also seen slightly curved precast rails, looked like some kind of overhead structure, maybe a walkway
    The Oakland bridge had their cables in a duct below the roadway, they were to be tensioned and the duct grouted, I believe. There were delays leading to the cables corroding/rusting before grouting, don’t know how that turned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron View Post
    I think you are on the right track.

    Fox News had an eye witness on air saying that a cable snapped on a crane supporting the bridge.


    Other Fox News reports stating that a planned "stress test" was underway when the bridge collapsed.

    All the hazards of erecting this structure while traffic on a busy thoroughfare is still allowed to travel under the bridge while testing is still in progress?
    ^^^YEP^^^

    What moron was in charge of crane signals and traffic control?


    A better question might be how many morons?

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    You have probably heard about the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at FIU in Miami today. I was researching who the builder is, I stumbled across an article from yesterday celebrating the bridge’s construction.

    Key quote from the female engineer/project executive, Leonor Flores (speaking about teaching her daughter that women can go into STEM):

    “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

    Yeah, about that…
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    Mark McKenney, head of trauma, said hospital received 10 patients - 2 critical, 8 stable (bruises to broken bones)


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    Wow, this person .@meganmfernandez
    snapped a photo of the pedestrian bridge #FIUBridgecollapse as it collapsed.
    #Miami See her Tweet ==>
    https://twitter.com/meganmfernandez/...495995394?s=19

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    Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several people, crushing cars

    Updated 5:38 p.m. ET March 15, 2018

    MIAMI – A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing several people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    “There are several fatalities,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho told reporters at multiple media outlets.

    At an afternoon news conference, Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp did not elaborate on the number of fatalities, saying only that the final number of victims had not yet been determined. Teams were in an "urgent search-and-rescue mode" and mobilized search dogs and heavy cranes, he added.

    Kemp said eight cars traveling on the seven-lane highway were trapped under tons of rubble. Eight victims were taken to the hospital.

    One girl seated in the front of a car escaped injury when a slab of the bridge crushed the rear half of the vehicle, the Miami Herald reported.

    The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted it is sending investigators to the site.

    Leslie Vazquez was driving home along 8th Street — also known as U.S. Route 41 —when she realized something felt strange.

    “I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, the bridge isn’t there,’ ” said Vazquez, 43, a housewife who lives nearby and traveled the route only two days ago.

    She pulled over and saw victims crawling out of the rubble. Some were bloodied, all were frantic. "They were screaming,” she said.

    Vazquez said the painful irony of the collapse is that the bridge was built specifically to ensure the safety of FIU students who have to cross fast-moving traffic along the wide street.

    “I was just telling my husband how good this is, how they’re not running the risk of getting hit,” she said. “This is so sad.”

    The main part of the $14.2 million structure, which was only installed Saturday, spanned 174 feet over the highway, linking the university's campus to the city of Sweetwater. It was scheduled to open in early 2019.

    Tana Melvin was sitting in his dorm room a couple hundred yards away from the bridge when his social media feeds started blowing up with news of the collapse. Then came the calls from family and friends checking on him.

    Melvin, 20, a sophomore studying accounting, said he had several friends who had moved into the off-campus housing that the bridge was designed for. He was still struggling to contact them Thursday afternoon, and was hoping they weren’t among the victims.

    “That could’ve been me,” Melvin said. “A lot of people died. It really is sad. We’ve got to stay together after this.”

    FIU spokesperson Maydel Santana-Bravo said the university was "shocked and saddened about the tragic events." The school is currently on spring break.

    MCM Construction, the Miami-based, family-owned company that built the bridge, issued a statement on its Facebook page saying its "thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy."

    It said the bridge was under construction and "experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life." MCM pledged to cooperate fully with investigators to determine what went wrong.

    Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he was on his way to the scene. “I will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day,” the governor said.

    In a press release Saturday about the bridge's installation, the university reported workers lifted the main span of the bridge from temporary supports, rotated it 90 degrees across the highway and lowered it into its permanent position.

    “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in a statement accompanying the press release. “We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community where thousands of our students live.”

    The project was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction methods, which are being advanced at FIU’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, the press release said. That method of construction aims to reduce potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians, and to minimize traffic interruptions.

    Construction of the bridge began in spring 2017 and was expected to be completed in early 2019, according to the release. Once finished, the bridge would have been 289 feet long and 109 feet tall. The 32-foot-wide bridge was also supposed to serve as study and gathering space.

    The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers. Barnhart Crane and Rigging operated self-propelled modular transporters that placed the bridge on its permanent supports, according to the university press release. It was the largest pedestrian bridge moved using that method in U.S. history. It was also the first in the world to be constructed entirely of self-cleaning concrete.

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    https://news.fiu.edu/2018/03/communi...-street/120395

    Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

    Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom’s work in action. “I’m interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.

    Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.A.B. View Post
    ^^^YEP^^^

    What moron was in charge of crane signals and traffic control?


    A better question might be how many morons?
    ^THIS^
    If the walkway was undergoing a "stress test", why was traffic under it??? The idiots that caused this need to be held accountable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    Unsure of my terminology.
    Have been around a few stressed structures.
    Slab for apartment building, they laid quite a few plastic sheathed cables in the slab, would bend them around obstacles a bit.
    They had an anchor at one end, a plate at other end, after slab sets, tighten cable, anchor end and cut off excess. The sheath allowed the cable to stretch as tensioned, no bonding to concrete like rebar does. This puts the entire slab in compression, the strongest mode for concrete.
    I have seen 80’ concrete piles (about a foot square) transported on trucks and driven into the ground for overpass foundations, they had four bars on the top. I believe these are poured while the rebar inside is under tension, when the concrete sets the entire length of the rebar is bonded to the concrete. This requires some sort of jig to pull on both ends of the rebar, stretching and holding it while the concrete sets. I have also seen slightly curved precast rails, looked like some kind of overhead structure, maybe a walkway
    The Oakland bridge had their cables in a duct below the roadway, they were to be tensioned and the duct grouted, I believe. There were delays leading to the cables corroding/rusting before grouting, don’t know how that turned out.
    https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/ra...crete-49649574
    Slide 8 fwd gives a basic understanding of the difference.

    Edit FYI got myself confused on this one.
    Last edited by Rayku; 03-15-2018 at 06:49 PM.
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    Reminding me of the Northridge freeway collapse after the earthquake.




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    UPDATE: Seven dead after pedestrian bridge collapses at #Miami, Florida college.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mzkitty View Post
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    Mark McKenney, head of trauma, said hospital received 10 patients - 2 critical, 8 stable (bruises to broken bones)


    https://twitter.com/CTeproff/status/974399200141172736


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    Wow, this person .@meganmfernandez
    snapped a photo of the pedestrian bridge #FIUBridgecollapse as it collapsed.
    #Miami See her Tweet ==>
    https://twitter.com/meganmfernandez/...495995394?s=19

    See conversation:

    https://twitter.com/meganmfernandez/...495995394?s=19
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    Redneck muse.....

    If the crane was holding or even helping to hold the bridge up, why was not the hazard zone cleared of people? It's like walking under piano being hoisted up on a thin rope, or checking to see if the gun is unloaded (even if you think its unloadef) by pointing it to your head and pulling the trigger. You just don't do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick Electra View Post
    OH LOOK! WHAT'S THIS???? Wonder if this was used in Florida?







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    YES.

    "Time-saving technology used to build the bridge

    A statement from the university said that Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology was used in the construction of the pedestrian bridge.

    ABC streamlines the building process so bridge construction projects can be completed quicker and be more cost-efficient. State Departments of Transportation use ABC technology to refurbish or construct bridges within 48 to 72 hours, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

    By accelerating the time it takes to build the bridge, traffic delays and road closures can be reduced. It's also credited for safer work zones, less environmental impact, reduced weather-related delays and bridges that are more durable than those constructed using traditional methods, according to the FHA."



    "Another company involved, FIGG Bridge Engineers, which designed the bridge, said in a statement that it was "stunned" by the collapse."


    "Bolton Perez and Associates, a third company involved in the construction of the bridge, is not commenting at this time."


    (I'll BET they aren't.)


    "Ricardo Dejo, an FIU civil engineering student, told CNN he saw cars pinned beneath the bridge. "I can't describe it," Dejo said. "We were really excited about the bridge (before the crash). Everything looked fine. I went underneath it with my own car and it looked great."




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/ra...crete-49649574
    Slide 8 fwd gives a basic understanding of the difference.

    Edit FYI got myself confused on this one.
    Post tensioned would be the slab and sheathed cables.
    Pre tensioned would be the piles and precast structures being transported.
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    Firms that built collapsed Miami bridge have history of safety complaints
    - CBS News #MiamiBridgeCollapse

    March 15, 2018, 6:50 PM

    A special construction method was used on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida on Thursday, killing several people. The method is known as "accelerated bridge construction," and it's meant to minimize traffic disruption and maximize safety.

    But CBS News has learned that two firms involved in the construction have been accused of unsafe practices in the past.

    Witnesses describe hearing victims trapped in Miami bridge collapse

    This past Saturday, it was a moment of celebration for Florida International University (FIU) when the pedestrian bridge was put into place. FIU posted a time-lapse video showing of the event.

    "This is a dream come true for our university," FIU president Mark Rosenberg said.

    Rosenberg hailed the design of the bridge. It was supposed to last 100 years and be able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. At 174-feet long and 950 tons, the main span of the bridge was lifted from its temporary supports and rotated 90 degrees across eight lanes of highway. It would become the largest pedestrian bridge moved this way in U.S. history.

    Munilla Construction Management (MCM) -- a federal military contractor for the U.S. Army and Navy -- partnered with the FIGG Bridge Group to complete the bridge. FIGG has contracts with the Kennedy Space Center and NASA.

    Deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University

    MCM'S president Jorge Munilla was full of pride Saturday because of the quick installation of the span.

    "On Friday morning, we closed 8th Street and there was no bridge," Munilla said. "And on Monday morning the bridge will be in place."

    But just 10 days ago, the company was sued in South Florida by a TSA employee who was hurt at the Fort Lauderdale airport. The employee's lawyer alleges that a makeshift bridge MCM built for workers to use while the company does construction at the airport broke under his weight.

    As for FIGG, a 90-ton portion of a bridge the company was assembling in Virginia in June 2012 fell apart while under construction. The Virginian Pilot reports four workers were hurt and that state regulators fined FIGG $28,000 for safety violations saying it was "pure luck no one was killed."

    Both MCM and FIGG said they will cooperate with investigators on the scene. FIGG added they are stunned, and that in their 40-year history nothing like this has ever happened before. Workers at the scene report that Thursday the bridge was reportedly undergoing some sort of stress test.

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    found this in comments on zero hedge:

    Oh. As already mentioned in the thread, its a minority-owned subcontractor employing a shit-ton of female hispanics.

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    HERE is an article and time-lapse VIDEO at link of them "swinging" the bridge into place LAST WEEKEND, as part of their "Accelerated Bridge Construction" process---


    which is supposed to be so WONDERFUL because by using this they don't HAVE to close the roads or impede traffic! (and leave the area UNDER the bridge OPEN to people and cars to be crushed if it fails!) (idiots!)

    https://news.fiu.edu/2018/03/communi...-street/120395

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYLrBQv3t4o


    Twelve-year-old Michelle Flores shared a special moment with her family at FIU this past Saturday: She and her sister Gabriela joined their parents, FIU alumni Leonor and Henry Flores MIS ’01, to watch a 950-ton section of a pedestrian bridge swing into its permanent position across Southwest 8th Street.

    Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

    Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom’s work in action. “I’m interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.

    Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

    The pedestrian bridge, which crosses Southwest 8th Street at the 109th Avenue intersection, will provide a safer crossing of the eight-lane thoroughfare for the 4,200 FIU students living in Sweetwater. Between its walkways and plazas, it will also provide 9,900 square feet of gathering and event space.

    A rendering of what the bridge will look like upon completion next year.

    Residents of the City of Sweetwater will have increased access to all that FIU has to offer the community, including: free programming and exhibitions at the Frost Art Museum; walking trails through the FIU Nature Preserve; sports games; musical and theatrical performances at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center; and the FIU Health faculty group practice located on 109th Avenue.

    “From day one, this university has never existed in isolation. From an airfield, we rose for this community. We continue to grow for this community, and this project is proof,” said President Mark B. Rosenberg at a ceremony commemorating the move that day. “We are so grateful that our standing can be enhanced in this act of cooperating that communicates very concretely that nothing is going to stand in our way of promoting our students’ safety and security, and nothing is going to stand in our way of progress. Nothing is going to stand in our way of doing what’s right for this community.”

    Panthers, including residents of 109 Tower and 4th Street Commons in Sweetwater and Honors College students who volunteer in the community, will benefit from the pedestrian bridge as well.

    Biology student Roshawn Brown, who lives at 109 Tower, said he’s thankful for the future pedestrian bridge and for a safer crossing to class every day.

    “Having this bridge is a blessing,” he said, adding that it was cool to watch the rig move the section into place after having passed by it in progress every day since construction began in 2017. “It was beautiful. It was amazing to watch something like this, because I’ve always seen highways and bridges being built, and I’ve never understood how this is made possible.”

    To keep the inevitable disruption of traffic associated with bridge construction to a minimum, the 174-foot portion of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest 8th Street using a method called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) and was driven into its perpendicular position across the road by a rig in only six hours on Saturday, March 10.

    Read more about funding for the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge and accelerated bridge construction

    Students in FIU’s engineering and architecture programs came out at 5 a.m. to watch the theory they learn in class take form in a real-world application.

    Civil engineering doctoral student Dewan Hossain said: “I would say this is magic. In five hours using that ABC technology and sensors, the bridge is already there. In the classroom, we learn about the design, the construction, the safety – that’s a big issue – and here we’re seeing it actually happening. Here we are establishing a real, practical application of what we learn in the classroom. I would encourage more students to come view these types of projects to enhance what they learn.”

    Construction of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge is expected to finish in early 2019.

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    It was probably designed by millennials from the uni's civil engineering dept. They'll get a 3.8 for effort.

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    Don't get to shifting blame to women and minorities until we find out if it was shoddy building materials first. They would have no control over that.
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    Companies that designed, constructed FIU pedestrian bridge involved in previous accidents

    March 15, 2018

    WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The pedestrian bridge at Florida International University had just been installed on Saturday. Just five days later, the bridge collapsed onto the road, trapping cars and victims underneath.

    In FIU’s press release announcing the bridge’s installation, the school said the bridge would be built using Accelerated Bridge Construction, where the 174-foot section of the bridge was built adjacent to SW 8 Street and then put into place.

    “This method of construction reduces potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions,” the press release said. “The main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge was installed in a few hours with limited disruption to traffic over this weekend.”

    The collapse brought 950 tons of metal and concrete onto the road below, trapping eight vehicles underneath.

    MCM, the Miami-based construction management firm that won the bridge contract, took its website down on Thursday. But an archived version of the website featured a news release touting the project with FIGG Bridge Engineers, “a nationally acclaimed, award-winning firm based out of Tallahassee.”

    The release said FIGG had designed “iconic bridges all over the country, including Boston’s famous Leonard P. Zakim Bridge and Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge.”

    MCM said on twitter that it was “a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.”

    FIGG said in a statement it was “stunned by today’s tragic collapse.”

    “In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before. Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.”

    FIGG was fined in 2012 after a 90-ton section of a bridge it was building in Virginia crashed onto railroad tracks below, causing several minor injuries to workers. The citation, from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, said FIGG did not do the proper inspections of the girder that failed and had not obtained written consent from its manufacturer before modifying it, according to a story in The Virginian-Pilot.

    Court documents show that MCM, or Munilla Construction Management, was accused of substandard work in a lawsuit filed earlier this month. The suit said a worker at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, where the company is working on an expansion, fell and injured himself when a makeshift bridge MCM built collapsed under the worker’s weight.

    The suit charged the company with employing “incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees” at the job site.

    https://wsvn.com/news/local/companie...ous-accidents/
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    Police on scene say at least six people could be dead but the exact number of victims remains unconfirmed.
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    Everything we know right now about the Miami bridge collapse. No word yet on how many people have been killed, but emergency crews say expect a horrible outcome... At least eight cars crushed and 10 people taken to the hospital. Such a tragedy.

    Video here, don't have to be an FB member:

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    Gonna need a few of these.

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