Morandi’s technology

It finally happened.  Morandi’s bridge in Genoa, Italy, finally collapsed.  Yahoo! Engegniri USA Today  Mr. Bohnert, our instructor, was correct.  Poor design, materials, & construction: people die.  This bridge was build in the 1960s and was plagued from the start with its proven unreliable technology.  Is its use of pre-stressed steel and reinforced concrete to blame?  When a storm came, with heavy rain and lightning, the thing collapsed.

dismantlement of Alpine Sprite

I began this afternoon the dismantlement of the Alpine Sprite 400 caravan (camper trailer).  I didn’t use it last year and haven’t this year either.  Its contents; two 6-volt deep-cycle batteries (12-volt in series), 140-Watt solar panel, 2500-Watt inverter, 3-stage charger, fresh- & gray-water tanks, water pumps (pressure & draw), 16,000 BTU propane forced-air furnace, on-demand propane water heater, 1000-Watt microwave oven, stereo & speakers, two propane tanks with auto-switch-over regulator, sink, faucet, shower, LED lighting, and a few other things; will all be used somewhere else.  The shell of the trailer will be up for grabs.

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ISL

I went to ISL Engineering today and saw a manager.  They do roadways (urban & rural), bridges (eight different bridge sites in Lethbridge alone), city water infrastructures (fresh, waste, storm), landscape architecture, and any structure that connects people and place in which we live.

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tiny houses getting big

The idea of the tiny house is catching on.  The homes as well as the trend itself are getting to be not-so-tiny.  There are a few shows on TV about people building their ideal tiny home.  Floyd saw something in the paper today about a website devoted to organizing and marketing tiny house plans called Tiny House Plans.  I found another called Tiny House Basics.  Pretty interesting if you ask me.

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